Crusaders Take Game One of Conference Series

April 14, 2017123456789RHE
North Greenville20022112X10141
Win: Tucker Burgess (7-1) 5.1115416
Loss: Drew Wilson (3-6) 5.0106614
Xavier Rodriguez (PFEIFFER) 513000
Gauge Gantt (PFEIFFER) 423111
Bennette Hill (NGU) 403300
Crusaders Take Game One of Conference Series
Friday, April 14, 2017
By Alan Kahaly
Crusaders Take Game One of Conference Series

Tigerville, SC - North Greenville continues to roll after taking the first game against the Pfeiffer Falcons. Bennette Hill, Andrew Frazier, and Wheeler Smith recorded multiple hits while Nathaniel Maggio hit his ninth home run of the season. With the win, the Crusaders are now 16-1 at Ashmore Field, and have now won ten of their last eleven games. Additionally, NGU has scored ten or more runs in three consecutive games.

Tucker Burgess earned his seventh win of the season. He pitched the first 5.1 innings allowing eleven hits, four earned runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. Drew Wilson, who started the game for the Falcons, was charged with the loss. Kyle Kadlub earned his second save of the season by pitching the final 3.1 innings and allowing no runs off three hits.

Both teams had a productive first inning. Pfeiffer started the scoring with an RBI single to center field by Tanner Mathis. North Greenville responded with a 2-run home run to left center by Maggio.

Neither team would score in the second or third innings, but the Falcons would take the lead back in the fourth with a solo home run to right field by Gauge Gantt and an inside-the-park home run to right field by Cody McKenzie. The Crusaders took the lead right back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single to left field by Hill and an RBI single up the middle by Smith.

NGU added two additional runs in the fifth thanks to Adam Frazier's RBI single up the middle and Hill's RBI single through the right side.

The Falcons would get two runs back in the sixth due to Xavier Rodriguez scoring on a fielding error and a Zach Scudder sacrifice fly to right field. The Crusaders responded in the bottom of the inning with an RBI groundout by Ryan Brown. 

Hill brought in another run in the seventh with an RBI triple down the right field line.

North Greenville added two insurance runs in the eights thanks to Brown scoring on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Maggio.

The Crusaders improved to 32-12 overall and 15-7 in conference play. Pfeiffer fell to 19-20 overall and 9-13 in conference play. The two teams will conclude the series tomorrow with a doublheader beginning at noon.