The Charlton County baseball team improved their early season record to 3-1 on the year and more importantly 2-0 in Region 2-A action after defeating Wilcox County and Atkinson County on the road last week.
Against Wilcox last Tuesday, the Indians let a late lead slip away, but managed to rally back and beat the Patriots by a 10-8 score.
The Indians would strike right away in the top of the first when Trevor Knowles walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and came home on a sacrifice fly by Sean Russell.
After Wilcox tied the score in the bottom of the first, Charlton would quickly regain the lead in the second. After loading the bases, Wade Rodeffer flied out and two Indian runners were able to score on the play, putting the Tribe up 3-1.
A sacrifice fly by Connor Nelson in the third increased the lead, but Wilcox answered with a run in the bottom half and another in the fourth inning, making it 4-3.
It stayed that way until the sixth when Lance Horne led off with a walk and A.J. Baker’s sacrifice bunt was misplayed, putting runners at second and third. Trey Cribb followed with a bunt that scored Horne and moved Baker to third. After a hit batter and a steal of second, Knowles ripped a single, scoring both runners to increase the lead to 7-3.
But Wilcox roared back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five times, giving the Patriots an 8-7 lead going into the seventh inning.
In the seventh, Nelson reached on an error and Horne was hit by a pitch. After a double steal, Baker came through with a single to center field, scoring both runners, giving the Indians a 9-8 lead. An error allowed Baker to score later in the inning for a two-run advantage.
After committing two errors in the bottom of the seventh, the Indians were able to retire the Patriots and bring home the 10-8 win.
Charlton was able to manage just three hits during the game, but took advantage of six walks, four hit batters, and seven Wilcox errors. Russell, Knowles, and Baker all had two RBI’s. Trent Gray picked up the win in relief after ending the jam in the sixth, and retiring Wilcox in the seventh inning.
On Friday, the Indians were back on the road against Atkinson County. Charlton scored in the top of the first when Tyler Chesser’s double scored Nelson from first. The Rebels were able to tie it up in the bottom of the inning.
It stayed tied until the third inning when Knowles was hit by a pitch, stole second, and advanced to third on an error.
Cribb’s bunt was misplayed allowing Knowles to score and Cribb to reach third. Nelson’s sacrifice fly plated the third Indian run. With two outs, Chesser singled, stole second, and came home on a double by Keyshawn Hobbs.
After the Rebels cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third, Charlton answered back with a run in the fourth. Knowles was hit by a pitch, stole second, and an error on the play allowed him to score for a 5-2 lead.
Two Atkinson errors led to another run in the sixth inning and Russell’s single in the seventh plated two more runners, giving Charlton the 8-2 win.
Nelson and Chesser both had two hits to lead the Tribe, while Nelson picked up the win with four innings of work on the mound.
He allowed just one earned run while striking out eight batters. Russell and Cribb combined for three innings of shutout relief.
Charlton will have a full week of home games as they host Irwin County Tuesday, Long County on Thursday, and Turner County on Friday.