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Softball Knocks Off Athens Christian in Friday’s GHSA Elite Eight

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The FPD softball team kept its postseason dreams alive on Friday afternoon at the South Commons Softball Complex in the GHSA Class-A Elite Eight Elimination round, knocking out the Athens Christian Lady Eagles 8-0 in six innings at R.G. Jones Field to advance to its second consecutive Final Four.

The win sets up another elimination game for the Lady Vikings. FPD will play Brookstone at 5 p.m. on Field No. 6. The Cougars eliminated Stratford earlier in the day 7-6.

“We played a great game,” head coach Jim Turner said. “Our defense was stellar. Sumner Carlton, Ashleigh Powers and Emily Rutledge all made some big plays for us.”

“We also had timely hitting. A lot of people came through,” added Turner, who saw his offense outhit the Lady Eagles 14-5 on the day.

One of those players that came through was Courtney Lawrence, who finished with four RBI’s, including a run-scoring double in the third and a two-RBI single in the sixth.

“We focused really well and we executed,” Lawrence said, who finished the game 4-for-4. “We got runners on base when we needed to. We got them on, got them over and got them in. We got it done when we needed to.”

FPD’s offensive barrage was plenty of support for FPD pitcher Carli Sutton. The righty tossed a shutout and struck out four batters while allowing no walks.

“I have a really good defense behind me,” Sutton said, who moved to 14-6 on the year. “Everybody played great. Sumner made two great catches and we were able to focus and finish it.”

Now the Lady Vikings will turn their attention quickly to Brookstone. FPD bested Brookstone 4-3 in the first game of the Elite Eight on Thursday morning, Oct. 30 to avenge last year’s loss in the opening round of the Elite Eight.

“Tonight’s game will be an intense game,” Lawrence said. “We’ve played both teams and it will be a good game.”

Teammate Sutton agrees.

“Whoever we play, we know we have a chance to win,” Sutton said.

Turner expects nothing less.

“It will come down to who can put the ball in play and who will play good defense,” Turner said.

Continue to check www.fpdvikings.com for coverage on the FPD Softball team in the GHSA Elite Eight. Follow along on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports for up-to-the-minte updates from Columbus.

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. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

POST-GAME VIDEOS:

BOX SCORE:
FPD 8, ATHENS CHRISTIAN 0

ACH 000-000-x — 0-5-1
FPD 102-023-x — 8-14-0

WP: Carli Sutton (14-6). LP: Lexi Veamoi.
2B: ACH – Katie Jacobsen; FPD – Courtney Lawrence 3, Jill Rogers, Peyton Worsham.
Game notes: FPD advances to play Brookstone at 5 p.m. on Friday night on Field 6 … Lawrence was 4-for-4 with four RBI’s for FPD … Jill Rogers was 2-for-3 with two RBI’s for FPD … Four Lady Vikings had two or more hits … Sumner Carlton was 2-for-4 for FPD.

Record: FPD 25-8; Athens Christian 21-12.
Next: FPD v. Brookstone, 5 p.m., Friday (Oct. 31) at Field #6 in Columbus.

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