Ochs Leads Lady Vikings to Comeback Win Over Veterans 6-5

MACON, Ga.  – Being a freshman on any athletic team can be tough.

But watching Karsen Ochs play on Wednesday night, one would’ve thought she was an upper-classman by the way she handled herself: poised and ready at any moment to help her teammates.

First, Ochs came in as a relief pitcher facing a 5-1 deficit and held the Veterans Lady Warhawks (12-6) scoreless for three innings.

Then, what proved to be the most exciting moment of the night, Ochs drilled what turned out to be a game-winning three-run home run in bottom half of the fifth to cap off a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory for the Lady Vikings (10-4) at the FPD Softball Complex.

The win snaps a three game losing skid for FPD, their longest of the 2015 season.

“I had a lot of adrenaline rushing through me that’s for sure,” Ochs said. “It was just an exciting moment being out there and hitting my first career varsity home run. I saw an off-speed pitch coming and I was just ready to drive it and I did.”

And on the mound, Ochs (2-1) was successful too. She struck out six over three innings of work.

“I had a little trouble with my command early, but I stuck with it and to our game plan,” Ochs said. “I felt like it was a good night for everyone as a team.”

FPD led early 1-0 after junior Emily Rutledge led off the bottom of the first with solo home run on the first pitch she saw.

“I was just thinking that we needed to get out of this slump that we’ve been in,” Rutledge said. “It was nice to see this win pay off because we’ve been working really hard to keep a good attitude and paying attention to details at practice.”

But the Lady Warhawks responded in a big way, plating five runs in the third inning to seemingly put the game out of reach at 5-1.

That’s when Ochs and the Lady Viking offense took over two innings later.

After an Allie Parkerson RBI double followed by a Peyton Worsham RBI double, the Lady Vikings trailed at 5-3.

Once Jill Rogers walked and with Worsham still on base, the stage was set for Ochs’ first of hopefully many high school career highlights as she sent Lady Warhawk pitcher Avery Lamb’s first pitch over the left field fence to give FPD a 6-5 lead.

Worsham came in during the top of the sixth inning and recorded the final five outs of the game for her first save of the season.

FPD head coach Jim Turner is certainly proud of his Lady Vikings for erasing a three-game slide and for the heart and effort shown to come back and win after being down 5-1 early in the contest.

“I just told them before the game that the way to win is to execute the fundamentals,” Turner said. “We wanted to play real small and (take things) one pitch at a time, one out at a time and do the things that win ball games. We did that tonight as we chipped away.”

Turner knows that winning against a AAAA school like Veterans is important in terms of the GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings.

“It’s huge because they had 12 wins coming in,” Turner said. “But we have a lot more softball to play and all of that will fall into place at the end of the season if we just keep focusing on getting better.”

Now the Lady Vikings will focus back on Region-7A action on Thursday night, Sept. 10, welcoming the Mount de Sales Lady Cavaliers to the FPD Softball Complex.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.

FPD run-ruled the Lady Cavaliers 13-0 back on Aug. 20 at Cavalier Fields.

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Emily Rutledge and Karsen Ochs

Head Coach Jim Turner


VHS 005-000-0 — 5-8-1
FPD 100-050-x — 6-8-1

WP: Karsen Ochs (2-1). LP: Avery Lamb. S: Peyton Worsham (1)

2B: FPD – Worsham, Allie Parkerson; V – Lindsey Cauley.
HR: FPD – Emily Rutledge, Ochs; V – Kenly Sullivan.

Game notes: FPD snaps a three-game losing streak … Rutledge homered in the first for FPD … Sullivan homered in the third and was 1-for-4 with two RBI … Cauley and Wilkerson each had two hits for Veterans … Ochs picked up the win in relief, allowing one run and striking out six…Ochs hit the game-winning three-run home run in the fifth inning…Veterans left 12 runners on base.

Records: FPD 10-4, Veterans 12-6.

Next: Mount de Sales at FPD, 5:55 p.m., Thursday; Dodge County at Veterans, 6 p.m., Friday.