By Glenn Hughes
The Charlton County Maidens softball squad split a pair of region games on the road last week. With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Maidens are now 12-6 overall and 9-3 in Region 2-A play. They will be back on the road Tuesday at Turner County before ending the season with five-straight home games beginning on Thursday against Telfair County.
Against Wilcox, the Maidens were held to just one hit through four innings and trailed 4-0 heading into the fifth inning. Kylee Varnes hit a one-out single and stole second before scoring the first Maidens run on a single by Brooke Spivey. Later in the inning, Abby Safford would score on a Wilcox error to cut the lead in half at 4-2.
But Wilcox took advantage of two Maiden errors in the bottom of the fifth to push to lead back to four runs at 6-2. They would add three more runs in the sixth inning and the Wilcox lead was 8-2 heading into the top of the seventh.
In the seventh, Spivey, Safford, and Javonna Dykes all singled to plate one run and a sacrifice fly by Samantha Baxter scored another run. A Wilcox error plated the third Maiden run of the inning but that would be all they could get as Charlton dropped an 8-5 decision.
Dykes and Spivey led the Maidens with two hits each, while Emma Woolard and Emilee Zetmeir each pitched three innings on the mound. They combined to allow four earned runs while striking out five batters.
The Maidens would return to action on Thursday in Homerville when they faced Clinch County. The story would be different in this game as Woolard held Clinch to just three hits while getting plenty of offensive help in the 12-0 win.
After a scoreless first inning, Charlton would score twice in the second inning. Tiffany Rivera singled and Jalees Murphy followed with a double. An RBI groundout by Varnes and an error gave the Maidens a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Dykes led off with a single and Baxter followed with a double. Woolard helped her own cause by driving both runners in with a single to push the lead to 4-0.
The runs kept coming in the fourth inning. Singles by Varnes and Spivey to lead off the inning was followed by a run-scoring sacrifice bunt by Safford and Spivey would score on a wild pitch to make it 6-0.
Charlton busted the game open in the fifth when Woolard and Rivera both singled and came home on back-to-back errors by Clinch. An RBI single by Varnes plated the third run of the inning before another error allowed the lead to increase to 10-0. Safford added an RBI single and a groundout scored the final run. After Clinch was retired in the bottom of the fifth, the game was called.
Woolard, Rivera and Varnes each had two hits while Woolard, Varnes, and Safford each drove in a pair of runs.