Sunday, April 22, 2012
Hartsville, SC – In a classic duel between Conference Carolinas’ top two pitchers, King College of Tennessee used a three run fifth inning to slide past North Greenville 4-1 to win the league’s post-season tournament at Byerly Park.
Both King and NGU were making their first appearance in the CC championship, and King got on the scoreboard off of the Crusaders’ Rachel Glazebrook, a First Team All-CC selection, in the first inning when the Tornado scored on an unearned run.  NGU tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first when junior Kansas Wofford (Landrum, SC) slapped an RBI single that brought in Kimberly Robertson. 
The game then turned into a pitcher’s duel between Glazebrook and Hannah Light of King, the Second Team All-CC selection.  Light limited the Crusaders to a five hits in the game and turned away several Crusader threats by striking out six.  King broke open the game in the fifth inning when Aubree Hutt singled in a run and the Tornado’s Christina Melcher, the First Team All-CC shortstop, ripped a two-run home run that gave King a sizeable lead.
Glazebrook, a sophomore from Traveler’s Rest, SC, pitched in all but one of the Crusaders’ five games in the Conference Carolinas tournament, also went 2-4 in the game against King.  Glazebrook, Courtney Campbell (Gaffney, SC), and Sarah Armstrong (Atlanta, GA) were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Tournament team.
“I could not be prouder of my team for how we played in the tournament,” NGU Coach Sarah Hall said.  “We were not expected to do this well, and as far as got, you have to be excited about that.  Today was just not our day.  We hit the ball very hard, but we hit it right at them.  If we hit it to the fence, they caught it.  King is a very good softball team, and their pitcher did well against us.  They have some very good hitters, but they only had one good inning against Rachel.  What I was really proud of was that people came up to me after the tournament and mentioned how classy our team is and what an outstanding group of women we have.  We represented the mission of North Greenville, Where Christ Makes the Difference, very well at this tournament.”
North Greenville, which finished the regular season at 26-11 (a new single season win record), is uncertain of its post-season fate at this point, because a NCAA championship bid is still an outside possibility.  They may also head to the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) South Regional Tournament as well.  NGU is the defending NCCAA National Champion.