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Softball Advances to GHSA Final Four with 6-0 Shutout Over Brookstone

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Focused.

That’s what FPD head softball coach Jim Turner called his Lady Vikings all throughout Thursday’s GHSA Elite Eight Tournament.

And that focus turned in two wins as FPD (24-6, 2-0 Elite 8) stayed out of the loser’s bracket again on Thursday night, defeating the hometown Brookstone Lady Cougars (23-7, 1-1 Elite 8) 6-0 on Field 2 at the South Commons Softball Complex.

The victory puts the Lady Vikings in the GHSA Final Four for the second straight year. FPD will face ELCA, the two-time defending Class-A Private State Champion, on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. while Brookstone will play the winner of the Stratford/Christian Heritage Contest on Field 8 on Friday at 1 p.m.

“We’re just all really focused right now,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “We know what we have to do to win and we are executing our game plans. I’m proud of the girls for a great first day, but they also know that there’s still a lot of softball to be played.”

And proud Turner should be.

His starting pitcher for Game Two of the Elite Eight against the Lady Cougars, Peyton Worsham, threw a one-hit shutout while FPD’s offense provided timely hitting throughout the contest. (Worsham had a no-hitter in the seventh inning but it was broken up with one out.)

“It was a really good ball game,” Worsham said. “Everyone came out focused and ready to play. I was able to locate my spots when I needed to and trust my defense behind me to make the plays we needed to make.”

FPD also made some game-changing plays at the dish.

The Lady Vikings struck first in the second inning when Allie Parkerson tripled down the right field line. Parkerson was replaced with courtesy runner Sadie Frame who scored on the first pitch, wild pitch to Jill Rogers to give FPD a 1-0 lead.

“Getting that run early really helps,” Turner said. “It helped us focus even more on what to keep doing throughout the game.”

What the Lady Vikings did the rest of the way was play nearly flawless softball.

FPD added three runs in the fourth inning for a 4-0 advantage.

The first run came via Parkerson, who hit into a fielders choice to score Carli Sutton.

Then two batters later, sophomore Caylee Ann Sutton delivered her biggest hit so far of the 2015 postseason. With two runners on, Caylee Ann tripled down the left field line to score Parkerson and Rogers.

“That was a big boost of confidence for me,” Caylee Ann said. “It was also good for the team because it put us ahead even further so we could play without as much stress that was on our shoulders.”

The Lady Vikings bats weren’t done, though.

In the seventh inning, the FPD added two insurance runs, one on an Amanda Evans triple that brought home Katie Culver and the final run on a wild pitch that plated Evans.

One aspect of his team Turner noticed the first day of the GHSA Elite Eight was not only focus, but someone different playing a role in each win.

“We’re just getting everyone to do the right thing at the right time,” Turner said. “I’m so proud of our girls for that. They are listening, staying focused and relying on the Lord and one another throughout this playoff run.”

FPD will need more of that solid focus on Friday afternoon when facing ELCA at 5 p.m. on Field 5.

“We don’t really know much about them except that they’ve won state the past couple of years,” Caylee Ann said. “I just think we need to keep playing like we’ve been playing and continue doing what we’ve been doing.”

Worsham agrees.

“It’s going to be a very tough game, but if we come out focused, I definitely believe our team can win.”

So does Parkerson.

“We just have to stay upbeat,” Parkerson said. “We’ve had an intense mindset so far in this tournament and I think if we’re going to win, we’re going to have to execute every play like we have these past two games.”

Bottom line?

“Execute the little things,” Parkerson added. “It”s what’s going to make us win or lose these next couple of games.”

First pitch against ELCA is slated for 5 p.m. Friday afternoon on Field 5.

Continue to check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates throughout the GHSA Class-A Private Elite Eight.

Also visit the FPD SOFTBALL ELITE EIGHT CENTRAL HOMEPAGE for updated information.

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.

POST-GAME VIDEOS:

Peyton Worsham

Caylee Ann Sutton

Allie Parkerson

Head Coach Jim Turner
Coming soon…

BOX SCORE: 
FPD 6, BROOKSTONE 0

FPD 010-300-2 — 6-6-0
BST 000-000-0 — 0-1-0

WP: Peyton Worsham (12-2). LP: Helen Snavely.

2B: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton.
3B: FPD – Allie Parkerson, Amanda Evans.

Game notes: FPD advances to the GHSA Class-A Final Four for a second consecutive year…Worsham had a no-hitter broken up in the top of the seventh with one out…Worsham had five strikeouts…Caylee Ann Sutton was 1-for-2 with two RBI for FPD…Amanda Evans was 1-for-3 with on RBI for FPD…Parkerson was 1-for-2 with one RBI for FPD.

Records: FPD 24-6, Brookstone 22-5.

Next: FPD v. ELCA, 5 p.m., Friday (Field 5 – Columbus, Ga.); Brookstone v. winner Stratford/Christian Heritage, 1 p.m., Friday (Field 8 – Columbus, Ga.)