The Charlton County Indian baseball squad split a pair of region contests last week after falling on the road to Clinch County and blasting Wilcox County at home. The Tribe is now 11-5 overall and is 6-2 in Region 2-A. Charlton is currently twelfth in the recent power rankings.
Against Clinch on Tuesday, the Indians would get solid pitching, but the bats and gloves let them down. Tyler Chesser and Connor Nelson combined to allow just three hits and strike out eight batters, but seven errors allowed six unearned runs to score as the Panthers won 6-2.
Clinch scored twice in the third inning and added two more in the fifth before the Tribe finally got on the board in the top of the sixth. Shacario Bailey reached on an error and Wade Rodeffer doubled before Trevor Knowles drove in one run with a sacrifice fly.
An RBI groundout by Chesser scored the second Indian run to cut the deficit to 4-2.
But Clinch scored two more times in the bottom of the sixth and held the Tribe in check in the seventh to claim the key region win.
Returning home Friday, the Indians faced off against Wilcox County and the bats heated up. The Tribe would score in every inning and beat the Patriots, 13-3, in five innings.
Charlton scored four times in the bottom of the first to get the rout going. Knowles drove in the first run with a double and came home on an error. After another Wilcox error, A.J. Baker drove in two runs with a single to put Charlton up 4-0.
In the second inning, Chesser’s single scored a run while another Patriot error led to the sixth Indian run. Baker capped off the inning with another RBI single for the, 7-0, lead.
The Tribe kept the bats hot in the third inning when Knowles doubled again to score Bailey and Rodeffer. Sean Russell added an RBI single to increase the lead to 10-0.
Wilcox got on the board in the top of the fourth scoring three unearned runs. But the Tribe answered back scoring twice. Bailey led off with a double and Rodeffer walked. After a double steal, a Patriot error scored one run and Nelson would add a run scoring single making it 12-3 heading to the fifth.
After retiring Wilcox, the Tribe would end the game in the bottom of the fifth.
Baker led off with a single and Lance Horne was hit by a pitch. Colby Bryant followed with an RBI single that ended the game with 13-3 win.
Baker’s three hits and three RBI’s led the Indians while Knowles added two hits and four RBI’s. Trent Gray was the winning pitcher.
He went the distance on the mound allowing no earned runs on just four hits while striking out six batters.