Tigerville, SC – The North Greenville softball team made history Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders won two games over Pfeiffer College, 6-3 and 2-1, and Coach Sarah Hall’s squad won its first Conference Carolinas regular season championship at the Crusader Softball Complex.
NGU finished the regular season at 23-9 and had an 18-4 CC record, to finish one game ahead of eastern division rival Mt. Olive for the overall title. The Crusaders will earn the #1 seed to the league’s post-season tournament beginning Thursday, April 19 in Sumter, SC.
Trailing 2-0 in game one, the Crusaders erupted for four runs in the fifth inning to break open a tight game. Pfeiffer pitcher Lindsey Russell held NGU in check until Sarah Armstrong singled, Karli Taylor had a double and Courtney Campbell also singled and the Crusaders opened a big lead. They added two more runs in the sixth inning and Rachel Glazebrook turned away a Falcon rally on the mound for NGU in the seventh inning to seal the victory.
Glazebrook raised her record to 12-4 on the season, and is one win shy of tying Taylor Roof’s all-time record of 13 from 2011. Leadoff hitter Sarah Armstrong went 3-4, Hillary Key was 1-4 with two RBI’s, Glazebrook was 2-3 and Taylor was 2-3 with two doubles.
Freshman Cassi Carpenter had a gem on the mound in game two, scattering six Pfeiffer hits and allowed only a single run in the second inning to move her record to 5-2 on the year. Kansas Wofford bunted in a game tying run in the bottom of the second inning, and Sarah Armstrong knocked in Sarah Griffith with what turned out to be the winning run with a single also in the second.
Carpenter and Pfeiffer’s Melanie Conklin locked up in a pitcher’s duel the rest of the way, but Carpenter was able to hold on to the 2-1 victory for NGU. Armstrong had another big game going 2-4 with an RBI, Taylor was 1-2 and Wofford was 1-1 with an RBI.
North Greenville needs just two more wins to tie the all-time record for most wins in a season heading into the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The seeds and pairings for the tournament will be announced on Sunday the league office in High Point.