Baseball Drops Game Three as Calvary Advances

MACON, Ga. – An era in FPD athletics has come to a close.

Head baseball coach Jim Turner has coached his final game as head coach of the Vikings.

After the final out was recorded, Turner said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We wanted to win this one for sure,” Turner said, as his Vikings dropped the deciding third game to the Calvary Day School Cavaliers 7-6 on Saturday afternoon at Ben Harden Field. “But what our guys did in this series and all season long speaks volumes of who they are as young men.”

The Vikings, forced to play as the away team in Game Three, chipped away at an early 4-0 deficit and tied the contest twice in dramatic fashion.

Tyler Stubbs drilled a two-run home run in the top of the fourth to even the game at 4-4, giving new breath to FPD’s offense.

“That was a big hit,” Turner said. “It certainly brought the crowd to its feet.”

Then the Cavaliers swung back, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly and throwing error, seemingly ending the Vikings’ chances.

But FPD bounced back once more, plating two runs in the sixth, one on a K.J. Spears sacrifice fly to center and the other on a single by Stubbs.

“We showed a ton of resiliency in this series,” Turner said. “We kept answering them and unfortunately couldn’t rally late.”

FPD’s last chance saw Cavalier closer Rudy Amaya set the Vikings down in order to send Calvary to the second round of the GHSA State Playoffs.

Turner says the loss is tough to take, but his 25-year career has been a grand ride.

“The Lord has blessed me to work with some great players and coaches over the last 25 years at FPD,” Turner said. “I’m thankful for that and for what our guys this season did. I will never forget them.”

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2014 for their effort and dedication to the baseball program over the years.

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