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Baseball Knocks Off Strong Rock in Extra Innings 5-4 on the Road

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. – Ryan Jones smashed a double and Garrett West scored the game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning as the FPD Vikings (13-7) held off the Strong Rock Patriots (9-11) in the bottom half en route to a 5-4 extra inning, non-region victory on the road on Monday night, April 11.

“This was a big bounce back win for us after dropping last week’s region game to Mount de Sales,” FPD head coach Denny Bryant said. “Wins late in the season only help solidify playoff chances, so we’re glad we came away with the win in extras.”

A scoreless game after two and a half innings, the Patriots struck first in the bottom of the third when Brayden Edison hit a sacrifice fly in foul territory to score Noah Clipper.

One batter later, Mick Moody also sacrificed Josh Newton home for a 2-0 Patriot advantage.

“We got down early and had to fight back,” Bryant said. “But credit our guys for doing that and not giving up.”

The Vikings got on the board in the fourth with two runs to tie the contest t 2-2.

Gavin Bloodworth scored on a wild pitch followed by a Daniel Weaver groundout to plate Jack Sawyer.

The Patriots came back again in the bottom half of the fourth, scoring one run on an Andrew Gord sacrifice line drive to bring in Hunter Cook to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

The Vikings took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning scoring two runs, the first coming on a Bloodworth fielder’s choice to score Mac Grice followed by an infield error by the Patriots.

“We just kept putting the ball in play and it paid off for us,” Bryant said.

Strong Rock evened the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth when Edison hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Clipper again.

The game would remain scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings, forcing extra baseball.

And the Vikings got the run they needed in the top of of the eighth when West scored on a Patriot error in the outfield after Jones tomahawked a double resulting in a throwing error.

Austin Hartley picked up the win for the Vikings on the mound in the complete game effort. He finished with five strikeouts, one walk and allowed four runs, two of which were earned. He also threw a whopping 92 pitches in the contest.

Trey Shirah was charged for the loss for Strong Rock.

“I’m happy with the way we kept competing and not giving up,” Bryant said. “That attitude has to continue as we battle down the final stretch of the regular season.”

The Vikings return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 12, traveling to Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, GA for a Region 7-A contest.

First pitch against the Trojans is slated for 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.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 5, STRONG ROCK 4

FPD 000-220-001 — 5-9-3
SRCS 002-110-000 — 4-5-2

WP: Austin Hartley. LP: Trey Shirah.

2B: SRCS – Shirah.

Game notes: FPD’s Garrett West scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning on an error by the Strong Rock outfield…Gavin Bloodworth and Daniel Weaver each had one RBI for FPD…Five different players scored a run for FPD…Brayden Edison had two RBI for Strong Rock.

Records: FPD 13-7, Strong Rock 9-11.

Next: FPD at Tattnall Square, 5:55 p.m., Tuesday.