With all the rain outs earlier in the season the Charlton County Maidens softball team is having to play catch up before the end of the regular season. With that being said the Maidens played five games last week and came out on top in all of them to improve to 12-3 on the season and push their way back into second place in Region 2-A with an 8-1 record.
Charlton opened up the week on the road at Brantley County. The Maidens opened up a 6-0 lead after four innings and then held off a late Brantley rally to prevail 6-3. Javonna Dykes and Jesslyn Smith led the way with two hits each while Emma Woolard blasted a two run home run. Woolard also picked up the win in the circle going 5.2 innings while striking out twelve batters. Sister Charli pitched the final 1.1 innings to pick up the save.
Next up on Wednesday was Irwin County, who came into the game with just one region loss tied with the Maidens. The game would be tight early on as the Maidens went ahead 1-0 in the first when Javonna Dykes scored all the way from second on a bunt by Kylee Varnes for a 1-0 lead.
The score stayed that way until the top of the fourth when Irwin plated an unearned run to tie the score. But the Maidens would put the game away in the bottom of the inning when they scored nine times. Charlton would get RBI’s by Abby Safford and Natalie Lynch to go up 3-1. Then Smith bunted with two runners on and throw went down the right field line and all three runners would cross the plate before the ball was returned back in. Dykes would add a solo home run to go up 7-1. Two more Irwin errors along with an RBI double by Safford pushed the lead to 10-1.
Dykes, Safford, and Lynch all had two hits for Charlton. Charli Woolard was the winning pitcher going four innings and striking out six batters. Emma Woolard pitched the final frame striking out two.
On Thursday the Maidens were on the road at Echols County. The Maidens jumped out quick with four runs in the first inning. Errors allowed Dykes, Gabby Tillis and Andia Williams to score before an RBI single by Lynch scored Safford for the 4-0 lead.
Dykes would score again in the second and Emma Woolard hit her second home run of the week plating two runs in he fourth to push the lead to 7-0. Charlton added two more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Dykes and Karlee Knowles to push the lead to 9-0. After the Wildcats were retired in the bottom of the fifth the game was called.
Dykes and Lynch led the Maidens with two hits each. The duo of Emma and Charli Woolard combined to no-hit the Wildcats with Emma claiming the win.
After a day off the Maidens would host a double header on Saturday. First up was a region game against Brooks County. The Maidens would cruise in this game opening up a 9-0 lead after three innings. After Brooks scored twice in the top of the fourth the Maidens added one more run before holding Brooks in the fifth to take a 10-2 win.
Dykes, Tillis and Varnes all had two hits while Lynch, Smith and Varnes all drove in two runs. Charli Woolard was the winning pitcher this time around going four innings with Emma wrapping things up with a scoreless fifth inning.
The second game featured a father/son matchup as Charlton’s Coach Baxter faced off against Islands High School out of Savannah, coached by former standout Indian baseball player Jacob Baxter.
In the game father had no mercy on son as the Maiden would score eleven runs in the first three innings before Islands got on the board with two runs in the top of the fourth. Charlton would end the game scoring three times in the bottom of the fourth making the final 14-2.
Smith led the Maidens with two hits and two RBI’s. Also driving in two runs were Emma Woolard and Safford. Emma Woolard picked up the win pitching three shutout innings before Islands scored two unearned runs on Charli Woolard.
The Maidens were scheduled to have another busy week this week having played Brantley County on Monday before hitting the road against Clinch County on Tuesday, Lanier County on Wednesday and Irwin County on Thursday.