High Point, N.C. –North Greenville baseball finished second in the league this season, naming eight players to All-Conference teams in the process.
The Crusaders earned three first team nods in Bennette Hill, Clark Scolamiero, and Tucker Burgess while Nate Maggio, Josh Black, Connor Grant, Blake Hamilton, and Cannan Cropper earned second team nods.
Bennette Hill was a solid presence at second base for the Crusaders. Hill was third in batting average on the team, swinging at a .338 clip with 45-hits. He accounted for six doubles, a pair of triples and three homers in those hits. He also scored 26-runs and scratched 31-RBI.
The Crusaders also got a lift in the lineup from center fielder Clark Scolamiero. Scolamiero hit .351 this season, racking up 71-hits including 14-doubles and a triple. He also hit for power, blasting seven homers. The speedy outfielder was a threat to score whenever he reached base, scoring 71-times in 101 trips on the base path. He also tacked on 29 stolen bases, (good enough for first in the league) in 31 attempts with 51-RBI.
Tucker Burgess locked up the final first team bid for the Crusaders as a starting pitcher. Burgess was NGU’s Friday night ace, going 9-1 with a 2.56 earned run average. In 81-innings of work, Burgess tossed 84-strikeouts, holding opponents to just a .262 batting average. Burgess also earned a pair of Pitcher of the week honors from the league for his weekend work. He was second in the league in ERA and wins.
Nathaniel Maggio earned his second All-Conference award after turning in a solid senior campaign in which he batted .299 from his first base position. Maggio registered 55-hits with 12-doubles, one triple, and a team-high nine home runs. He accounted for 42-RBI on the season and scored 37-runs.
Josh Black led the team in batting average this season, earning second team All-Conference as the team’s designated hitter. He batted .363 as the DH, pounding out 37-hits with five doubles, a triple and a homer. Black also had 19-RBI and scored 28-runs. He was nine of 10 in the stolen base department.
The Crusaders had one of the best outfields in the conference this season, led by Scolamiero and second team All-Conference performer Connor Grant. Grant hit .337 on the season with 65-hits, 13 of which were doubles with five triples and seven homers. He reached base safely 80 times this season, scoring 50 of those times. He also had 39-RBI and was 16 of 18 in stolen base attempts.
The Crusaders also had two pitchers on the second team All-Conference list including Blake Hamilton and Canaan Cropper. Hamilton Boasted a 3.68 earned run average this season, throwing 63.2 innings while holding opponents to a .232 batting average. He also accounted for 53-strkeouts and was 5-0 as a starter. He also accounted for one save and appeared in 14-games.
Rounding out the honors for North Greenville is Canaan Cropper. Cropper. Cropper was one of NGU’s most used pitchers this season, making 15-appearances with 13-starts. Cropper finished the season with seven wins and held opponents to a .236 batting average. He accounted for 80-strikeouts, making him seventh in Conference Carolinas in that category.