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Baseball Sweeps Christian Heritage in Round One, Advance to Round Two of GHSA State Playoffs

MACON, Ga. – After a remarkable regular season that saw a region championship, a new school record for consecutive wins and a chance to play at a major league baseball stadium, the First Presbyterian Day School baseball team can add another accolade to that ever-growing list: winning a first round GHSA state playoff series.

The Vikings (22-1) took the first two games of the series against the Christian Heritage Lions 4-1, 2-0 on Friday night, May 3, to advance to the GHSA State Quarterfinals.

FPD used terrific pitching performances all evening, including a four-inning stint from senior Hunter Hotchkiss in Game Two of the series.

The righty got the win for FPD, tossing four scoreless innings, striking out eight batters and scattering just three hits.

Playing as the visitor in Game Two of the series, the Vikings escaped multiple jams on the mound.

Starting pitcher Sam Jones threw three innings of scoreless baseball before giving way to Hotchkiss.

The game remained scoreless going into the top of the seventh.

FPD put runners on second and third with two outs. Down in the count 1-2, senior Dylan Stokes hustled out an infield hit and the Lions committed a throwing error to plate two runs and give the Vikings a 2-0 lead with just three outs to get to clinch the series.

Hotchkiss (5-0) slammed the door in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the side to push FPD into the second round of the postseason.

In Game One, FPD trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth but senior catcher Tanner Johnston singled in two runs to give FPD a 2-1 lead.

The Vikings added a run in the fifth when Sam Joyce singled home Tyler Stubbs for a 3-1 advantage. FPD would tack on another insurance run in the sixth as well on a single by Josh Weaver that scored Kam Hunter.

Southpaw Kevin Moreau (4-1) tossed a complete game for the Vikings, allowing just two hits, striking out six and walking six.

The Vikings will now host The Darlington School in a three-game series on May 8-9. Game One and Two will be on Wednesday, May 8 while the if-necessary Game Three will take place on May 9.

Official game times will be determined in the coming days. Check www.fpdvikings.com for updates on Round Two.

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.