It took a few innings, but Westfield's offense finally matched the efficiency of starting pitcher Louis Ullrich.
Second baseman Val Arduini's two-run single and Justin Bour's grand slam highlighted Westfield's eight-run eighth inning that gave Ullrich more than enough cushion to help cement Westfield's 10-4 win over Herndon (15-4) in last night's AAA Concorde District title game at Westfield.
The Bulldogs (13-6) claimed their first district title by sending 11 players to the plate in the eighth, the first five with none out, and loading the bases twice.
Ullrich led off the top of the inning with a single, followed by a single to left by Jason Bour and a walk to Mike Alderton that set up Arduini's single.
Justin Bour -- the ninth hitter of the inning -- came up with the bases loaded again and sent a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall to push the lead to eight.
"He definitely deserved an inning like that, he worked hard for us all night," Bour said about the effort of Ullrich. "He pitched a great game."
The only blemishes on the night for Ullrich, who yielded four runs over 7 1/3 innings, came on pitches to Brandon Guyer, who homered to deep left to give Herndon a 2-0 lead in the fourth and hit a shot off the wall in center in the eighth.
"I just lost focus. As soon as I found my focus I could do what I wanted with the ball and put it where I wanted," said Ullrich, who retired 11 straight after the home run and worked through the fifth and sixth innings in a combined 12 pitches. "That [home run] kind of got me mad."
Majors Take the National
Three hitters into last night's National District final game between Yorktown and Mount Vernon, the Majors' Joey Sable lifted a towering pop-up halfway down the third base line. When the ball fell foul between the Patriots' catcher and third baseman, Sable knew it would be Mount Vernon's night.
Sable launched the next offering from Yorktown starter Larry Hinkle over the left field fence and the Majors never looked back, defeating the Patriots, 7-3, and capturing their second consecutive district title and third in four years.
"He left that thing right out over the plate," Sable said about his home run. "This [championship] means a lot to everybody. At the beginning of the season we had lost like seven straight and we felt like the worst team in Northern Virginia and then we came back and we won this thing."
Mount Vernon (14-8) continued to capitalize on Yorktown mistakes in the early innings. The Majors' Tyler Martin walked following Sable's blast, stole second and took third base when the catcher's throw sailed into center field and then home plate when the throw from center field went into the Mount Vernon dugout.
"Not getting any district players, not getting any rankings; there was only one way to tell everyone that they were wrong, and that was to win a title," said Majors Coach Jimmy Linza.
Yorktown (16-5) had been 12-0 against district opponents until last night. Senior designated hitter Scott MaCalister was 3 for 4 and drove in all three runs for the Patriots.
Home Cooking at Hylton
Down to its final out and trailing by four runs, Hylton rallied to score five times in the bottom of the seventh inning last night to pull out a 6-5 home win over Forest Park in the Cardinal District semifinals.
With the victory, the Bulldogs (13-8) advance to face Gar-Field in the district championship Thursday. They also qualify for the AAA Northwestern Region tournament for the third time in four years. Forest Park (7-12) was the defending district and region champion.
Washington Post staff writer Preston Williams contributed to this report.