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Baseball Rallies for 6-5 Walk-off Win Over Strong Rock Christian

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity baseball team (7-2) rallied twice, the most important one in the last at-bat, defeating the Strong Rock Christian School Patriots (4-6) 6-5 at Ben Harden Memorial Field on Monday night in non-region play.

“We are finding ways to win without playing very good right now,” FPD head coach Denny Bryant said. “But, we will definitely take this one tonight.”

The Vikings staked the Patriots to a quick 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning.

FPD would chip away, though.

The Vikings got on the board in the bottom half of the first inning when Daniel Weaver grounded out to second to score Jack Sawyer.

FPD added another run in the third inning too pull within one when Garrett West grounded out to short stop to plate Sawyer again.

The Vikings then tied the game in the fifth inning when Weaver smacked a double to center field to plate Gavin Bloodworth. All of a sudden at 3-3, it was a new ball game.

“We had some players that stepped up in the clutch for us tonight to keep us in the game,” Bryant said. “That’s good to see us fight back.”

The game would remain tied at three until the final inning when more dramatics would take place.

In the top of the seventh, the Patriots scored two runs, one on a Shirah double to left field and the latter on a Viking error. The Patriots led 5-3 headed to the bottom of the seventh.

But the Vikings decided to put a rally together of their own and thwart a Strong Rock victory.

After the Vikings loaded the bases with no outs, FPD capitalized with three runs, the first on Strong Rock infield error.

The Vikings then tied the contest at 5-5 when Ryan Jones singled to first base to plate Bloodworth.

After Kendall Friar Friar flied out to left field, Will McCormick stepped into the batter’s box with one out and runners on second and third.

And McCormick delivered, tomahawking a line drive off the left field fence to bring home Weaver and ultimately a Viking win.

“Will was really clutch there for us,” Bryant said. “He really got a hold of one got us the final run we needed.”

Bryant knows, though, there’s room for improvement.

“The schedule is getting tougher and we need to find a way to clean up some mistakes if we want to accomplish our team goals,” Bryant said.

The Vikings will have that opportunity on Tuesday night, March 8, traveling to arch-rival Stratford Academy to take on the Eagles in a GHSA Region 7-A contest.

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bobby Hendley Field at the Bubber Adams Baseball Complex.

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 6, STRONG ROCK 5

SR 300-000-2 — 5-7-4
FPD 101-010-3 — 6-10-3

WP: Austin Hartley. LP: Shirah.

2B: FPD – Gavin Bloodworth, Daniel Weaver; SR – Shirah.

Game notes: Will McCormick had a game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh that scored Weaver for FPD…Ryan Jones had the game-tying single for FPD…Weaver was 1-for-4 with two RBI for FPD…Dalton Cox, Bloodworth, Jones and Hartley each has two hits for FPD…Shirah was 1-for-3 with two RBI for Strong Rock.

Record: FPD 7-2.

Next: FPD at Stratford, 7 p.m., Tuesday.