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Lady Trojans Edge Out Lady Vikings 3-2 in Region 7A Play

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity softball team rallied late but it wasn’t enough as the Tattnall Square Lady Trojans (15-2, 2-1 Reg. 7A) held on for a 3-2 win over the Lady Vikings (9-3, 3-1 Reg. 7A) on Thursday night at the FPD Softball Complex.

The loss is FPD’s second straight defeat, their longest losing skid of the 2015 season.

“I thought we just played OK,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “We didn’t hit the ball well. I think we had five or six hits and in a region game that won’t get it done.”

The Lady Trojans started the scoring off FPD starting pitcher Peyton Worsham in the second inning when Tattnall starting pitcher Caroline Gilbert helped her own cause by singling home Allie Gordon for a 1-0 lead.

After three scoreless frames, the Lady Trojans took a 3-0 advantage in the top of the sixth, plating two runs on a Lady Viking infield error that scored Taylor Spivey and Grace Ann Morris.

But in the bottom half of the same inning, FPD’s Allie Parkerson made sure her team stayed in the game and provided some fireworks.

After Worsham reached base on a fielder’s choice, Parkerson drilled a 1-1 offering from Gilbert over the left-center field fence for a two-run home run to make it a 3-2 contest in favor of Tattnall.

“Allie got a hold of that one and that was nice to see us fight back late in the game,” Turner said.

Down to their final three outs in bottom of the seventh, FPD went down in order to drop their second straight game.

“We got close late and couldn’t get it done,” Turner said.

With back-to-back losses, Turner acknowledges there are many areas the Lady Vikings have to address in order to get better at as the season progresses.

“We have to get better on certain pitch counts and offensively we’re just swinging and right now it’s not at the ball,” Turner said. “We’ve got to be more focused offensively and more focused overall.”

FPD will look to regain its focus after taking Labor Day Weekend off before returning to the diamond on Tuesday Sept. 8 to face Crawford County High Schol.

First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. against the Lady Eagles in Roberta, Ga.

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.

VIDEO:
Jim Turner Post-game

BOX SCORE:

TATTNALL SQUARE 3, FPD 2

TSA 010-002-0 — 3-6-0
FPD 000-002-0 — 2-6-3

WP: Caroline Gilbert. LP: Peyton Worsham

HR: FPD – Allie Parkerson.

Game notes: Gilbert was 1-for-3 with one RBI for Tattnall…Gilbert had four strikeouts … Allie Gordon was 2-for-3 for Tattnall … Parkerson hit a two-run home run in the sixth for FPD … Jill Rogers was 2-for-3 for FPD … Worsham had six strikeouts.

Records: FPD 9-3, 3-1 Reg. 7A; Tattnall 15-2, 2-1 Reg. 7A.

Next: FPD at Crawford County, 5 p.m., Tuesday; GMC at Tattnall, 3 p.m., Saturday.