Saturday, April 16, 2011

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Three runs in the final two innings powered the North Greenville baseball team to a 6-5 win and a sweep of the King College Tornadoes on Saturday afternoon.

The Crusaders were down one run heading to the top half of the ninth inning but Anthony Foulk quickly erased the deficit with a solo home run to lead off the inning. The Crusaders took a 6-5 lead after Adam Taylor scored on a David Frazier sacrifice fly.

The Crusaders took an early one run lead in the first but King quickly erased the advantage scoring two runs to take a 2-1 lead. The Crusaders retook the lead in the third inning when Derek Fulmer doubled in two runs.

After three scoreless innings, king struck with a two run sixth to take the lead 4-3. The tornadoes added a fifth run in the seventh inning. The Crusaders answered in the eighth when John Reinholz hit his first homerun of the year to cut the King lead to one run. NGU added the final two runs in the top of the ninth.

North Greenville's Brian Giles recorded the win for NGU after pitching an inning and two thirds of scoreless baseball. Giles gave up two hits and walked one. Sean Willingham started on the mound for NGU and picked up a no decision after pitching five and two thirds innings. Willingham gave up four runs on five hits while striking out five.

Offensively the first four batters for NGU were a combined 10-18 from the plate. Anthony Foulk and Derek Fulmer were both 3-4 from the dish while Adam Taylor was 3-5. Leadoff man Brian Giles was 1-5. Derek Fulmer led the team with two RBI’s while Adam Taylor accounted for three runs from the three hole. 

With Saturday’s win, the Crusaders improve to 28-11 with seven games left in before post season play. The Crusaders will lace it up again on Monday with a 6pm showdown with Anderson. The Crusaders and Tornadoes will square off one more time this season on Tuesday, in Tigerville.