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Bats Come Alive at Softball Smashes Crawford County 10-2

ROBERTA, Ga. – The FPD varsity softball team (15-5) out-hit the Crawford County Lady Eagles 17-3 on Wednesday night en route to a 10-2 non-region road win and snapping a quick one-game losing streak.

The victory gives FPD the regular season series 2-1 against Crawford County.

“We played with a lot of passion and poise tonight,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “After our tough loss at Tattnall, we wanted to come out with effort and energy and I’m proud of the girls for coming together like they did for a much needed win.”

The Lady Vikings scored two runs in the top of the second inning, the first run coming off a Jill Rogers single that plated Caylee Ann Sutton and Lizzie Reed.

“We hit the ball great,” Turner said. “As a coach that’s a definite positive that our staff wants to see moving forward into the end of the regular season and possible postseason.”

The Lady Vikings weren’t through offensively, though. After adding a run in the fourth and fifth inning, FPD added two in the sixth on an Emily Rutledge fielder’s choice to plate
Lizzie Reed followed by a Peyton Worsham fielder’s choice that scored Rogers.

“We got a lot of runners on base tonight and we put the ball in play and forced their defense to make some plays.

The Lady Vikings added four runs in the top of the seventh to seal the win. Crawford County added a run in the sixth and seventh, respectively.

“We lost here earlier this season and our girls came back today and took care of business,” Turner said. “I’m proud of them for that.”

Karsen Ochs picked up the win for the Lady Vikings, tossing five scoreless inning with seven strikeouts. Carli Sutton snagged the save as well.

The Lady Vikings are back in action quickly for their final game of the week, hosting the AAAA-Pike County Lady Pirates (17-4) on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the FPD Softball Complex.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.

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.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 10, CRAWFORD COUNTY 2

FPD 020-112-4 — 10-17-0
CCH 000-001-1 — 2-3-1

WP: Karsen Ochs (3-1). LP: Deloach. S: Carli Sutton.
2B: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton, Kate Culver; CC – Schmitz.

Game notes: Allie Parkerson was 3-for-3 with four RBI for FPD … Jill Rogers was 3-for-4 with three RBI for FPD … Ochs had seven strikeouts … 15 of FPD’s 17 hits were singles.

Records: FPD 15-5, Crawford County 9-15.

Next: Pike County at FPD, 5:55 p.m., Thursday.