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Lady Vikings Soar Past Crawford County Lady Eagles 11-1 in Five Innings

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity softball team was not pleased with their play back on Sept. 8 in a 6-1 loss at Crawford County.

That game was the latter part of a three-game losing streak.

But a day later the tides turned in a flash as the Lady Vikings came from behind to beat Veterans 6-5.

After a region win on Sept. 10 over Mount de Sales, FPD avenged their loss at Crawford County by run-ruling the Lady Eagles (8-12) 11-1 on Monday night at the FPD Softball Complex in five innings for their third straight win.

“We didn’t play well at all at their place,” FPD senior Jill Rogers said. “It’s nice to get one back against them because we knew we didn’t play our best (there).”

If FPD didn’t play its best on Monday night, it at least appeared close to it.

The Vikings out-hit the Lady Eagles 16-2 and committed just one error defensively. Starting pitcher Carli Sutton mowed down batters left and right, allowing one run in four innings while striking out four. Karsen Ochs also picked up her first save of the year.

“We hit the ball really, really hard today,” FPD head coach Jim Turner. “As a coach, that’s a positive sign as we head down the stretch run of our season. Carli pitched great. She located her pitches well and everyone just stuck to the game-plan”

FPD’s offense staked Sutton (5-1) three runs in the first inning when Peyton Worsham smashed her second home run of the season to dead center field for a 2-0 lead.

Later in the inning, Amanda Evans drove in Karsen Ochs with a double off the fence to give FPD a 3-0 advantage.

“We were all just seeing the ball well as a team,” Evans said. “I knew she was a good pitcher coming in, but I was just trying to remain focused and put a good swing on the ball.”

After a Lady Eagle run in the top of the third inning, the Lady Viking bats went back to work instantly.

FPD scored two runs in the bottom half of third inning and six in the fourth, highlighted by a Karsen Ochs two-run home run to left-center that plated Jill Rogers.

Ochs, Evans, Rutledge and Worsham each recorded three hits in the win as well.

Ochs secured the final three outs of the game for FPD to secure the win in the top of the fifth.

“It’s just nice to see us on a streak again,” Evans said. “I think you have to give thanks to God for putting us in these situations to succeed and for allowing us to come closer together as a team.”

Turner certainly likes that attitude.

“This is a special team,” Turner said. “We’ve had more ups than downs this season for sure but I just think we need to keep our momentum going and keep our focus on one play at a time.”

One Lady Viking who has kept that focus all season is senior Jill Rogers. After a 1-for-3 performance in Monday’s win, her batting average is at a whopping .574 in 47 official at-bats.

“This season versus the last few seasons I’ve had more confidence,” Rogers said. “I’m always looking for a pitch to hit and just trying to do the best I can do for the team to win.”

Turner joked that, “she’s definitely been eating her broccoli.”

The Lady Vikings are back to the diamond quickly, hosting Wilkinson County High School at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

FPD defeated the Lady Warriors 19-0 in three innings in Irwinton, GA back on Aug. 25.

The game is Senior Night for the Class of 2016 (#6 Peyton Worsham, #11 Lizzie Reed and #13 Jill Rogers). The Senior Night ceremony will take place prior to first pitch.

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POST-GAME VIDEOS:

Jill Rogers and Amanda Evans

Head Coach Jim Turner

BOX SCORE:

FPD 11, CRAWFORD COUNTY 1

CCH 001-00 — 1-2-0
FPD 302-6x — 11-16-1

WP: Carli Sutton (5-1). LP: Brandi DeLoach. S: Karsen Ochs.

2B: FPD – Amanda Evans 2, Karsen Ochs 2, Peyton Worsham, Emily Rutledge; CC – C.C. Wood.
3B: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton.
HR: FPD – Worsham, Ochs.

Game notes: FPD hit for the cycle as a team … Worsham, Ochs, Evans and Rutledge each had three hits for FPD … Five players had multi-hit games for FPD … FPD has won three straight … Sutton had four strikeouts.

Records: FPD 12-4; Crawford County 8-12.

Next: Wilkinson County at FPD, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday; Crawford County at Mount de Sales, 5 p.m., Wednesday.