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Vikings Rally Past Lincoln County 4-2 on Senior Night

MACON, Ga. – FPD almost had a night to forget on the diamond.

Key word: almost.

Instead, the Vikings (16-3, 8-3 Reg. 7A) rallied from a two-run deficit to defeat the Lincoln County Red Devils (5-12, 5-6 Reg. 7A) 4-2 on Senior Night at Ben Harden Memorial Field on Thursday, April 16.

“What a game,” FPD head coach Denny Bryant said. “You always want to win your Senior Night game so the kids can look back on it and have something positive to remember. Thankfully, we pulled through late to get the win.”

The Vikings trailed the Red Devils 2-0 after three innings.

But in the fourth, FPD cut the deficit in half when Will McCormick doubled home Gavin Bloodworth to make it a 2-1 Red Devil advantage.

“I thought that hit by Will really helped us get things going,” Bryant said. “Our offense has been great of late, but tonight we were challenged and were able to come out of it.”

The Viking bats weren’t done, though.

In the bottom of the sixth, FPD plated three runs to take the lead for good.

McCormick tripled in Bloodworth to tie the game at 2-2.

Then one batter later, Tyler Stubbs blasted a two-run home run to right field to put FPD ahead 4-2.

“That was really an exciting inning,” Bryant said. “To see Will come through again for us was big and Tyler’s home run certainly came at the right time.”

FPD also received stellar pitching from Sam Jones (2-1).

The righty tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out nine batters.

“Sam stepped up big for us tonight,” Bryant said. “They got some runs off of him early, but he trusted the game plan and it paid off for us in the end.”

With Thursday’s win, the Vikings have now won five straight.

FPD will look to extend its winning streak on Friday night, April 17 when taking on the Stratford Academy Eagles at Mercer’s Claude Smith Field in a Region-7 contest.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The Vikings defeated the Eagles 13-1 back on April 9 at Stratford.

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 4, LINCOLN COUNTY 2

LCO 101-000-0 — 2-1-1
FPD 000-103-x — 4-7-1

WP: Sam Jones (3-1). LP: Howard.

2B: FPD – Marshall Lyles, Will McCormick, Gavin Bloodworth.

3B: FPD – McCormick.

HR: FPD – Tyler Stubbs (2).

Game notes: Stubbs homered in the sixth to right field to give FPD the lead … McCormick and Stubbs each had two RBI’s … FPD has won five straight.