The Charlton County Maidens softball team had four games scheduled last week and they came away with one win and one loss, while Mother Nature was victorious in the other two contests.
Fresh off of two season opening wins over the weekend to begin the season the Maidens hosted Glynn Academy on Monday. In a game where hits and runs were at a premium, it would be several costly Maiden errors that would cost them in the long run as they dropped a 2-1 decision.
Glynn would strike first in the top of the first when a steal of third was followed by a error allowing the Lady Terrors to take a 1-0 lead.
Charlton threatened in the bottom of the first, but a double play ended the rally, but the Maidens would tie the score in the second inning when Abby Safford blasted a solo home run over the left field fence.
Glynn would retake the lead in the second on an almost identical play as they scored in the first inning. A steal of third, was followed by a throw in which no one covered the base allowing the runner to score.
Charlton would get a runner to third base in both the fourth and fifth innings, but couldn't get the run home either inning. The pitchers remained in control the rest of the way as the Lady Terrors would hang on for the 2-1 win.
The Maidens collected just two hits, the homer by Safford and a seventh inning single by Brooke Spivey. The Maiden pitchers, Emma Woolard and Emilee Zetmeir were even better as they allowed just one hit, but the two unearned runs proved to be the difference.
After games against Brooks County and Camden County were rained out on Tuesday and Wednesday the Maidens returned to action on Thursday to face Turner County.
Freshman Charli Woolard made her varsity debut on the mound. After retiring the Lady Rebels in the top of the first inning the Maidens would give her all the run support she needed in the bottom half of the inning by scoring 11 times.
Javonna Dykes, Gabby Tillis, Emma Woolard, and Andrea Duke all scored on wild pitches to take a 4-0 without the benefit of a hit. The Maidens would load the bases and Kylee Varnes was hit by a pitch to force home another run. Spivey scored on a wild pitch before Dykes singled to make it 7-0. After a steal of home by Varnes, Emma Woolard doubled to score Natalie Lynch making it 9-0. An RBI groundout by Duke scored Dykes and Safford completed the scoring with an RBI single to give Charlton an 11-0 lead.
Charlton added to their lead in the second when Kauri Lee walked and came around to score on a double by Dykes.
Woolard continued to shut down Turner and after the top of the fourth was completed the game was called with Charlton holding a 12-0 lead. Woolard pitched four shutout innings allowing just one hit while striking out eight batters. Dykes, Safford, and Spivey led the Maidens on offense with two hits each as the Maidens improved to 3-1 on the season.