Crusader Defense Struggles as Limestone Takes First Two Games of Series

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Win: Harris (1-0) 1.000001
Loss: Sam Pruitt (0-2) 0.033000
Clark Scolamiero (NGU) 422311
Brandon Odachowski (NGU) 312010
Lowery (LC) 523301
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North Greenville12101005102
Win: Shailer (2-2) 4.074402
Loss: Canaan Cropper (5-2) 4.088823
Josh Black (NGU) 313000
Lowery (LC) 322110
Strovink (LC) 302110
Crusader Defense Struggles as Limestone Takes First Two Games of Series
Friday, March 17, 2017
By Alan Kahaly
Crusader Defense Struggles as Limestone Takes First Two Games of Series

Gaffney, S.C. - The Crusaders suffered their first conference loss of the season as the Saints have taken the first two games of the series. North Greenville was charged with six total errors in the two games while Limestone was charged with only two. Those errors proved to be costly as six of Limestone's runs throughout the day were unearned.

Tucker Burgess was given the start for game one and he did not disappoint. He pitched 8.2 strong innings and allowed four earned runs, walked just one, and struck out eleven. Brady Graham started the game for the Saints. He pitched six innings and allowed five earned runs while walking four and striking out two.

North Greenville would get on the board in the second inning with a 2-RBI single to right field by Bennette Hill which scored Andrew Frazier and Josh Black.

An additional run was added by NGU in the fifth when a Connor Grant RBI single to right field brought in Clark Scolamiero.

The game appeared to be getting one-sided as a three run home run by Scolamiero in the sixth inning made the score 6-0. The Saints responded in the bottom of the inning with a three run home run of their own by Zach Piazza.

Another home run in the seventh inning by Ryan Creps scored two more runs to make the score 6-5 in favor of NGU.

With one out in the ninth, two errors in the inning allowed the tying run to score. Sam Pruitt was brought into the game to relieve Burgess. After hitting two singles, Limestone would win the game in walk-off fashion as Garrett Lowery drove the ball to left center for a three run home run to make the final score 9-6 in favor of the Saints. Sam Pruitt was charged with the loss and Michael Todd Harris earned the win.


Game two saw Canaan Cropper start for the Crusaders while Josh Shailer was given the start for the Saints.

North Greenville got the scoring started again in the first with a solo home run by Nathaniel Maggio.

A 2-RBI single down the left field line score the second and third runs of the game for North Greenville in the second inning. Limestone would respond in the bottom of the inning with five runs scored including a 2-RBI triple by Zach Piazza.

NGU would get a run back in the third when Maggio singled to center field to score Scolamiero.

In the bottom of the fourth, a 2-RBI single by Matt Orth and an RBI single by Brennan Strovink score three more runs to bring the score to 8-4 in favor of Limestone.

A Connor Grant RBI groundout in the fifth brought in Wheeler Smith to get one run back for the Crusaders.

Limestone scored their ninth run of the game in the sixth inning when a failed pickoff attempt that resulted in a throwing error allowed Brandon Etheridge to score.

Daniel Myers would hit a leadoff single in the seventh and final inning of the game, but the next three batters were unable to reach base.

Canaan Cropper was charged with the loss while Josh Shailer earned the win. Jalen Byrd earned his second save of the season.

With the losses, North Greenville falls to 21-7 overall and 8-3 in the conference. Limestone improved to 15-11 and 5-6 in the conference.

NGU will try to salvage a win out of the series tomorrow. First pitch is set for noon.