There’s no doubt Madison Lamprecht will remember her first varsity home run.
Lamprecht, a Northern Nash freshman, unloaded on a sixth-inning Kelsee Whitley pitch and sent a line drive just well enough over the left field wall to give the Knights a comfortable cushion against rival Nash Central on Tuesday night.
Lamprecht lifted her hands and smiled while circling the bases as her teammates waited for her arrival at home plate.
The only doubt in Northern Nash’s 7-2 victory was whether Lamprecht touched home plate in the celebration that ensued.
Nash Central’s coaching staff said Lamprecht missed the plate, and when they appealed to the home-plate umpire, the freshman was called out.
“Yes, I touched the plate,” Lamprecht said. “I was so mad.”
It was one of only a few setbacks for Northern Nash on an evening in which it defeated its neighborhood rival for the first time in three seasons.
Samantha Davis continued her season-long hot streak by finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI, and pitcher Shelby Godwin finished with 14 strikeouts and gave up one hit to pace Northern Nash (4-4, 2-1 Big East).
“I wouldn’t put anybody above her,” Tharrington said of Godwin’s pitching efforts. “There’s nobody pitching better than she is.”
Oddly enough, Northern Nash fell behind, 1-0, after a top of the first inning in which Godwin struck out the side but walked two batters. The Knights responded with three straight doubles by Caroline Jenkins, Davis and Jessica Ricks, who stumbled onto second base and slightly tweaked her right ankle.
The Appalachian State-bound senior returned in the fifth inning while the Knights showed the have a capable lineup without her.
“They did what they were supposed to do,” Ricks said. “They picked their teammate up. It made it a lot easier sitting in the dugout watching them win.”
Nash Central (5-5, 2-1) trailed, 3-2, entering the bottom of the fifth, but Ricks led off with a walk, and three RBI singles and one of the Bulldogs’ four errors busted open the game.
“We were snakebitten (Tuesday),” Nash Central coach Gary Smith said. “About the only thing we did right was appeal the home run.”
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or firstname.lastname@example.org