Monday, April 27, 2009

North Greenville’s baseball team will enter the off-season with a one game winning streak as the Crusaders downed Emmanuel College (Ga.) 6-2 in the second game of a doubleheader at Ashmore Field in Tigerville. 

Coach Travis Henson’s young team missed a prime opportunity for the sweep, but came up a stumble and a tremendous throw to the plate short as Emmanuel took the first game 9-7 in nine innings of a scheduled seven inning contest.
The Crusaders pounded 13 hits and led 4-0 heading to the top of the sixth inning when starter Drew Provence tired and allowed three Lion runs in the sixth.  NGU also allowed three more runs in the seventh as Emmanuel took a 6-5 lead to the final three outs.  The Crusaders tied the game when Dylan Fulk singled in Chris Harbit with the tying run.  David Frazier bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. 
Emmanuel designated hitter Eric Mcgee smacked his second home run of the game in the top of the eighth inning to give the Lions yet another slim lead.  NGU then launched a two-out rally when Derek Fulmer doubled. Perry Foster then pinch hit and ripped a double to score Fulmer tying the game.  Chris Harbit then went to the plate and lined a single to left, but Foster stumbled coming around third base and Emmanuel’s shortstop lined a perfect throw to the plate to throw out Foster, ending the rally. 
The Lions scored two more in the top of the ninth and NGU could not answer in the bottom of the frame.
Anthony Foulk and Chris Harbit led NGU with 3-4 performances.  Nine different Crusaders had hits in the contest, but the home club left 10 men on base.
In the second game, things were greatly improved for the Crusaders.  NGU freshman hurler Tanner Yarboro tossed a complete game five hitter at Emmanuel as North Greenville won 6-2.  Derek Fulmer went 2-4, Perry Foster went 2-2 with two RBI’s and Randy Stegall was 1-3 with a double in the 5th that drove in two runs.  Chad Drosieko also had a sacrifice fly in the 5th for an RBI. 
North Greenville completed its season with a host of freshman starters, but don’t count Henson’s young team out.  They will be back with a fury next season when those “oh so closes” will turn into victories.