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Softball Blasts Glascock 9-0 to Advance to Region Championship

MACON, Ga. – Head coach Jim Turner said his team worked too hard not to win Tuesday’s GHSA Region 7-A Tournament opener against Glascock County at the FPD Softball Complex.

He was right.

The Lady Vikings proved that in a 9-0 victory over the Lady Panthers in five innings to earn a berth in the Tournament Championship game Thursday night against local rival Tattnall Square Academy. First pitch is at 6 p.m. at FPD.

“This is a great situation for our team,” Turner said. “Our girls have worked hard since July to get it down to this game.”

The Lady Vikings scored all nine runs in the third inning providing enough offensive power for pitchers Carli Sutton (13-5) and Peyton Worsham.

“Peyton (Worsham) and Katie (Culver) had some key hits in that third inning,” Turner said. “Everyone did a great job setting the table for each other throughout the night. Carli (Sutton) and Peyton also threw the ball very well.”

Worsham and Culver combined for four RBI as the Lady Vikings out-hit the Lady Panthers 12-1. Worsham finished with five strikeouts in two innings of relief work.

“Those two compliment each other very well,” Culver said. “They did a great job executing.”

Culver said her 2-RBI double was a simple process and that the win means more than any personal accomplishments.

“See the ball, hit the ball,” Culver said. “It could’ve been really easy to look ahead past this game. We knew that we couldn’t do that and had to take care of business in this game first.”

Turner said the team continues to do the small things in order to win key contests.

“We keep getting on base when we need to,” Turner said. “That’s going to be key against a good team like Tattnall.”

The Lady Trojans knocked off GMC Prep 4-3 in seven innings in the early game of the day.

The Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Trojans 3-2 in eight innings on Sept. 4 at Tattnall followed by a 2-1 loss at home on Sept. 23.

“They are a worthy opponent,” Turner said. “It will be a great game.”

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GAME NOTES:

– Peyton Worsham and Katie Culver each had two RBI in Tuesday’s win over the Lady Patriots. Both players doubled in the third inning.

– Worsham finished with five strikeouts in the circle for FPD.

– Six different players had at least one RBI for FPD in the 9-0 win over Glascock County: Worsham 2, Culver 2, Emily Rutledge 1, Sumner Carlton 1, Courtney Lawrence 1, Maggie Renfroe 1.

– Four different players recorded a multi-hit game for FPD: Worsham 2, Rutledge 2, Carlton 2, Lawrence 2.

– FPD sent 14 batters to the plate in the third inning. The Lady Vikings scored all nine runs in that same frame. 

– Carli Sutton picked up her thirteenth (13th) win of the season on Tuesday night. The righty allowed one hit over three innings of scoreless ball.

– Seven of FPD’s nine runs were earned against Glascock County.

– FPD is 1-1 against Tattnall this season. The Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Trojans 3-2 in eight innings on Sept. 4 at TSA before dropping a home contest 2-1 in seven innings on Sept. 23.

– Both teams are ranked in the Top-5 in the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings as of Oct. 7. FPD is no. 3 in the state while Tattnall is no. 4.

– Since FPD’s 3-2 win over Tattnall on Sept. 4, the Lady Vikings have won 14 of 16 games. Those two losses were to Ringold at the Chattanooga Score Tourney on Sept. 13 and a 2-1 loss to Tattnall at home on Sept. 23.

– Since August 21, FPD is 17-2.

BOX SCORE:
FPD 9, GLASCOCK COUNTY 0 (5 inn.)

GLC 000-00 — 0-1-2
FPD 009-0x — 9-12-2

WP: Carli Sutton (13-5). LP: Jaleigh Kitchens.
2B: FPD – Katie Culver, Courtney Lawrence, Peyton Worsham.
Game notes: Culver was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI for FPD … Worsham was 2-for-3 for FPD with 2 RBI … Worsham had five strikeouts … Eight different players had a hit for FPD … FPD sent 14 batters to the plate in the third inning … FPD is 14-2 over its last 16 games.
Record: FPD 20-7, 10-1 Reg. 7A
Next: Tattnall at FPD (Region Tournament Championship), 6 p.m., Thursday.