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Cox Slams the Door on Mount de Sales, 5-1

MACON, Ga. – When you’re on, you’re on.

And FPD’s Austin Cox was certainly on.

The southpaw tossed a complete-game one-hitter that included 12 strikeouts as his FPD Vikings (11-2, 5-2 Reg. 7-A) defeated the Mount de Sales Academy Cavaliers (9-4, 5-2 Reg. 7-A) 5-1 at Cavalier Fields on Tuesday night, March 24.

“To say this was a much needed win for us would be a big understatement,” FPD head coach Denny Bryant said. “They got us at our place earlier this season and it’s nice to come here and see our guys get the win.”

“Austin stepped up big for us tonight,” Bryant added. “His command was great and he threw strikes. He did a great job.”

Cox and the Vikings fell behind early in the game, though. The Cavaliers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Chandler Robinson lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Ethan Edwards.

But in the top of the second, the Vikings snatched the lead back for good.

Kendall Friar reached on an error by the de Sales infield that scored Tyler Stubbs and Will McCormick to give the Vikings a 2-1 advantage.

“We just wanted to put the ball in play tonight and the more we did that, the more pressure we put on their defense to make the plays,” Bryant said. “Our guys stuck to the game plan and hustled all game.”

The game remained a pitchers duel between Cox and de Sales’ Adam Leverett until the top of the seventh.

The Vikings sent seven hitters to the plate and scored three key insurance runs to take a 5-1 lead.

The biggest blow from the Vikings in that frame came from Stubbs, who doubled home Gavin Bloodworth and Austin Hartley.

“That was a big hit by Tyler,” Bryant said. “That gave Austin and our guys some breathing room going into the bottom of the seventh.”

And Cox shined yet again in the bottom half for the Vikings on the hill. The final out, fittingly enough, was a strikeout swinging by Edwards.

“He threw an amazing game,” Bryant said. “We’ll definitely take that every time.”

The Vikings will now focus their attention on the Tattnall Square Academy Trojans on Thursday night, March 26.

The Trojans bested the Vikings 7-0 at Tattnall back on March 10.

First pitch for Thursday’s Region-7A contest is slated for 7 p.m. at Ben Harden Memorial Field.

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 5, MOUNT de SALES 1

FPD 020-000-3 — 5-8-1
MDS 100-000-0 — 1-1-1

WP: Austin Cox (5-1). LP: Adam Leverett.

2B: FPD – Tyler Stubbs 2; MDS – Jack Lipson.

Game notes: Cox had 12 strikeouts for FPD … Stubbs and Kendall Friar each had two RBI’s for FPD … Cox struck out eight of the nine MDS batters on the night … Gavin Bloodworth was 2-for-4 for FPD.

Records: FPD 11-2, 5-2 Reg. 7-A; MDS 9-4, 5-2 Reg. 7A.

Next: Tattnall Square at FPD, 7 p.m., Thursday; Westside at MDS, 5 p.m., Friday.