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Three Softball Players to Sign at the Collegiate Level

MACON, Ga.- The First Presbyterian Day School softball team and head coach Jim Turner have announced three players that will sign national letters of intent to play at the collegiate level.

Signing on January 31 will be senior Claire Crawford. The catcher plans to play at Georgia Military College in the Fall of 2013.

Crawford was instrumental in aiding the Viking offense in 2012 along with her fundamental presence at catcher behind the dish. The slugger hit .488, recording 39 hits in 80 at-bats. Crawford drove in 19 and scored 35 runs. She ranked fourth all-time in FPD Fastpitch in career batting average (.340), hits (122), and single-season hits (39). The righty is first in career triples with nine and is third in career runs scored with 94.

Senior outfielder Hannah Davis will be signing with Gordon College on February 14.

Davis was terrific at patrolling the outfield grounds during her career at FPD. The speedy outfielder hit .369 this past season and scored 25 runs, which was second best on the squad. The senior was also a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen bases on the campaign.

The final signee for the Lady Vikings will be senior pitcher and infielder Jenna Byrd on March 12.

Byrd had a stellar 2012 season for the Red & Black, posting a .493 batting average with seven doubles, four home runs and 29 RBI’s. Prior to hurting her ACL, Byrd was spectacular in the circle, recording an 8-1 record for the Vikings with a 1.92 ERA. Byrd’s strikeout to walk ratio was better than 2:1. The senior also scattered just 37 hits over 47.1 innings.

“We are excited for all three of our players that they are playing at the next level,” Turner said. “They are all deserving and they’ve all produced a lot for our program.”

All signings will take place in the Middlebrooks Athletic Center starting at 10:00 a.m.

The 2012 season was a memorable one for FPD. The Lady Vikings won the GHSA Region 7-A Championship over Glascock County and threw three perfect games on the season. FPD advanced to the first round of the GHSA State Playoffs, falling to Darlington in three games.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics, home to multiple region and state championships in both the GISA and GHSA, strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while continuing to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. Now a member of the GHSA, the Vikings have continued to provide FPD athletes, coaches, fans and spectators a positive, Christian environment on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.