Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Baseball Team split a double-header with #2 Lander, Saturday afternoon, dropping a 14-11 decision in an extra inning thriller in game one, followed by a 12-8 win over the Bearcats in game two.
The Crusaders trailed 8-0 heading into the sixth inning after a five run sixth put the Bearcats up by a wide margin. NGU found its way back into the game in the home half of the fourth with a four run outburst that cut the lead in half. Josh Sealey's two run double was the big hit of the inning as NGU scored two.
Lander would pile on three more runs in the seventh and eight to extend its lead to 11, but North Greenville once again had an answer. The Crusaders put together their biggest inning of the season thus far, scoring seven runs on four hits. Andrew Locklear posted the first RBI's of the inning with a two run double that scored Shaquille Rolle and Jae Roberts. The big hit came off the bat of Chuck Lawing, as a three run blast with two outs would even the tally at 11-11.
Neither team would score in the ninth inning, sending the tame into extras. Lander would regain the lead in the bottom of the tenth scoring three runs on just one hit to take a 14-11 lead. North Greenville would go in order in the bottom of the 10th as the game one loss dropped the Crusaders to 0-3 on the season.
North Greenville would bounce back in a big way in game two, looking for the upset and first win of the 2015 season. The Bearcats would take a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but NGU would tie the score in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from Tony Davilla that scored Taylor McCuen.
The runs then came in bunches for North Greenville, which started to pile onto the score. Back-to-back four run innings would give the Crusaders a 9-1 lead, while a three run eighth would put the lead at 8. The Bearcats would make things interesting in the top of the 9th however, cutting the lead to four runs. Tyler Mitchell would come up with a big strikeout for the final out however, as NGU earned its first win of the season, and Landon Powell's first career win as a head coach.
The Crusaders had several solid performances at the plate on Saturday, including Andrew Locklear who was 2-3 from the dish with one run and two RBI in game one. Allen Staton was 3-5 in Saturday's opener while Josh Sealey was 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Taylor McCuen was 3-4 with three runs scored in game two, while Drew Lipscomb was 3-5 with two runs scored in the nightcap.
NGU is now 1-3 on the season, with a February 11th game at Anderson University next on the schedule. The Crusaders and Trojans are scheduled for a 2pm first pitch.