FPD took advantage of some defensive lapses to blow open a close game and beat Stratford 13-1 on Thursday.
The Vikings scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh to improve to 14-3, 6-3 GHSA Region 7-A.
“It was a close game for a long time, and I am proud of the way we played when the game was close,” said FPD head coach Denny Bryant, whose team took advantage of six Stratford errors in the seventh. “I thought we did a great job of putting the ball in play and hitting the ball hard, and fortunately we were able to pull away late.
“We feel like every game we play right now is a playoff game, so it was a good win against a big rival.”
Stratford took an early 1-0 lead against FPD ace Austin Cox when Will Herndon hit a sacrifice fly to score Jacob Culclasure in the second inning, but that turned into the Eagles’ only run of the game. FPD took the lead in the top of the fourth when the Vikings scored two runs, one on a RBI single from Kendall Friar and the other on a wild pitch.
FPD scored again in the fifth when Marshall Lyles doubled and scored on an error.
Stratford starter Jackson Pyles held FPD to six hits until the seventh inning, where FPD broke it open.
The Vikings sent 15 batters to the plate in the seventh, scoring all of their runs on just four hits.
Cox, meanwhile, was strong, allowing only five hits while striking out nine.
Stratford slipped to 11-7, 5-4 in region play.