Tigerville - The North Greenville Crusaders got off to a good start in their final conference series of the regular season with a 10-1 victory over the Barton Bulldogs. Connor Grant led the way by going 4-4 with two RBIs. Bennette Hill also had a standout game, hitting 3-5 with two RBIs. Tucker Burgess, who started the game for North Greenville, pitched seven shutout innings. He allowed five hits, no runs, two walks, and struck out eight. Jared Lembcke entered the game in the eighth to pitch, allowed Barton's only run, but was unearned.
The Crusaders quickly got to work against the starting pitcher for the Bulldogs, Dylan Ward. With the bases loaded, Hill singled down the left field line to bring in the first run of the game. The next batter, Andrew Frazier, singled to left center to bring in two more runs. Josh Black then singled to center field to bring in the fourth run of the inning.
Black would bring in another run in the third with a sacrifice fly to center field.
In the fifth, Andrew Frazier recorded his third RBI of the game with a double to right center to make the score 6-0.
NGU recorded their second 4-run inning of the game in the sixth. With a runner on third, Ryan Brown brought in a run with a fielder's choice to second base. The next batter, Grant, doubled to left center to score two more runs. An RBI single up the middle capped off the scoring for North Greenville to make the score 10-0.
Barton's only run of the game came in the eighth inning whenscored due to a throwing error.
Avery Greer entered the game to pitch the ninth, retiring three of four batters faced to seal the win for NGU, who improves to 35-13 overall and 18-7 in conference play with the win.
The Crusaders and the Bulldogs will continue the series tomorrow with a noon start time. Head coach Landon Powell will have two chances to win his 100th game as a head coach.