Tigerville, SC - On a hot afternoon at Ashmore Field, Connor Grant made history as he hit for what is believed to be North Greenville's first ever cycle. Grant went 4-5 with two RBIs. With a single, double, and triple, in the books, Grant connected in the bottom of the eighth with an opposite field home run to right center to complete the cycle, a feat that is nearly as rare as a no-hitter in the sport of baseball.
In a game that saw eight pitchers for North Greenville, Zack Kamerman pitched the first two innings. He received a no-decision. Mitchell Donahue started the game for Montreat, and was charged with the loss.
Montreat was able to string together a run in the first inning with an RBI single up the middle by Matt Oster. North Greenville responded in the bottom of the inning with seven runs of their own. Grant received the first RBI with a triple down the right field line that scored Ryan Brown, and later scored on a wild pitch. A Wheeler Smith single down the right field line scored Nathaniel Maggio and Josh Black. Eric Gilber then singled to left field to score Alex Williams. With the bases loaded, Clark Scolamiero singled to second base to score Smith. Finally, Brown added the seventh run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
In the second, the Cavaliers added a run with a solo home run to left field by Ross Hoffner.
Pitching would take over until the bottom of the sixth when Maggio doubled off the center field fence to score Brown and Grant.
In the eighth, Ricardo DeArmas added one last run for Montreat with an RBI double down the left field line to score Grayson Snipes. NGU responded in the bottom of the inning with Grant's home run to right center.
The Cavaliers went three up, three down in the ninth inning to clich the victory for the Crusaders. North Greenville improves to 23-11 while Montreat falls to 10-20. Shane Bishop earned the win.
Up next for NGU is a crucial conference series against the Erskine Flying Fleet. Barring weather, the first game is scheduled for Friday with first pitch set for 7:00 PM.