If last week’s preseason scrimmage against Ware County is any indication, it looks like the Charlton County baseball team will scrap and claw to the very end and not give up until the final out is recorded.
Trailing 10-6 heading into their final at-bat, the Tribe scored seven times in the seventh inning to pull out an eventual 13-11 win.
Charlton opened the scoring in the first inning after Connor Nelson reached on a two-out error and came home on a triple by Tristan Herring. Herring scored on a passed ball giving Charlton a 2-0 lead.
Two more Indian runners crossed the plate in the second inning after a hit batsman was followed by two Ware Errors and an RBI single by Colby Bryant.
Ware scored once in the third inning and twice more in the fourth to cut the Indian lead to 4-3.
In the fifth, Bryant led off with a double and Nelson reached on an error. An RBI single by Herring and a fielder’s choice bumped the Indian lead back up to 6-3.
But in the bottom of the fifth, Ware took advantage of three walks, three Indians errors, and a three-run home run to score seven times and take a 10-6 lead.
It would stay that way until the top of the seventh, when Bryant was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Herring walked. Sean Russell followed with a three-run home run that cut the Ware lead to 10-9. Shacario Bailey then walked, advanced to second and third on wild pitches before scoring the tying run on a balk. Gant Geiger would later add a run-scoring single to score Trey Cribb, while Wade Rodeffer added a run-scoring double and scored on a hit by Bryant, to put Charlton ahead, 13-10, heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Ware would get a lead off home run to start the seventh, but the Tribe would hold on from there to win the scrimmage 13-11.
Bryant led the Tribe with three hits while Rodeffer and Herring picked up two hits. Russell led with four RBI’s.
The Indians would pitch seven pitchers during the game. Of the 11 runs allowed, only four were earned runs, and Bailey would end up with the win after pitching the final frame.
Charlton opened up the regular season on Monday at Long County and played at Hilliard on Tuesday. The first home game will be Friday when they host Brantley County at 5:30 p.m.