Tigerville, SC - North Greenville began the new week with a tough 7-5 loss to the Sailfish of Palm Beach Atlantic. The Crusaders led early, but PBA came to life in the middle innings. NGU fought back but was unable to complete the comeback. Jared Williams had a standout performance with two hits including home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
Innings 1-3 (1-0 NGU)
Ryan Kirk took the start for the Crusaders, pitching a 1-2-3 1st inning. After a single by Jared Williams and a walk by Adam Sasser, Jeffrey Chandler drove in the first run of the game with a single to center field to score Williams. PBA put a hit on the board in the top of the 2nd but could not advance the runner. The Crusaders went three up, three down in the bottom of the inning. Both teams would add a hit to the board in the 3rd inning but no runs.
Innings 4-6 (6-5 PBA)
The Sailfish came to life in the top of the 4th with a three-run home run by Connor Rowland. Kirk started the inning but an injury forced him to leave the game. Matthew Dailey took over the mound. NGU went three up, three down in the bottom of the inning. Dailey improved in the top of the 5th with a 1-2-3 inning. With Jeremy Whitehead on base, Williams tied the game with a home run to left field. PBA took the lead back in the top of the 6th when Connor Rowland hit a two-run home run. Brandon Smith then followed with a home run of his own to put the Sailfish up by six.
Innings 7-9 (7-5 PBA)
Daniel Kight took over the mount for NGU in the 7th inning. Palm Beach Atlantic scored an unearned insurance run in the top of the 7th. In the bottom of the inning, Utah Jones and Chandler singled, but were both left on base. The Sailfish recorded one hit in the top of the 8th while the Crusaders went three up, three down in the bottom of the inning. PBA had a quiet 9th inning, but so did NGU to end the game.
Jared Williams had a solid day with 2 hits including a double, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.
Jeffrey Chandler went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Ryan Kirk pitching 3.1 solid innings with just 3 hits allowed and 1 earned run.
The Crusaders will attempt to even up the two-game series tomorrow at 3:30 PM.