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Baseball Notches 10-3 Come from Behind Win Over Perry

MACON, Ga. – The FPD Vikings (5-0) erased an early two-run deficit and Daniel Weaver  blasted a three-run home run en route to a 10-3 come from behind victory over the AAAA Perry High School Panthers (3-3) on Monday night, March 2, at Ben Harden Memorial Field.

“What an exciting win,” FPD head coach Denny Bryant said. “We got down early but our guys fought themselves back into the game. We got some clutch hits and our pitching settled down nicely.”

The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after scoring on a passed ball and fielders choice.

But the Vikings responded with a five-run first inning of their own, including a two-run double from Kendall Friar.

“We dug ourselves into an early hole,” Bryant said. “But our guys knew what they had to do in order to get out of it and they did. We got some key walks in the inning from Gavin (Bloodworth) and Marhsall (Lyles) to help score some runs when their pitchers got in trouble.”

The contest would remain a 5-2 Viking advantage until the bottom of the second inning. FPD sent eight batters to the dish and scored five runs with the biggest hit coming from Weaver on a home run to left field to plate Bloodworth and Lyles.

“Daniel is a great talent,” Bryant said. “He’ll do anything we ask of him and he’s a great teammate. He got a pitch he could handle and drove it. We’re all proud of him.”

The Panthers added another run in the third stanza on a passed ball.

Senior Austin Cox moved to 3-0 on the season, tossing four innings and striking out five.

“Any time Austin is on the mound, we know we have a good chance to win,” Bryant said. “We also got some good innings from Gavin tonight as well.”

FPD will now turn its focus to another AAAA school this week when traveling to Westside on Wednesday afternoon in Macon.

First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Ed Defore Sports Complex.

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 following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 10, PERRY 3

PHS 201-000-0 — 3-4-0
FPD 550-000-0 — 10-10-0

WP: Austin Cox (3-0). LP: Evan Lassiter.

2B: FPD – Kendall Friar, Tyler Stubs.

HR: FPD – Daniel Weaver (1).

Game notes: Weaver had four RBI for FPD … Gavin Bloodworth was 1-for-3 with three RBI for FPD … Cox had five strikeouts … JW Gentry had one RBI for Perry … Weaver hit a 3-run home run in the second for FPD.

Records: FPD 5-0, Perry 3-3.

Next: FPD at Westside, 5 p.m., Wednesday.