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Perry Panthers Pounce Past FPD Vikings 14-7

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity baseball team (3-1) suffered its first loss of the 2016 campaign on Wednesday night, falling to the 4A Perry High School Panthers (2-2) 14-7 at Ben Harden Memorial Field in non-region action.

The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Vikings while the Panthers snap a two-game slide.

“We got in a hole early and could never really recover,” FPD head baseball coach Denny Bryant said. “We kept trying to get back in the ball game, but Perry has a very good baseball team and when we would answer, they would respond right back.”

Perry jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings. The Panthers plated four runs in the first and two in the second, the biggest hit of both innings on a Ben Newhouse single that scored Taylor Holtzclaw and Jackson Farrell. All six runs came off FPD starter Gavin Bloodworth.

The Vikings responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to four when Will McCormick doubled to left field to score Bloodworth and Ryan Jones.

“That was a big hit by Will and I thought we were going to chip our way back into the game after a very slow start,” Bryant said.

But the Vikings, plain and simple, just couldn’t.

Over the final four innings, the Panthers plated two runs in each frame, closing out the game with eight more runs.

FPD would score five runs throughout the remainder of the contest, but could do no more.

Ryan Thompson picked up the win on the hill for the Panthers, allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks over three innings. Relief pitcher Tanner Wilson tossed four frames, scattering six hits, surrendering five runs (two of which were earned) and fanning seven Viking batters.

Bloodworth took the loss for FPD, allowing six runs, none of which were earned due to seven Viking errors throughout the game. Michael Bakkar and Garrison Hotchkiss allowed eight runs combined in relief.

“We just didn’t play our best ball tonight, especially in the field,” Bryant said, “When you commit seven errors, you can’t expect to win by giving teams more outs to play with. That’s what we did.”

Bo Fricks and McCormick led FPD at the dish with two RBI each.

“We’ll have to forget about this one quickly, learn to get better and get ready for Mary Persons tomorrow and two more important games on Saturday,” Bryant said.

The Vikings return to the diamond on Thursday, Feb. 25, traveling to Mary Persons High School in Forsyth, Ga. for a non-region game at 5:55 p.m.

The game is a make-up from a rain-out from Feb. 22.

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BOX SCORE:

PERRY 14, FPD 7

Perry 420-222-2 — 14-17-2
FPD 002-201-2 — 7-9-7

WP: Ryan Thompson. LP: Gavin Bloodworth.

2B: Perry – Drew Martens 1, Parker Stahlman 1; FPD – Garrett West 1, Will McCormick 1.

Game notes: Six different players had multi-hit games for Perry…Ben Newhouse and Taylor Holtzclaw each had three hits for Perry…Holtzclaw had three RBI while Newhouse had two…West was 2-for-3 with two runs for FPD…Fricks and McCormick each had two RBI for FPD…Dalton Cox walked three times for FPD.

Records: FPD 3-1; Perry 2-2.

Next: FPD at Mary Persons, 5:55 p.m., Thursday; Perry v. Jones County at Mercer University, 5 p.m., Thursday.