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Softball Advances to Elite Eight

MACON, Ga. – The FPD softball team (20-8) defeated the Athens Christian Lady Eagles (18-18) in two games (6-3, 5-3) in its best-of-three series to advance to the GHSA Class-A Elite Eight on Wednesday night, Oct. 23 at the FPD Softball Complex.

Courtney Lawrence smashed a 2-run home run in Game One and racked up five RBI’s on the night to lead the Lady Vikings to its first trip to the Elite Eight in school history, set to begin on Thursday, Oct. 31.

“We stayed focused throughout the entire game,” Lawrence said. “This will be the first time we’ve ever made it to Columbus, so we are excited. We were able to execute in both games to pull through.”

Head coach Jim Turner agrees.

“Everyone chipped in,” Turner said. “We put a lot of people in position to score and to get RBI’s.”

The Lady Vikings took Game One 6-3 behind the offensive power of Lawrence while pitcher Carli Sutton and the FPD defense escaped some key jams.

“Game one was big because it helped set the tone,” Turner said. “We got several clutch hits, pitches and defense when we needed it. Courtney’s homer really opened the door for us.”

FPD played as the visitor in Game Two, winning 5-3 and clinching the series.

“We scored two in the first inning,” Turner said. “That was huge to put Carli out there with the lead early. We kept tacking on (runs), people had great bunts and the ladies kept driving them in.”

Lawrence is proud of the team for its accomplishments thus far and excited about the opportunities that are ahead.

“As long as we stay focused, keep executing and play hard, we will be okay,” Lawrence said.

Added Turner on advancing to the Elite Eight: “This is what we’ve been trying to do the last four years with these girls and thankfully we were able to get it done this year.”

FPD will begin Elite Eight tournament action against Brookstone on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. The Lady Cougars defeated Calvary Day in two games 9-1 and 5-3 to advance, respectively.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory as a member of the Georgia High School Association. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

Updated GHSA Playoff Bracket (Class-A)

Elite Eight Softball Bracket (Class-A)

Macon Telegraph Article 

Photos from our Flickr Page

Box Scores:

Game 1

FPD 6, ATHENS CHRISTIAN 3

ATH 001-011-0 – 3-6-0

FPD 302-010-0 – 3-6-0

WP: Carli Sutton (16-6). LP: Cheyenne Pridgen.

2B: FPD – Caitlin Collins, Courtney Lawrence, Emily Rutledge.

HR: FPD – Lawrence; ATH – Brianna Morgan.

Records: FPD 19-8, ATH 18-17.

 

Game 2

FPD 5, ATHENS CHRISTIAN 3

FPD 211-001-0 – 5-7-2

ATH 000-110-1 – 3-9-2

WP: Carli Sutton (17-6). LP: Cheyenne Pridgen.

2B: FPD – Emily Rutledge, Caitlin Collins; ATH – Kathleen Raught, Pridgen.

Records: FPD 20-8, ATH 18-18.

Game notes: FPD wins the series 2-0…FPD advances to its first GHSA Elite Eight in school history.

Next: FPD v. Brookstone (Columbus), 10:30 a.m., Thursday (Oct. 31).

Series Notes:

-FPD out-scored Athens Christian a combined 5-0 in the first inning.

-The Lady Vikings were out-hit a combined 15-14.

-Courtney Lawrence, Sumner Carlton and Mary Micah Lee combined for 9 RBI’s in the series.

-Carli Sutton picked up her 16th and 17th win of the season.

-FPD out-gained Athens Christian 6-3 in extra base-hits.

-The Lady Vikings drew a total of eight walks in the series.

-FPD had 36 quality at-bats during the series.