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Rain Doesn’t Stop Lady Vikings in 10-4 Win Over AAAA Pike County

MACON, Ga. – FPD head softball head coach Jim Turner said after Tuesday’s 5-1 region loss at Tattnall Square that his Lady Vikings didn’t play inspiring softball.

Two days later and battling rainy and muddy conditions, those thoughts were washed away as the Lady Vikings rose to the occasion to come back from a 2-0 deficit and knock off the AAAA Pike County Lady Pirates 10-4 at the FPD Softball Complex on Thursday night, Sept. 24.

“I’m just really proud of the way we played,” Turner said. “We knew coming into this what we had to do and we had to do in it some tough conditions. It was raining steady for the first couple of innings, the balls were wet and things were just messy.”

“But we persevered and got a big win for our program.”

FPD trailed 2-0 at the end of the one half inning, but tied the game in the bottom of the first inning on a Karsen Ochs single that plated Jill Rogers and Peyton Worsham.

“That was a big hit to just get our morale back,” Turner said. “Karsen ripped that one pretty well.”

Then an inning later, the Lady Vikings never looked back.

Carli Sutton stepped in the box and on a 1-1 pitch from Jenna Little, drilled her first career varsity home run to left-center to give FPD a 4-2 lead.

“It was a great feeling,” Sutton said. “I’m really glad we could all start hitting and it was fun.”

The offense wasn’t done, though.

FPD added six more runs, two in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to capture the win.

In the fourth, Allie Parkerson drove home Emily Rutledge on a single followed by double by Peyton Worsham that plated Sadie Frame, who was courtesy-running for Parkerson.

“We just hit the ball better and better as the game went on,” Turner said. “We’ve been streaky at times this year, but to do it tonight when we really needed it was huge.”

After allowing the Lady Pirates two runs in the top of the fifth, Caylee Ann Sutton got in on the hit parade by singling home Karsen Ochs. She later came home in the inning on an Emily Rutledge single to give FPD an 8-4 lead.

The Lady Vikings sank the Pirates for good in the sixth inning when Caylee Ann Sutton doubled home Jill Rogers and Katie Culver scored on a wild pitch.

Although the Lady Viking bats were in rhythm, so was Worsham in the circle.

The right-hander picked up her seventh win of the season and collected six strikeouts along the way.

Worsham said her mindset going into the game allowed her to pitch well.

“I just tried not to let the rain and wet conditions affect me, because I would get off track mentally and allow hits and walks,” Worsham said. “I didn’t want that to happen.”

Worsham also noted that the defense backing her played well.

“They were pretty awesome,” Worsham said smiling.

“Everyone played great tonight and played an important role,” Turner added.

FPD is back in action next week, first on Monday, Sept. 28, traveling to Strong Rock Christian School for a 5 p.m. contest. On Tuesday, Sept. 29 FPD travels to Rutland High School for a match-up set for 5 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 VIDEO:
Junior Carli Sutton and Senior Peyton Worsham

BOX SCORE:

FPD 10, PIKE COUNTY 4

PCH 200-020-0 — 4-3-2
FPD 220-222-x — 10-13-1

WP: Peyton Worsham (7-2). LP: Jenna Little.

2B: FPD – Jill Rogers, Worsham, Caylee Ann Sutton.
HR: FPD – Carli Sutton.

Game notes: Worsham threw a complete game and totaled six strikeouts … Carli Sutton, Caylee Ann Sutton and Karsen Ochs each had two RBI for FPD … Ochs was 3-for-4 … FPD walked five times … Megan Neal and Kristyn Nix each had one RBI for Pike County.

Records: FPD 16-5; Pike County 17-5.

NextL FPD at Strong Rock, 5 p.m., Monday;