Tigerville, S.C.— North Greenville (25-20, 14-10) dropped 2 games to King College (25-16, 14-10) Saturday afternoon losing game one 5-4 in 11 innings and game two 4-2 in regulation.
GAME ONE: NGU-4 KING 5 Box
The Tornado took an early 1 run lead in the second inning scoring 1 run on two hits. A Josh Huffman double with two outs put a runner in scoring position for King, which was followed by an RBI single from Garret Cook.
The Crusaders evened the tally in the fourth inning when Allen Staton scored Derek Fulmer from second base. Fulmer finished the day 4-5 from the dish with 2 runs scored. Staton was the only other NGU player with multiple hits after going 2-5 with an RBI.
The Tornado pulled ahead again in the 8th, using the long ball for the second straight day. Carl Roberts followed up back to back doubles from Tyler Gaby and Cody Snyder with a 2 run blast that made the score 4-1 in favor of King. Snyder’s two out double scored Gaby from second. All 3 runs for King came with 2 outs. The top three hitters for the Tornado were responsible for 4 of 5 RBI and 3 of King’s 5 runs. Tyler Gaby was 3-6 in game 1 with a run scored while Cody Snyder was 2-5 with a run scored and 2 RBI.
North Greenville had an answer to the challenge in the bottom of the 8th, but the Crusaders used a different approach to tie the game. NGU scored 3 runs on 3 hits, one of which was John Reinholz’s leadoff single. Reinholz was followed up by singles from David Frazier and Derek Fulmer to load the bases. The King pitchers proceeded to walk in 3 runs, 2 of which were walks, and one of which was a hit by pitch. Andrew Lawrence, Frank Polino, and Markus Duckworth were credited with RBI’s in the inning. NGU would leave the bases loaded however after an inning ending groundout.
Both teams went scoreless in the 9th and 10th innings. King stranded 4 runners while the Crusaders stranded just 1. The Tornado took the lead again in the 11th on a rally started by an untimely NGU error. Garret Cook would go on to score the go ahead run after Cody Snyder’s 2nd hit of the game. The Crusaders would go silently in the bottom of the inning as king took the series with the game 2 win.
Ryan Woodring started for the Crusaders in game one and was impressive. Woodring pitched 9 innings, and struck out 9 batters while allowing no free passes; Woodring gave up 4 runs, all of which were earned. Allen Staton took the loss for NGU, after pitching the final 2 innings. Staton struck out 2 and gave up an unearned run.
GAME TWO: NGU-2 KING 4 Box
In game 2 Saturday, King jumped out to an early 2 run lead in the 4th inning. A North Greenville error led to the 1st run of the inning as Garrett Cook reached base and later scored on a Jarrod Payne RBI single. Payne would score a batter later as Bryant Walker laced an RBI double into the right field gap.
The Tornado extended their lead in the 6th with their 2nd 2 run inning of the day. King’s first run of the inning came on a bases loaded wild pitch which scored Brad Blanton. Bryant Walker scored the innings second run on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Gaby.
North Greenville broke through in the bottom of the 6th for 2 runs to cut into King’s 4 run lead. Fulmer’s 2 run blast cut into the deficit while adding to Fulmer’s team leading RBI total. Fulmer’s 7th homerun of the season gives him 44 RBI on the season and scored Dylan Fulk who reached base on a single earlier in the inning.
Both teams went silently in the 7th inning. The Crusaders threatened but stranded their 28th runner of the series. For game 2, Fulmer once again led NGU from the plate going 1-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Polino was the only Crusader with multiple hits after going 2-3 from the dish.
Lawrence took the loss for NGU in game two after giving up 2 runs in 5 innings pitched. Lawrence struck out 3 and gave up 1 walk. Griffin Spires and Staton made appearances for NGU in relief. Spires went 1 inning and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits while Staton pitched an inning of scoreless ball.
The Crusaders will wrap the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday with a midweek game against Brevard College. They will wrap up the regular season conference schedule next weekend when they travel to Mount Olive, North Carolina for a 3 game set with the Mount Olive Trojans.