Softball Falls in Game Three to Darlington to End 2012 Season

MACON, Ga.- The First Presbyterian Day School softball team (18-13) fell in Game 3 in round one of the GHSA Class A Private School playoffs to The Darlington School Lady Tigers 7-2 on Thursday, October 18 to end its season.

The Vikings won Game 1 of the series 1-0, but dropped the final two contests, including an 11-10 loss in nine innings in Game 2.

Darlington started the scoring immediately in Game 3, plating the first run in the top of the first inning. Kayla Riley led off the game with a double to center field and got to third on a wild pitch. Riley would score on a Morgan Sidwell sacrifice fly to give the Lady Tigers a 1-0 advantage.

The Lady Tigers would advance its lead to 3-0 in the third on back-to-back singles by Emily Swafford and Arden Babb.

Darlington would then tack on two more runs in the top  of the fourth inning on a double by Emily Thurmond to push its lead to 5-0.

The Vikings scratched across its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth on a Sumner Carlton single that brought home Hannah Davis to make it 5-1 in favor of Darlington.

FPD scored its final run of the game in the sixth when Davis grounded out to bring in Jill Rogers.

The Lady Tigers put two more scores on the board in the seventh when Babb singled home Taylor Sullins to make it 6-2. Darlington also scored on a passed ball to make it 7-2.

In its final at bat of the season, the Vikings could not score and Darlington held on for the series win to move to the Elite 8 in Columbus, Ga. October 25-27.

Darlington out-hit FPD 10-6 in the game as Emily Swafford recorded the victory in the circle and Caitlin Collins was tacked with the loss.

The season was a memorable one for FPD. The Vikings won the GHSA Region 7A Championship over Glascock County and threw three perfect games on the season.

FPD will look to replace a strong senior class of Jenna Byrd, Claire Crawford, and Hannah Davis.

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