Seth Beer’s hitting ability has been well-documented this season, and rightfully so: With an average far above .500 and power not often found in kids his size, the sophomore has quickly evolved into one of the most dangerous batters in all of Georgia.
And as impressive as he’s been at the plate, he may be even better on the mound.
Beer’s pitching talents were on full display on Friday, as he led Lambert to a 12-2 victory at South Forsyth in a Region 6-AAAAAA game with four shutout innings—surrendering just one hit and striking out seven.
For good measure, he helped himself out with an RBI double in the fourth and two runs scored.
"He’s so young, so the sky is the limit," Lambert head coach Jamie Corr said of Beer. "It’s hard to tell which one he’s going to excel at most, pitching or hitting."
Contrary to their win Tuesday over North Forsyth, when Lambert’s first five batters reached home, the Longhorns (11-0, 3-0) took some time to warm up—registering just one hit the first time through the order.
The second time however, the offense exploded, which led to a five-run third inning. That was followed by a three-run homer from senior Jake Chickowski in the fourth, staking Lambert to a commanding 9-0 lead.
"The first time through the lineup, if it doesn’t go right, you just have to stay patient," said Corr. "Our guys stayed patient, looked for good pitches and all of the sudden the hits started coming. Both teams were fighting to score base runners early on, and we were the ones to deliver the big blow."
In addition to Beer and Chickowski, Tucker Maxwell had a good night for the Longhorns, reaching base in all four of his at-bats and scoring three times.
Juniors Zach Sewing and Horbin Figueroa scored South’s only runs, each reaching home after hitting a single.
While the War Eagles were overmatched from start to finish, the game was closer than the final score may indicate. South tallied seven hits to Lambert’s nine and fought hard towards the end, even when the contest was out of reach.
The biggest issue for the War Eagles was two-fold: they couldn’t string together a big inning and gave up several to the Longhorns.
South (3-8, 0-2) loaded the bases twice but came away with just two runs in those opportunities. Squandering chances like those can be damaging against any opponent. Against the top ranked team in the state, it pretty much sealed their fate.
"When you leave three runners on base and come away without any runs, there isn’t much of a silver lining," said South head coach Russ Bayer. "Traditionally speaking, we usually give the other team one big inning, which gives them the momentum. If we can start gaining control of momentum, I think it’s going to be a big difference for us."
The War Eagles were only credited with two errors, but there were even more than two defensive lapses that led to hits, runs and extra bases for Lambert. Those mistakes helped open the floodgates for the Longhorns.
On the other hand, Lambert played a virtually error-free ballgame, which prevented South from authoring any semblance of a comeback.
Lambert will look to extend its perfect record on Monday when the Longhorns take on Chattahoochee at home. South will attempt to rebound on Monday at Alpharetta.