The Charlton County baseball team saw their record improve to 10-4 on the season after knocking off region foes Lanier County and Echols County before defeating Bradwell Institute. The Tribe is now 5-1 in Region 2-A play, just a half-game behind Telfair County, who comes in at 6-1.
Charlton opened the week at home Tuesday against Lanier County. After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Indians gained the lead in the third inning, scoring three times. Two Bulldog errors allowed the Tribe to tie the score before Connor Nelson’s two-RBI double gave Charlton the 3-1 advantage.
Lanier tied the score in the top of the fourth, courtesy of two bases loaded walks by the Tribe. It would remain tied through the end of regulation and into extra innings.
Lanier would get a runner thrown out at the plate in the eighth inning to preserve the lead as the two teams continued to battle. Charlton loaded the bases in the tenth, but couldn’t push the winning run across.
Finally, the Tribe would break through in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Nelson doubled to lead off the inning and after an error and a walk, the bases were loaded. An errant pick-off attempt at third would allow Nelson to cross the plate with the winning run.
Wade Rodeffer, Trevor Knowles, Tyler Chesser and Nelson each had two hits for Charlton, while Trey Cribb picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief to finish the game.
On Friday, the Tribe would play host to Echols County and got an outstanding pitching performance by Cribb as he went five innings and shut out the Wildcats, 12-0.
An RBI single by Nelson scored Chesser for an early 1-0 lead after one inning. In the second, the Tribe would get run-scoring hits by A.J. Baker and Chesser, along with an error by Echols, to take a 4-0 lead.
In the third inning, an RBI groundout by Colby Bryant pushed across one run and Knowles was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score another. A wild pitch plated the next Indian run giving them a 7-0 lead.
Baker, Bryant, Rodeffer, and Knowles each added run-scoring hits in the fourth inning as the Tribe scored five more times for a 12-0 lead.
Cribb retired the Wildcats in the fifth and the game was called due to the mercy rule.
Baker led the 12-hit attack with three hits, while Chesser and Sean Russell both added two.
On Saturday, the Indians would hit the road to face Bradwell Institute and found themselves in an early 5-0 hole after the first inning.
But Charlton would put a dent into the Tigers’ lead in the second by scoring three times. A single by Baker, along with an error by Bradwell, allowed Keyshawn Hobbs to score. Trent Gray drove home Baker and would come around to score on an error, making it 5-3.
Nelson brought the Tribe even with a two-run homer in the third inning and took the lead on a bunt single by Baker later in the inning. Rodeffer kept the scoring going with a single that brought in two runners, and Knowles followed with an RBI double, giving Charlton a 9-5 lead.
Bradwell added a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Tribe put the game away scoring five more times in the seventh. Trent Gray drove home two runs with a single and Lance Horne added another RBI single for a 12-6 lead. Rodeffer and Knowles followed with back-to-back doubles, driving home runs as the Tribe would go on to a 14-6 win.
Rodeffer, Knowles, Nelson, Baker, and Gray all had two hits each to lead the way. The Indians used four pitchers in the game with Knowles picking up the win for his three innings of work.