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Baseball Splits with George Walton, Decisive Game 3 Set for Saturday in Round One of GHSA State Tournament

MONROE, Ga. – The no. 14-seeded FPD varsity baseball team split with the no. 3-seeded George Walton Academy Bulldogs on Friday night, April 29, with the Vikings taking Game One 5-4 in nine innings before dropping Game Two 7-1.

A decisive Game Three will be played Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at George Walton. A coin flip will determine the home team prior to play on Saturday.

Below are the recaps and box scores from Friday’s GHSA Class-A Private First Round playoff action.

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the FPD varsity baseball team in Game Three on Saturday afternoon.

For an updated GHSA Class-A Private Baseball Bracket, click HERE.

GAME ONE – RECAP – FPD 5, GEORGE WALTON 4 (9 innings)

Garrett West drove in the winning run to give the Vikings the lead in the ninth inning, as FPD hung on to beat George Walton Academy 5-4 on Friday in Game One of a best-of-three game series.

Jack Sawyer singled to get on base in the ninth. He then went from first to second on a ground-out by Ryan Jones.

Garrett West tossed three innings and allowed no earned runs on one hit en route to earning the win. West faced his trickiest spot in the seventh inning but escaped at 4-4 to force extra innings.

Chrisitan Shiver was charged with the loss, lasting just five innings, walking three, striking out six, while allowing four runs.

The Vikings jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

FPD scored one run in the fifth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the ninth for the game-winner by West. In the fifth, FPD scored on a single by Will McCormick.

It didn’t take long for George Walton Academy to answer as it scored one run of its own in the fifth. George Walton Academy scored on an RBI double by Trey Johnson.

BOX:

FPD 5, George Walton 4 (9 innings)

FPD 120-010-001 — 5-10-4
GWA 000-010-300 — 4-10-2

WP: Garrett West. LP: Christian Shiver.

2B: GWA – Cason Brown, Trey Johnson, Denzel Coley.

Game notes: Jack Sawyer was 2-for-4 for FPD with one RBI…Bo Fricks, Gavin Bloodworth, Sawyer, West and Will McCormick each had two hits for FPD…Johnson was 2-for-4 with one RBI for George Walton…Kale Ledford walked twice for George Walton and had one RBI.

GAME TWO – RECAP – GEORGE WALTON 7, FPD 1

The Vikings fell 7-1 to George Walton Academy Friday despite Kendall Friar’s two-hit day at the dish.

Brooks Barrineau got it done on the mound on the way to a win. He allowed one run over seven innings. He struck out two, walked two and surrendered seven hits.

George Walton Academy was sparked by Chrisitan Shiver and Denzel Coley, who teamed up for four hits and three RBIs.

Austin Hartley was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out three.

The Vikings managed to score one run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Will McCormick.

George Walton Academy never trailed after scoring four runs in the fifth on two doubles.

BOX:

George Walton 7, FPD 1

GWA 000-141-1 — 7-10-0
FPD 000-100-0 — 1-7-1

WP: Brooks Barrineau. LP: Austin Hartley.

2B: GWA – Christian Shiver 2, Ty Buice 1, Denzel Coley 1.

Game notes: Shiver was 2-for-4 with three RBI for George Walton…Brennan Carter and Denzel Coley were each 2-for-4…Coley and Cason Brown each scored two runs…Will McCormick was 1-for-3 with one RBI for FPD…Kendall Friar was 2-for-3 for FPD.

Records: FPD 15-9, George Walton 23-5.

Next: FPD at George Walton, 2 p.m., Saturday.

 

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.