The Charlton County baseball team spent the early part of their spring break by beating Turner County on consecutive days. A Monday game against West Nassau was rained out and on Tuesday the Tribe headed to Ashburn for the first game of the home and home series with the Rebels.
The Indian bats started the game dreaming about the beach, as they were held scoreless going into the fourth inning. Fortunately the Rebel bats were just as quiet as Trent Gray was shutting them down on the mound.
In the fourth, the Indians manufactured the first run of the game when Trevor Knowles led off with a single, advanced to second on a groundout, stole third and came home on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Baker.
Charlton would score three more times in the fifth inning when three straight walks loaded the bases. An error scored the Tribe’s second run and another walk to Connor Nelson forced home another. Baker followed with the only hit of the inning to give Charlton a 4-0 lead.
The Indians would put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning by scoring ten times. Baker and Sean Russell both drove home two runners with hits. After a passed ball pushed the lead to 9-0, Tyler Chesser’s double added two more runs and Colby Bryant singled home another. An RBI groundout by Keyshawn Hobbs and another RBI single by Russell capped off the scoring, as Charlton would go on for a 14-0 win.
Chesser, Knowles, Baker and Russell each picked up two hits with Baker driving home four runners and Russell picking up three RBI’s. On the mound, Gray pitched shutout ball for seven innings allowing just three hits while striking out five batters.
The following day the Rebels made the return trip to Folkston to make up an earlier rained out contest and it looked from the beginning like the Rebels were going to make a contest of it by scoring three times in the top of the first inning.
The lead would be short lived as Wade Rodeffer, Knowles and Chesser singled to begin the bottom of the first to start the scoring.
An error loaded the bases and Nelson drove home two runs with a single to tie the game at 3-3. Two more errors, an RBI single by Lance Horne and a sacrifice fly by Russell gave the Tribe a 7-3 lead.
The scoring continued in the second inning as Chesser drove home one run and scored on an error. Bryant added an RBI single and Gray’s sacrifice fly put the lead at 11-3.
Chesser was at it again in the third inning as his single drove home Rodeffer. Baker followed with another run scoring hit and a Rebel error allowed the lead to grow to 14-3.
Charlton would end the game in the fourth inning due to the run rule. Yet another Turner error allowed one runner to score and Nelson and Bryant followed with run scoring hits to push the lead to 15-3 at which at that point the game was called.
Bryant led the Tribe with three hits and four RBI’s while Chesser added three hits and drove in three runs. Nelson picked up the win allowing just one earned run on one hit while striking out five batters.
The Indians are now 15-6 overall and 9-3 in Region 2-A and just one win back in the loss column to Irwin and Clinch Counties in the standings. In the power rankings, the Tribe sits in the 16th position, which would be the final spot for a first-round home playoff series.
Charlton returns to the field Thursday when they travel to play Baker County (FL) and will be on the road again Friday against Lanier County.