Maidens finish fifth at state tournament - Pic

 The Charlton County Maidens slow pitch softball team was one of eight teams to compete at the state tournament in Woodstock, and when all was said and done, they would come away tied for fifth place in the entire state, regardless of classification. As the smallest school there, the Maidens would win one of three games in the double-elimination tournament to finish the season with a 16-6 record. 

In the opener on Wednesday, the Maidens would play Franklin County. Things would start out well for Charlton as they scored twice in the top of the first inning. Savannah Pollock tripled home Javonna Dykes for the first run, and Pollock would come home on a sacrifice fly by Lauran Allbritton. 

Franklin would tie the score with single runs in the first and second innings and go ahead in the third inning after scoring two more runs. 

Charlton could never get any more offense going and in the bottom of the fourth, Franklin would explode for ten runs to take a 14-2 lead. After Charlton was held scoreless in the fifth, the game was called. 

With their backs against the wall facing elimination, the Maidens found themselves down 7-1 against Oconee County heading to the bottom of the third inning. The lone Maiden run to that point was on an RBI double by Allbritton. 

In the third inning, the Maidens would get some help from Oconee pitchers and come up with some key hits to score seven times to take the lead. 

Samantha Baxter and Jalees Murphy both drew bases-loaded walks to force in runs before Allbritton connected for a grand slam to tie the score and later in the inning, Brooke Spivey’s RBI groundout scored Dykes to put Charlton ahead by one run. 

But Oconee got a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to retake the lead at 9-8. But in the bottom of the fourth, Murphy singled home a run and Allbritton drove in two more runs with a hit as Charlton regained the advantage at 11-9. 

The back and forth continued in the fifth inning when a three-run homer by Oconee gave them a 12-11 lead. But once again, the Maidens showed they weren’t finished yet as they plated eight runs in the bottom of the fifth. 

Rebecca Clairday started the scoring with an RBI single. Pollock drew a bases-loaded walk and Baxter followed with a single to score two more runs. Murphy then doubled home two more runs before Allbritton capped off the inning with her second home run of the game, a two-run shot, to give Charlton a 19-12 lead. 

Oconee was held scoreless in the sixth and the Maidens would end the game in the bottom half of the inning. A double by Brooke Spivey and a single by Natalie Lynch put runners at the corners. Sydney Pevey grounded into a fielder’s choice to score one. Rachael Lepley and Pollock both singled as Pevey would score and Baxter’s RBI single ended the game with Charlton on top, 22-12. 

Playing their third game of the day, the Maidens faced Jefferson. Charlton would get off to a good start with Pollock leading off the game with a solo home run to put the Maidens up 1-0. 

But Jefferson would score ten unanswered runs over the second, third, and fourth innings to take a 10-1 lead. The Maiden bats could never get going and wouldn’t score again until Pollock capped off her high school career with her second home run in the sixth inning to make it 10-2, which stood to be the final score. 

For the tournament, Pollock and Baxter led aCharlton with five hits each, while Allbritton’s ten RBI’s led the Maidens