Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Due West, S.C.—The North Greenville softball team wrapped up its 2014 Conference Carolinas schedule on Wednesday evening, taking two games from the Flying Fleet of Erskine college with a 3-0 win in game one, and a 9-8 win in game two.


The Crusaders rode a strong performance from starting pitcher Rachel Glazebrook in game one, who recorded a shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out 10 and walking just three. She improved to 14-6 on the season, with an earned run average of just 1.63 to lead all North Greenville pitchers.

The Crusaders did much of their damage in game one in the first two innings, picking up two of their three runs in the opening two frames. A Morgan Roach double in the first inning would hand NGU a 1-0 lead early in the game. She was followed up in the second inning with a Shayna Finley RBI single that scored Heather singleton who led the inning off with a double.

The only other run of the game would come from the Crusaders in the sixth inning, as both pitchers settled in for the middle frames. The Crusaders pounded out just five hits during innings 3-5, while Glazebrook kept the Fleet off balance, allowing just two. North Greenville added an insurance run in the sixth inning on a Cassi Carpenter single.

Carpenter and Roach both finished game 2-3 with an RBI while Heather Singleton was 2-3 with a run scored. Megan Johnson also accounted for a run and was 1-4 at the dish. Sarah Armstrong also had a hit for NGU while Shayna Finley was 1-3 with an RBI.


 There were a few more offensive fireworks in game two, as the two squads combined for 17 runs on 24 hits. The Crusaders got things going in the first inning, scoring five of their nine runs. Three of the five NGU runs came from the long ball, as Megan Johnson led the game off with a solo homerun, giving North Greenville a quick 1-0 lead. Cassi Carpenter would add NGU’s second homer of the inning later in the frame with a two run blast that gave the Crusaders a 4-0 lead. The Crusaders would tack on its two other runs on an Erskine error, and a Morgan Roach ground out.

The Flying Fleet also scored two runs during the home half of the first taking advantage of two hits, and a North Greenville error. Erskine would put together a big inning later in the game however, taking its first lead of the game in the fifth. Six runs on six hits, including a three run homerun to take an 8-5 lead, heading into the final two innings of play.

North Greenville was not out of answers however, putting together another big inning of its own. A four run frame would put the Crusaders back on top 9-8 with just six outs left to get, to pick-up the win. Shayna Finley started the rally with her first hit of the game, she would later come around to score on Megan Johnson’s two RBI double that cut the Flying Fleet lead to 8-7. Rachel Glazebrook would tie the score at 8-8 with an RBI single of her own, while Morgan Roach’s second RBI of the game scored the go ahead run, as the Crusaders took a 9-8 lead.

Erskine would leave a runner in both of the last two innings, as the Crusaders earned the league double-header sweep. Five of NGU’s nine starters in game two had multiple hits, led by Sarah Armstrong who was 3-4 with two runs scored. Megan Johnson led the team with three RBI and was 2-4 from the plate with two runs scored. Rachel Glazebrook, Christie Reilly, and Heather Singleton also had two hits for NGU.

The Crusaders improved to 26-13 on the season, after Wednesday, and 11-5 in Conference Carolinas play, securing them at least a third place seed in the league championship tournament. The Crusaders will wrap up the 2014 regular season tomorrow, hosting its final home series of the season against Montreat College.