The Charlton County Maidens softball team heads into their final week of the regular after splitting a pair of games last week against Turner County and Telfair County. The Maidens will be fighting for a playoff spot with four games this week. They were ranked 22nd in the power rankings with the top 24 teams advancing to the state playoffs.
On Monday, the Maidens hosted Wilcox County and on Tuesday Atkinson County visits Maidens Field. Glynn Academy and Brunswick will round out the schedule at home on Wednesday and Thursday as the Maidens hope to maintain or improve their power ranking score.
Last Tuesday, the Maidens made the long ride to Ashburn to take on Turner County and put the Lady Rebels away quickly in a three-inning, 18-1, win. The Maidens scored just once to start the game in the first inning. Samantha Baxter was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third and scored on an error by the catcher.
Charlton added seven more runs in the second inning. Sydney Pevey plated the first run with a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk to Baxter made it 3-0. After a wild pitch scored a run, Emilee Zetmeir singled to score two more Maidens pushing the lead to 6-0. Two Turner errors led to two more runs as Charlton led, 8-0.
Charlton would put the game away in the third inning when they scored ten runs. An RBI single by Baxter and an error pushed the lead to 10-0. With the bases loaded, Andrea Duke was hit by a pitch and Noel Crosby and Kara Dean both walked, forcing in three more Maiden runs. Elizabeth Carlisle reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring another run before Kylee Varnes capped off the inning with an inside-the-park grand slam to push the lead to 18-0.
Turner would ruin the shutout by scoring once in the bottom of the third, but the game would be called once they were retired.
Zetmeir picked up the win on the mound, allowing no earned runs and just one hit, while striking out five batters. Gabby Tillis led the Maidens with two hits as they took advantage of six walks, eight hit batters, and four Turner errors.
On Thursday, the Maidens returned home to face Telfair County in a big game. Charlton would jump out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Tiffany Rivera was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and Gabby Tillis followed with a walk. The runners moved to second and third on a passed ball and Rivera scored on another passed ball. An error by the catcher allowed Tillis to score from second, giving Charlton a 2-0 lead. Wildness continued to plague the Telfair pitcher as Varnes walked and scored after three-straight wild pitches.
The score remained 3-0 until Telfair came to bat in the fifth inning. The Lady Trojans used two walks, a wild pitch and an RBI ground out to score their first run of the game.
Meanwhile, the Maidens couldn’t push any more runs across as Telfair came to bat in the seventh inning. They would use three hits, a Maiden error and an RBI ground out to push three runs across the plate and take a 4-3 lead. Charlton loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t get any runs as they lost a heartbreaking game.
Charlton got two hits by Javonna Dykes and one hit each from Emma Woolard and Pevey while Woolard suffered the loss on the mound, despite a good pitching performance.