Lambert overcame some mental mishaps late Thursday night to remain undefeated in league play, winning a 1-0 contest over Forsyth Central at home.
The Lady Longhorns (13-2, 9-0 Region 5-7A) remain unscathed in region play and pitched their sixth shutout of the season.
Central (4-9, 2-7), thanks to three Lambert errors in the final two innings, managed to finally break through and get baserunners against starting pitcher Marissa Guimbarda, but couldn't capitalize and left the two in scoring position in the sixth and two runners on in the seventh.
The Lady Bulldogs had the bases loaded in the sixth with just one out, trailing 1-0, and the tying run seemed inevitable until Karah Straub's hard-hit ball was hit too hard in the wrong place—straight to first base. First basemen Ansley Dean snagged the rocket and tagged the bag to get Lambert out of the crunch.
In the following defensive frame, Gracie Smith hit a hard ball straight to short and under the legs of the defender, moving Morgan Watson to second, but the final two batters popped out to end the game.
“I think we were all breathing a sigh or relief after that,” Lambert head coach Brooks Youngblood said. “I felt like defensively we were good all the way through, then I don't know if it was a lack of concentration, but (Marissa) was throwing outs. We just didn't make some plays and it made the game intersting.”
Lambert's usual pitcher Kassidy Krupit started at third base and had the game's lone run with a double to deep center, scoring Brooke Miller who reached earlier on a walk and moved to second when Guimbarda walked as well.
Guimbarda finished with just three allowed hits, two strikeouts and no walks from the mound, while Central's freshman starter and southpaw Bailey McCachren showed off impressive stuff, allowing just one hit, striking out five and walking three.
Even though Central's threat came off a few Lambert mistakes, head coach Kaelin Farrington liked the way the Lady Bulldogs stayed with it.
“I don't know if it's tougher losing 8-2, or like that,” Farrington said. “You know, we played a game of inches and had some bad luck at first, but we forced things, they made errors, it's not like we had big hits to get on. We do have to be a bit more patient at the plate but we have way less strikeouts than we had a several weeks ago, so I feel like we're moving in the right direction. It's really frustrating coming that close to beating the best team in the region.”