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Softball Drops Nail-Biter to Tattnall 2-1 at Home

MACON, Ga. – Allie Parkerson blasted a solo home run in the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough as the FPD softball team dropped its first Region-7 game of the year 2-1 to the Tattnall Square Academy Lady Trojans at the FPD Softball Complex on Tuesday night, Sept. 23.

“It was a great game played by both teams,” head coach Jim Turner said. “It came down to who would execute in the end.”

A pitcher’s duel from the beginning, the Lady Trojans limited the Lady Viking offense to five hits on the night, three of which came from the bat of Sumner Carlton. Tattnall ended the game with four hits.

Peyton Worsham (7-2) took the loss in the circle for FPD. The righty allowed two unearned runs in the fourth inning, providing just enough support for Tattnall’s Caroline Gilbert who finished with the complete-game win.

“Peyton was great,” Turner said. “We just came up short in this one.”

With the game knotted up at 0-0, the Lady Trojans plated two runs in the fourth inning, the first coming off a FPD fielding error and the latter on an Ashleigh Morton double to score Kendall Hardy.

The Lady Vikings would bounce back in the sixth when Parkerson sent Gilbert’s 3-2 offering over the left field fence for her third home run of the 2014 season.

“Parkerson has been seeing the ball well over the last month and a half,” Turner said. “She got a pitch she could handle there and didn’t miss it.”

The Lady Vikings tried to rally in the seventh, but the momentum was taken away quickly when Lawrence led off with a sharp one-hopper that ricocheted off the third-baseman into the short stop’s glove, who threw on to first for the first out of the inning.

After a Katie Culver strikeout and Carlton single, Gilbert induced Caylee Ann Sutton into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

Despite the loss, Turner is optimistic about what’s ahead for the Lady Vikings.

“This one is tough for sure,” Turner said. “But we have locked up the top spot in our sub-region for first round of the region tournament that we get to host in a couple of weeks. We also have a chance to get a couple more wins on Thursday against Twiggs County here on Senior Night in a double-header.”

The twin-bill is set to begin at 4 p.m. with the Senior Night ceremonies in between contests. Game two of the evening will get underway at 5:55 p.m.

FPD’s four seniors – Katherine Strickland, Ashleigh Powers, Lawrence and Carlton – will all be honored.

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BOX SCORE:

TATTNALL SQUARE 2, FPD 1

TSA 000-200-0 – 2-4-0
FPD 000-001-0 – 1-5-1

WP: Caroline Gilbert. LP: Peyton Worsham (7-2).
2B: TSA – Ashleigh Morton 2, Allie Gordon.
HR: FPD – Allie Parkerson (3).
Game notes: Morton was 2-for-2 with one RBI for Tattnall … Parkerson hit a solo home run in the sixth for FPD … Sumner Carlton was 3-for-3 for FPD … Gilbert struck out four and Worsham struck out two … Both of Tattnall’s runs were unearned.
Records: TSA 15-5, 6-2 Reg. 7; FPD 17-7, 7-1 Reg. 7.
Next: Tattnall at Mount de Sales, 7 p.m., Thursday; Twiggs County at FPD, 4 p.m., Thursday.