The past two times that the South Forsyth softball team has faced Lambert, the War Eagles have put an end to something big.
Last October, it was the Longhorns' unprecedented run deep in the Class 7A state tournament, where South ended their season with a 2-1 win in Columbus. And on Thursday in Suwanee, it was Lambert's winning streak in region games, dating back to 2015, that the War Eagles took a bat to with a 4-3 victory.
But it was mostly just another win for South, one in a region that looks to be high on parity in 2017.
"They only count as one game," War Eagles head coach Ronnie Davis said. "It doesn't matter who we're playing -- they don't count as one-and-a-half."
The win was one where South built what looked like a solid lead, gave it up, and then reached back for a narrow advantage. Makenna Segal flaired a single to right field to drive Jordyn Harris home in the first, and Harris singled in the second to score Morgan Kilmer. The Longhorns came back with three runs in the fourth, though, on Kaley Varner's RBI squeeze and Catherine Harper's two-RBI single.
Catherine Harper delivers a 2-RBI knock to give Lambert a 3-2 lead. Still bottom 4. pic.twitter.com/nW0srORMu8— Ian Frazer (@ianmcfrazer) August 24, 2017
Junior Kayla Mayoros knocked the deciding run home in the bottom of the sixth, doubling to right-center to score Izzy Hui two batters after Hui's double had tied the game at 3-3. It was the third time Mayoros reached base on the night, after walking against Krupit in the second and singling in the fifth.
"I just knew I had to wait on (the ball) and see it and get the job done," Mayoros said. "...I knew L.B. (pitcher Lauren Baccari) was always there after, so she could help us out, too."
South tied it on Izzy Hui's RBI double and takes the lead when Kayla Mayoros does this. 4-3 War Eagles, bottom 6. pic.twitter.com/Vt4fFEndFS— Ian Frazer (@ianmcfrazer) August 24, 2017
Plenty of attention was given to Lambert (7-4, 1-1 Region 5-7A) entering this season, with the run of region success the Longhorns carried in and the eight starters they were bringing back. South (3-5, 1-1) returned a more modest five starters, and while the War Eagles' postseason run was deeper than Lambert's, their regular season performance didn't produce as many headlines.
South head coach Ronnie Davis isn't paying attention to any of that. He brushed off the significance of ending the Longhorns' streak after the game and told his team not to pay mind to expectations placed upon them or any other team before the season. For the War Eagles, Thursday's win will stay on Thursday, for better or for worse.
"You can't worry about what happened last year," Davis said. "Realistically, you can't worry about what happened last game."