Softball Claims Win Over Rutland

MACON, Ga.- Scoring three runs in the first innings and all 10 runs in the first four frames, the First Presbyterian Day School softball team (16-11, 5-1 Reg. 7-A) defeated Rutland High School 10-7 on “Senior Night 2012” on Thursday, September 27 at the FPD Softball Complex.

The win for the Vikings sets up a key match against Glascock County High School on October 3 for the region title.

FPD led 3-0 after the first inning. All three seniors, Claire Crawford, Hannah Davis and Jenna Byrd, singled to begin what would become an offensive breakout for the Vikings.

Rutland would respond to take the lead, plating two in the second and three in the third and lead 5-3 going into the bottom half. FPD added one run in the third when Caitlin Collins singled home Sumner Carlton to make it 5-4 in favor of Rutland.

The Vikings’ offensive outpour came in the bottom of the fourth, sending 10 hitters to the plate and scoring six times. Crawford, Davis, Byrd and Carlton all recorded hits in the inning to take a 10-5 lead.

Rutland would tack on one run in the fifth and sixth inning but could do no more offensively.

Davis recorded the victory for FPD in the circle. The Viking righty allowed six runs, struck out two and walked none while scattering six hits.

Prior to the game, FPD head softball coach Jim Turner congratulated all three seniors on their respective careers as Vikings and thanked each player for what they have meant to the program.

FPD returns to the diamond on Monday, October 1 to take on Perry High School at 5:00 p.m. at home. The Vikings then host Glascock County High School for the region title on Wednesday, October 3 at 5:00 p.m.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics, home to multiple region and state championships in both the GISA and GHSA, strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while continuing to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. Now a member of the GHSA, the Vikings have continued to provide FPD athletes, coaches, fans and spectators a positive, Christian environment on a daily basis. For more information, visit and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting