The Charlton County Maidens softball team dropped a tight non-region game to Brantley County before reeling off three straight region wins against Clinch County, Lanier County and Irwin County. The Maidens are 15-4 overall and 11-1 in region play. They will play Echols County at home on Tuesday, wrap up the region schedule on Wednesday at Atkinson County before wrapping up the regular season at home on Thursday with a doubleheader involving Wayne County and Citizen’s Christian Academy.
Charlton has already clinched a home playoff series as the number two seed out of the region. They will host Region 4-A’s third seed beginning on Tuesday, October 12.
The Maidens opened the week against Brantley County and the Lady herons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The lead would stay that way until the bottom of the fifth inning.
Abby Safford led off with a single and Charli Wollard followed with a two run home run to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Maidens had the tying run tagged out at the plate in the sixth and couldn’t push another run across in the seventh by fall by one run. Emma Woolard picked up two hits and Charli Woolard drove in the only two runs to lead the Maidens.
On Tuesday, Charlton will head to Clinch County and make quick work of the Lady Panthers. Kylee Varnes, Gabby Tillis, Natalie Lynch and Jesslyn Smith all drove in first inning runs for a 4-0 lead.
Tillis singled home two more runners in the second inning to increase the lead to six runs. In the third inning, Sydney Pevey drove in one run before Varnes’ single plated two more runners. After a scoreless fourth inning the Maidens added their final two runs in the fifth when Emma Woolard doubled home one run and Charli Woolard’s sacrifice fly made the final score 11-0 after the fifth inning was complete.
Varnes had a great game picking up four hits while driving home three runs while Tillis picked up two hits with three RBI’s. The Woolard duo combined to shut out the Lady Panthers on just one hit.
Next up was a road trip to Lanier Couny against the region leading Lady Bulldogs. The game was an old fashioned pitcher’s duel with Emma Woolard and the Lanier pitcher setting down batter after batter with neither team scoring through five innings.
In the sixth, Javonna Dykes hit a one out single and with two outs Tillis lined one over the fence for a two run home run. Woolard would make the runs hold up as Charlton won 2-0 to move into a tie for first place in the region. Unfortunately Lanier holds the tiebreaker and the Maidens will have to settle for second place.
Woolard was spectacular in the circle for Charlton. She went the full seven innings allowing just two hits while striking out thirteen batters.
One day after the pitcher’s duel in Lakeland the Maidens headed to Ocilla and what a difference a day made. Irwin County took a 5-0 lead after two innings. In the third inning Tillis singled and advanced to third when the ball got past the fielder and she scored on a single by Varnes to make it 5-1.
Irwin scored twice more in the third inning before the Maidens began to make their comeback. Dykes singled with the bases loaded to score two runs and Emma Woolard’s single score another. Dykes would come home on a fielder’s choice to cut the lead to 7-5.
After Irwin scored one more time in the bottom of the fourth the Maidens took their first lead in the fifth scoring seven times. Smith, Pevey, Tillis, and Varnes all had RBI’s during the inning along with an Irwin error that allowed two more runs to score making it 12-8 in favor of Charlton.
Charlton would hold Irwin scoreless in the fifth and the hot bats would continue in the sixth. Dykes drove in a run with a double and Emma Woolard singled home two more. Varnes added two more RBI’s and the Maidens led 17-8.
Irwin added a single run in the bottom of the sixth but it wouldn’t be enough as the game was called due to the run rule.
Natalie Lynch picked up four hits to lead Charlton while Tillis, Varnes, and Smith each added three hits. Varnes drove in four runs andTillis and Emma Woolard both had three RBI’s.