The Charlton County baseball team will head into postseason play after splitting four games during the final week of the regular season. The Tribe holds an 18-9 record and pending any changes to the power rankings due to appeals or yet to be reported scores will be on the road beginning Thursday to play Bowdon.
Charlton opened the week up on Monday at West Nassau in Callahan. The Warriors would strike first in the bottom of the second inning scoring on a wild pitch to take a 1-0 lead.
It stayed that way until the top of the fifth when Shacario Bailey hit a solo home run to tie the score. But West Nassau came right back in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.
West Nassau put the game away in the sixth inning when they plated seven runners and took a 9-1 lead. Charlton would add a single run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Baiey.
The following day the Tribe was back on the road against Echols County. The Wildcats would score three times in the first inning to take the early lead.
Charlton would get on the board in the second when Trey Cribb scored from third on a wild pitch and then added three more runs in the third inning.
A walk to Trevor Knowles and a single by A.J. Baker put runners at the corners and the Tribe pulled off a double steal to cut the deficit to one run. After a sacrifice bunt Wade Rodeffer singled home the tying run and he would come home on an RBI groundout by Bailey to put Charlton on top 4-3.
But Echols came right back in the bottom of the third scoring twice to retake the lead at 5-4. The Indians tied it back up in the fourth when Knowles’ double scored Sean Russell from first base.
Charlton would regain the lead again in the fifth when Cribb drove in Connor Nelson and Rodeffer with a single to make the score 7-5.
But Echols would get one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take an 8-7 lead as Charlton headed into their final at bat.
Rodeffer led off with a single, stole second and came home on Bailey’s double to tie the score at 8-8. Bailey would make his way home on a wild pitch before Knowles drove in the final run for a 10-8 lead.
Echols would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh but Bailey pitched his way out of the jam to preserve the win.
Rodeffer led the Tribe with three hits while Knowles, Bailey and Cribb each drove in two runs. Bailey was the winning pitcher after going the final three innings and allowing no earned runs.
On Thursday the Indians were back home for a key region contest against Clinch County. Charlton would jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Knowles led off with a walk and scored on a double by Tyler Chesser. A single by Nelson added the second run. Bailey was hit by a pitch and Baker reached on a bunt to load the bases. Russell followed with a double scoring two to give the Tribe a four run lead.
Charlton would get two more runs in the second inning when Knowles singled and Nelson hit a two run home run to put the Indians up 6-0.
Pitching would take over from there and the lead remained at 6-0 until Clinch scored two unearned runs in the fifth inning.
Still holding onto a four run lead in the seventh the Indian defense and pitching let them down as Clinch took advantage of four walks, a hit batter, and an error to score five unearned runs and take a 7-6 lead. Charlton was unable to score in the bottom of the seventh and suffered a heartbreaking loss.
Nelson led the tribe with two hits and three RBI’s while Chesser pitched well enough to win going five innings and allowing no earned runs while striking out seven batters.
Weather forced the final regular season game against Telfair County to Saturday afternoon as the Indians held Senior Day to recognize Trevor Knowles, Tyler Chesser, A.J. Baker, Lance Horne and Walker Huling for their contributions to Indian baseball. Also recognized was Diamond girl Kynlee O’Berry.
The Trojans struck first in the top of the second inning scoring once but Charlton answered back in the bottom half to take a 2-1 lead.
Singles by Bailey and Russell plus a wild pitch put runners at second and third. An RBI groundout by Cribb scored one run and Keyshawn Hobbs followed with a run scoring single.
Telfair got two solo homers with the aid of the hard blowing wind in the third inning to regain the lead at 3-2. But the tribe would respond in a big way in the bottom of the third scoring nine runs to open up an 11-3 advantage.
Chesser homered to lead off the inning and Russell doubled home two runners. Two Trojan errors pushed the lead to 7-3 before Knowles drove in the eighth Indian run. Wild pitches added two more runs and Bailey would knock in another run with a hit.
Telfair would hit their third home run of the game in the fourth to make it 11-4. Charlton scored once in the fifth inning when Bailey scored on a passed ball and ended the game in the bottom of the sixth. Lance Horne led off with a single and Knowles followed with a double. Chesser’s single scored both of them to end the game at 14-4.
Knowles, Bailey and Russell each had three hits while Chesser’s three RBI’s led the way. Knowles picked up the win on the mound going five innings and striking out six batters while Trent Gray pitched the final frame recording two strikeouts.