The Charlton County baseball squad saw their record go to 16-7 after losing to Baker County(FL) before rallying back to beat region foe Lanier County in a pair of road games. The Indians head into the final week of the regular season with games at West Nassau and Ecols County on Monday and Tuesday before hosting Clinch County and Telfair County on Thursday and Friday.
Against Baker on Thursday the Indians were unable to mount much offense. Despite having base runners on in the first three innings, the Indians were unable to dent the scoreboard. Baker would strike first scoring three times in the bottom of the third inning.
The Wildcats added three more runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth to open up a 7-0 lead.
Charlton was able to avoid the shutout when Shacario Bailey doubled with two outs in the seventh inning and Colby Bryant’s single drove him home to make the final score 7-1.
Wade Rodeffer, Trevor Knowles and Bryant all picked up two hits for the Indians.
On Friday Charlton would make the trip to Lanier County. The Tribe and Bulldogs battled in a close contest with the Indians striking first in the top of the third inning.
Knowles led off with a single and advanced to second on the throw. Rodeffer bunted him over to third and Tyler Chesser’s sacrifice fly gave Charlton a 1-0 lead.
Lanier would bounce back in the bottom of the third and score two unearned runs to take a 2-1 lead. Charlton answered right back in the fourth to tie the score. Najee Smith walked and advanced to third on a Bryant single. Sean Russell followed with another single to knot the score.
It wouldn’t stay tied for long as the leadoff batter for Lanier blasted a solo home run to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 advantage.
It would remain that way until the top of the seventh inning. Russell and Knowles hit one out singles and Rodeffer followed with a two RBI double that gave the Indians a 4-3 lead.
Lanier would get two runners on in the bottom of the seventh but the Indians would hold on for the win.
Knowles and Russell led the Indians with two hits each while Trent Gray picked up the win in relief for Charlton. Gray pitched four innings allowing just one run while striking out five batters.