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Jenna Byrd Signs to Play Softball with ABAC

MACON, Ga. – First Presbyterian Day School senior softball player Jenna Byrd signed a national letter of intent to play collegiate softball with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) today, March 12, in the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on the campus of FPD.

The signing is the third this season for the FPD softball program. Seniors Claire Crawford and Hannah Davis signed earlier this year with GMC and Gordon College, respectively.

Byrd had a stellar career for the Lady Vikings. A starter since eighth grade, the right handed pitcher tallied 63 wins in her illustrious career, while losing just 18 times. Her career ERA stands at a microscopic 1.34 in 490 innings pitched.

While pitching is Byrd’s speciality, at the plate, the senior did not disappoint despite battling a torn ACL throughout much of her career, including playing on the torn ligament for the majority of her senior season.

Byrd lifted the Lady Vikings to the GHSA Region 7A tournament title in 2012, blasting three home runs in the championship game vs. Glascock County en route to claiming an automatic berth into the GHSA State Tournament.

Altogether, Byrd departs FPD with the career record for home runs, inning pitched (490),  ERA (1.34) and wins (63).

“Jenna leaves FPD as a role model of what determination can accomplish, not just on the field but in the classroom,” head softball coach Jim Turner said. “Her determination and passion for the game are equal to her record-setting career.”

Byrd has been named to the GHSA All-State, All-Middle Georgia and All-Region teams in her career as well.

Byrd’s signing marks the fifth FPD senior that has signed collegiately this year. Soccer’s Atalia Ramirez, golfer Conner Albright and baseball’s Sam Joyce will round out the athletic signings for the 2012-13 year in the coming months.

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.