Lambert defeated Forsyth Central 3-2 in 10 innings with the help of a stellar performance by Kassidy Krupit.
Krupit pitched all 10 innings for the Longhorns. She allowed one earned run and added a two-run double at the plate in the fifth.
“It seems whenever we need her most she gets a big hit or pitches lights out,” Lambert head coach Brooks Youngblood said, “and she did that tonight.”
The game started off slow as both teams had problems bringing runners across. As the game went on, both teams relied on their pitching – Krupit for Lambert, and Bailey McCachren for Central.
“Bailey pitched amazing for us,” Central head coach Kaelin Stevens said. “I told her she’d only go three or four innings for us, but she pitched so well I couldn’t take her out.”
The game was scoreless into the fifth inning when McCachren made her first mistake, a two-run double by Krupit to give Lambert a 2-0 lead.
But Central responded in the following half inning. Sydney Moroney singled and scored on a fielding error by Lambert. Grace Kiser then scored on a sacrifice fly by Morgan Watson to tie the game, 2-2.
“If there is one thing these girls can do, it’s fight,” Stevens said. “They’ve been doing that all year, and they did it again.”
Both Krupit and McCachren settled in from there. Krupit at one point retired 11 straight batters.
They went into extra innings and the international tiebreaker – to the eighth, and ninth, and then 10th.
Finally, Lambert’s Rachel Cowart scored Allie Sewell on a sacrifice fly, and the Longhorns remained tied for first place in the region.
“It seems our theme this season has been defense,” Youngblood said. “Our defense all season has carried us, and it did so tonight yet again.”