Tigerville – Blake Hamilton threw 107 – total pitches in nine innings of work on Sunday to carry North Greenville to a win over UNC Pembroke in the first of two Sunday elimination games.
- Score: Crusaders – 2 / Braves – 0
- Records: North Greenville 46 – 9 / UNC Pembroke 39 – 15
- Location: Ray & Bea Dillard Field (Tigerville, South Carolina)
How it Happened
- Hamilton tossed a complete game shutout on Sunday afternoon, a performance that was necessary to carry a sputtering North Greenville offense.
- The Crusaders were just 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position in Sunday’s first game while the Braves were 0 – 3.
- Pembroke’s pitching staff was up to the challenge. Starter Jordan Toney went five innings and allowed just one unearned run while Anthony Burke, who pitched in Thursday night’s opener turned in four innings of relief and allowed one earned run on four hits.
- NGU’s offensive attack was flat for a majority of the game but got a pair of big hits from John Jones to put the Crusaders over the top.
- Jones’s RBI single in the fifth innings scored Utah Jones who reached third on a stolen base and a throwing error two batters later.
- Jones then connected with a pitch in the top of the ninth inning and sent a line drive shot over the right-field wall to make it 2 – 0.
- The two runs were all Hamilton needed as he sat down the Braves in the bottom of the ninth. The right-handed hurler sandwiched a strikeout between a pair of groundouts to end the season for UNC Pembroke.
Inside the North Greenville Box Score
- John Jones led the hit parade for North Greenville going 4 for 5 with the game’s only two RBI and a run scored.
- Utah Jones was also solid at the plate with three hits in three appearances. Jones also scored a run.
- Andrew Plunkett was 2 for 4 with a double while Ryan Brown added a single.
- Hamilton held a very dangerous UNCP line-up in check on Sunday afternoon. The Braves averaged 10 – runs per game this season and outscored their opponents by 140 – runs in their 39 – wins.
- “He was throwing his fastball in and then spinning it away from us. He was speeding us up and then a did a great job of getting us to pull off,” remarked UNCP head skipper Paul O’Neil of Hamilton’s performance.
- He finished with six strikeouts and kept the base paths clear with zero walks. Hamilton coaxed 12 groundouts and kept the ball out of the air, for the most part, a key to his success in a tournament with 14 combined homers.
Inside the UNCP Box Score
- Roberto Rivera and Jarratt Mobley led the Braves with two hits on the day.
- The Indians were limited in their attempts to score and came up empty in those attempts as she was 0 – 3 with runners in scoring position.
- Jordan Toney was credited with the loss after five innings of work. He allowed one run on six hits and a walk.
Next Time Out
- The Crusaders got right back to business, taking on Columbus State in the second elimination game of the day.