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Six Softball Players Earn GACA All-State Honors

MACON, Ga. – The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) released its 2014 All-State softball team on Wednesday, Dec. 3, with six Lady Vikings earning spots on the squad.

“We are very excited for these young ladies and their accomplishments,” head coach Jim Turner said. “They were key to our success in finishing at a high level this season. Our entire team also helped enable these players.”

Highlighting the list was First-Team members Sumner Carlton and Peyton Worsham.

Carlton led the team with a .442 batting average in 2014. The lefty was also first on the team with 38 hits. She also paced the squad in triples with three.

“Sumner did whatever it took to help us win,” Turner said. “She is an unselfish player and a great teammate.”

Worsham turned in an impressive 2014 campaign in her first season as a Lady Viking. The right-handed power pitcher finished with a 12-4 record and a team-best 0.955 ERA. She was also second on the team in strikeouts with 78.

“Peyton made us better by providing us with another key arm,” Turner said. “Her work ethic was tremendous all season.”

Two Lady Vikings picked up Second-Team honors in pitcher Carli Sutton and catcher Allie Parkerson.

The righty Sutton fooled hitters all season long by leading the pitching staff with 14 wins and two saves. Her 80 strikeouts was also a team best.

“Carli is one of the smartest pitchers in the league,” Turner said. “The movement she creates on her pitches is outstanding is she is well-deserving of this honor.”

Parkerson was one of FPD’s power hitters in 2014, blasting three home runs, batting .365 and finishing fifth on the squad with 18 RBI’s.

“Allie is a hard worker,” Turner said. “She’s always wanting to get better. Her power at the plate and her defensive work at catcher helped us in a very competitive region.”

Rounding out FPD’s All-State selections are honorable mentions Courtney Lawrence and Jill Rogers.

Lawrence proved to be one of FPD’s most reliable run-producers in 2014, leading the team in RBI’s with 26 while posting a .315 batting average.

“Courtney’s bat helped us win some tight games all season long,” Turner said. “She was also key in helping us solidify a very solid defense in our infield.”

Rogers finished seventh on the team with 14 RBI’s and scored 22 runs in 2014.

“Jill has a lot of enthusiasm for what she does,” Turner said. “Her consistency in many areas on the field helped us excel as a team.”

The Lady Vikings finished the 2014 season at 26-9 and took third place at the GHSA Class-A State Tournament for a second consecutive season. FPD also claimed its ninth region championship in program history with a 4-3 victory over Tattnall Square Academy on Oct. 9.

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