The young but scrappy Charlton County baseball team dropped their first Region 2-A contest of the year to Telfair County, but bounced back with tenacity in edging Brantley County, Bradwell Institute, and Hilliard last week.
Opening up the week Wednesday on the road against Telfair, the Tribe fell behind, 5-1, after four innings with the lone Indian run coming in the third on an RBI single by Tyler Chesser.
Wade Rodeffer and Chesser would drive in runs in the top of the fifth to cut into the Trojan lead and the Indians tied the score in the top of the sixth when Shacario Bailey walked with the bases loaded and Sean Russell came home on a wild pitch.
But in the bottom of the sixth, Telfair scored five times to take a 10-5 advantage heading into the seventh inning. The Indians loaded the bases with one out and got a sacrifice fly from Russell to cut the lead to 10-6.
After a hit batter loaded the bases again, Lance Horne singled home two runs to cut the deficit to two runs. But that would be all the Tribe could get as they fell by a 10-8 score.
Back at home on Thursday, the Indians would face off against Brantley County in a non-region tilt. The Tribe would show their grit by coming from behind to take a 10-9 win.
Brantley opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the first inning, but Charlton took the lead in the bottom of the second inning by scoring four times.
Beau Nazworth was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the first Indian run. Najee Smith came home on a wild pitch and Rodeffer’s RBI groundout tied the score at 3-3.
Connor Nelson gave the Tribe the lead with an RBI single.
But the Herons bounced right back into the lead in the third inning scoring twice and then added another run in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead.
Charlton knotted the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the fourth. An RBI double by Nelson and a bases loaded walk to A.J. Baker pulled the Tribe even.
It would stay tied until the sixth inning when Brantley pushed across three runners to go up 9-6, but the Tribe answered back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a, 10-9, lead.
Chesser’s RBI triple got the scoring started and he would cross the plate on an error.
With two on and two outs Trey Cribb and Russell both walked to force home the tying run and a Heron error allowed the go ahead run to score.
Charlton would hold in the top of the seventh to claim the, 10-9, win. Nelson and Chesser led the Indians with two hits each while Cribb picked up the win in relief. Rodeffer got the final three outs for the save.
On Saturday, the Tribe played a doubleheader with the first game being against Bradwell Institute.
The Indians almost let a lead get away, but managed to hold on for an 11-10 win.
After the Tigers scored once in the top of the first, Charlton answered with four runs in the bottom half.
The four runs were scored without the benefit of a hit as the Indians took advantage of an error, three hit batters and two walks.
Both teams added an unearned run in the second inning and Bradwell scored another in the third inning making it 5-3.
But doubles by Russell, Rodeffer and A.J. Baker along with a Tiger error put Charlton ahead, 8-3, after the third inning.
Bradwell added a run in the top of the fourth before RBI doubles by Lance Horne and Russell gave the Tribe a 10-5 advantage.
But the Tigers weren’t finished as they rallied to score four times in the top of the fifth to cut the Indian lead to just one run.
In the bottom of the inning, Trent Gray was hit by a pitch to force home what would turn out to be an all important run giving Charlton an 11-9 lead.
It stayed that way until the seventh inning when Bradwell plated one run, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Charlton held on for the 11-10 win.
Russell led the Indians with two hits and three RBI’s. Rodeffer picked up the win going four innings while allowing no-earned runs and Nazworth finished the final three innings giving up just one earned run.
To complete the doubleheader, the Indians faced off against rival Hilliard. The Tribe would score early and often on the way to a 12-2 win.
Charlton scored five times in the first inning when Rodeffer scored on a steal of home and Trevor Knowles came home on a Hilliard error.
Baker followed with an RBI double that scored two more Indians. Keyshawn Hobbs wrapped up the inning with an RBI single to put the Tribe on top 5-0.
The Flashes got on the board in the second inning with two runs, but that would be all they could manage for the day.
In the bottom of the second, Chesser would get those two runs back with a two run home run pushing the lead to 7-2.
In the third inning, an error plated one run for Charlton and the Rodeffer hit his first varsity home run scoring two more runs as the lead grew to 9-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, Knowles blasted a solo homer and Gray would score on a passed ball before Baker’s RBI single ended the game at 12-2 due to the mercy rule.
Chesser led the way with three hits while Rodeffer, Knowles and Baker each had two hits.
Nelson and Cribb combined to hold the Flashes to one earned run while striking out eight batters.