The Charlton County baseball team tangled with the Ware County Gators last Thursday in a preseason scrimmage at Indian Field.
It would be a chance for both teams to work out some kinks against another opponent before the regular season gets underway. On this night, it would be the Gators getting just enough key hits and taking advantage of some Indian errors to claim a 4-3 win.
An error allowed Ware to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning and the Gators would add another run in the third inning.
Charlton would cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third when Shacario Bailey was hit by a pitch, Wade Rodeffer walked, and Trevor Knowles was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A passed ball allowed Bailey to score, but the Tribe was unable to add any more runs.
But the Gators answered back with two more runs in the fourth inning to go ahead, 4-1. The Indians responded with one run of their own in the bottom of the fourth when Lance Horne singled with two outs, advanced to second on a passed ball, stole third, and scored on a throwing error by the Ware catcher.
Charlton continued to cut into the lead in the fifth when Knowles was hit by a pitch, stole second and came home on Tyler Chesser’s RBI single to make it 4-3.
The Indians were able to get out of a bases-loaded one-out situation in the top of the seventh and hoped to make a comeback in their final at-bat.
With two outs, Rodeffer reached on an error before stealing second and third, but could not get any further as the scrimmage came to a close with Ware on top by a 4-3 score.
Chesser, Conner Nelson, and Lance Horne all had one hit for Charlton, while Chesser, Nelson, Calvin Byrd, Bailey, and Trent Gray all saw time on the mound.
They combined to allow three earned runs, while striking out 13 Gator batters.
The Indians opened the regular season Monday at Brantley County and will be on the road again Thursday when they face Long County.