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Softball: Guthrie and defense lead West Forsyth past Lambert
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West Forsyth's Kelsey Schell, left, slides safely into home plate before the tag by Lambert catcher Rachel Cowart on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia

West Forsyth junior Hannah Guthrie says she feels a good kind of pressure when she’s up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded.

That was good news for her teammates as Guthrie faced that exact situation in the first inning at Lambert on Monday. She responded by hitting a three RBI double, clearing the bases and giving the Wolverines all the runs they needed in a 4-2 win at Lambert.

“I just know how I would feel in a situation like that from my dugout,” Guthrie said. “I could just feel the motivation coming from my dugout and everyone encouraging me to get a hit.”

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West Forsyth's Hannah Guthrie gestures toward the Wolverines dugout after hitting a three-run double against Lambert on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia

Right fielder Arynn Pickvet followed up Guthrie’s (2-3, 3 RBIs) hit with an RBI double of her own to give the Wolverines (4-7, 2-1 Region 5-7A) a 4-0 lead before Lambert took a turn at the plate.

“We got just enough at the start and held on,” West softball coach Justin Rickett said.

The Wolverines were aided by a couple of great defensive plays from center fielder Gracie Martin and first baseman Kelsey Schell to help maintain their first inning advantage.

In the bottom of the first, Martin made a diving catch on a deep fly ball from Lambert sophomore Lindsey Nelson that would have been an extra base hit. Martin also made a grab jumping into the wall later in the game when Lambert was trying to make a rally.

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West Forsyth center fielder Gracie Martin dives to make a catch against Lambert on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia

Schell made a couple difficult catches in foul territory. The first one bounced off the glove of the catcher, but the junior was able to catch it off the ricochet. The other was a nice over-the-shoulder grab to help keep the Lady Longhorns from building any momentum.

“Those four plays are special plays,” Rickett said. “You practice and you tell the girls just make the routine (plays), make the routines. It’s just a bonus when you get the little extras.”

The Longhorns were able to make a game of it late, however, as Kassidy Krupit knocked in an RBI double off the left field wall in the fifth inning. Up until that point, Lambert only generated three hits off Guthrie, also the starting pitcher for the Wolverines.

In the sixth, Lambert sophomore Kaley Varner connected for an RBI double, scoring Nelson from first, but that was all Lambert (7-5, 1-2) could muster.