Maidens sweep past Ware, Atkinson

The Charlton County Maidens improved to 5-1 on the year after knocking off Ware County and Atkinson County on the road last week. The Atkinson wins ran their Region 2-A record to 2-0 on the season.

On Wednesday, the Maidens traveled to Waycross to take on Ware County. After falling behind early, the Maidens would jump ahead to a 7-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Lady Gators would score once and the game would end with the bases loaded as Charlton held off the late comeback for the 7-4 win. Individual performances were not available.

Against Atkinson on Thursday, an eight-run fifth inning turned a competitive game into a rout as the Maidens won 12-0.

Charlton opened the scoring in the first inning when Emma Woolard's sacrifice fly scored Jesslyn Smith from third for a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, the Maidens tacked on another run when Emilee Zetmeir's RBI single scored Andrea Duke from second base.

In the third inning, Javonna Dykes led off with a single, stole second and third before coming home on a sacrifice fly by Gabby Tillis. After Emma Woolard reached on an error, she would score on a single by Duke giving Charlton a 4-0 lead.

It would stay that way until the fifth when the Maidens put the game away with their eight-run outburst. Duke and Charli Woolard had RBI singles while a wild pitch and an error plated three more runners to push the lead to 9-0. Tillis followed with a run-scoring single and Emma Woolard capped off the inning with a two run home run to left field for a 12-0 lead.

After Atkinson was retired in the bottom of the fifth, the game was called due to the mercy rule.

Tillis and Duke led the Maidens with two hits each while Emma Woolard led with three RBI's. Zetmeir picked up the win on the mound pitching the first three innings allowing just one hit while striking out four batters. Charli Woolard pitched the final two frames to preserve the shutout.