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STATE CHAMPS! Softball Rallies Past Wesleyan to Claim 2016 State Title

COLUMBUS, Ga. – October 29, 2016 will go down as a day to remember for many in FPD’s storied history.

Facing elimination in their final at-bat, the no. 3 seeded FPD Lady Vikings (31-6) rallied in the top of the seventh inning in the final game of the GHSA Class-A Private State Softball Tournament, scoring three runs to defeat the no. 1 seeded Wesleyan School Lady Wolves (31-6) 5-3 to claim the 2016 State Championship.

The title is the first for the FPD Faspitch program in the school’s GHSA era and first state championship since the varsity girls soccer team captured the crown in 2012.

Overall, it’s the third State Title for softball dating back to the slow-pitch era.

After falling in the first game to Wesleyan in the championship round 3-2, FPD trailed for the majority of the final winner-take-all contest.

But in the top of seventh and trailing 3-2, Karsen Ochs, Emily Rutledge and Allie Parkerson all singled to bring Amanda Evans to the plate.

And Evans delivered in timely fashion with a single up to center field to plate Ochs and Rutledge for a 4-3 Lady Viking lead.

FPD tacked on another run when Carli Sutton hit a sacrifice-fly to left field to plate Parkerson for a 5-3 advantage.

Ochs mowed down the Lady Wolves in the bottom of the seventh in order, the final out coming on a line drive caught at first base by Sutton.

The Lady Vikings previously made three consecutive trips to Columbus for the GHSA Class-A Private Elite Eight before 2016.

But each trip in 2013, 2014, and 2015 resulted in a third place finish.

Not in 2016.

FPD won the opening game of the double-elimination tournament with a convincing 8-2 victory over defending champion ELCA on Thursday, Oct. 27.

On Friday, Oct. 28, FPD secured a spot in the winner’s bracket final with a 2-0 win against Christian Heritage.

And on Saturday morning, the Lady Vikings took a 5-3 win over Wesleyan, securing a top spot in the championship round for the first time in program history.

Tattnall Square then knocked out Stratford Academy and Wesleyan returned the favor to Tattnall, leaving FPD and Wesleyan as the two lone teams remaining.

It was up to the Lady Wolves to defeat the Lady Vikings twice.

It was only done once, a 3-2 win for Wesleyan in the first game of the championship round.

The final game, however, went to FPD in a thrilling, come-from-behind victory.

FPD graduates six seniors from the 2016 squad: Katie Culver, Amanda Evans, Jordan Fischer, Allie Parkerson, Emily Rutledge, and Carli Sutton.

Needless to say, it’s a day that those six seniors, their coaches and teammates will never forget.

The FPD Lady Vikings – your 2016 GHSA Class-A Private Softball State Champions!

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POST-GAME VIDEOS:

Senior RF Katie Culver:

Senior CF Amanda Evans:

Senior C Allie Parkerson:

Senior 3B Emily Rutledge:

Senior P/1B Carli Sutton:

Senior UTIL Jordan Fischer:

Head Coach Kristy Alvarez:

MEDIA COVERAGE:

FPD Rallies to Win GHSA Softball Championship (Macon Telegraph – Rob Seibel)

BOX SCORES:

Championship Round

Game 1: WESLEYAN 3, FPD 2

Wesleyan 000-001-2 — 3-3-0
FPD 000-000-2 — 2-8-4

WP: Cassie Henning. LP: Carli Sutton.

2B: Wesleyan – Jahni Kerr; FPD – Karsen Ochs.

Game notes: Wesleyan forces a winner-take-all third game … Ochs and Emily Rutledge each had one RBI for FPD … Ochs, Abbey Surles and Katie Culver each had two hits for FPD … Jennifer Nolan and Gabby Hernandez each had one RBI for Wesleyan.

Game Two: FPD 5, Wesleyan 3

FPD 101-000-3 — 5-11-0
Wesleyan 102-000-0 — 3-8-1

WP. Karsen Ochs. LP: Madison Kerpics.

2B: FPD – Katie Culver; Wesleyan – Savannah Summer, Julia Childers.

Game notes: FPD wins the 2016 GHSA Class-A Private State Championship … Amand Evans has the game-winning, go-ahead two-run single in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded … Carli Sutton was 1-for-3 with two RBI;s … Abbey Surles was 3-for-4 with one RBI for FPD … Jahni Kerr scored two runs and was 2-for-4 with one RBI for Wesleyan … Summer was 2-for-3 with one RBI for Wesleyan … Ochs threw 78 pitches, 57 of which were strikes.

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