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Viking Fan Guide: Softball at GHSA Elite Eight

MACON, Ga. – The FPD softball team (23-7, 11-1) will travel to Columbus, Ga. on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 30-31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 to play in the GHSA Class-A Elite Eight and for a chance to win the 2014 State Championship.

Below is information for Viking fans to know for this weekend’s tournament.

The Lady Vikings finished the 2014 season as the Region-7A Champions, defeating Tattnall Square Academy 4-3 on Oct. 9. at the FPD Softball Complex to earn their ninth region title in school history.

FPD is the no. 3 seed in the Elite Eight and will take on the no. 6 seeded Brookstone Lady Cougars in the 10:30 a.m. game on Field #5 on Thursday morning, Oct. 30, in Columbus.

Who: FPD Softball Lady Vikings.

What: GHSA Class-A Elite Eight Softball Tournament.

When: Thursday-Friday, Oct. 30-31; Saturday, Nov. 1

Where: South Commons Softball Complex: 400 4th Street, Columbus, GA, 31901.

First game/Field/Time/Place: FPD v. Brookstone/Field #5/10:30 a.m./ South Commons Softball Complex.

Admission: $10 per day. Only GHSA Coaching Passes, GAOA Membership Passes and media credentials will be acknowledged.

Tournament Format: Double-elimination.

Tournament Championship Brackets: Click HERE for the official GHSA Class-A Private Softball Tournament Bracket.

Directions: Directions to the South Commons Softball Complex.

2013 State Tournament History/Finish for FPD: The Lady Vikings dropped their first game of the Elite Eight 3-1 to Brookstone before rattling off three straight wins (8-0 v. Darlington, 4-0 v. Strong Rock and 5-3 v. Savannah Christian) to reach the Final Four.

The Lady Vikings were eliminated in the Final Four, dropping to Prince Avenue 1-0.

FPD finished third overall in 2013 in the State Tournament.

Number of Trips to Columbus/GHSA Elite Eight for FPD Softball: 2. (FPD’s program record in the Elite Eight is 3-2.)

How to Stay Connected with the Lady Vikings in the 2014 State Tournament: The FPD Sports Information Office will provide coverage of the FPD softball team with game releases and post-game videos on www.fpdvikings.com,  live tweets (@FPDVikingSports) and Facebook updates (FPD Athletics). You can use the hashtag #FPDsoftball and #TakeState if tweeting @FPDVikingSports. You can also check the FPD Softball homepage for scheduling updates.

Scouting Brookstone (18-6, 10-2 Reg. 4-A): The Lady Cougars come into the Elite Eight portion of the tournament with an 18-6 record and finished second in Region 4-A with a 10-2 mark.

Brookstone has won eight straight games entering play on Thursday, Oct. 30. The Lady Cougars knocked off Christian Heritage in two games in the first round of the GHSA Class-A State Tournament with a 6-0 victory in Game 1 followed by a 13-1 win in Game 2.

Brookstone’s last loss came on Sept. 19, a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Northside High School of Columbus.

The Lady Cougars are capable of posting high offensive numbers, having outscored their opponents 178-51 in 2014. In their current eight game winning streak, Brookstone has outscored its opponents 66-11. They have posted four shutouts in that same span.

Scouting FPD (23-7, 11-2 Reg. 7-A): The Lady Vikings come in the Elite Eight portion of the GHSA Class-A State Tournament on a high note by knocking off Strong Rock Christian in two games (5-0 and 11-0) in the first round of the State Tournament on Oct. 22. FPD has won 20 of its past 22 games and enter play on Thursday on a six-game winning streak.

Peyton Worsham (10-2) and Carli Sutton (13-5) lead FPD’s pitching staff with an average ERA of 1.29 and 23 wins combined.

Sumner Carlton paces FPD’s offense at the plate with a team-best batting average of .443.

Along with Carlton, nine (9) other Lady Vikings have season batting averages above the .300 mark: Worsham (.393), Allie Parkerson (.390), Katherine Strickland (.389), Jill Rogers (.358), Emily Rutledge (.338), Carli Sutton (.333), Caylee Ann Sutton (.324), Caroline Harrison (.316) and Courtney Lawrence (.307).

The FPD offense has produced an average of 7.26 runs per game, outscoring its opponents 216-85.

The Lady Vikings have the capability of producing the home run at times. Parkerson and Rutledge have each knocked three home runs over the fence this season. Lawrence has two homers as well.

Along with its timely pitching and hitting, if FPD is to make a deep run in 2014, the defense will prove to be key. The Lady Vikings have a team fielding percentage of .929, led by the 1.000 fielding percentage of Parkerson and Lawrence.

Quotables: “Anything can happen in this tournament. We saw that last year with our ladies. We dropped the first game against Brookstone and fought our way into the Final Four. We obviously want to win that first game and get in the winners bracket.” – Head Coach Jim Turner

“Defense will play an important role in our chances of winning state. Winning that first game against Brookstone will definitely make it easier on us.” – Jr. Jill Rogers

“We’ll have to focus. We’re really excited about playing against Brookstone and want to make a strong run. We learned a lot last year and hope to carry that over to this year.” – Soph. Maggie Renfroe

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