Bristol, TN - North Greenville improved to 11-0 in Conference Carolinas action following 2-0 and 7-4 wins over King University, Friday afternoon in Tennessee.
The Crusaders earned two runs in game one, but one run would have done as starter Ethan Garner tossed his second shutout in two starts. Garner threw seven innings, allowing just five hits while striking out two. John Leopard earned his fifth save of the season as he tossed two innings of hitless baseball, striking out four in the process.
Bennette Hill would give NGU what could have been the winning run in the first inning as his solo homerun to right center field gave North Greenville a 1-0 lead. Mitchell Painter would account for the game's only other RBI as his sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning scored Nathaniel Maggio.
NGU pitching would strand seven Tornado runners while striking out a combined 10 batters faced. North Greenville stranded six runners in the process and struck out six times.
Bennette Hill finished 1-4 with an RBI while David Houser was 2-4. Maggio finished game one, 1-4 with a run scored while Mitchell Painter was 1-3 with an RBI. Garner improved to 5-2 as NGU's Friday starter.
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The Crusaders broke out the bats in game two; as eight hits would lift NGU to its 11th Conference Carolinas win of the season. Nathaniel Maggio once again proved why he is one of the best hitters in the league, going 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Andrew Frazier also got in on the action, as he was 2-3 with two runs and two RBI.
A one run second inning gave NGU an early 1-0 lead as Mitchell Painter doubled in Frazier to score the game's first run. The Crusaders would plate four more in the third inning to go up 5-0. Maggio's RBI single and Frazier's run scoring base hit (2-RBI) would make the score 4-0 while a Drew Lipscomb sac fly would plate the fourth run of the frame.
Maggio would tack on two more runs in the fourth inning with a two run homer that extended the lead to 7-0. The home run was his 13th of the season and second in three games. Jae Roberts would come around to score on the blast as North Greenville looked to be in control.
King would not go away though as the Tornado broke through in the sixth inning to score their first runs of the game. Four runs would come across on two hits and an NGU error to cut North Greenville's once comfortable lead to three.
The game-tying run would find its way to the base paths in the seventh inning as the Tornado loaded the bases with one out. Tucker Moring would work around the trouble though as he picked up two quick outs to retire the Tornado one final time.
Hunter Dilworth would get the win for NGU in game two as he improved to 5-2 on the season. Dilworth allowed four runs on five hits in six innings of work. Moring would get his first save of the season after pitching the ninth.
The Crusaders will conclude their series with the Tornado Saturday afternoon in the final game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 12pm, weather permitting.