The slow pitch softball team of Charlton County High School opened their season last Saturday at home against Baker County (GA) and came away with two convincing wins.
In the first game, the Maidens got on the board first when Jalees Murphy’s ground out scored Gabby Tillis for a 1-0 lead. But it would be the second inning that essentially put the game away as 15 Maidens crossed the plate.
The Maidens would get two runs on inside-the-park home runs by Abby Safford and Javonna Dykes before Murphy added a three-run home run to make the score 8-0. Brooke Spivey tripled and scored on a single by Andrea Duke. Jesslyn Smith, Natalie Lynch, Dykes, and Tiffany Rivera added run-scoring hits before Murphy’s double scored two more. Spivey’s double drove home the final run of the inning and the Maidens led, 16-0.
Charlton would end the game in the third inning after Sydney Pevey led off with a single and scored on a triple by Safford. A single by Smith scored Safford. The Maidens would later get RBI hits by Dykes, Rivera, and Murphy to end the game by a 21-0 score.
Dykes led the Maidens with four hits and four RBI’s, while Murphy added three hits and seven RBI’s.
The second game was much of the same, as Charlton got on the board in the first inning after a Baker County error allowing Tillis to score from third.
The Maidens would add four more runs in the second. Smith and Lynch each drove in a run and Tillis followed with an RBI triple and scored herself on an error.
As in game one, the Maidens would explode for one big inning as they scored 11 times in third inning. Lynch started the scoring with an RBI single and two runs scored on an error before Tillis hit a three-run inside-the-park home run. Back to back doubles by Murphy and Safford produced the Maidens’ twelfth run. After a walk, Rivera doubled home a run and Duke followed with another double to score two more runners before Pevey’s RBI double gave the Maidens a 16-0 lead.
Baker scored their first and only run of the day in the top of the fourth inning and the game would end with Charlton winning game two, 16-1.
Murphy led with four hits while Tillis added three hits and four RBI’s.