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Baseball Back on Track with 11-5 Rout of Mary Persons

FORSYTH, Ga. – The FPD varsity baseball team (4-1) quickly erased thoughts of Wednesday’s home loss to Perry by defeating the Mary Persons High School Bulldogs (3-2) 11-5 on the road on Thursday night.

“This was a big win for us tonight,” FPD head coach Denny Bryant said. “After seeing things not go our way 24 hours ago, I was happy with the way we bounced back tonight in getting the win.”

FPD bounced back in a hurry, too.

The Vikings struck first in the top half of the first inning when Bo Fricks singled home Garrett West.

But the Bulldogs made things quite interesting in the bottom half.

Mary Persons sent four runners across the dish, highlighted by a three-run home run by Perkins to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead.

The lead was short lived, though.

The Vikings answered back in the second inning with three runs. Gavin Bloodworth and Fricks each hit RBI singles and Bloodworth later scored on a wild pitch to even the contest at 4-4.

“We responded the right way tonight,” Bryant said. “We took it one at-bat at a time and we were able to be successful.”

The Vikings created some separation in the top of the third frame.

After Garrison Hotchkiss scored on another Bulldog wild pitch to give FPD a 5-4 lead, the Vikings would never look back. Ryan Jones reached on an error by the Bulldog third baseman to plate Jack Sawyer and Kendall Friar.

Jones would also cross home later in the inning on yet another wild pitch to make it 8-4 in favor of FPD after just two and a half innings.

“That inning gave us a huge confidence boost,” Bryant said. “It also gave us a little breathing room and we were able to settle down and play our style of baseball.”

After plating three more runs in the fourth, the Bulldogs would plate their final run in the bottom half.

Both teams played the final two inning scoreless.

Along with the barrage of FPD offense, Viking starting pitcher Austin Hartley picked up the win on the hill.

Hartley threw a complete game, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and just three walks.

“Austin really did a good job settling in for us tonight when we needed him,” Bryant said. “He calmed down after the first inning and pitched a great game for us.”

Added Bryant: “I’m really proud of all our guys tonight. We needed this momentum heading into an important weekend.”

That weekend will consist of a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, Ga.

FPD will take on Morgan County at 11 a.m. followed by Lamar County at 1:30 p.m. in two neutral site contests.

Check @FPDVikingSports on Twitter and www.fpdvikings.com for updates and recaps on the Vikings throughout the weekend.

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 11, MARY PERSONS 5

FPD 134-300-0 — 11-14-5
MPHS 400-010-0 — 5-5-5

WP: Austin Hartley. LP: Freeman.

2B: Mary Persons – Perkins.

HR: Mary Persons – Perkins.

Game notes: Perkins was 2-for-4 with four RBI for Mary Persons…Smith scored two runs for Mary Persons…All of FPD’s 14 hits were singles…Bo Fricks and Garrett West each had three hits for FPD…Fricks and Ryan Jones scored two runs each for FPD…FPD totaled 40 at-bat’s in the game.

Records: FPD 4-1, Mary Persons 3-2.

Next: Mary Persons at Jackson, 5:55 p.m., Friday; FPD v. Morgan County and Lamar County at Strong Rock, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Saturday.