The Charlton County baseball team had a busy week last week and came out unscathed after winning all five contests and improving their record to 8-2 on the season.
The week began on Tuesday in Ocilla against Irwin County. Charlton jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind four home runs before Irwin finally got on the board in the sixth inning. Both teams added four runs in the seventh inning to give Charlton a 13-5 win.
The Indians got a strong pitching performance from Trent Gray, who pitched 6.2 innings, while allowing just two earned runs while striking out six batters. Shacario Bailey came on to record the final out.
At the plate, Charlton got home runs from Bailey, Wade Rodeffer, Connor Nelson, and Tristan Herring. Rodeffer and Herring both picked up three hits, while Nelson drove home fives runs and Rodeffer added three RBI's.
After a day off, the Tribe was back on the road against Frederica Academy. After being knotted at 2-2 after the first inning, the Indians exploded for eight runs in the second. After adding single runs in the third and fourth innings the game was called after five innings with Charlton on top, 12-2.
Nelson and Sean Russell both homered in the first inning. In the second, the Tribe took advantage of multiple walks and errors along with a two-run double by Colby Bryant to complete their eight-run inning.
On the mound, Nelson picked up the win by going four innings while allowing two runs, while Rodeffer pitched a scoreless fifth inning. At the plate, the Indians were led by Bryant and Trey Cribb who both drove home two runners.
On Friday, the Indians continued their road swing this time heading to Ashburn to face Turner County. In a game where Keyshawn Hobbs and Conner Lloyd combined to throw a no-hitter, the Indian defense left them down keeping the game close.
After Charlton scored on an error in the second inning, the Rebels tied it up on a hit batter with the bases loaded in the third inning. Charlton went up 2-1 in the fourth with Bryant scoring on another error and added another run in the sixth.
Three Indian errors allowed Turner to tie the score in the bottom of the sixth, but in the seventh, Gant Geiger led off with a double, was sacrificed to third by Gray, and scored on a ground out by Hobbs to put the Indians up, 4-3. Turner loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but the Tribe would hang on for the win.
Finally returning home Saturday to play in the friendly confines of Indian Field, the Tribe had a double header against Bradwell Institute and Turner.
In the opener against Bradwell, the Indians scored five times in the second inning. Beau Nazworth had an RBI single and Cribb had a steal of home for a 2-0 lead. A wild pitch scored Lloyd and Bryant added a sacrifice fly before Nelson's RBI double capped the inning.
But Bradwell battled back, scoring four times in the third inning and once in the fifth to tie the score at 5-5.
Meanwhile, the Indian offense couldn't get going until the bottom of the seventh when Geiger again started the winning rally with a single. After a steal of second base, Cribb laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Geiger to third and an error on the play allowed him to score the winning run.
Nelson and Geiger led at the plate with two hits each while on the mound, Nazworth, Lloyd and Geiger combined to allow just two earned runs.
In the finale of the week, the Indians would face Turner for the second straight day. After a close win on Friday, the Indians left no doubt in this one – scoring ten runs in their first four at-bats to take a 10-0, five-inning win.
Turner errors allowed the Indians to score twice in the first inning. In the second inning, another unearned run was scored by the Tribe before Russell's bases-loaded single scored two more runs. Nelson followed with an RBI single and came home on a triple by Shacario Bailey for a 7-0 lead.
After being held scoreless in the third, the Indians got an RBI double by Russell followed by a steal of third and throwing error to make it 9-0. A sacrifice fly by Geiger brought home the final run and after Turner was held scoreless in the fifth, the game was called with Charlton winning, 10-0.
Herring pitched four scoreless innings giving up just two hits while striking out seven batters to pick up the win while Rodeffer wrapped things up with a scoreless fifth inning. Offensively, Russell and Bailey both had two hits while Russell drove in three runs.