Burlington, N.C.—The North Greenville softball team found itself in familiar territory on Friday afternoon, advancing to the Conference Carolinas Tournament winner’s bracket after a 3-0 win over the Saints of Limestone College.
Rachel Glazebrook was at her best on the mound in the opening game of the tournament going the distance for the Crusaders, in a seven inning shutout striking out nine batters while allowing just two total hits. The sixth seeded Crusaders out hit the third seeded saints 8-2 and used two Limestone errors to take the opening round victory.
North Greenville broke out the bats in the fourth inning, after both teams were held scoreless in the first three frames. Back to back singles from Tori Freedman and Courtney Campbell with two outs put runners on first and second for NGU. Freedman would come around to score on Cassie Carpenter’s single to left field. Kansas Wofford cleared the bases in her next at bat with an RBI to center field. Carpenter and Campbell both crossed the plate to give NGU a 3-0 lead.
The three runs would be all NGU needed as the defense clamped down behind Glazebrook’s solid performance in the circle, allowing just one Limestone hit in the final three innings of play. The loss for the Saints went to Shelby Webb after pitching 4.1 innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits. Kelly Shearer finished the game for the Saints pitching two shutout innings allowing one hit and a walk.
Tori Freedman led the Crusaders at the plate, going 2-3 with a run scored. Kansas Wofford went 1-3 with two RBI while Kimberly Robertson, Rachel Glazebrook, and Marielena Santos all registered a hit. Alex Brown and Jessica Ramsey registered the only two hits for Limestone.
North Greenville will play the winner of the Mount Olive vs. Erskine game scheduled to begin at 12pm today. The Crusaders second game is slated to start at 4pm with weather permitting.