For the second time in three days, Lambert jumped out to a commanding lead over a county rival. This time, they kept it that way.
The Lady Longhorns tagged South pitcher Katherine Huey for two first-inning runs and four more in the third. Marissa Guimbarda held the War Eagles to two hits over five shutout innings to send the Lady Longhorns to an 8-0 home win in five innings.
“I think the girls remembered what happened Tuesday night [a 9-8 win over West] and they weren’t going to let that happen again,” Lambert head coach Brooks Youngblood said.
Guimbarda (1-for-2, BB, 2 RBI) continued her yeoman’s work at the plate to get Lambert on the board in the first inning. The Lambert pitcher caught a break when her dribbler that South (5-1-2, 3-1 Region 6-AAAAAA) third baseman Bianca Mora appeared to field in fair territory was ruled foul. Two pitches later, she rifled a line-drive triple over Mora’s head, scoring Kassidy Krupit. Macy Stovall (2-for-2, RBI, 2 R) plated Guimbarda one batter later with a sharp single past Huey.
“Getting two runs in the first was important,” Youngblood said. “When Marissa’s out there and we get two runs against anybody, we feel good about our chances.”
Lambert (4-0, 4-0) pushed their lead to six in the third inning thanks to some patient hitting and South’s sloppy defense. Guimbarda walked, Stovall singled and Zoe Miller (1-for-2, RBI, R) reached on an error. Skylar Aledia reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Guimbarda and Stovall score on a throwing error to home. Catherine Harper (1-for-2, RBI) followed with a chopper up the middle that deflected off Huey’s outstretched glove into left field for a single that scored Miller and Aledia.
“Sometimes things happen for you, sometimes they don’t,” Youngblood said. “We had some hits that fell in tonight.”
On the mound, Guimbarda (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K) was back to her usual efficient ways after West’s six-run seventh inning on Tuesday. The sophomore faced just one batter over the minimum, with the help of two double plays. Mora was the only South player to reach second base with her two-out double to right, but South stranded her there.
“I don’t think Marissa was doing anything different tonight, but we had some great defensive plays behind her,” Youngblood said. “She commanded all of her pitches. We executed well tonight.”