Crusaders Calm Tornado to Win Conference Series

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North Greenville00440050114171
Win: Blake Hamilton (5-0) 6.062003
Loss: Mark Michael (1-2) 2.274301
Connor Grant (NGU) 523200
Bennette Hill (NGU) 423300
Preston Douglas (KING) 413000
Crusaders Calm Tornado to Win Conference Series
Sunday, April 9, 2017
By Alan Kahaly
Crusaders Calm Tornado to Win Conference Series

Bristol, TN - Ryan Brown, Connor Grant, Bennette Hill, Josh Black, and Brandon Odachowski all recorded multiple hits en route to a dominating win against the King Tornado to take the series in Bristol. Blake Hamilton recorded his fifth win of the season. NGU hit 10-16 (.625) with runners in scoring position while holding the Tornado to just 1-12 (.083) with runners in scoring position.

After three scoreless innings to begin the game, North Greenville had a very productive fourth inning. With two outs and a runner on second, Grant singled through the right side to bring in Brown. The next batter, Nathaniel Maggio, doubled to right center to score Grant. Hill would then single up the middle to bring in Maggio. After a throwing error allowed the inning to continue, Andrew Frazier singled to left field to score Hill, the fourth run of the inning.

Four more runs would come in during the fifth inning. With runners on first and second, Brown reached on a fielding error which allowed Eric Gilbert to score. Grant would then single to left field to bring in Clark Scolamiero. Then with runners on second and third, a single to center field by Hill brought in Grant and Brown. King responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own. An RBI groundout by Tyler Bailey brought in the first run of the game for the Tornado. Cam Haymans then singled to right field to score a second run. All runs scored in the inning for both teams were unearned.

NGU had another big inning in the seventh. After the first two batters were retired, Hill and Frazier would both reach base. Black then tripled to left center to bring in both runs. The next batter, Odachowski, hit an RBI single to left field which scored Black. After a pitching change by King, Scolamiero kept the scoring going with an RBI single to center field that scored Odachowski. Brown then capped off the inning with an infield single to shortstop. On the play, Gilbert was able to score due to a throwing error by the Tornado. Once again, all runs scored in the inning were unearned.

King posted one final run in the eight with a solo home run to left field by Austin Dayton.

In the top of the ninth with runners on second and third, an RBI groundout by Scolamiero scored Odachowski brought what would end up being the final score to 14-3.

With the series win, North Greenville improves to 30-12 overall and 14-7 in conference play. NGU is currently in second place in the Conference Carolinas standings. King falls to 16-21-1 overall and 7-14 in conference play.

The Cruaders will travel to Hartsville to face the Coker Cobras on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM.