The Charlton County baseball team dropped two of three games last week to fall to 4-3 on the season, but the one win was an important Region 2-A contest against Irwin County.
Opening the week at home against Irwin, the battle of the Indians was a classic back and forth affair with the Charlton band of Warriors winning on a walk off hit in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Charlton struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Wade Rodeffer led off with a double and then advanced to third and home on passed balls for a 1-0 lead.
Irwin took the lead in the top of the third inning scoring twice, but Charlton bounced back with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Trevor Knowles doubled home a run and Tyler Chesser’s RBI groundout gave the Tribe a 3-2 advantage before Knowles came home on a wild pitch.
Irwin came right back in the fourth inning, cutting the lead to 4-3, then added three more runs in the fifth inning, and took a 6-4 advantage.
It would stay that way until the bottom of the seventh when Lance Horne led off with a walk, stole second, and came home on a single by Rodeffer.
With Rodeffer advancing to second on the throw home, it allowed him to reach third on a passed ball before scoring on Chesser’s groundout to tie the game at 6-6 and force extra innings.
Irwin would get a clutch two-out hit to score once in the top of the eighth leading up to the dramatic finish. A.J. Baker drew a one-out walk and was sacrificed over to second.
With two outs, Shacario Bailey ripped a double to center to score Baker and tie the score at 7-7. Rodeffer continued his hot streak at the plate and followed with another double, giving Charlton an 8-7 lead, allowing them to remain unbeaten in Region 2-A play.
Rodeffer’s fantastic day ended with four hits and two RBI’s, while Chesser added two hit and two RBI’s. Bailey would pick up the win in relief of Chesser after going three plus innings and allowing just one unearned run.
On Wednesday, the Tribe would play host to Fletcher High School out of Neptune Beach. The Senators would prove to be too strong on this night as they jumped out to a 12-0 lead after three innings before the Tribe could get on the board in the fourth inning.
Knowles was hit by a pitch to start the inning and advanced to third when Connor Nelson doubled. Knowles would steal home and two batters later, Nelson crossed the plate when Keyshawn Hobbs grounded out.
After Fletcher scored twice in the top of the fifth, the Indians added two of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Rodeffer drew a two out walk. Knowles followed with a run scoring double and came home on a single by Nelson to make it 14-4. But it wouldn’t be enough to keep the game going as it was called after five innings.
On Thursday, the Indians would be back home once again against Long County. The Tribe got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Rodeffer walked, stole second and came home on a double by Knowles.
Charlton would get solid pitching by Trent Gray and maintained the one-run lead until the sixth inning. However, the Blue Tide would score three times in the top of the sixth and add two more runs in the seventh and take home the 5-1 win.
Knowles led the Indians with two hits. Gray was the tough loser going six innings allowing just one earned run while striking out nine batters.