Lambert senior Kassidy Krupit spent her summer of travel ball working on bettering every pitch. It seems to being paying off.
She couldn’t have pitched much better Tuesday, throwing a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 3-0 win over Forsyth Central.
“Every pitch just got a lot better,” Krupit said. “I’ve been able to utilize a lot more of them, change-ups especially. Getting more confident with them and rise ball, I feel like I can throw it in any count as well. And curve. And drop.
“Just utilizing every pitch in one count.”
Not to be outdone by her pitching self, Krupit went 3-for-3 at the plate including a solo home run deep to centerfield in the third inning.
“(Pitching well) definitely increases the intensity,” said Krupit about her at-bats. “It always makes a great day when I’m good at both, because that’s very tough for me to do on a consistent basis.”
Lambert did to Central what West Forsyth did to them Monday night, and that was get off to a fast start.
Krupit connected for a double in the first inning and scored when Lindsey Nelson hit a home run to left center field, and with Krupit’s pitching, that was all the Longhorns needed to hand Central its first loss in region play.
“It puts our defense at ease,” Lambert softball coach Brooks Youngblood said about Krupit’s pitching. “It lets them go out there and be real confident that if the ball is put in play, it’s probably going to be weak contact.”
Central pitcher Bailey McCachren also put in a solid performance on the mound with eight strikeouts of her own. The only hit for the Bulldogs came in the third inning when Sadie Waters knocked the ball deep to right field just inside the foul line for a double.