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Lady Vikings Knock Off Stratford in 3-2 Thriller

MACON, Ga. – The last time the Lady Vikings of FPD and Eaglettes of Stratford Academy faced off was back on Aug. 27. FPD fell behind 5-0 early but came-from-behind for a thrilling 7-6 win at the FPD Softball Complex.

And Thursday night’s game was no different: a nail-biting thriller to the end.

The Lady Vikings (14-4, 6-1 Reg. 7A) held on for a 3-2 road win against the Eaglettes (13-4, 3-2 Reg. 7A) to claim the regular season series over Stratford and push their winning streak to four games.

“It was just an incredible game between two great teams,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “Everything we did just fell into place from pitching to hitting to base-running.”

After two scoreless innings, FPD jumped ahead 1-0 when Carli Sutton, FPD’s starting pitcher for the game, helped out her own cause by doubling home Emily Rutledge.

An inning later, FPD’s Jill Rogers accomplished a rare feat: the senior hit her first inside-the-park home run past a diving Evans McCook. The hit plated Worsham and Rogers for a 3-0 advantage.

“I just tried my very best to hit like I know I can,” Rogers said. “It was a little lucky because their player dove for it, but that happens in this game and we will definitely take it.”

Turner points back to the heads up base-running by Rogers to be the key as well.

“Their player tried to make a great diving catch and it definitely would’ve been,” Turner said. “But it was just great base-running by Jill to keep going.”

The Eaglettes didn’t go away easy, though.

Stratford scored twice in the sixth inning, the first on a Mary Wilson Avant single that brought in Tori Dover and the second on a McCook single to plate Avant.

But the Vikings battled through what appeared to be a doomed situation.

The Eaglettes appeared poised for a comeback with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth.

But Worsham struck out Autumn Lamb and Hannah Griffin to end the threat and reverse the momentum back to the Lady Vikings.

Carli Sutton (6-1) picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Vikings with five strikeouts.

Turner also used Worsham twice in relief. The senior threw two innings and picked up the save by retiring the side in the seventh.

“I just stayed focused and trusted our defense,” Sutton said. “They made some really key plays for Peyton and I tonight and I just felt prepared.”

Turner says a win like this can certainly help the morale of his team.

“We played focused and with a lot of energy tonight,” Turner said. “But we still have big games ahead and have to get ready for those to end up where we want to be at the end of the season.”

The Lady Vikings return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 22, traveling to Tattnall Square Academy for another Region-7 contest. 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.

POST-GAME VIDEOS
Jill Rogers and Carli Sutton

Head Coach Jim Turner

BOX SCORE:

FPD 3, STRATFORD 2

FPD 001-200-0 — 3-5-2
SEA 000-002-0 — 1-9-3

WP: Carli Sutton (6-1). LP: Mary Wilson Avant. S: Peyton Worsham (3).

2B: FPD – Carli Sutton; SEA – Tori Dover.
HR: FPD – Jill Rogers.

Game notes: Rogers hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning to score two runs … Carli Sutton was 1-for-3 with a RBI double … Sutton and Worsham combined for nine strikeouts … Avant had six strikeouts for Stratford … Evans McCook was 3-for-3 with one RBI for Stratford … Mary Wilson Avant was 1-for-4 with one RBI for Stratford … Stratford left nine runners on base while FPD left seven on base.

Records: FPD 14-4, 6-1 Reg. 7A; Stratford 13-4, 3-2 Reg. 7A.

Next: FPD at Tattnall, 5:55 p.m., Tuesday; Stratford at Tattnall, 5:55 p.m., Monday.