Saturday, February 18, 2012

Black Mountain, N.C.—The North Greenville baseball team wrapped up a busy week of baseball Saturday, splitting a double header with Montreat College. The Cavs took game one from the Crusaders 4-0, using solid pitching and clutch hits, but the Crusaders bounced back in game two, to take a 8-6 win. 

In game 1, the Crusaders and Cavaliers struggled from the plate for the first four innings of game one. Montreat broke a scoreless tie in the fifth, scoring two runs on two hits. Montreat added two more runs in the 8th inning on first baseman Jordan Sellesc’s two run blast. 

Taking the loss in game one for the Crusaders was Ryan Woodring. Woodring went 7.1 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned), on 6 hits. He struck out 4 and walked 3. 

North Greenville’s first inning in game two look promising. The Crusaders took a 1 run lead on a Derek Fulmer single, but a three run bottom of the first from Montreat, erased NGU’s first lead of the game. North Greenville regained the lead in the second, after scoring three runs of its own. Markus Duckworth started the rally for NGU, and later scored on an RBI single from Anthony Foulk. Later in the inning, Derek Fulmer cleared the bases on an RBI single scoring Foulk, and Adam Taylor who reached on a double. 

NGU added a run in the third to take a 5-3 advantage, but the pesky Cavaliers fought back to tie the game, with a two run fourth inning. Montreat scored a go ahead run in the fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead. 

The Crusaders tied the game in the sixth when Taylor Hollifield scored on an Adam Taylor double. North Greenville went on to score two runs in the top of the 7th, on a passed ball, and an RBI bases loaded single by Markus Duckworth. Nate Richards, who entered the game in the 4th, allowed just one runner in Montreat’s final at bat of the day, solidifying the Crusaders 8-6 win. 

In game two, Derek Fulmer was perfect at the plate, going 4-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Adam Taylor was also solid going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Markus Duckworth was 2-5 from the plate with an RBI and a run scored, and Allen Staton was 2-4 with a run scored. 

After the Saturday, the Crusaders are now 7-2 on the season. North Greenville will face #22 Tusculum in Tigerville, on Wednesday afternoon, before opening the conference schedule Friday at home against Saint Andrews.