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Softball Opens 2015 Season with Wins over Rutland and Perry

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity softball team (2-0) got their 2015 season started on the right foot, claiming two wins, 10-4 over the Rutland Lady Hurricanes (0-2) and 3-1 over the Perry Lady Panthers (1-1), on Saturday, August 8 at the FPD Softball Complex.

In the first game of the day against Rutland, FPD out-hit Rutland 12-8 en route to the victory.

The Lady Vikings struck first in the second inning when Allie Parkerson smashed a solo home run to left field to give FPD a 1-0 lead.

“We saw the ball really well as a team,” Parkerson said. “I thought we came out sluggish in the first inning, but we got better as the game progressed.”

FPD answered again in the third with two more runs before putting up a five-spot in the fifth frame, the big hit coming off the bat of Jill Rogers.

Rogers sent Abigail Johnson’s offering through the infield to score Caylee Ann Sutton and Sadie Frame.

FPD added on two more insurance runs to secure the victory in the sixth at 10-4.

Carli Sutton (1-0) snagged the complete-game win for the Lady Vikings in the circle. The righty tossed seven innings, allowed four earned runs and struck out five batters. Sutton did not surrender a walk throughout the contest.

“We had timely hitting (against Rutland) and Carli did a great job keeping the ball away from their hitters,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “We also played good defense when we had to.”

Game two of the day saw a pitcher’s dual between FPD’s Worsham and Perry’s Ashley Gidney.

But the Lady Vikings never looked back when Worsham helped her own cause with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the first to give herself and the Lady Vikings a 1-0 advantage.

“We’ve been practicing our hitting a lot and I was able to see the ball great today,” Worsham said.

An inning later with two runners on, two outs and facing a 3-1 count, Sadie Frame singled  to right-center to score Rogers and Lizzie Reed to give FPD a 3-1 lead.

“I haven’t been doing much hitting lately, mainly just slapping,” Frame said. “So to get that solid hit was nice. I didn’t know that it had scored two runs until I reached base, so that was nice to see.”

The added boost in offense provided plenty of support for Worsham (1-0), who, like Sutton earlier in the day, tossed a seven-inning complete game. The righty struck out seven batters, and walked none in the winning bid.

“Pitching today was great because I knew I had a great defense behind me,” Worsham said. “I was able to trust the stuff I was throwing and it worked out.”

Perry’s lone run of the contest came on a Lillian Reynolds fielders choice that plated Mattie Hamilton in the fourth inning.

FPD out-hit their opponents 18-11 and did not commit an error all day, something Turner likes to see.

“Our infield and outfield played really well,” Turner said. “We definitely have to keep that going moving forward.”

“But getting a great start from Peyton at the plate and on the mound was huge for us,” Turner added. “In both of our wins today, everyone played a part somehow in getting it done when we needed to.”

The Lady Vikings now shift their focus to Veterans High School next on Thursday, August 13 at a time to be determined.

Worsham and Frame like starting the season 2-0, but knows there is still plenty of work to be done.

“It feels great to start 2-0,” Worsham said.

“We have to keep working on the details,” Frame added. “We need to keep communicating and talking together and grow as a team.”

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter to find out when the game time is announced for Thursday’s contest at Veterans.

Rutland fell to Perry 11-3 in the second game of the day.

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 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FPDathletics.

VIDEOS:

vs. Perry

Peyton Worsham and Sadie Frame

Head Coach Jim Turner

vs. Rutland

Allie Parkerson

Head Coach Jim Turner

PHOTO: (courtesy of Andrew Brooks Photography)

Softball vs. perry

 

 

 

BOX SCORES:

Perry Game

FPD 3, PERRY 1

PHS 000-100-0–1-3-0
FPD 120-000-0–3-6-0

WP: Peyton Worsham (1-0). LP: Ashley Gidney.
2B: PHS – Amber Garrett.
HR: FPD – Worsham (1).

Game notes: Worsham threw a complete-game, allowing three hits while striking out seven batters…Sadie Frame had a 2-RBI single in the second ining for FPD…Lillian Reynolds was 1-3 with one RBI for Perry…Jill Rogers was 2-3 for FPD.

Records: FPD 2-0, Perry 1-1.

Next: FPD at Veterans, Time TBD, Thursday; Perry at Northside, 5:55 p.m., Tuesday.

Rutland Game

FPD 10, RUTLAND 4

RHS 000-202-0 — 4-8-1
FPD 012-052-x — 10-12-0

WP: Carli Sutton (1-0). LP: Abigail Johnson.
2B: RHS – Megan Frank, Abigail Johnson; FPD – Peyton Worsham, Katie Culver, Carli Sutton.
HR: FPD – Allie Parkerson (1).

Game notes: Johnson had three RBI for Rutland…Jill Rogers and Parkerson each had two RBI for FPD…Sutton struck out five batters…Caylee Ann Sutton, Worsham, Parkerson and Culver each had two hits for FPD.