Tigerville, SC - North Greenville extended its winning streak to ten games with a 3-2 victory over the Wingate Bulldogs. The Bulldogs scored both of their runs on solo home runs, but a third run by NGU was enough for the win. Tucker Burgess pitched seven dominant innings including four perfect innings to earn the win while Kipp Rollings recorded the save.
Innings 1-3 (0-0 Tied)
Burgess began his outing with a 1-2-3 top of the 1st. Utah Jones put the Crusaders in the hit column with a double to left field, but the next two batters were retired to end the inning. After another three up, three down top of the 2nd, NGU drew two walks in the bottom of the inning but once again were unable to get on the board. The 3rd inning was a quick one as both teams would go three up, three down.
Innings 4-6 (2-1 NGU)
After a fourth perfect inning by Burgess, North Greenville was finally able to get on the board on a wild pitch that allowed Adam Sasser to score. Wingate quickly responded with a solo shot by Andrew Llewellyn. Jones recorded his second hit of the game in the bottom of the 5th, but the Crusaders again came up empty in the inning. After another three up, three down by the Bulldogs, Jared Williams gave NGU the lead back with an RBI double.
Innings 7-9 (3-2 NGU)
WU once again responded with another solo home run, which was hit by Jed Bryant. North Greenville quickly took the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Adam Sasser hit an RBI double to right center. The Crusaders would eventually load the bases, but a groundout ended the threat. Kipp Rollings took over on the mound in the top of the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 inning. NGU would also go three up, three down in the bottom of the inning. With two out in the 9th, Wingate put up a fight with three consecutive base hits, but Rollings would end the threat with a strikeout to end the game.
Tucker Burgess pitched 7.0 dominant innings, allowing just 2 runs on 2 hits.
Utah Jones went 3 for 4 with a double.
Adam Sasser recorded 2 hits, an RBI, and a run scored.
The two teams will head to Wingate, North Carolina tomorrow to close out the two-game series.