The Charlton County slow pitch softball team finished up the regular season with a 13-3 record after splitting a doubleheader against Thomas County Central. The Maidens will now advance to the state sectional tournament in Woodstock beginning April 17.
In the opener, the Maidens would start out quickly, scoring four times in the first inning. Three straight singles by Savannah Pollock, Samantha Baxter, and Lauran Allbritton produced one run and Andrea Duke followed with a double to plate two more runners. Duke would come home on an error for the 4-0 lead.
In the second inning, the Maidens continued to score with Pollock drilling a solo home run to put Charlton on top, 5-0. Hits by Baxter and Allbritton were followed by a walk to Duke to load the bases. An RBI groundout by Tiffany Rivera was followed by a sacrifice fly by Javonna Dykes, giving the Maidens a 7-0 advantage.
Charlton added one more run in the third inning when Brooke Spivey reached on an error and scored on a single by Rachael Lepley.
After being held scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings, the Maidens got back on the scoreboard in the sixth. Pollock led off with a double and scored on Baxter’s single. Allbritton followed with another RBI single, pushing the lead to 10-0. Duke singled with Allbritton making her way to third from where she would score on an RBI groundout by Rivera.
The Lady Yellow Jackets could never get any offense going as Charlton would take the 11-0 win. Baxter led the Maidens with four hits while Pollock and Allbritton both picked up three hits. Lepley picked up the win on the mound, as she didn’t allow any runs and gave up just four hits.
The second game was just the opposite of the first. Thomas County Central scored eight runs in the first inning and never looked back.
Charlton would get on the board in the third inning when Taylor Murray, Dykes, and Baxter hit consecutive singles to score one run.
But that would be all the offense the Maidens could muster and the Lady yellow Jackets added three more runs in the fourth inning to take an 11-1 win.
Baxter and Duke both picked up two hits for the Maidens, while the Maiden pitchers deserved a better fate as seven Charlton errors led to all eleven runs given up being unearned.