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Softball Still Alive, Faces Elimination after 1-0 Loss to Prince Avenue

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The FPD softball team dropped its final game of the GHSA Class-A Elite Eight State Tournament opening day 1-0 to the Prince Avenue Lady Wolverines on Thursday evening, Oct. 30, at the South Commons Softball Complex.

The loss puts the Lady Vikings (24-8) in the loser’s portion of the bracket and one game away from elimination. FPD will take on the winner of the Athens Christian/Calvary Day game in the main stadium at South Commons at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31.

“We hit the ball, but we couldn’t get our runners in when it mattered,” sophomore Maggie Renfroe said. “We put it in play, just couldn’t get those runners in.”

Part of the reason the Lady Vikings were shutout was due to the stellar pitching performance of Prince’s Emily Soles. The righty struck out nine batters and allowed five hits in the shutout bid.

Prince has now won 18 straight games dating back to Sept. 12. The loss snaps a seven game winning streak for FPD.

“They are a good team,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “We knew it would be tough and that we’d see a lot of great pitching and defense in this one. Our girls battled, there’s no doubt about that.”

Prince took the lead in the third inning when Jenna Thomas singled to right field. The ball then scooted past Caylee Ann Sutton on an odd bounce that brought in Jordyn Smith who had singled earlier in the inning.

“That was a strange play,” Turner said. “It was one of those things that just happens and you have to move on. Credit them for putting the ball in play.”

The run provided enough offense for Soles, who continued to dominate in the circle as Prince claimed their second consecutive 1-0 win in the 2014 State Tournament and over FPD (the Lady Wolverines knocked the Lack Vikings out of the tournament last year 1-0). Prince bested Tattnall Square 1-0 earlier in the day.

Renfroe says that all is not lost for FPD and that the team has been in this situation before.

“We lost our first game last year and had to battle back,” Renfroe said, who finished 1-for-2 at the plate against Prince. “Thankfully, we won earlier today (against Brookstone) and still have a chance. We’ll have to be ready to play.”

Peyton Worsham (11-3) picked up the loss in the circle for the Lady Vikings. The righty had another magnificent outing, allowing one run and four hits while striking out five over seven innings of work.

FPD out-hit Prince Avenue 5-4 in the contest.

Check www.fpdvikings.com for continuing coverage of the FPD Softball team in the Elite Eight and visit @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news 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.

BOX SCORE:

PRINCE AVENUE 1, FPD 0

FPD 000-000-0 — 0-5-3
PRA 001-000-0 — 1-4-1

WP: Emily Soles. LP: Peyton Worsham (11-3).
Game notes: FPD falls into the loser’s bracket … Worsham had five strikeouts for FPD … Soles had nine strikeouts for Prince … Prince has defeated FPD 1-0 each time in the Class-A Elite Eight in Columbus (2013 and 2014) … Emily Rutledge, Peyton Worsham, Jill Rogers and Maggie Renfroe each had a hit for FPD.

Record: FPD 24-8, Prince Avenue 30-3.
Next: FPD v. Athens Christian/Calvary Day, 1 p.m., Friday (Oct. 31).

BRACKET:
GHSA Class-A Elite Eight Bracket 

GAME ONE WIN v. BROOKSTONE:
Recap of FPD’s Game One Win v. Brookstone in the GHSA Elite Eight

LOCAL MEDIA COVERAGE:
13WMAZ Scores and Highlights from Day 1 of GHSA Elite Eight

Macon Telegraph GHSA Elite Eight Article