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Softball Rallies Past Rutland 4-2 in Last At-Bat

MACON, Ga. – What appeared to be a grim situation and a certain loss in the books took a complete 180-degree turn in the top of the seventh inning on Tuesday night, as the FPD Lady Vikings (18-5) strung together three runs to defeat the AAA-Rutland High School Lady Hurricanes (9-14) 4-2 on the road in non-region play.

Down to their final out and trailing 2-1, FPD’s Jill Rogers tied the contest at 2-2 with a single to score Emily Rutledge.

“I was pretty nervous going up there,” Rogers said. “Honestly, I don’t like being in that position. But I knew I couldn’t let that thought affect me. I just thought to myself that I was capable of dong it and I tried not to let myself doubt my self and it worked out.”

Then sophomore Caylee Ann Sutton smashed what proved to be the game-winning double to score Carli Sutton and Rogers for a 4-2 lead.

“That was an amazing at-bat by Caylee Ann,” FPD head coach Turner said. “She was down 0-1 in the count and got a pitch she could handle and drove it.”

Peyton Worsham then retired the side in the bottom half and FPD secured the win.

“Our ladies never gave up,” Turner said. “They’ve been like that all season and showed that for sure when we got down to our final out. Rutland is a good team and to win this one is a big boost for us.”

Added Rogers: “It was a big win because we didn’t score fast enough early in the game and we came together as a team late,” Rogers added. “Getting those hits was really important in that last inning.”

The Lady Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Caylee Ann Sutton scored on a wild pitch.

The game would remain in FPD’s favor until the bottom of the sixth when the Lady Hurricanes pushed across two runs when Megan Frank and Bri Asia scored on an infield error by the FPD defense on a Maggie Shipp fielder’s choice.

“That was tough to handle because it was such a close game and the momentum shifted immediately,” Turner said, who saw his Lady Vikings out-hit the Lady Hurricanes 10-2 on the night. “But as I said earlier, we didn’t let it get us down and got the momentum back to win the game.”

FPD will now turn it’s attention to Region-7 Tournament play next week.

The Lady Vikings will play at GMC Prep in Milledgeville, Ga. as the no. 2 seed v. Lincoln County on Monday, Oct. 5.

First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

“We have to keep practicing harder and keep getting sharper,” Turner said. “The post-season is finally here and we want to win the region and have a good seed if we make the state tournament.”

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on Lady the Vikings in the Region-7A Tournament.

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 following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fpdathletics.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 4, RUTLAND 2

FPD 000-100-3 — 4-10-3
RHS 000-002-0 — 2-2-2

WP: Peyton Worsham (8-2). LP: Abigail Johnson.

2B: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton.

Game notes: FPD scored three runs in the seventh on a game-winning double by Sutton…Sutton was 3-for-4 with two RBI for FPD…Rutland scored both runs in the sixth on a FPD fielding error…Worsham picked up the win in relief, striking out three over two innings for FPD.

Record: FPD 18-5, Rutland 9-14.

Next: FPD v. Lincoln County at GMC Prep in Reg. 7 Tournament, 5 p.m., Monday; Rutland at Stratford, 6 p.m., Thursday.