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Softball Splits with Holy Innocents, Force Decisive Game Three on Thursday, Oct. 20

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity softball team (26-5) split with the Holy Innocents Golden Bears (13-13) in the Sweet 16 round of GHSA Class-A Private Softball Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, falling in Game One 5-2 and forcing a decisive third game with a 17-0 win in four innings in Game Two at the FPD Softball Complex.

Game Three will take place Thursday, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m. at the FPD Softball Complex. The Lady Vikings won the coin toss and will be the home team.

In Game One the Golden Bears jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Lady Viking infield error to plate Janie McCloskey.

In the bottom half, the Lady Vikings evened the score when Amanda Evans flew out to center-field and the throw home was overthrown past the catcher Hollis Gottleib allowing Emily Rutledge to take home.

After a scoreless second, the Golden Bears went ahead for good, scoring three runs in the third inning with help from the FPD defense, who allowed two errors.

Patterson Williams scored the first run of the inning on a Lady Viking infield error followed by a 2-RBI single by Elizabeth Williams to make it 4-1 Golden Bears.

FPD answered with one run in the bottom half of the third on an Allie Parkerson sacrifice-fly to right field to plate Karsen Ochs who had singled and advanced to third earlier in the inning.

With Holy Innocents leading 4-2, both teams would go scoreless over the next three innings.

But in the top of the seventh, Julia Sherill lead off the inning with a first-pitch swinging home run to center field to give the Golden Bears a 5-2 lead.

FPD was retired in the bottom half and Holy Innocents took Game One 5-2.

In Game Two playing as the visiting team, the Lady Vikings brought an onslaught of 17 runs in four innings to force a decisive Game Three.

FPD batted around in the first inning, scoring nine runs.

Emily Rutledge led the charge, totaling four RBI’s in Game Two.

Amanda Evans and Sadie Frame each had two RBI’s in the victory for the Lady Vikings while Parkerson and Jordan Fischer accounted for one.

The Lady Vikings added four runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth inning to bring the run rule into effect.

FPD out-hit Holy Innocents 10-4 in Game Two and forced the Golden Bears into committing eight errors.

Carli Sutton (11-2) picked up the win in the circle for FPD in Game Two, striking out six batters and scattering four hits.

Branan Cobb, who picked up the win in Game One, was charged with the loss in Game Two.

Ochs (15-2) took the loss for FPD in Game One. The righty struck out 10 batters and allowed three earned runs.

The last time FPD played a decisive Game Three in its GHSA era was in the 2012 State Tournament, falling to Darlington 7-2 at home.

FPD will look to reverse that on Thursday afternoon.

First pitch of Game Three is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the FPD Softball Complex.

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BOX SCORES:

GAME ONE
HOLY INNOCENTS 5, FPD 2

HIES 103-000-1 — 5-9-1
FPD 101-000-0 — 2-5-4

WP: Branan Cobb. LP: Karsen Ochs (15-2).

2B: FPD – Carli Sutton.

HR: HI – Julia Sherill.

Game notes: Ochs allowed three earned runs, while the FPD defense totaled four errors … Elizabeth Williams was 1-for-4 with one RBI for Holy Innocents … Sherill homered in the seventh and was 1-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored … Allie Parkerson had one RBI for FPD … Emily Rutledge was 2-for-4 with a run scored … Ochs finished with 10 strikeouts for FPD.

GAME TWO
FPD 17, HOLY INNOCENTS 0 (4 inn.)

FPD 904-4 — 17-10-2
HIES 000-0 — 0-4-8

WP: Carli Sutton (11-2). LP: Branan Cobb.

2B: FPD – Emily Rutledge, Amanda Evans.

Game notes: Rutledge was 3-for-4 with three RBI’s for FPD … Evans and Sadie Frame each had two RBI’s for FPD … Karsen Ochs scored four runs for FPD while Frame scored three … The top four batters for FPD combined to go 7-for-12 with seven RBI’s and seven runs scored.

Records: FPD 26-5, Holy Innocents 13-13.

Next: Holy Innocents at FPD, 4:30 p.m., Thursday.

VIDEOS:

Carli Sutton and Allie Parkerson

Head Coach Kristy Alvarez