Bristol, TN—North Greenville suffered its first Conference Carolinas blemish of the season on Saturday as the King Tornado earned a 3-2 win over the Crusaders in the three-game series finale.
The Crusaders held tight to a 2-0 lead gained in the first inning on a Foley George double that scored David Houser and Jae Roberts. NGU's offense struggled for the rest of the game, finishing with nine hits, but 12 stranded runners.
The Tornado cut the deficit to one run in the fourth inning with an RBI ground out. NGU stayed in front until King came through with two runs in the eighth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Three hits did the job for the Tornado as a fielder's choice plated one run while an RBI double scored the go ahead, run.
The Crusaders got the leadoff batter on in the 9th inning as Jae Roberts reached after being hit by a pitch, later advancing to second on a stolen base. NGU was unable to take advantage of the opportunity though as King pitcher Grant Boyd induced a strikeout, a pop up, and a ground out to finish off the Crusaders.
Foley George finished 2-5 with two RBI to lead the Crusaders. Jae Roberts was 2-4 with a run scored while Andrew Frazier and Shaquille Rolle each notched a double. John Leopard took the loss on the mound for NGU giving up two earned runs on three hits in an inning of work.
The Crusaders earned the series win last night, sweeping a double header from the Tornado to improve to 11-0. The loss on Saturday dropped the Crusaders to 11-1 in league play and 20-9 overall. NGU will travel to Brevard College on March 22nd for a 2:30 first pitch.