High School Sports

Hebron Christian a little too strong for FPD

Hebron Christian had everything working in sweeping FPD 4-2 and 9-7 in a GHSA Class A private school baseball playoff series Friday at Ben Harden Memorial Field.

Hebron Christian (16-8) set the tone for the series in the opene rwhen shortstop Tyler Calvert hit a solo home run for a quick 1-0 lead. FPD tied the game in the second inning Tyler Stubbs scored from third base on a wild pitch to tie it.

In the third inning, FPD’s Marshall Lyles smacked a solo home run to give the Vikings a 2-1 lead. Hebron Christian third baseman Parker Runnels drilled a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning to even the game at 2.

With two on and one out, Calvert connected again on a two-run double that put the visitors ahead for good in the series-opening win.

Ben Coker picked up the win with seven strikeouts.

In the nightcap, FPD got off to a solid start when center fielder Will McCormick hit an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

Hebron responded in the second with an RBI single by center fielder Sid Turner and a bases-loaded walk that put the Lions up 2-1.

FPD tied the game in the third inning on an RBI double by McCormick. But Hebron answered with three runs on a bases-loaded two-run double by outfielder Spence Johns and a sac fly by Calvert for a 5-2 lead.

FPD made a charge in the fourth inning to get even at 5, but once again, Hebron countered with a two-run fourth.

The Lions stretched the lead in the fifth inning to 9-5 and held on to complete the sweep.

“I’m very proud of my seniors stepping in and doing everything that I asked them to do with me coming in as a new head coach,” FPD head coach Denny Bryant said. “But we didn’t take care of business (Friday) against Hebron, who is a very good team.” We knew that coming in. I tip my cap to them because they made the plays they needed to make and