Gaffney, SC - The Crusaders finished the weekend off on a positive note as they were able to salvage a win against the Limestone Saints. Blake Hamilton was the starting and winning pitcher for NGU. He pitched six innings and allowed five earned runs, one walk, and two strikeouts. Limestone starter Rober Bamford was charged with the loss. He pitched only one inning but allowed four earned runs, no walks, and one strikeout.
A frustrated North Greenville team got right to work in the opening inning. A leadoff home run to left center by Clark Scolamiero scored a quick run for the Crusaders. After a single by Josh Black, Nathaniel Maggio hit a two-run home run to center field to give NGU a 3-0 lead. Andrew Plunkett would then get himself into scoring position with a triple down the right field line just in time for Ryan Brown to hit a sacrifice fly to score another run to put North Greenville ahead 4-0 in the first.
Two more runs would score in the second for the Crusaders by way of a wild pitch that allowed Scolamiero to reach home and an RBI single through the right side by Plunkett. Limestone did respond in the inning with a two-run home run to left center by Chase Allen.
The Saints were able to score three more runs in the third with a three-run home run down the right field line by Brennan Strovink to bring the NGU lead down to one run.
Maggio came through again in the fourth with an RBI single through the right side to score Wheeler Smith who had doubled to lead off the inning.
Another leadoff double in the fifth inning by Connor Grant allowed Daniel Myers an RBI opportunity. Myers came through with an RBI single to left field to make the score 8-5 in favor of NGU.
Pitching would take over for the remainder of the game as no runs scored for the remainder of the game. North Greenville improves to 22-7 overall and 9-3 in conference play as Limestone falls to 15-12 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
Kyle Kadlub and Clark Scolamiero made relief appearances in the game. Kadlub pitched two shutout innings while Scolamiero pitched a scoreless ninth inning and earned his fourth save of the season.
Next up for North Greenville is a big one as they will take a short trip to Fluor Field in Greenville on Wednesday to face the nationally ranked USC-Aiken Pacers, who will be looking for revenge as the Crusaders defeated them earlier in the season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM.