The Charlton County Maidens slow pitch softball team dropped their first games of the season and splitting a pair of doubleheaders against West Laurens and Thomas County Central. 

The Maidens are now 8-2 on the season.

The Maidens opened the week on the road in Dublin against West Laurens on Tuesday. 

In the first game, Charlton scored five times in the first two innings getting two RBI’s on a double by Tiffany Rivera along with run scoring hits by Savannah Pollock and Samantha Baxter.

West Laurens scored single runs in the third inning and fourth innings to cut the lead to 5-2. 

But the Maidens got those two runs back in the top of the fifth. An RBI single by Andrea Duke and an error increased the lead to 7-2.

West Laurens added two more runs, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Maidens took the first game, 7-4.

Pollock and Baxter led the Maidens with three hits each while Rachael Lepley was the winning pitcher.

In the second game, the Maidens weren’t as fortunate. They would commit 14 errors, which led to 12 unearned runs scoring. 

The Maiden bats were unable to overcome that deficit and fell by a 14-7 score.

Baxter again led with three hits while Pollock, Rivera, Duke, Abigail Safford, Sydney Pevey, and Leah Boatright all had two hits.

On Wednesday, the Maidens returned home to face Thomas County Central. In the bottom of the second, the Maidens would strike first scoring two runs. Pevey tripled home Javonna Dykes and came home herself on an error.

The Yellow Jackets answered back with four runs in the top of the third before the Maidens would tie it in the bottom half of the inning. 

Baxter tripled home Pollock and scored on an RBI groundout by Rivera.

Thomas County Central added two more runs in the fourth inning as the bats from both teams went silent the rest of the game and the Yellow Jackets prevailed 6-4.

Pollock and Jalees Murphy led the way with two hits each.

In the second game, the Maidens and Yellow Jackets would battle for ten innings before the Maidens pushed across the winning run for a, 4-3, victory.

Thomas County Central started the scoring in the top of the first by scoring once. 

It stayed that way until the bottom of the third when the Maidens tied the score. Back to back errors allowed Baxter to score the tying run.

Neither team could push another run across in regulation and in the top of the eighth the Yellow Jackets scored twice to open up a, 3-1, advantage. 

Facing possibly their last at bat, the Maidens would get an RBI single by Rivera and Rivera would score the tying run on a fielder’s choice knotting the game at 3-3.

Rivera would start the winning rally in the tenth by drawing a leadoff walk. 

After two outs, Rivera would advance to third on a fielder’s choice and beat the play at the plate on a ground ball by Boatright for the win.

Baxter and Rivera both had two hits for the Maidens while Murphy pitched all ten innings to pick up the win.