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Softball Pushes Past Strong Rock Late for 7-2 Road Win

LOCUST GROVE, Ga –  The FPD varsity softball team (16-5) picked up a key Class-A, non-region win on Monday afternoon, coming from behind to defeat the Strong Rock Christian School Lady Patriots (12-8) on the road 7-2.

The Lady Vikings out-hit the Lady Patriots 16-2 on the night and scored six of its seven runs late in the game to secure the win.

“This was a great team win,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “We got down midway through the game and hung in there to rally late. Our girls never give up and they showed that tonigt.”

Both teams pushed across a run in the fourth inning.

In the top half, Caylee Ann Sutton singled home Jill Rogers for a 1-0 lead.

That lead was short-lived though. In the bottom half Paula Drake hit a sac-fly to left field to plate Olivia Biles who reached base earlier in the inning with a lead-off single.

Then trouble ensued briefly.

The Lady Patriots took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a fielding error by the Lady Vikings.

“That wasn’t good to see in a tight ball game,” Turner said. “But we stuck together as a team and strung together some impressive back-to-back innings.”

FPD scored two runs in the sixth and sealed the win in seventh by scoring four more runs.

“Those two innings show the character this team has this late in the season,” Turner said. “We’re fighting as hard as we can and the best part is that nobody cares who gets the credit. At the end of the game, they all just want the win.”

C. Ann Sutton and Emily Rutledge led the Viking attack at the plate, driving in two runs each. Jill Rogers continued her hot hitting, going 4-for-4 with one RBI on the night. Her season average is now at .582, the highest on the team.

Karsen Ochs (4-1) picked up the win in the circle striking out six batters. Peyton Worsham earned the save, her fourth of the year.

“We pitched great,” Turner said. “Karsen had a great night and Peyton came in and closed the door for us.”

The Lady Vikings are back in action quickly, traveling across town to Rutland High School for a game at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Hurricanes 10-4 back on Aug. 8 to begin the season.

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.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 7, STRONG ROCK 2

FPD 000-102-4 — 7-16-1
SRC 000-110-0 — 2-2-0

WP: Karsen Ochs (4-1). LP: Abby Young. S: Payton Worsham (4)

2B: FPD – Peyton Worsham, Jill Rogers.

Game notes: Emily Rutledge and Caylee Ann Sutton had two RBI each for FPD … Jill Rogers was 4-for-4 for FPD to push her season batting average to .582 … Ochs had six strikeouts … Paula Drake has one RBI for Strong Rock … FPD has won three straight.

Records: FPD 16-5; Strong Rock 12-8.

Next: FPD at Rutland, 5 p.m., Tuesday; Strong Rock at Stratford, 5 p.m., Tuesday.