KENNESAW – Kennesaw Mountain pitcher and Clemson-signee Ryley Gillam held Lambert baseball to just one hit and dealt the Longhorns a 3-0 loss Friday in a non-region game on the road.
Nick Guimbarda had the lone hit for the Longhorns (3-1), who hadn’t lost a regular season game since April 27, 2013. Gillam went the distance for Kennesaw Mountain, striking out 11. He didn’t allow a Lambert player to reach base after the third inning.
“Ultimately when you don’t swing the bats and get runners on base, it’s hard to win,” Lambert head coach Drew Ferrer said. “We just ran into a kid who threw very well tonight.”
Lambert entered the game as the No. 1-ranked team in the country according to virtually every national publication. That’s likely to change after Friday.
“Last year we had two losses and came away with what we wanted,” Ferrer said. “Now the second part of the season gets started with region play on Monday.”
Brookstone 14, Pinecrest 5: Andres Perez went 2-for-3 but the Paladins (1-3) dropped a non-region game Friday at home.
Forsyth Central 5, Cambridge 2: In Milton, Logan Howard pitched a complete game to lead the Bulldogs to a Region 7-AAAAA, Div. B series-clinching victory Friday on the road.
Howard allowed just two hits and two runs over seven innings while striking out eight for Central (3-2, 2-1).
Parker Biederer went 4-for-4 with a run scored.
South Forsyth 7, Marietta 2: Alec Kliphouse had three hits and two RBI and the War Eagles cruised to a non-region victory Friday.
Wil Foy got the win for South (2-2), allowing just three hits and one run over six innings while striking out seven.
Jordan McGriff had two RBIs, Horbin Figueroa drove in another run and Alex Andronica, Brett Graczyk and Justin Graczyk each had a hit.
Pinecrest 19, Forsyth Central 3: Molly Dankowski and Alex Tilken each scored five goals and had five assists as the Lady Paladins cruised to an Area 3-AAAAA/A victory Friday on the road.
Sarah DiFazio added four goals for Pinecrest (2-0, 2-0). Christina Brinson had three caused turnovers.
Northview 17, West Forsyth 13: In Johns Creek, the Wolverines squandered a halftime lead for an Area 3-AAAAAA loss Friday on the road.
West (1-3, 0-2) led 6-4 at halftime but couldn’t hold off the No. 4-ranked Titans.
Lambert 1, Johns Creek 0: Olivia Haugan scored the only goal the Lady Longhorns needed in a Region 6-AAAAAA victory Friday at home.
Haugan scored about 4 minutes into the second half for Lambert (4-1, 2-0) off an assist by Emily Haugen.
Pinecrest 3, King’s Ridge 0: Jessica Satriano scored as the Lady Paladins handled the Lady Knights in a Region 6-A game Friday at home.
Miranda Correa and Erin Houlihan added goals for Pinecrest (2-3, 1-0), which out-shot King’s Ridge, 29-3.
Pinecrest goalie Anna Johnson had three saves.
Lambert 3, Johns Creek 0: Rob Bonet scored a goal and the Longhorns got a crucial Region 6-AAAAAA victory Friday at home.
Jacob Merrill and Zane Ziegler also scored goals for No. 6-ranked Lambert (3-2, 1-1).
Pinecrest 9, King’s Ridge 2: Rico Victoria had a hat-trick by the first half as the Paladins never worried about its Region 6-A victory Friday at home.
Logan Hamilton scored two goals for Pinecrest (2-2, 1-0), while Thomas Hardy, Alex Pausa, Benoit Rivard and Louie Ryoo each scored a goal.