The story remained the same Tuesday night as Lambert was led by a dominant pitching performance and timely run support in an 8-1 victory against West Forsyth in a Region 5-7A game to continue the Lady Longhorns’ perfect regular season region record.
Lambert (12-2, 8-0) junior Kassidy Krupit went 4-for-4 with three singles, a three-run home run and four RBIs. She also continued to make her case for pitcher of the year, allowing one unearned run and one walk while striking out seven in a complete-game performance.
The Lady Longhorns got to West (9-9, 4-4) starting pitcher Hannah Guthrie early with three straight singles and an RBI sacrifice fly by Catie Rose Hays to take a 1-0 lead.
“It changes the mentality of the pitcher if we can score one or two runs,” Lambert head coach Brooks Youngblood said. “Getting the lead is huge however small it is.”
Guthrie settled down and kept Lambert at bay until the bottom of the third when Ansley Dean hit a two-run single to increase the lead to 3-0.
“We gotta keep competing,” West head coach Justin Rickett said. “We have to figure out ways to win that battle.”
The top of the fourth inning was the turning point of the game. Lambert loaded up the bases and added another run in the bottom of the fourth, pushing the lead to 4-0.
Krupit got into a small jam in the fifth when the Lady Wolverines laid down a sac bunt to advance the runner on first, but off of a wild series of events West scored on a Lambert fielding error making it 4-1.
Guthrie came through for West in the fifth shutting down the Lambert bats to give her offense a chance heading into the final two innings trailing 4-1. The Lady Wolverines tried to mount a rally but it was shut down by an unbelievable catch by third basemen Kaley Varner.
The bottom of the sixth inning ended all hopes for West. Lambert’s bats erupted, first with an RBI single by Marissa Guimbarda. Krupit followed with her three-run home run.
“Every region game is important,” said Rickett. “We have to be able to figure it out. It’s a tough game again on Thursday. We gotta be mature, grow up and move forward.”