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Softball Takes First Game of Elite Eight 4-3 Over Brookstone

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The FPD softball team erased an early 2-0 deficit to move into the winner’s bracket of the GHSA Class-A Elite Eight Tournament on Thursday morning, Oct. 30, defeating the Brookstone Lady Cougars 4-3 at the South Commons Softball Complex.

The victory puts the Lady Vikings (24-7) in the winner’s bracket with a match-up against Prince Avenue at 6 p.m. at Field No. 2 on Thursday evening. Prince knocked FPD out of 2013 State Tournament 1-0 en route to a runner-up finish.

“Our girls did a great job getting runners in when we got them in (scoring) position,” Turner said. “We did a great job of putting the ball in play when we had to.”

Brookstone jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, scoring both runs off starter Carli Sutton on a Katherine Snavely sacrifice fly and the second run on a KayLynn Church single.

But the Lady Vikings hung in the game, plating one run in the second inning when Jill Rogers hit a fielder’s choice that scored Courtney Lawrence. FPD tied the contest at 2-2 in the third inning when Sumner Carlton hit a check-swing ground ball that led to a Brookstone throwing error to plate Ashleigh Powers.

“Last year we lost to Brookstone,” Carlton said. “It’s great to respond with a win against them this year and it makes it a lot easier for us being in the winner’s bracket to advance.”

The Lady Vikings took the lead for good in the sixth inning.

After Carlton singled and Allie Parkerson reached on a throwing error (Parkerson was later replaced by courtesy runner Katie Culver), Peyton Worsham hit a sacrifice fly to right field the plate Carlton. Lawrence followed with a groundout to score Culver, giving the Lady Vikings a 4-2 advantage.

“Brookstone had a fast pitcher,” Carlton said. “We definitely just watched the ball and put it in play.”

The Lady Cougars rallied in the seventh inning with one run, but could do no more, sending FPD to the winner’s bracket.

Peyton Worsham (11-2) picked up the win in relief for FPD. The righty tossed six innings of shutout ball and racked up six strikeouts while surrendering one hit.

“Everyone did great,” Turner said. “Peyton was able to locate her pitches and Allie helped her call a good game.”

Now the attention turns to Prince Avenue for the Lady Vikings.

“It will be a great game,” Turner said. “We’ll see a lot of pitching and a lot of defense.”

First pitch is at 6 p.m. on Field 2.

Continue to check www.fpdvikings.com for updates on the FPD Softball Team. Up-to-the-minute updates are available on Twitter by following @FPDVikingSports.

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 4, BROOKSTONE 3

FPD 011-002-0 — 4-3-2
BST 200-000-1 — 3-3-2

WP: Peyton Worsham (11-2). LP: Helen Snavely.
Game notes: Peyton Worsham, Courtney Lawrence and Jill Rogers each had one RBI for FPD … Sumner Carlton was 2-for-2 with one walk for FPD … FPD moves into the winner’s bracket after the win over Brookstone … Worsham had six strikeouts for FPD … Snavely struck out eight for Brookstone.

Records: FPD 24-7; Brookstone 18-7.
Next: FPD v. Prince Avenue, 6 p.m., Thursday (Field No. 2 in Columbus).

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