North Greenville coach Travis Henson was a just a little excited in the bottom of the ninth inning of Friday’s game against West Virginia State at Ashmore Field Friday afternoon.
The first year Crusader mentor had his best hitter at the plate and the bases loaded. Rand Stegall, who was held in check most of the afternoon by the WVS pitching staff, smashed a deep drive to center but it was flagged on the run as the Yellow Jackets held off NGU 13-10.
WVS took a 12-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning when the Crusader bats erupted. Freshman Derek Fulmer (Pelion, SC) ripped a three run homer with two outs gone in the inning. He the blasted a two run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to keep NGU in the game. Fulmer ended up going 3-5 with five RBI’s, and Cory Hinton was 2-3 for NGU.
North Greenville had two outs in the last inning when D York singled, C Harbit reached on an error and D Fulk then singled in a run to pull the Crusaders closer. Chuck Martin then walked to fill the bases, bringing up Stegall for a chance to break the game open. WVS’s John Kight then coaxed the long fly out of Stegall to end the highly contested game. Mark Benjamin took the loss on the mound, going a strong six innings for NGU.
NGU will host West Virginia State in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon in Tigerville beginning at 1:00 p.m.
West Virginia State 13 20 2
NGU 10 10 2