A dominant pitching performance, timely at bats, and remarkable plays helped the Lambert Lady Longhorns cage the Forsyth Central Lady Bulldogs 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Coming into Tuesday night’s contest, Lambert (8-1, 4-0) have been unstoppable in Region 5-7A, winning its first four in convincing fashion. The Lady Bulldogs (3-5, 1-3) over the weekend found a way to win as they defeated Milton to secure their first region victory.
Tuesday night saw the Lady Longhorns tap Marissa Guimbarda to continue their dominant streak against the region, as the Lady Bulldogs pitched Gina Fishler. The Lady Longhorns jumped on top 2-0 due to Central’s costly fielding errors.
“We need to continue to practice and get better. We’ve gotta make the plays,” Central head coach Kaelin Farrington said.
Even with the early lead, the Lady Longhorns plagued themselves throughout as opportunities were squandered with runners left on base, which left the door open for a feisty Central team.
“We’ve had some big left on base numbers. Timely hitting has been huge,” Lambert head coach Brooks Youngblood said.
The Lady Bulldogs managed to stay within striking distance until Lambert opened the game up in the fourth inning with a single from Ansley Dean which scored two, and clutch hitting from Kassidy Krupit that scored another as the Lady Longhorns took a 5-1 lead.
Central didn’t lie down. The Lady Bulldogs rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning behind patient at-bats. Morgan Watson hit a two-run double to cut the deficit to 5-3.
“We are learning each and every game,” Farrington said. “We are a team that will rally. Our girls fight for, and believe in each other.”
Lambert’s offense came alive in the sixth inning that all but put the game out of reach. The Lady Longhorns loaded the bases against Fishler. Skylar Aledia drove in one on a sacrifice fly, then Catie Rose Hays followed with a two-run single to go ahead 8-3.
“We’ve had 10, 11 hits in the last three games in a row,” Youngblood said. “This was the first we got runs too.”
Guimbarda took control after Central’s fifth inning rally. She didn’t allow another run from there on, and finished the night allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits and four walks while striking out six.
“She needed that [complete game] to get her confidence going,” said Youngblood, “To get the extra runs definitely helped her. She needed that.”
With the win the Lady Longhorns sit one win away from sweeping through the entire region on their first time around. The Lady Longhorns will host North Forsyth at home Thursday, while Central will look to bounce back at home against West Forsyth.