Softball Splits First Two Games with Darlington in Playoffs, Game Three on Thursday

MACON, Ga.-The First Presbyterian Day School softball team (18-12, 6-1 Reg. 7-A) split with The Darlington School Lady Tigers on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in the first round of best two-of-three game series in the GHSA Class A Private School Playoffs.

The Vikings won Game One 1-0 and fell in Game Two 11-10 in nine innings.

In the first contest, pitcher Caitlin Collins tossed 7 innings of shutout ball while scattering five hits, striking out two and walking two.

Collins also helped her own cause at the plate by going 2-for-3 and driving in the games only run in the fourth on a single that plated Sumner Carlton, who singled earlier in the frame.

FPD outhit Darlington 6-5 and committed just one error in the game.

Game two saw both offenses come alive as a total of 21 runs scored.

Playing as the visitor in Game Two, the Vikings struck first with a run in the first inning when Jenna Byrd doubled home Claire Crawford to put FPD up 1-0.

The Lady Tigers would respond with two in the third, the first of which came on a Darlington solo home run.

The Vikings battled back to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth on a Carlton sacrifice fly that brought home Collins.

In the bottom half of the fourth, Darlington scored three runs, capped by a two-run single by Taylor Sullins.

The score stayed the same until the sixth, when the Vikings tacked on another run on a fielder’s choice by Sumner Carlton that scored Jill Rogers to make it 5-3, Darlington.

The Lady Tigers added a run in the sixth to make it 6-3 and seemingly force a Game Three with ease.

However, in the top of the seventh, the Vikings sent eight hitters to the plate and scored three runs, two of those coming with two outs.

Courtney Lawrence, Hannah Davis, Collins, and Jill Rogers all recorded hits for the Vikings to deadlock the score at 6-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

In the seventh, Darlington could not push across a run, forcing the game to move to extra innings with each team starting with a runner on second.

The Vikings struck first in the eighth when Ashleigh Powers reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Carlton. However, Darlington answered in the bottom half on a Vikings throwing error to make it 7-7.

In the ninth inning, the Vikings struck for three runs, two coming on a Mary Micah Lee single that made it 10-7 in favor of FPD.

With the momentum shifted FPD’s way, the Vikings would need just three outs to claim the series over Darlington.

The Lady Tigers, however, had other plans. After a fielding error that resulted in an out at third, a single, and a walk, the Lady Tigers pushed a run across on a sacrifice fly to make it 10-8.

With runners on the first and second, the Vikings elected to walk Darlington’s Kayla Riley to set up a force out at any base with the bases loaded.

Darlington’s Morgan Sidwell then singled to center to plate two and tie the game at 10-10.

The Lady Tigers then got a single from Emily Thurmond to plate the winning run and beat the Vikings 11-10 in come-from-behind fashion.

Davis recorded the loss for the Vikings in the circle, while Emily Swafford gained the victory for the Lady Tigers.

With both teams splitting the first two games of the series, Game Three will now be played on Thursday, October 18, 2012. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. at the FPD Softball Complex.

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