NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Two local teams advanced to the Elite 8 of the GHSA state softball playoffs last Wednesday, while two programs saw their season come to an end.
Lambert and Cambridge advanced by winning their round two matchups, while South Forsyth and Mount Pisgah were beaten in their best-of-three series.
Cambridge defeats Dalton (8-6, 9-2)
Cambridge earned its second trip in three years to Columbus and the Elite 8 by sweeping Dalton last week in the second round of the state playoffs.
The Lady Bears erased a four-run deficit in Game 1 and scored nine runs in Game 2 to take the best-of-three series.
Dalton scored four runs in the top of the third inning to take a 5-1 lead in Game 1, but Cambridge later cut that lead to 5-3.
Cambridge loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth on a single and two walks. Another walk on the next batter put Cambridge within one run. With one out, Audrey Smith hit a three RBI double to give Cambridge its first lead of the game.
Cambridge added another run on a Dalton error in the bottom of the sixth.
Dalton loaded the bases in their final at bat and scored on a fielder’s choice. However, starter Genevienve Dumas recorded a strikeout to end the game with Dalton stranding the game-tying run on first.
Dumas threw a complete game for the Lady Bears, allowing nine hits and striking out three.
After stranding three runners in the opening two innings of Game 2, Cambridge plated four runs in the top of the third on two doubles.
The Lady Bears added five runs in the sixth and seventh innings, two coming from Dalton errors, to end the series with a 9-2 win.
Dumas pitched another complete game, allowing eight hits and striking out two.
The Lady Bears will take on Greenbrier this Thursday to open championship bracket play.
Lambert defeats Brookwood (4-0, 5-3)
Lambert advanced to the Elite 8 for the second straight year after taking down Brookwood in two games last Wednesday night.
Lambert’s Kassidy Krupit and Alexis Sewell each allowed just one hit in Game 1 and combined for a shutout in the Lady Longhorns’ 4-0 win. Krupit went 5.1 innings and struck out seven, while Sewell needed just 22 pitches in 1.2 innings to strike out four.
Lambert managed only four hits in the game but was able to score four runs on four Brookwood errors.
Two errors in the top of the fifth brought in two runners, and two more crossed the plate in the top of the sixth on an error on a fly ball.
Krupit got the start again in Game 2 and threw a complete game in Lambert’s 5-3 win. Krupit allowed four hits and struck out 10.
Krupit also got the scoring started for the Lady Longhorns with a solo home run in the bottom of the first. Lambert extended its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third on a fielder’s choice and an RBI single from Ansley Dean.
Sewell hit an RBI single and Catherine Harper drove in a run with a double in the top of the fifth, putting the Lady Longhorns up 5-0.
Brookwood hit a three-run home run off Krupit in the top of the sixth, but stranded a runner in the top of the seventh to end their hopes of a comeback.
Lambert will take on Kennesaw Mountain this Thursday in Columbus in the Elite 8.
Parkview defeats South Forsyth (7-1, 5-4)
South Forsyth was eliminated by Parkview last Wednesday, ending South’s two-year streak of advancing to the Elite 8.
Parkview lit up South’s pitchers in Game 1 with seven runs on 13 hits with two home runs. Starter Lauren Baccari was pulled after the sixth inning, but Hannah Marchan gave up two earned runs in 0.2 innings in the seventh.
Jordyn Harris’ RBI in the bottom of the third would be South’s sole run of the game.
Game 2 featured a closer contest and back-and-forth scoring, but it ended in another loss for South.
Parkview scored three runs in the bottom of the first before South tied the game in the top of the third.
Parkview scored a run in the fourth and fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead.
With their season on the line, South plated one runner in the top of the seventh, but failed to force extra innings.
Mount de Sales defeats Mount Pisgah (6-2, 4-2)
Mount de Sales denied Mount Pisgah its second straight trip to Columbus by sweeping the Lady Patriots last Wednesday.
The Lady Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third in Game 1 and held the lead the remainder of the game.
Mount Pisgah scored on an RBI from Angelina Biele, but the Lady Cavaliers’ three-run sixth inning put them firmly in the lead.
Mount Pisgah outhit Mount de Sales in Game 2, but mistakes proved costly in the 4-2 Pisgah loss.
The Lady Patriots took a 1-0 lead on a wild pitch in the first inning, but an error on a fly ball allowed Mount de Sales to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Mount Pisgah reclaimed the lead with a Callie Jordan RBI single in the second, but the Lady Cavaliers took the lead for good off a wild pitch and single in the bottom of the third.
Another Mount Pisgah error put a runner on for Mount de Sales in the fourth. That runner later scored on a sacrifice fly to put the Lady Cavaliers up 4-2.
Still trailing by two runs, Mount Pisgah looked poised for a potential comeback in the top of the seventh, but fell short.
Singles from Lucie Raley and Allie Eith and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Mount Pisgah, but a pop out from the next batter ended their comeback hopes and their season.