The Charlton County Maidens softball team won two of three games last week beating Echols and Clinch County, before seeing their hopes of a region title dashed against Lanier County. Charlton is now 15-5 on the year and 10-2 in Region 2-A action.
The Maidens played their final two regular season games on Monday and Tuesday traveling to Irwin County, before finishing against Brooks County at home. The Maidens held a one game lead over Brooks for second place entering the week, so any combination of Maiden wins and Brooks losses totaling two would secure second for Charlton and give them a first round state playoff series at home.
Charlton opened the week against Echols County on the road last Monday. They would open up the scoring right from the start with two runs in the first inning. Kylee Varnes reached on an error and Gabby Tillis followed with a single. After steals moved both runners up an RBI ground out by Emma Woolard plated one run and Tiffany Rivera drove home another with a single to put Charlton up 2-0.
Two more Maidens crossed the plate in the third inning when Javonna Dykes reached on an error and came around to score on an RBI single by Tillis. Tillis would score on another Echols error and Charlton led 4-0.
Echols got on the board in the bottom of the third with one run, but Charlton answered right back in the fourth scoring three more times. Natalie Lynch and Abby Safford both singled and came home when Dykes' fly ball was misplayed in the outfield. Varnes drove Dykes in with an RBI ground out and the lead was now 7-1.
The Maidens picked up their final runs in the sixth when Dykes reached third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Varnes. Tillis followed with a single and Woolard's double scored Noel Crosby, who was running for Tillis to make the final score 9-1.
Tillis was hot at the plate picking up four hits, while Lynch added two hits to lead the offense. Woolard pitched the first four innings to pick up the win, while Emilee Zetmeir finished the game with two innings of shutout relief.
On Thursday the Maidens were back on the road at Clinch County. While managing just two hits for the game, the Maidens took advantage of wildness by the Clinch pitchers and got a combined no hitter from Woolard and Zetmeir to win 9-0.
It was a scoreless battle until the third inning when a walk, a hit batter, and two Clinch errors scored two Maiden runners before Dykes hit a sacrifice fly to put Charlton up 3-0.
In the fourth inning the Maidens drew three walks to load the bases,, then Tillis and Woolard were hit by pitches to force home two runs. Rivera added another bases loaded walk before Tillis scored on a wild pitch for a 7-0 Maiden lead.
Two more Maidens crossed the plate in the fifth when Andrea Duke was hit by a pitch and pinch runner Crosby advanced to second on a wild pitch before stealing third. Brooke Spivey drew a walk and Crosby scored on the front end of a double steal attempt. With one out Lynch walked, Safford singled and Dykes was hit by a pitch. A fielder's choice by Tillis scored the ninth and final run for the Maidens.
Varnes and Safford had the lone Maiden hits. On the mound Woolard pitched four hitless innings before Zetmeir completed the no hitter by pitching the final frame.
On Thursday the Maidens continued their road trip heading to Lanier County with a chance at the region title on the line. But it was not to be, as Lanier took advantage of several Charlton errors to score six unearned runs in the first two innings. Lanier added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to end the game after five innings 8-0. Charlton was held hitless for the game and had only two base runners during the game.