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Baseball Splits with Calvary, Game Three Saturday

MACON, Ga. – In his postgame interview, K.J. Spears offered one word that summed up the Vikings’ performance in the first two games of its first round playoff series against Calvary: execution.

The Vikings (17-7) executed well in Game One, winning 9-3 but failed to do so in Game Two, falling 13-3 in six innings, evening the best-of-three game series and forcing a deciding Game Three on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Ben Harden Memorial Field.

“We played well and executed in the first game,” Spears said, who was 3-for-4, scoring four runs. “We were relaxed and it paid off.”

The Vikings pounded out 13 hits to Calvary’s four and scored six runs in the final three innings to secure the win.

A large part of the victory in Game One was due to Tyler Stubbs, who earned the win in relief tossing 3.1 innings and allowing no runs.

“I threw strikes and located,” Stubbs said. “I missed some spots, but all in all it was a good outing.”

Head coach Jim Turner agrees that Game One was the best showing for his Vikings.

“We got the clutch hits in the first game and they got the clutch hits in game two,” Turner said. “Guys like K.J. got on and we were able to move him and others over (to score).”

In Game Two, Calvary scored 10 unanswered runs in the final three innings of play to earn the win. Highlighting the barrage was a three-run home run by Brad Butler in the fourth.

Stubbs and Turner said that pitching will be the key for Game Three on Saturday afternoon.

“We will have to come back (Saturday) and make some adjustments,” Stubbs said.

Added Turner: “Pitching will be the great momentum changer,” Turner said. “The team that’s able to locate their pitches and do what they want to do pitching-wise will be the team that wins.”

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. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

VIDEO:

K.J. Spears and Tyler Stubbs Postgame

Head coach Jim Turner Postgame

 

BOX SCORE:

Game One

FPD 9, CALVARY DAY 3

CDS 001-200-0 – 3-4-1
FPD 102-303-x – 9-13-2

WP: Tyler Stubbs. LP: Draucker.
2B: FPD – Will McCormick, K.J. Spears
Game notes: Stubbs was 1-for-4 with three RBI’s…Spears was 3-for-4 with four runs scored…Neal Tolbert and Austin Cox were 2-for-4.
Record: FPD 17-6.
Next: Calvary at FPD, 6:48 p.m. (Game Two)

Game Two

CALVARY DAY 13, FPD 3 (6 inn.)

FPD 003-000-x – 3-7-1
CDS 102-415 – x – 13-10-0

WP: Will Sutton. LP: Tyler Stubbs.
2B: FPD – Austin Cox.
3B: FPD – Will McCormick.
HR: Calvary – Brad Butler.
Game notes: Calvary scored six runs to run-rule FPD in the sixth inning…Butler hit a three-run home run in the fourth…FPD used six pitchers in Game Two…FPD’s K.J. Spears had two hits.
Record: FPD 17-7.
Next: Calvary at FPD (Rd. 1 GHSA State Playoffs – Game Three), 4 p.m., Saturday.