Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenville fell to 2-5 on the season Friday afternoon after a 6-4 defeat to visiting Kentucky Wesleyan.
The Panthers gained an early lead in the first two innings, scoring four runs on just four hits. KWC took advantage of two NGU miscues in the field which lead to two unearned runs. The Panthers tacked on two more runs, in the fifth inning on a Josh Galvan home run to extend the lead to 6-0.
North Greenville broke through in the sixth inning after only three hits in the previous five. Jessep Polk ended the shutout with a solo home run to leadoff the inning, cutting the lead to 6-1.
The Crusaders would stack on three more runs in the frame with an RBI from Josh Sealey on a sacrifice fly that scored Hunter Dillworth, and an RBI single from Mitchell Painter, which scratched across Andrew Locklear. Drew Lipscomb also scored in the inning on a wild pitch.
Both offenses would go quietly in the final three innings of play however, as the Panthers grabbed the first win of a three game set between the two squads. KWC improved to 1-0 on the season after the series-opening win.
Mitchell Painter was 2-4 at the plate with an RBI for NGU, while Jessep Polk was 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Drew Lipscomb, Andrew Locklear, and Josh Sealey also registered hits for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders and Panthers will wrap up the three game set tomorrow afternoon with a double-header starting at 12pm at Ashmore field.