The Charlton County baseball team won two of three games last week after beating Hilliard in the Battle For the State Line Trophy and Atkinson County before dropping a close contest against Irwin County.
The Indians are now 13-6 and 7-3 in Region 2-A action. They have dropped to 16th in the most recent power rankings.
The Tribe would open up the week in Hilliard Monday to face off against the Flashes. Led by a two-hit shutout by Trey Cribb, the Indians would score early and often on the way to a 15-0 win.
In the first inning, Charlton got the scoring started when Connor Nelson’s double brought home two runners and A.J. Baker followed with an RBI single.
Sean Russell came through with an RBI double and after a passed ball scored the fifth Indian run Colby Bryant wrapped up the scoring with an RBI single giving Charlton an early 6-0 lead.
The second inning saw the Tribe plate four more runners as Baker’s double would score two runners, an error scored another and Bryant added another RBI single as Charlton extended their lead to 10-0.
In the fourth inning, Charlton loaded the bases and got a sacrifice fly from Calvin Byrd before Wade Rodeffer’s double scored two more runs to push the lead to 13-0.
The Indians would complete their scoring in the fifth inning when Beau Nazworth’s double scored Keyshawn Hobbs and Russell drove him home with a single to make the final, 15-0.
Cribb pitched hitless ball until the fifth inning and struck out six batters in his five innings of work.
Sixteen Indians made plate appearances during the game with Russell’s three hits and Baker’s three RBI’s leading the way.
Charlton returned home Tuesday to face region foe Atkinson County. The Indians struggled at the plate and trailed the Rebels 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Baker got the inning started with a double and scored when Russell followed with an RBI single.
After two outs were recorded, Hobbs drew a walk and two wild pitches later the Indians had cut the lead to 3-2 with Hobbs standing on third.
Rodeffer walked and stole second and the Trevor Knowles came through with a single that scored both runners giving the Tribe a 4-3 edge.
It stayed that way for the remainder of the game as the Indians eked out the one run win.
Charlton got all three of their hits in the fifth inning while Connor Nelson pitched six strong innings to pick up the win.
Trent Gray came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to record the save.
On Friday, the Indians would travel to Ocilla for a key Region 2-A contest against Irwin County and both squads of Indians battled it out in a pitcher’s duel. But in the end it Irwin taking a hard fought 2-1 win.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Irwin broke free for two runs.
Charlton answered back in the top of the sixth when Knowles reached on an error, advanced to second on a passed ball and made his way home on back to back groundouts to cut the led to 2-1.
Charlton was able to get a runner to second base in the seventh inning, but couldn’t score as they would fall by a single run.
Russell would pick up two of the three Indian hits while Tyler Chesser pitched well enough to win allowing just two runs on two hits through five innings.