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Softball Advances to GHSA Final Four

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The FPD softball team (22-9) kept its state championship hopes alive on Friday, winning both of its elimination games against Darlington (8-0) and Strong Rock (4-0) to advance to the GHSA Class-A Final Four on Saturday morning vs. Savannah Christian.

Forced to play later than expected due to heavy rain, the Lady Vikings avoided elimination with stellar pitching and timely offense.

“We did a really good job as a team,” freshman Maggie Renfroe said. “Everyone worked together to hit the ball and (Carli) was great on the mound.”

Renfroe was the catalyst in FPD’s win over Strong Rock, driving in one run on two hits as the Lady Viking outhit Strong Rock 7-5.

“We are really excited to get to the Final Four,” Renfroe said. “It’s an awesome experience.”

Carli Sutton (19-7) picked up two wins for FPD, striking out 14 batters and scattering 11 hits.

FPD’s first victory on Friday over Darlington was a welcome sight after the Lady Tigers knocked the Lady Vikings out of the state playoffs a year ago.

“That was a big game,” Renfroe said. “Both teams were really loud and we were able to pull through with the win.”

Emily Rutledge and Mary Micah Lee paced FPD’s offense against Darlington, each accounting for two RBI’s, while Renfroe was 3-for-4, respectively.

First pitch against Savannah Christian is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

“We have to stay focused,” Renfroe said. “It’s a great thing to make it this far, but we have to put it behind us and focus on what’s ahead.”

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.

BOX SCORES:

Friday, November 1, 2013

FPD 4, STRONG ROCK 0

 

SRC 000-000-0 – 0-5-2

FPD 112-000-0 – 4-7-1

WP: Carli Sutton (19-7). LP: Olivia Darley.

2B: FPD – Maggie Renfroe; SRC – Kaylin Carter.

Game notes: Caitlin Collins and Renfroe each had an RBI for FPD…Renfroe was 2-for-3…Six different players recorded a hit for FPD…Sutton had seven strikeouts.

Records: FPD 22-9.

Next: FPD v. Savannah Christian (GHSA Final Four), 9 a.m., Saturday.

 

Friday, November 1, 2013

FPD 8, DARLINGTON 0

 

FPD 050-000-3 – 8-13-1

DRL 000-000-0 – 0-6-0

WP: Carli Sutton (18-7). LP: Emily Swafford.

2B: FPD – Emily Rutledge, Sumner Carlton, Maggie Renfroe.

Game notes: Rutledge and Mary Micah Lee each had two RBI’s for FPD…Carlton scored two runs…Five FPD players had two or more hits…Renfroe was 3-for-4.

Records: FPD 21-9.