Softball Walks Off Against Perry

MACON, Ga. – The First Presbyterian Day School softball team has done whatever it takes to win over its last 11 games, evidenced by winning 10 of 11.

And that trend continued on Wednesday night, as the Lady Vikings (13-5) defeated the Perry Lady Panthers 3-2 in eight innings on a walk-off passed-ball that scored Jill Rogers and sent FPD to thrilling victory.

“The game was well-played by both teams,” head coach Jim Turner said. “We were very fortunate to get a run in that last inning.”

FPD led 2-0 for the majority of the game. The Lady Vikings plated a run in the second inning when Carli Sutton singled home Emily Rutledge to lead 1-0.

FPD added another run in the third inning to take a 2-0 advantage when Sutton’s sacrifice bunt scored Sumner Carlton.

The Lady Panthers rallied to score two runs in the seventh to force extra innings.

Each team would start with a runner at second base during extra innings due to the international tie-breaker rule.

FPD was able to hold Perry scoreless in the eighth to set the stage for the win in the bottom half.

Sutton was successful in moving Rogers to third on a sacrifice bunt. After a Maggie Renfroe walk, Mary Micah Lee stepped up to the plate and watched a pitch from Perry scoot past the catcher.

Rogers came flying home, sending the FPD bench into frenzy.

Lee said the ability to manufacture runs was key in the win.

“We played smart and were able to get a lot of bunts down,” Lee said.

The senior also noted how the win was important for FPD in the power ratings.

“This one was big, especially with the way the power rankings set up” Lee said. “We were able to stay focused throughout the game.”

Added Turner: “All of the runs we were able to manufacture were crucial,” Turner said. “We hope that continues going forward.”

FPD returns to the diamond on Thursday, Sept. 19, traveling to play Wilkinson County at 5 p.m. The Lady Vikings return home on Tuesday, Sept. 24, taking on GMC at 5 p.m.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory as a member of the Georgia High School Association. For more information, visit and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FPD 3, PERRY 2 (8 inn.)


PHS 000-000-20 – 2-6-1

FPD 101-000-01 – 2-4-0

WP: Carli Sutton (12-3). LP: Sabrina Doucette.

Game notes: Jill Rogers scored the winning run for FPD on a passed ball…Carli Sutton had two RBI’s…Courtney Lawrence had two hits for FPD…Maggie Renfroe walked twice for FPD.

Records: FPD 13-5.

Next: FPD at Wilkinson County, 5 p.m., Thursday.