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Softball Advances to Saturday with 9-0 Rout of Brookstone in GHSA Final Four

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The FPD softball team (26-8) guaranteed at least one more game, taking down the hometown Brookstone Lady Cougars 9-0 in five innings at the South Commons Softball Complex in the Final Four round of the GHSA Class-A State Tournament.

The Lady Vikings will play Prince Avenue, who dropped to ELCA 8-7 in extra innings Friday night, on Field No. 1 on Saturday morning, Nov. 1, at 9 a.m. A win would put FPD in the State Championship game later in the day against ELCA. A loss would knock the Lady Vikings out of the tournament.

FPD has advanced to the Final Four each of the past two years along with securing a spot as one of the top three teams in all of Class-A Private.

“We had a lot of people get on base and set the table for us,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “It was another all-around great game for our girls.”

Playing as the home team after winning the coin toss, the Lady Vikings took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Katie Culver doubled home Jill Rogers and Maggie Renfroe.

“Katie was great,” Turner said. “She came up with some big hits for us in this one.”

Culver says she was just looking to help her team advance.

“I knew how big this game was,” Culver said, who finished with four RBI’s in the game. “I came up with two outs both times and knew I had to get a hit with runners on and thankfully I did.”

An inning later, Peyton Worsham made it a 4-0 Lady Viking advantage by blasting a 2-run home run to dead center that scored Sumner Carlton.

“Just saw the ball and I hit the ball,” Worsham said.

Culver would double later in the third to score Jill Rogers and Amanda Evans to give FPD a 6-0 lead.

FPD, who out-hit Brookstone 10-4 in the contest, provided plenty of offense for Worsham in the circle. The junior moved to 4-1 in the 2014 postseason and 12-3 overall.

“We faced Brookstone in the first game (on Thursday),  so I was able to draw back on some of the success I had against their hitters,” Worsham said, who finished with four strikeouts while allowing four hits and no walks. “I also knew I had a great defense behind me, so I just made a point to throw strikes.”

Turner welcomed the outpour of offense. FPD outscored its opponents 17-0 during Friday’s games against Athens Christian and Brookstone.

“Things will go well for us if we keep doing what we’re doing. We’re  getting timely hitting, great pitching from Peyton and Carli and are playing great defense against some top quality teams.”

Both Culver and Worsham know the road gets tougher as the teams continue to dwindle down. But the confidence is there for the Lady Vikings to make a run at the program’s first GHSA State Title on Saturday.

“It’s going to be tough,” Culver said. “But it’s definitely a confidence booster to get back as one of the top three teams in the state like last year.”

Worsham says focus will be key on Saturday.

“We’ll have to be ready,” Worsham said. “We’ll have to be prepared and stay in it if we get down.”

Turner knows that the team has accomplished another memorable year and hopes that its magical run will continue on Saturday.

“It’s great to be back in the final three for the second year in a row,” Turner said. “These girls have worked extremely hard and they have persevered.”

“We know Saturday will be a great day. We trust in God to give us the power that we need.”

Continue to check www.fpdvikings.com for GHSA State Playoff coverage on the FPD Softball team. Visit @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and updates from Columbus.

Prince Avenue handed FPD its only loss in the GHSA Elite Eight portion of the tournament, a 1-0 defeat on Thursday night, Oct. 30. Interestingly enough, Prince also knocked FPD out of the 2013 State Tournament, a 1-0 loss on Nov. 2, 2013.

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POST-GAME VIDEOS:

BOX SCORE:
FPD 9, BROOKSTONE 0

BST 000-00 — 0-4-1
FPD 024-3x — 9-10-0

WP: Peyton Worsham (12-3). LP: KayLynn Church.
2B: FPD – Katie Culver 2, Jill Rogers, Allie Parkerson.
3B: FPD – Peyton Worsham.
HR: FPD – Peyton Worsham (1).
Game notes: FPD advances as one of the top three teams in Class-A for the second straight year … Culver was 2-for-3 with four RBI’s for FPD … Worsham was 2-for-3 with three RBI’s for FPD … Four players had multi-hit games for FPD … Sumner Carlton scored two runs.

Record: FPD 26-8, Brookstone 19-8.
Next: FPD v. Prince Avenue, 9 a.m. (Field #1), Saturday (Nov. 1)

STATE TOURNAMENT COVERAGE:
Win v. Athens Christian (Oct. 31, 2014)

Loss v. Prince Avenue (Oct. 30, 2014)

Win v. Brookstone (Oct. 30, 2014)

UPDATED TOURNAMENT BRACKET:
Click HERE for an updated GHSA Class-A Softball Tournament Bracket