CRUSADERS DROP OPENING GAME OF SERIES TO KING
Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville baseball team suffered another late inning defeat Friday afternoon after falling to King college 12-6 in a 9 inning conference matchup. The Tornado paired 12 runs with 6 hits while the Crusaders platted 6 runs on 16 hits.
North Greenville struck first platting 2 runs in the 2nd inning. Taylor Hollifield’s RBI double gave the Crusaders a 1 run lead and Markus Duckworth added a second run with an RBI single to the third base side. The Crusaders scored their 2 runs on 4 hits, but stranded a runner.
Drew Provence held King in check until the 5th inning when the Tornado required just 1 hit to score 7 runs. The Tornado platted 7 runs on 6 base on balls, and 2 NGU errors. Bryant Walker’s RBI single was the only hit in the inning. 5 of the 7 runs were earned. Nate Richards finished the inning for Provence who ended the day with 7 walks and 8 strikeouts.
North Greenville cut the lead to 4 in the bottom half of the 5th on David Frazier’s RBI single which scored Dylan Fulk. The Crusaders served up 2 more runs in the 6th inning to pull to within 2 of the Tornado. Taylor Hollifield scored on a balk after reaching 3rd on a Markus Duckworth double. Duckworth later scored on Dylan Fulk’s single over third base.
The Crusaders looked poised to take the lead in the 7th after loading the bases with 1 out, but NGU could only muster a single run. The Crusaders stranded 3 in the inning and 12 on the day. The Tornado stranded only 4.
King was held scoreless in the 6th and 7th innings, but the Tornado would not remain quite much longer. Hunter smith would lengthen the lead for King with a solo homerun to run the score to 8-6, and a 2 run homer by Bryant Walker would make the score 10-6. The Crusaders would escape the inning without any further damage. The Tornado would add 2 more runs in the 9th inning, extending their lead to 12-6.
North Greenville would threaten in the bottom of the ninth loading the bases with 1 out, but the Tornado would escape the possible comeback with a game ending double play.
The loss on Friday drops NGU to 25-18 on the season and 14-8 in conference play. The Crusaders and Tornado will wrap up the series on Saturday with a double header beginning at 12pm. North Greenville will also recognize the seniors before the game for senior day.