Tigerville, SC - The North Greenville Crusaders ended conference play by dominating the Chowan Hawks by way of 10-2 and 14-2 victories to complete the sweep on an eventful senior day. Adam Sasser made his mark in North Greenville history by breaking the single-season home run record, which was previously set by Nathaniel Maggio in 2016. Jeffrey Chandler also set a program first by hitting two home runs in one inning.
Game One (10-2 NGU)
Michael Giacone took the start for NGU, and allowed one base hit in the top of the 1st but no runs. North Greenville started off senior day strong with a five run bottom of the inning. After a walk by Jeremy Whitehead, Utah Jones drove in a run with an RBI single to left field. After giving up a single and two walks, Chowan starter Ryan Gallaccio was replaced on the mound after recording just one out. Jared Williams would double off the new pitcher to drive in two runs. Elvin Rosa then singled to left field to drive in two more runs. The Crusaders added a sixth run in the bottom of the 3rd when Jack Morris came through with an RBI single through the left side. In a productive bottom of the 4th, Sasser homered to right field to drive in three and officially break the single-season home run record. Later in the inning, Rosa recorded another RBI with an RBI groundout to second base. The Hawks were able to get on the board in the top of the 6th by way of an RBI single and an RBI walk. Both teams would get one more runner on base, but the score would go final at 10-2 in favor of NGU. Michael Giacone was the winning pitcher.
Game Two (14-2 NGU)
Matthew Dailey started his third game of the season. With the first two innings going scoress, Chowan got on the board first in the top of the 3rd with a two RBI single to right field. However, the Crusaders quickly responded with a monstrous home run to right field by Adam Sasser and an RBI single to right field by Jared Williams. After two more innings were scoreless, the Crusaders pulled away for good in the bottom of the 6th by scoring eight runs. Jeffrey Chandler began the inning with a solo shot to center field. After the next three batters reached base, Jack Morris walked to drive in a run. After a pitching change, Jeremy Whitehead hit a sacrifice fly to bring in a run. Two at bats later, Utah Jones brought in two more runs with a double to right center. Sasser followed up with a two run home run down the right field line. Chandler capped off the inning with a solo home run, his second of the inning. In the bottom of the 7th, Lex Tuten made some noise with a two RBI double to left center. John Michael Faile ended the scoring with style as he would hit a two run homer to left field in the bottom of the 8th. Kipp Rollings pitched the final inning to secure the win. Daniel Kight earned the win.
Adam Sasser was the star of the day by setting the single-season home run record. Three of his four hits for the day were home runs. He drove in 6 RBIs for the day.
Jeffrey Chandler recorded 4 hits for the day including 2 home runs in the same inning for the first time in program history.
Jared Williams went 6 for 7 for the day including 4 doubles and 3 RBIs.
Up next for NGU is the Conference Carolinas Tournament, which will be hosted in Tigerville. North Greenville's tournament will begin on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 PM.