Baseball Comes From Behind to Defeat 4A Perry on the Road 9-8 in Extras

PERRY, Ga. – The FPD varsity baseball team (2-0) erased a six-run deficit by outscoring the 4A Perry Panthers (2-2) 9-2 over the final five innings of action, including 2-1 in extra innings, en route to a 9-8 victory in eight innings at The Panther Pit on Wednesday night, Feb. 15.

The game was tied at 7-7 with FPD batting in the top of the eighth when Payton Sells tossed a wild pitch to score Garrett West and Ryan Jones to give the Vikings the lead for good.

Perry captured the lead in the first inning on a double steal that plated Christian Valdiva. Jackson Farrell later singled home Andrew Tarrer. Valdiva came home on a wild pitch to give Perry a 3-0 advantage.

The Panthers added three more runs in the bottom of the third for what seemed to be a commanding 6-0 lead at the time.

Michael Akin plated Christian Davis and Chase Padgett drove in John Michael Law on RBI singles for a 5-0 advantage. Akin came home later in the inning on a fielder’s choice for a 6-0 lead.

FPD tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the seventh inning plating three runs.

The first run came from an Austin Hartley single to bring in Gavin Bloodworth followed by an infield error by Perry to score Dylan Cox.

Michael Bakkar tied the game with a groundout to plate Hartley.

Perry plated three runs in the third inning. The big inning for Panthers came thanks to a single by Akin, a single by Chase Padgett, and a fielder’s choice by Valdivia.

The Viking comeback began with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

FPD returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 18, playing in a double header hosted by Strong Rock Christian.

The Vikings take on Union Grove at 11 a.m. followed by Dawson County at 1:30 p.m. at Strong Rock.

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FPD 9, PERRY 8 (8 innings)

FPD 000-022-32 — 9-4-0
PHS 303-001-01 — 8-10-2

WP: Tyler Mimbs (1-0). LP; Payton Sells.

3B: Perry – Andrew Tarrer.

Game notes: Garrett West and Ryan Jones scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the eighth … Jones, West, Hartley, Harrison Aulds and Michael Bakkar each has one RBI for FPD … Ryan Thompson had two RBI’s for Perry … Mimbs had five strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work for FPD.

Records: FPD 2-0, Perry 2-2.

Next: FPD v. Union Grove and Dawson County, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Saturday (at Strong Rock).