Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tigerville, S.C. - The North Greenville Crusaders would split the doubleheader with the visiting Belmont Abbey Crusaders winning the first 4-3 and losing the second 10-8.

The first game would start out as a defensive battle as both pitchers would not give up a single hit in the first inning. Both teams would trade runs on the board in the second inning. Scoring for your home Crusaders would be Taylor McCuen off a RBI from Shaquille Rolle. Michael Bonifay would come in in the third inning to pitch for North Greenville, and shut down Belmont Abbey for three straight innings only allowing one hit in all three.

The visiting Crusaders would then figure out Bonifay in the sixth inning plating two runs and taking the lead at 3-1. North Greenville would not back down as they would lead an offensive charge in the bottom half of the inning. The inning would start off with two straight singles by Allen Staton and Drew Lipscomb. Jae Roberts would follow up the two singles with his own, which would plate Staton for the first run of the inning. McCuen would then single plating Lipscomb. The third and final run of the inning would be another RBI for Rolle. Cuyler McAuliffe would come in to shut down Belmont Abbey in the top of the seventh. The final score of this one would be North Greenville winning 4-3.

The second game would be one much more of offensive game. The visiting Crusaders would start out strong going out early 7-1. North Greenville's offense would be held in check for the first five innings only scoring two runs on six hits. It would be in sixth inning that the home Crusaders would wake up and plate two runs on three hits. The inning would start with a double by John Leopard, and would advance to third on a wild pitch. Tee McConnell would then come up with an RBI single plating Leopard. Later in the inning McConnell would score on a RBI single by Lipscomb.

In the eighth inning North Greenville would have their best offensive inning of the night. They would plate four runs on four hits and three costly errors by Belmont Abbey. The scoring would start with a two run home run for Tony Davila. The third run of the inning would be scored off a stolen base at third by Lipscomb, and a throwing error by the catcher. The final run of the inning would be by an Allen Staton solo homerun. The late game rally for the North Greenville Crusaders would come up short as they would fall to Belmont Abbey 10-8.

Your Crusaders will be play at home again on Monday, March 16 against the Belmont Abbey Crusaders to determine the series winner. First pitch for this game is scheduled for 7 P.M.