Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville's bid for a comeback fell short on Wednesday night as Newberry earned a 6-5 win.
The Crusaders 5-0 heading as the game headed to the second inning. Tony Davila delivered the first run of the day for NGU as his RBI single scored Nathaniel Maggio. Mitchell Painter would tack on another run for North Greenville while a Josh Black single would score Davila as NGU cut the deficit to two.
NGU's pitching staff and defense would hold the Wolves scoreless for the next six innings, allowing the Crusaders to chip away at the NC lead. Andrew Frazier would get credit for an RBI in the sixth inning as the Newberry lead shrunk to 5-4.
The equalizer would come in the eighth inning on a Drew Lipscomb single through the right side. His groundball snuck between first and second, bringing around Andrew Meadows to score the game-tying run.
The go-ahead run for Newberry would score in the ninth inning on a groundball between third and short. The Crusaders would escape the inning without further damage but the run scored before was tagged out, making the score 6-5.
NGU would come up short in the 9th, going down in order, ending the hopes for a comeback win. Nathaniel Maggio led NGU with two hits on two chances. Maggio led the Crusaders with two runs scored. Drew Lipscomb was 1-1 with an RBI while Tony Davila finished 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Crusaders will host The University of Mount Olive in a three-game series starting Friday evening at 6pm in Tigerville. Saturday's games are scheduled for 12 and 2pm.