Dakota Chalmers picked the right night to bring his stuff to the mound. He pitched a complete game, but nothing was more crucial than one powerful swing he had at the plate in the bottom of the fourth.
With Max Bening on base after a single, Chalmers patiently invited a curveball into the zone and cracked it over the deep left-center wall.
Those two runs were all North Forsyth (4-3-1) needed to take down Lambert, just days after Kennesaw Mountain did the same, with a 2-1 home victory.
"We had been talking about this game for a while actually," Chalmers said. "I told my teammates we would win, they bought into it, and we really stayed focused today."
Focus was the key for Chalmers, who had to maneuver his way through pressure in the middle innings. Lambert took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Jarrett Wright, pinch running for Seth Beer who reached on a walk, came home off a ground out from Nick Guimbarda.
Chalmers saved face, stepping in a frame later to take the pressure off his own back.
"I kind of got off track a bit in the middle innings, but I stayed focused," Chalmers said. "Really, my teammates all were great today. This was a total team win."
Lambert, now 4-2, entered the season regarded as the No. 1 team in the entire country. That was until five days ago when they fell, 3-0, to the Mustangs. After Wednesday's result, the Longhorns will be looking to regroup for a long season ahead.
First year head coach Drew Ferrer didn't think pressure has been a factor to this point. He's just impressed with his opponents.
"I think we ran into two very good pitchers (in those losses)," Ferrer said. "I don't know if there was any pressure. Those guys have just pitched well."
Chalmers finished his complete game with his seventh strikeout of the evening. He allowed just two hits and managed four walks and an error to his number.
Lambert's Beer, who started the contest on the hill, for the most part scattered six hits before getting pulled in the fifth on a pitch count. Beer finished with five strikeouts while Cole Varner allowed just one hit in his relief.
"That was really just a great high school game," North coach Jim Cahill said. "(Chalmers) really pounded the zone. Lambert is a great team with a ton of talent. Coach Ferrer has done a great job preparing them."
North had seven hits as a team against Lambert's two, while both teams had lone errors.