Baseball tops Montreat for 18th win in the month of March
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Baseball tops Montreat for 18th win in the month of March

The month of March was very good for baseball in Tigerville.

The incredible month by the North Greenville Baseball team finished with another win as the Crusaders took down the Montreat College Cavaliers in a nonconference match up by a final score of 6-3.

The Crusaders topped the Cavaliers to claim their 18th win of the month, while they only dropped three games during March.

The Crusaders opened the scoring on a single by Eric Gilbert, scoring Brandon Odachowski, who had singled his way on base to open the top half of the fourth inning.

The team got two more runs in the top of fifth as Foley George singled home Jessep Polk, who was pinch-running after a double by David Houser. Another single by Odachowski and a fielder's choice that allowed Mitchell Painter to reach, putting runners on first and third for Shaq Rolle. Rolle delivered in the clutch, singling home a run to take the score to 3-0 after five innings.

Montreat got a run back in the bottom of the seventh on a two out single before a fly out ended the threat. North Greenville responded quickly with three runs of its own. After loading the bases, Polk hit a sacrifice fly, knocking in Hill to take the score to 4-1. Davila followed the sacrifice fly with a double, scoring Gilbert, and he would later score on an RBI single by George.

Montreat's comeback bid began an ended in the bottom of the eighth, as two runs scored on a late RBI single on Crusader pitcher Zac Davis, however Davis got a groundball out to get out of the jam.

Sam Pruitt came on in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win for the Crusaders and earn the save.

Blake Hamilton earned the win in five innings of work, giving up no runs while recording three strikeouts and giving up one walk. George's two RBI's paced the Crusader offense, while Odachowski finished with four hits on the afternoon.

The win pushes North Greenville to 25-9 on the season.

The Crusaders return to the field for an important three game series with Conference Carolinas co-leaders Belmont Abbey College, beginning on April 1. Both teams are top of the league with records of 14-1 in conference. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. for game one in Belmont, N.C.