Hartsville, S.C.—North Greenville moved to 6-6 on the season Wednesday afternoon, after splitting a double-header with a 3-2 game one win, followed by a 5-1 loss in game two.
Game one proved to be a pitcher's dual for the first five innings of play as both teams failed to scratch a run. The Crusaders stranded three runners during the scoreless span while Coker also left three on base. NGU broke the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning. Three runs would come across to score for NGU, two of them coming on Cassi Carpenter's homerun to right center field scoring Sarah Armstrong. Jordan Farmer would score later in the inning on a Coker error to extend the lead to 3-0.
Coker was not short for answers though, as the Cobras also broke through, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Cobras earned their two runs on an RBI double. NGU would work around further damage though, holding Coker to just two. The Cobras would have one more chance in the seventh inning, loading the bases with two outs after a walk and consecutive singles. Reliever Anna Rogers would score the save though, striking out the next batter to give NGU the game one win.
Carpenter earned the win for NGU on the mound while also helping her own cause by leading the Crusaders at the plate. Carpenter was 2-3 for NGU with a run scored and two RBI in game one. Sarah Armstrong was 1-4 with a double and a run scored while Jordan Farmer was 1-2 with a run.
The Cobras turned up the offense in game two, but not until the fourth inning. Coker plated two runs during the fourth frame, taking advantage of a North Greenville error, and an RBI double, giving the Cobras a two run lead.
The Crusaders would find the scoreboard in the fifth inning though, cutting the lead to one after a Sarah Armstrong homerun made the score 2-1. The solo blast was Armstrong's first homerun of the season, and North Greenville's second long ball of the day. Armstrong finished the second game with two of NGU's four hits, going 2-2 with a run scored and the lone North Greenville RBI.
Three more runs would come across to score for Coker in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Cobras used two homeruns, one a two run blast and the second a solo, to extend their lead to 5-1 over North Greenville. The hopes of a late inning comeback for North Greenville quickly disappeared in the top of the seventh as Cobras starter Brittany Long used two ground outs and a strike out to end the game.
Armstrong was credited with the loss in game two after pitching four innings and giving up two runs. Shayna Finley was 1-4 while Christie Reilly finished 1-3. North Greenville will return home on Friday afternoon to take on Barton in a Conference Carolinas double-header beginning at 2pm