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FPD Baseball looking to take the next step

FPD is 19-5 in 2018./(A.J. Good WGXA)

The region tournament will start this week for First Presbyterian Day. The perfect time for the Vikings to turn it on. "Region winner get a chance to bump up to the top and get a 1st round bye. That's our goal this week is to go in and take care of business on Monday and Tuesday and play for the region championship on Friday" said head coach Denny Bryant.

The Vikings pitching and defense has always been strong, but this year the bats have been the story. Helping them to a 19-5 record. "We've had the opportunity to hit up and down the lineup. We get down to the 7-8 spot you feel like you still have the chance to drive in some runs. I think the biggest difference is the bottom of our lineup has done a great job."

One of the biggest keys to their success has been their senior leadership. A group of 8 that knows what's at stake. "We you get experience in tough situations, you can trust your teammates a lot more when you know they are there for you as much as you are there for them" said senior Noah Takac.

First off, FPD will have to face rivals Tattnall Square and Stratford in the region tournament. A pair of teams standing in their way. "Our guys are excited to get the chance to play them again if we take care of GMC tomorrow. Right now, that's what our guys are focused on and that's GMC. You don't get another chance if you don't take care of business tomorrow" said Bryant.

This Viking senior class feels that now is their time to make a run at a state title, and they want their legacy to be felt long after their gone. "Its really special because I think we can leave a impact for the years to come. Especially since we have a big freshman class and they will be able to grow the program as a whole. Them coming up through what we did and what we wanted to accomplish. If they can continue, that will be great for the program and it can only go up from here" said Takac.

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