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Softball Finishes Third at GHSA State Tournament for Third Straight Year after 4-1 Loss to Stratford

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The FPD varsity softball season came to a close on Saturday morning, Oct. 31, falling to the Eaglettes of Stratford Academy 4-1 at the South Commons Softball Complex on Field 1.

The loss marks the third consecutive year the Lady Vikings have finished third place overall in the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament.

“We’re obviously disappointed,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “We wanted to win and move on to the State Championship game.”

“But I’m so proud of our girls – and especially our three seniors – for their hard work all season long. It was a great ride and to finish third in the state for a third consecutive year is nothing to be ashamed of.”

The Lady Vikings couldn’t get the offense going the entire game, while Stratford posted two runs early and added two late.

Playing as the away team, the Eaglettes plated two runs in the top of the third when Tori Dover doubled home Morgan Mathis and Hannah Griffin for a 2-0 advantage.

“We were close to getting out of the inning, but their hitter made great contact,” Turner said. “That really shifted the momentum to them I thought.”

After two scoreless innings, Stratford added a run in the sixth inning when Mathis reached on an infield error to sore Evans McCook. The Eaglettes now led 3-0.

In the seventh the Eaglettes pushed one more run across, this time on an Alyssa Orona doubled that brought home Caroline Horn.

“Sometimes things just don’t go your way and they didn’t go our way today,” Turner said. “And that takes nothing away from Stratford. Jeff (Treadway) and his girls are a great team. We just didn’t play at our best level.”

FPD did add a run in the top of the seventh when freshman Karsen Ochs blasted a solo home run to make it a 4-1 contest in favor of the Eaglettes, but FPD could do no more.

“I’m so proud of our girls,” Turner said. “They faced some adversity the final two days of the tournament and handled it well.”

FPD finishes the 2015 campaign at 24-8 and graduates three seniors – Lizzie Reed, Jill Rogers and Peyton Worsham.

“Those three seniors will be sorely missed,” Turner said. “They were our leaders all year long and for this tournament. They made FPD softball in 2015 a pleasure to be a part of. They are going to become great women in our society and I love each one of them very much.”

Check www.fpdvikings.com for updates on the FPD softball team in the offseason.

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.

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Softball - State Third-Brghtness

BOX SCORE:

STRATFORD 4, FPD 1

SEA 002-001-1 — 4-11-0
FPD 000-000-1 — 1-6-1

WP: Mary Wilson Avant.LP: Carli Sutton.

2B: FPD – Allie Parkerson; SEA – Tori Dover, Alyssa Orona.
HR. FPD – Karsen Ochs.

Game notes: FPD finished third in GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament for a third consecutive season…Stratford finished as the GHSA State Runner-Up after falling to ELCA in the Championship…Dover was 1-for-4 with two RBI and Orona was 2-for-4 with one RBI for Stratford…Ochs 2-for-3 with one home run and one RBI for FPD.

Records: FPD 24-8, Stratford 23-9.