High School Sports

Sacrifice fly lifts Vikings in extra innings

Peyton Worsham’s sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning scored Courtney Lawrence to give FPD a 3-2 victory Thursday over Tattnall Square in a GHSA Region 7-A softball contest at Tattnall.

Worsham was the winning pitcher, striking out nine and limiting the Trojans to four hits.

“This game was probably the most well-played game of the year,” FPD head coach Jim Turner said. “Both teams played outstanding, and it was a great atmosphere for softball. It is so great to be playing Tattnall Square again, and I think everyone enjoyed it.”

FPD scored a run in the first on an RBI single from Allie Parkerson that scored leadoff batter Carli Sutton. The Vikings took a 2-0 lead in the third when Parkerson singled in Lizzie Reed, who had been hit by a pitch. But after that, Tattnall pitcher Caroline Gilbert settled down and shut the Vikings out through the end of the seventh inning.

Tattnall scored one run in its half of the third when Drew Endreson plated Jordan Allen with a sacrifice fly.

The Trojans threatened break the game open in the fifth. Liz Wainwright led off with a double and scored on a single by Allen. Turner elected to take Worsham off the mound and replace her with Sutton, who gave up a hit to Endreson. Turner then elected to go back to Worsham, who promptly struck out the next three batters to get out of the inning.

FPD threatened in the seventh when Parkerson singled with two outs for her third hit of the game. Pinch runner Amanda Evans stole second and tried to score on a single by Lawrence, but she was gunned down by Trojans right fielder Endreson.

After Tattnall failed to score in its half of the seventh, the game went to extra innings.

With Lawrence starting on second by way of the softball tiebreaker rule, the Vikings drove Lawrence to third on a bunt single by Jill Rogers, setting up Worsham to deliver the sacrifice fly to center field.

Tattnall threatened in its half of the eighth. Endreson started the inning on second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kendall Hardy. After Taylor Spivey was hit by a pitch and stole second, Allie Gordon hit a shot to third that Emily Rutledge fielded. She threw home to Parkerson, with the throw beating Endreson to the plate for the second out of the inning. Worsham then retired Sierra Roquemore on a groundout to give FPD the win.

“It was a great, heads-up play by Emily, but that’s the way our defense has been all year, “Turner said. “I can’t say enough about the way both teams played, and Peyton did a great job of locating her pitches the entire night. Just give credit to both teams for a great game.”