Charlton County slipped by Bradwell Institute, 7-6, Saturday afternoon at the Tigers’ diamond. It was the Indians’ second win this season against the Tigers.
The team blames at least part of the loss on errors.
“We in no shape or form played up to our standards,” BI coach Rhett Hellgren said. “You can’t win with six errors in a game no matter who you play.”
Charlton County scored first with a two-out solo home run in the top of the first.
Bradwell tied the score in the top of the second off of a double from Jacob Dill and an RBI single from Garrett McCorkle.
The Indians added runs in the third off a homer, single and error to go up, 3-1.
The Tigers failed to score in the bottom of the third and fourth innings. After holding Charlton scoreless for the second straight inning, Bradwell found its offense in the bottom of the fifth.
Eric Wells led off with a single, and Leonard Felton made it on base with a fielder’s choice. Two consecutive Charlton errors plated Wells, Felton and Cody Hill.
Driggers got aboard on a fielder’s choice to set up a two-run double from Dill. Bradwell took a 6-3 lead going into the top of the sixth inning.
Charlton tied the game, 6-6, with three runs in top of the sixth with a base hit and took advantage of three Bradwell fielding errors.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Rogers had a one-out single for the Tigers but was cut down at second, allowing Felton to get to first base by way of a fielder’s choice. Felton stole second base, but Charlton ended the inning by striking out Hill.
The Indians led off the final inning with a double. The runner moved to third off of a wild pitch and then scored to give Charlton a 7-6 lead.
Bradwell’s Alton Malpass was awarded first after being hit by a pitch but he was thrown out trying to steal second base. Charlton retired the next two Tiger hitters for the win.
Dill led Tiger hitters, going 3 for 4 with three doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. McCorkle, Rogers and Wells each had a single.
McCorkle struck out three without any walks and gave up three earned runs on eight hits for a total of six runs in six innings of work. Tigers reliever Chris Rafferty was saddled with the loss after he entered the tied game and gave up a walk, a hit and a run.
“Garrett McCorckle did a great job pitching and should have gotten the win. Unfortunately, our defense did not show up again today,” Hellgren said. “We have got to make the routine play. Concentration and intensity is our motto. We just failed to have it today.”
Bradwell fell to 5-4 overall and hosted Region 3-AAAAA leader Jenkins on Tuesday afternoon.