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Softball Slams Wilkinson County 14-1 on Senior Night

MACON, Ga. – A few tears were shed before Tuesday’s FPD varsity home softball game vs. Wilkinson County.

It was the program’s designated Senior Night and three players – Peyton Worsham, Lizzie Reed and Jill Rogers – were all honored in a pre-game ceremony with personal comments from the FPD coaching staff.

But once the tears were gone, it was back to business as usual for the Lady Vikings (13-4, 5-1 Reg. 7A), who run-ruled the Lady Warriors (3-7, 0-4 Reg 7A) 14-1 over four innings.

And if that wasn’t good enough, Worsham, FPD’s veteran pitcher, tossed her third no-hitter of the 2015 campaign. The righty struck out 11 batters en route to her fifth win of the year.

“I just can’t say enough about these young ladies,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “I don’t want to see them go. They mean so much to our team and have made us better each day. They are true leaders on and off the field.”

On Tuesday night, they were certainly leaders on the field.

Worsham tossed the tenth no-hitter in FPD Fastpitch program history, Lizzie Reed finished 2-for-2 with three RBI and Jill Rogers continued her strong hitting season, going 2-for-3 at the dish and driving in a run.

“It’s really nice to win your Senior Night game,” Rogers said. “It’s one that you can look back on and enjoy.”

Worsham said it point blank: “Exactly what Jill said.”

Added Reed: “It just feels great. It’s night’s like these that you really appreciate your teammates and know how close you have become with them. It’s really special to play on our home field one last time.”

FPD jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first and added five more runs in the second. In the third inning, the Lady Vikings plated two more and Worsham retired the side in the fourth for the no-hitter and FPD’s fourth straight win.

“These girls have created memories that will last with me for a lifetime,” Turner said. “Their ability to develop interpersonal relationships and to lead the team is excellent and I’m really proud of them.”

Although the win on Senior Night will always be remembered, there’s still plenty of work left to be done for the Lady Vikings.

Two pivotal road region games at Stratford and Tattnall are next.

“We have to continue with our focus and taking things one thing at a time,” Turner said. “If we do that, we’ll be OK.”

The Lady Vikings take on the Eaglettes first on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. FPD’s game at Tattnall is on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 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 VIDEO
Seniors Jill Rogers, Peyton Worsham, Lizzie Reed and Head Coach Jim Turner

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BOX SCORE:

FPD 14, WILKINSON COUNTY 1

WCH 000-1 — 1-0-7
FPD 851-x — 14-8-3

WP: Peyton Worsham (5-2). LP: Hannah Starley.

Game notes: Worsham threw her third no-hitter of the season and tenth in program history…Lizzie Reed was 2-for-3 with three RBI…Jill Rogers was 2-for-3 with one RBI…Emily Rutledge had two RBI for FPD…FPD has won four straight.

Records: FPD 13-4, 5-1 Reg. 7A; Wilkinson County 3-7, 0-4 Reg. 7A.

Next: FPD at Stratford, 7 p.m., Thursday; Tattnall at Wilkinson County, 4 p.m., Thursday.