Franklin Springs, GA - After going 0-4 in Friday's game, Clark Scolamiero made up for it in a big way in Saturday's doubleheader against the Emmanuel Lions. Scolamiero finished the day with seven hits and five RBIs, which led to the third three-game sweep of the season for the Crusaders.
Game 1 saw Canaan Crooper get his seventh start of the season. He would pitch five innings, giving up six earned runs, six hits, and four walks while striking out six. Cooper Murphy started the game for the Lions. He allowed six earned runs, eight hits, and two walk while striking out three.
Scolamiero led off the game with a solo shot to right field to give NGU a quick 1-0 lead. Emmanuel responded in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Hanon Price to tie the game.
With two outs in the top of the second, Scolamiero would strike again with a 2-RBI single to right field. The Lions would not only strike back, but take the lead in the bottom of the inning with a run scoring due to a balk, an RBI single by Brock Baughcum, and Tim Manning advancing to home on a throw to take a 4-3 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning, Scolamiero would come through again with a 2-RBI single to right center. With a runner in scoring position, Nathaniel Maggio would add another run with an RBI single up the middle to give NGU a 6-4 lead. The Lions would respond once again with an RBI single up the middle by Baughcum to cut the Crusader lead to one run.
North Greenville would add three more runs in the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Taylor McCuen and a 2-RBI single by Wheeler Smith. Emmanuel added a run in the inning with a solo home run by Josh Viveros.
The Lions would add another run in the sixth due to an error that allowed Manning to score to make the score 9-7 in favor of NGU.
With no runs scored in the seventh, the Crusaders took the victory. Cropper earned the win while Murphy was charged with the loss. Kyle Kadlub, who came in to pitch in the sixth inning, earned his first save of the season.
In Game 2, Blake Hamilton took the start for NGU while Austin Copeland was given the start for the Lions. Hamilton would pitch six strong innings, allowing just three earned runs, six hits, and no walks while striking out seven. Copeland pitched 4.2 innings. He gave up five earned runs, six hits, and 5 walks while striking out five.
After a scoreless first inning, North Greenville scored two in the second thanks to A 2-RBI fielder's choice by Brandon Odachowski.
In the fourth, Bennette Hill drove a run in with an RBI single through the right side. Emmanuel added a run of their own in the inning with a home run to left field by Josh Viveros.
Ryan Brown would drive in two runs in the fifth with a single up the middle.
An additional run was scored in the sixth thanks to a Josh Black sacrifice fly. The Lions scored two runs in the inning with a home run by Eric Pape to make the score 6-3 in favor of NGU.
The Crusaders would score six runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. A 3-RBI double down the line by Andrew Frazier increased the NGU lead to six. Scolamiero would add to his huge day with an RBI double to right center. Josh Black would then cap off the inning with a 2-run home run to left field.
In the eighth, Connor Grant hit a home run of his own to left field to score two runs.
The ninth inning would go to NGU as well as three more runs were scored. With runners on first and second, Alex Williams singled through the right side to bring in Scolamiero, who hit a double earlier in the inning. Daniel Myers then grounded out to bring in a run. With a runner on third, Jackson Muldowney hit a sacrifice fly to right field. Emmanuel added one run in the ninth with a Daniel Hightower sacrifice fly, but NGU ultimately took the game with a final score of 17-4.
Hamilton received the win and Copeland was charged with the loss. North Greenville relievers Sal Lovaglio, Sam Pruitt, and Avery Greer made relief appearances in the game.
With the wins, the Crusaders improve to 20-5 overall, and are tied for second in conference play with an 8-1 record.
Up next for the Crusaders is another trip to Lexington, SC. They will play Division I opponent Charleston Southern Tuesday at 6:00 PM.