Tigerville – North Greenville baseball added an already impressive resume on Sunday, upending the Mount Olive Trojans 10-7 win a second consecutive Conference Carolinas tournament title, the third overall for the Crusaders.
North Greenville victimized a very shallow UMO pitching staff in the early goings, exploding out of the games to score four runs in the top of the first frame. John Michael Faile got NGU off the mat with an RBI double that plated two while Jeff Chandler sent a three and one pitch over the right-center wall to extend the lead.
North Greenville threw five different arms on Sunday, starting with Matthew Dailey, only the second start of the season for the junior. Dailey tossed 2.1 innings and allowed three earned runs including one in the first and a pair of scores in the third frame.
By the third inning, the Trojans just trying to claw back. North Greenville put up solo runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings, including a solo homer from Josh Senter in the second which made it 5-1 at that point.
The Trojans had closed what was once a four-run gap to just three by the fourth frame when an RBI single made it 7-4. NGU had one more crooked number in the tank and it was put up in the visitor’s half of the fifth. The Crusaders got a huge swing from Freshman of the Year John Michael Faile who launched it over the left field fence, scoring Jeremy Whitehead and Jack Morris to extend the lead six runs.
Faile’s homer would prove crucial in the outcome of the game. UMO pitching and defense held NGU’s offense scoreless in the final four frames when the Trojan offense began to manufacture some runs. A single run in the eighth inning would make it 10-5 in favor of the Crusaders but relief pitcher Brock Robinson was able to work around any more problems in the frame.
The Trojans continued to scrap into the ninth inning, scoring two runs to cut the deficit to 10-7with two outs. The final out was dramatic as a pair of foul balls kept hope alive for Mount Olive but Robinson delivered on his next delivery, retired Mount Olive and sending the Crusaders storming onto the field to celebrate the programs third title.
Jeremy Whitehead led all players on Sunday with a perfect 4-4 day, delivering one RBI while scoring a run.
Faile showed no signs of stage fright as the Freshman delivered five RBI on two hits to go along with three runs scored.
Josh Senter finished with three hits with a run and an RBI while four other players dealt out a base knock.
Kipp Rollings earned the win on Sunday after throwing three shutout innings.
The Crusaders will have some time off before stepping back out on the field on May 4 when they will play Georgia College at 2 and 5 pm.