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Mount de Sales Cavaliers Rally Late to Defeat FPD Vikings 9-8

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity baseball team (12-7, 4-3 Reg. 7-A) squandered a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh as the Mount de Sales Cavaliers (9-10, 3-3 Reg. 7-A) came from behind to defeat the Vikings 9-8 in their last at-bat on Thursday night at Cavalier Fields.

After loading the bases with no outs, the Cavaliers’ Tres Hattaway and Jack Lipson singles tied the game at 8-8 before Josh Tong hit a sacrifice fly to score Adam Leverett to earn the win.

“We just couldn’t get the job done tonight when it mattered most,” FPD head coach Denny Bryant said. “We gave them too many chances late in the game and it ended up costing us in the end.”

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning but the Vikings responded in a major way.

FPD plated seven runs in the third inning for a five-run lead.

But the Cavaliers tacked on runs in the fourth through seventh innings to chip away at the deficit and eventually take the win.

Lipson picked up the win for the Cavaliers on the mound, throwing a complete game with four strikeouts and four walks. Austin Hartley was tacked with the loss for the Vikings, allowing four runs, three of which were earned.

“We have to focus better throughout the entire duration of the game,” Bryant said. “We let this one slip away and hats off to Mount de Sales for not giving up and coming back.”

FPD returns to action on Monday, April 11, traveling to Strong Rock Christian in Locust Grove, Ga. for a non-region contest at 5:30 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:
MOUNT DE SALES 9, FPD 8

FPD 007-001-0 — 8-10-3
MDS 200-112-3 — 9-8-0

WP: Lipson. LP: Austin Hartley.

2B: FPD – Austin Hartley.

Game notes: Tress Hattaway singled home Kind to make it 8-7 followed by a Lipson single to score Larking to tie the game at 8-8 for Mount de Sales…Tong hit the game-winning sacrifice fly for Mount de Sales to plate Leverett…Six different players had one RBI for FPD…Lipson threw a complete game with seven strikeouts and four walks for Mount de Sales.

Records: FPD 12-7, 4-3 Reg. 7-A; Mount de Sales 9-10, 3-3 Reg. 7-A.

Next: FPD at Strong Rock, 5:30 p.m., Monday; Mount de Sales v. Stratford at Mercer, 7 p.m., Monday.