Newberry, S.C. - A late inning rally fell short Tuesday evening as North Greenville dropped a mid-week contest to Newberry 6-3.
The wolves scattered one run innings across the board as they took a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning. They then plated three runs in the seventh to extend the lead to 6-0. Newberry pounded out nine hits in the win over North Greenville with the big hit of the day coming in the seventh, an RBI single that platted two runs and extended the lead to five runs.
Newberry's three run seventh would loom large in the long run as North Greenville broke through in the top of the eighth. Drew Lipscomb would inch North Greenville closer with a double to the left center field gap, scoring Maggio and Polk, cutting the lead to four. Josh Black would also pick up an RBI in the frame, as his grounder to shortstop would score Foley George to cut the Wolves' lead in half.
The Crusaders worked around a bases loaded jam in the eighth inning as Matt Laurens produced a routine ground ball for an out while following it up with a strikeout to give the Crusaders a chance to rally in the ninth. Newberry would have other plans though as relief pitcher Daniel Nations retired North Greenville batters in order.
Drew Lipscomb was one of four players with a hit on Tuesday as his double in the eighth inning also gave him two RBI to lead the team. Josh Black was 1-4 with an RBI while Nathaniel Maggio finished the day 1-4 with a run scored. Tony Davilla served up North Greenville's fourth hit. Hunter Dilworth was credited with the loss, dropping his record to 0-2 on the year.
North Greenville will head to Alabama this weekend to take on Mississippi College on neutral turf. The first ever meeting between the two clubs will be played at Hoover Met Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. The two squads will play a double-header on Friday and the third game on Saturday. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 2pm.