Jupiter, Fla.—The North Greenville baseball team fell short of a second straight South Regional Title on Thursday falling to Southeastern for the second time in two days 3-0.
The Crusaders and Fire carried a scoreless tie into the 6th inning before Southeastern platted three runs on three this. The Fire left the bases loaded. The Crusaders fought back in the bottom half of the inning loading the bases with only one out but were unable to take advantage of the opportunity as Southeastern pitchers tallied back to back strikeouts to stomp out the scoring threat.
After a scoreless top half of the seventh the Crusaders looked to take advantage of their last offense opportunity. The inning started off with a leadoff walk from Dylan Foulk but a strikeout and double play ended the game and any chance of a comeback.
For the Game the Crusaders finished with no runs on four hits. NGU’s hottest hitter during the tournament was Tyler Callicutt who was 7-11 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. The Crusaders chances at repeating as national champions may not be completely over. Head Coach Travis Henson and squad will find out Saturday night if they will receive the lone “at large” bid to head back up to Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio to play for their second title in two years.
If the Crusaders’ season is indeed over, they will have finished with a 33-15 record and will look to the 2012 season and the inaugural season of playing in the Conference Carolinas.