Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville softball team wrapped up its 2014 regular season on Thursday afternoon with a double-header split of Montreat College, losing 4-3 in game one, but bouncing back for a 6-2 win in game two.
Rachel Glazebrook was solid for three innings, retiring nine straight batters, the first eight of which were strikeouts. The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo homerun from Jordan Farmer, but Montreat would eventually break the hitless streak in the fourth after a leadoff homerun would evened the tally at 1-1 in the fourth inning
Jordan Farmer would spark rally for the Crusaders in the home half of the fourth with her second hit of the day, a single to left field. Shayna Finley would follow that up with a single of her own, and both runners would move up a base with a sac bunt from Christie Reilly. Farmer would later score on ground out from Megan Johnson, while Finley would scratch another run on a Sarah Armstrong single, making the score 3-1 with just three innings left.
Montreat would save its big inning for the visitors half of the seventh. A two run homer would even the score at 3-3. An RBI single later in the inning would give the Cavaliers their first lead of the game at 4-3. It would be all they needed, as NGU was answerless in the bottom of the seventh, as the possible tying run was thrown out at the plate on a long fly ball.
Jordan Farmer led the way for NGU in game one, going 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Shayna Finley was 1-2 with a run scored while Megan Johnson was 1-2 with an RBI. Glazebrook allowed four runs, all earned, on eight hits while striking out 13.
Game two would be more friendly to the Crusaders. The Crusaders had the bats going, as Megan Johnson was 4-4 from the plate with three RBI, while Jordan Farmer continued her solid day at the dish going 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Crusaders once again took an early lead, this time scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Christie Reilly picked up an RBI with a fielder’s choice scoring Farmer from third. Megan Johnson was the breadwinner for the Crusaders in the second with an RBI scoring double that scored Reilly and Heather Singleton who reached earlier in the inning on a single. The three run second gave NGU a quick 3-0 lead.
Both teams would plate at least one run in the third inning. Montreat would cut North Greenville’s lead to just 3-2 after plating two in the top of the third, on three hits. The Cavs would leave one stranded after the frame. North Greenville would answer with a run of its own in the bottom half of the third as Jordan Willingham would score on a Farmer double, extending the NGU lead to 4-2.
NGU would put the game on ice in the sixth inning, adding two more runs to the game two, total. Megan Johnson scored her third RBI of the game with a single to shortstop, while Sarah Armstrong scored on a wild pitch to make the total 6-2 in favor of the Crusaders. The Cavaliers would go in order in the seventh as North Greenville improved to 27-14 on the season. Cassi Carpenter earned the game two win, pitching seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.
The Crusaders will now gear up for the Conference Carolinas tournament which will be held in Burlington, North Carolina starting April 25th.