Lambert moved up a notch in the region standings Thursday in a 4-2 win at West Forsyth, avenging a 9-6 loss from Aug. 24.
“Going on the road and getting a win is always great in region play. They came to us and got the win, so we returned the favor and the girls did a great job tonight,” Lambert head coach Brooks Youngblood said.
Lambert (10-5, 9-3 Region 6-AAAAAA) trailed 1-0 until it scored two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, while starting pitcher Kassidy Krupit managed the game well on the mound with zero earned runs after allowing six hits, walking three and striking out four.
“Kassidy did a great job in the circle. She was on fire tonight,” Youngblood said.
At the plate, Zoe Miller was 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored, but it was seniors Shelby Dean and Katlin Holloway who earned specific praise from Youngblood after turning the tide in the top of the fourth inning.
Holloway doubled with two outs to bring home Miller to tie the game, and Dean followed with an RBI single to score Holloway and give the Lady Longhorns a lead they would not surrender. The duo combined to be 3-for-5 at the plate.
“Two of my seniors tonight in Katlin and Dean. With two outs, for seniors to step up in that situation, that was huge. It was awesome,” Youngblood said.
Marissa Guimbarda did the damage in the following inning when she doubled to bring home Maddie Butz and Krupit; Butz reached on a single while Krupit was hit by a pitch to move Butz into scoring position.
In the bottom of the seventh, West pinch-hitter Lauren Crowe gave the Lady Wolverines a late spark with a solo home run to left field with two outs remaining. Bailley Concatto then tripled to right, but Hayla Seitz flew out to end the contest a batter later.
West opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when Morgann Koepke scored off an error in the infield.
While the stats didn't show it, West coach Justin Rickett was pleased with the contact his lineup made at the plate—the ball just didn't seem to fall in the right spots. Three and four hitters Kayla Hardy and Kelly Carpenter combined to go 0-for-6 despite numerous hard-hit balls.
“We're right there. We were hitting balls hard, but not just stringing it together and scoring a bunch of runs. We've got to get back to work on Monday. We can't afford to drop another one in the region. We've got to finish, but so does everybody else. We just have to keep playing,” Rickett said.
Carpenter finished the game allowing 10 hits, walking one and striking out two through seven innings.
Lambert now leads West by a half game in the region standings and is tied with North with a 9-3 region mark. South Forsyth continues to hold the top spot at 10-0.
“Trying to keep pace right now, South has established themselves. We're kind of looking at that two spot right now with the rest of the county teams. So it's us, North and West,” Youngblood said. “We had this one circled. Next Tuesday we play South, but it's really not as important as tonight was.”