Will Robbins pitched a complete-game one-hitter, Jessie Duong delivered a two-run blast in the first inning, and Forsyth Central beat Lambert 3-2 Wednesday to keep pace in a tight Region 6-7A race.
Robbins racked up 13 strikeouts in the win, allowing two unearned runs and walking just one batter. Duong's home run came in the bottom of the first inning and brought home AJ Fiechter, who reached base on a walk.
Lambert starting pitcher Braden Bamburowski settled in after the rough first inning and scattered four hits across 5 2/3 innings, striking out 11 batters.
The Longhorns knotted the game in the top of the fifth inning, after Nate Dvorsky hit a leadoff double and Bamburowski reached on an error by Robbins. Dvorsky and Bamburowski came around to score following a two-out error by Fiechter.
Stevie Lyons delivered the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the sixth, driving in Tyler Smith to give Central a 3-2 lead. Dvorsky reached on an error to open the final frame, but Robbins struck out the next three batters he faced to end the game.
Central (17-12, 10-7 Region 6-7A) is tied with North Forsyth for second place in the region, though the Raiders hold the tiebreaker over the Bulldogs. Lambert finishes the regular season 17-13 and 10-8 in Region 6-7A and can finish as high as fourth in the region, depending on what happens Friday.