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Bleckley County Lady Royals Blank Lady Vikings 3-0

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity softball team (9-2) saw its seven game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night at the hands of the Bleckley County Lady Royals (8-9), falling 3-0 in non-region play at the FPD Softball Complex.

The game marks the first time the Lady Vikings have been shutout in 2015.

“We couldn’t do much against their pitcher,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “We were unable to put the ball in play in situations where we needed a big hit.”

The Lady Royals struck first in the top of the second inning when Chelsea Brady hit a sacrifice-fly to left field to score Aliyah Whitehead.

An inning later, Bleckley added another run on a Hannah Coulter single that plated pitcher Taylor Dykes.

Perhaps the biggest blow to the Lady Vikings came in the fifth.

With nobody on base, Dykes helped her own cause with an opposite field home run to right field to give the Lady Royals a 3-0 advantage.

“They are a good team and they played great,” Turner said. “They pitched great and played defense and put the ball in play when they had to.”

FPD’s best chance to score came in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and only one out.

But Dykes forced FPD’s Katie Culver and Peyton Worsham into swinging strikeouts to end the threat.

FPD’s Jill Rogers led the team at the plate recording two hits.

Karsen Ochs was tacked with the loss in the circle for the Lady Vikings.

Turner says that the team has to put the loss behind them fast and respond in a positive way.

The Lady Vikings host Tattnall Square Academy (14-1) in a key Region 7-A contest on Thursday night, Sept. 1.

“We’ll respond well,” Turner said. “It’s what this region is all about and what this game is all about. It will be a great game in front of a big crowd and we’ll play well.”

Before taking on the Lady Vikings, the Lady Trojans play at Stratford Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

First pitch for Thursday’s contest is scheduled for 5:55 p.m. at the FPD Softball 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 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FPDathletics.

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FPD Head Coach Jim Turner

BOX SCORE:

BLECKLEY COUNTY 3, FPD 0

BCH 011-010-0 — 3-4-1
FPD 000-000-0 — 0-5-2

WP: Taylor Dykes. LP: Karsen Ochs.
2B: FPD – Ochs.
HR: BCH – Dykes.

Game notes: FPD’s seven game winning streak is snapped…Dykes had six strikeouts…FPD left seven runners on base.

Records: FPD 9-2, Bleckley County 8-9.

Next: Tattnall Square at FPD, 5:55 p.m., Thursday.