The Charlton County Maiden softball team split four games last week to run their record to 9-4 on the season. Charlton had no problems with Irwin County before losing two close games to higher classification teams in Augusta. The Maidens wrapped up the tournament with a win to leave on a high note.
The week began with games against Brunswick and Glynn Academy getting canceled due to Hurricane Dorian. Finally getting to play against Irwin on Thursday, the Maidens exploded out the gate and never looked back as Emma Woolard and Emilee Zetmeir combined for a no-hitter as Charlton rolled 17-1 in three innings.
In the top of the first inning, the Maidens used six hits, three walks, four hit batters, and three Irwin errors to score 11 runs. The Maidens would get RBI’s from Tiffany Rivera, Abby Safford, and Brooke Spivey with Rivera picking up two hits in the inning.
Irwin scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first, but the Maidens would get that run back in the top of the second when Safford doubled and came home on a single by Spivey to make the score, 12-1.
Charlton added five more runs in the third inning, getting RBI’s from Kylee Varnes and Spivey along with several errors to give the Maidens a 17-1 lead. After Irwin was retired in the bottom of the third, the game was called due to the mercy rule.
Rivera led the Maidens with three hits and two RBI’s while Spivey added two hits and three RBI’s. Woolard struck out five batters in her two innings of hitless ball on the mound while Zetmeir finished off the game with a hitless third inning.
On Friday, the Maidens were in Augusta to play in a tournament. Charlton would open up against Greenbrier and fall behind, 3-0, after four innings. But the Maidens would rally and tie the score in the fifth inning.
Rivera led off with a double and Jalees Murphy was hit by a pitch. A double steal moved both runners up. Varnes bunted and reached on a error that allowed both runners to score cutting the deficit to one run. After reaching second on the error, Varnes would steal third and come home on another error after Safford laid down a bunt.
But Greenbrier would score once in the fifth inning and go on to claim a 4-3 win.
On Saturday, Charlton faced Effingham County. Once again they found themselves in a hole and trailed, 5-0, going into the bottom of the fifth. Safford and Sydney Pevey drew one out walks and after a double steal Javonna Dykes drove in the first Maiden run with a single. Peavey would score when the ball was misplayed in the outfield and Dykes ended up on third. Samantha Baxter reached on another error that scored Dykes, but that would be all they could manage and fell by a 5-3 score.
In the tournament finale, the Maidens would face off against Grovetown. For the first time all weekend, the Maidens would strike first scoring twice in the opening inning.
Dykes singled, stole second and third before scoring on a groundout by Baxter. After a single by Rivera, the Maidens got a run scoring triple by Gabby Tillis to take a 2-0 lead.
Charlton added two more runs in the second inning when Varnes led off with a bunt single, stole second and advanced to third on a fly ball. Spivey put down another bunt for a single to score Varnes. Spivey advanced to third on a single by Dykes and scored on a sacrifice fly by Baxter to open up a 4-0 lead.
Grovetown scored once in the third inning and the Maidens would add to the lead with two more runs in the fourth inning. Pevey scored on an error and Spivey scored on a sacrifice fly by Woolard.
Charlton wrapped up their scoring in the fifth inning when Varnes singled, stole second, advanced to third on a single by Pevey and scored on an error to make the final score, 7-1.
Charlton will be on the road Tuesday at Echols County before returning home on Thursday to play host to Lanier County in a key region contest.