ATLANTA — Lambert’s pitchers took a frugal approach against Lovett, doling out a lot of low-ball offers.
Longhorns’ senior Joe Vonderschmidt allowed just one run through four innings, while reliever Dylan Biumi and closer Danny Edgeworth kept Lovett scoreless to earn a 4-1 victory on Friday at Lovett High School.
"It was all a matter of throwing low strikes," Lambert head coach Jamie Corr said. "Joe did a great job of getting ahead on almost every batter and really took advantage of a wide strike zone and just did nothing more than hit the mitt."
"We pulled off the victory by executing the simple things. We ran the bases well, threw strikes and really took advantage of what the umpire was giving us and we came up with the big hits tonight."
Through seven games, the Longhorns (6-1) are off to the best start in their four-year history.
Ian Kimbrell put Lambert on the board in the first inning with a two-out single to right-center field to score Brock Maxwell from second.
The Longhorns failed to reach base in the next two innings against Lovett (7-2) pitcher Drew Williams, (4 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 1 BB) but Maxwell broke through in the fourth inning with a walk and advanced to second on an error by the third baseman.
Tucker Maxwell hit a grounder back to the pitcher, but Williams’ throw to first was over the head of the first baseman and allowed him to take third base while brother Brock Maxwell (2-for-3) easily scored.
Billy Whitlock tacked on another run for Lambert with an RBI single to center field to bring Tucker Maxwell home and make the score 3-0.
Vonderschmidt (4 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 3 K) breezed through the first three innings, but the Lions fought back in the bottom of the fourth. Brant Wells led off with a single and took third after Nick Concelliere doubled to deep right-center field. Jackson Lourie then hit a sharp grounder to third, but Edgeworth wasn’t able to control the ball in time and Wells scored, while Concelliere made it to third and Lourie reached first safely.
Vonderschmidt proceeded to get the next three batters out without giving up a run. He forced a shallow fly out, fielded a grounder in time to get Concelliere trying to reach home and got Tyler Shiflett to fly out to end the inning.
"My defense has been working for me all year," Vonderschmidt said. "I just can’t ask any more of them.
"I didn’t have any pressure on me. I just got to do what I have to do, just throw strikes low in the zone and locate pitches — that’s all I’m asked to do. The defense does the rest of the work."
The Longhorns added an insurance run in the seventh inning as Edgeworth found a gap in right field to score Will Dunavant to bring the score to 4-1.
Biumi took the mound for the fifth and sixth innings and held Lovett to only one hit while striking out two before giving way to Edgeworth, who didn’t allow a baserunner.