Greenwood, S.C. - North Greenville was left searching for its first win of the 2016 season on Friday night following an 8-3 loss to the Lander Bearcats.
The Crusaders evened the Bearcat hit total at eight, Friday night, but left 10 runners on base. Bennette Hill led NGU at the plate with a 3-5 performance, driving in, and scoring a run. Foley George and Nathaniel Maggio also had multiple hits for the Crusaders with two each. George accounted for a run scored while Maggio scored and run and accounted for an RBI after a solo blast in the second inning. Hill also blasted a solo homer.
North Greenville scored its first two runs of the season in the second inning as Maggio led off with a homer and George scored on a Drew Lipscomb single to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead. NGU registered two hits in the inning. Lander evened the score in the third inning as it plated two runs on four hits. The Bearcats scratched across two more runs in the fourth inning on a two run blast, which gave them a 4-0 lead.
North Greenville had several chances down the stretch to score runs but failed to scratch, leaving the bases loaded in the fifth, while stranding two runners in each of the sixth and eighth innings. Lander pitching gave up six walks, but came up with big pitches in key situations as NGU batters went down 10 times on strikes.
The Bearcats added one more run in the seventh with the aid of an NGU error and three runs in the eight as a two run double and a sacrifice fly put the game out of reach. NGU would go down in order in the ninth as Lander secured the series win.
Kyle Kadlub took the loss for NGU after giving three runs (two earned) on two hits. He put in 3.1 innings of work, striking out four and allowing one free pass.
North Greenville fell to 0-2 on the season with one more game against the Bearcats scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. The Crusaders will wrap up the annual three game battle with the Bearcats on Saturday at 1pm at Lexington County Stadium, the home of the Lexington County Blowfish.