Baseball Wins Season Opener at Home vs. Perry

MACON, Ga. – The First Presbyterian Day School baseball team started off the season in style, winning its 2013 season opener 11-8 against the Perry High School Panthers on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Ben Harden Memorial Field.

FPD scored four runs in the first and five in the third to secure the victory.

Senior Sam Pope had three hits on the night, singling in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

The Panthers started the scoring in the top of the first, but senior Tanner Johnston smashed a three-run home run in the bottom half to take the lead for good for FPD.

FPD added five runs in the third inning that included a Sam Joyce RBI single that brought in Pope. A Joshua Weaver double also brought in two more runs for the Vikings in the frame.

Perry responded well in the fourth inning, scoring six runs to make it a 9-7 ball game that included a Perry home run.

The Panthers added a run in the top of the sixth, but the Vikings scored twice in the bottom half.

Hunter Hotchkiss recorded the win on the mound for the Vikings, tossing 3.2 innings and striking out three.

The Vikings return to the diamond on Thursday, Feb. 28, traveling to Perry for a game at 5:45 p.m. FPD is also in action on Friday, March 1, in a scheduled double-header at Crawford County at 4:15 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



Perry 100-601-0 – 8-7-0

FPD 405-002-x – 11-8-2

WP: Hunter Hotchkiss (1-0). LP: John Hartzog

2B: FPD- Joshua Weaver; Perry- JW Gentry

3B: FPD- none; Perry- none

HR: FPD- Tanner Johnston; Perry- Jake Farrell

Game Notes: Sam Pope three singles…Tanner Johnston three-run home run in the bottom of the first…Hunter Hotchkiss two-run single in the sixth.

Records: FPD 1-0

Next: FPD at Perry, Feb. 28, 5:45 p.m.