Softball Slides Past Tattnall 3-2 in Extra Inning Thriller

MACON, Ga. – FPD head softball coach Jim Turner knows a thing or two about one run losses and extra inning games. With over 400 managerial wins, the skipper has seen his fair share of exciting wins and heart-breaking defeats over the years.

But on Thursday night, Turner and his Lady Vikings were on the winning side of that aforementioned scenario, defeating the Tattnall Square Lady Trojans 3-2 in eight innings on TSA’s campus. The win keeps FPD (7-5, 4-0 Reg. 7) at first place in Region-7 play.

“It was a great game,” Turner said, “I thought both teams played really well and thankfully we came out on top.”

With the game tied at 2-2 and playing by the international tie-breaker rule in extra innings, Peyton Worsham skied a deep sacrifice-fly to center to bring in Courtney Lawrence and give the Lady Vikings a 3-2 lead.

“We were able to manufacture that run well,” Turner said. “Our coaches told the ladies before the game that we wanted to get on base and get the runners in. Peyton did that in extras.”

The win didn’t come easy for the Lady Vikings and the game nearly spiraled in the opposite direction in a flash.

Clinging to a 3-2 lead with one out in the bottom of the eighth and two Lady Trojans in scoring position, Tattnall’s Allie Gordon sent a one-hop hot-shot to third. But FPD’s Emily Rutledge, fully extended, snared the sharply hit ball and threw home to Parkerson, who tagged out the lead runner Drew Endreson.

“That was a great play,” Turner said. “Probably the biggest play of the game next to the sac-fly. Emily always plays hard and she showed there why she’s our third-baseman.”

Parkerson witnessed the amazing play as it unfolded.

“That scared me to death,” Parkerson said. “That was easily one of the best plays of the game.”

After the miraculous play, Worsham induced Tattnall’s Sierra Roquemore into a groundout to end the game, giving FPD the nail-biting victory.

“What we did right in this game outnumbered the things we didn’t do well,” Turner said. “Tattnall is a good team and we’re a good team. We just did the things we needed to do to get the win.”

Perhaps the player of the game was Worsham, though. The righty picked up the win in the circle, fanning nine batters and allowing three of Tattnall’s four hits and pitching out of key jams multiple times.

“She (Peyton) was great,” Turner said. “She got the game-winning sac-fly for us and she was able to locate her pitches well tonight.”

Parkerson reiterates Turner’s sentiments on Worsham’s pitching effort.

“It was just incredible,” Parkerson said. “She got into some jams with a lot of pressure and was able to get out of them.”

Parkerson also gave the Lady Trojans fits, finishing the night at 3-for-3 with two RBI’s. She singled in the first to score Rutledge and again in the third to bring home Maggie Renfroe to give FPD a 2-0 lead.

“I’m just seeing the ball good at the plate right now,” Parkerson said. “I’m just trying to get the hit our team needs when we need them.”

The Lady Trojans answered in the third inning when Endreson’s sacrifice fly to center brought in Jordan Allen. Tattnall added another run in the fifth when Allen doubled home Liz Wainwright to even the game at 2-2.

Turner doesn’t have to go far to remember past battles with the Lady Trojans.

In FPD’s final season in the GISA, Tattnall defeated the Lady Vikings twice, each time by a score of 2-1, once on Sept. 10 and again on Sept. 29.

Fast-forward five years, being on the other side with a win is certainly a good feeling.

Just ask Parkerson, who said tonight’s game was, “awesome.” Turner dubbed it, “classic.”

For Viking fans, it was an awesome classic.

The Lady Vikings return to play Friday-Saturday, Sept. 5-6, traveling to the Jefferson Davis Tournament. FPD’s scheduled games on Friday feature Telfair County at 6:15 p.m. followed by a game with Taylor County at 8 p.m.

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FPD 3, TSA 2 (8 inn.)

FPD 101-000-01 — 3-10-0
TSA 001-010-00 — 2-4-0

WP: Peyton Worsham (2-1). LP: Caroline Gilbert.
2B: FPD – Sumner Carlton; TSA – Jordan Allen, Liz Wainwright.
Game notes: Worsham’s sac fly gave FPD the lead in the top of the eighth, scoring Courtney Lawrence … Allie Parkerson was 3-for-3 with two RBI for FPD … Carlton was 1-for-2 for FPD … Worsham had nine strikeouts … Allen and Endreson had one RBI each for TSA … Both teams left a combined 16 runners on base … Allen and Jordan Wainwright had a stolen base for TSA.
Records: FPD 7-5, 4-0 Reg. 7; TSA 10-3, 2-1 Reg. 7.
Next: FPD at Jeff Davis Tourney – v. Telfair & Taylor Co., 6:15 & 8 p.m., Friday.



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