Burlington, N.C.—The North Greenville Softball team managed to stay alive in the Conference Carolinas tournament on Saturday, bouncing back from a 5-2 loss to Limestone with a 7-4 win over Pfeiffer.
Tori Freedman gave NGU a 2-0 lead with a two run homer in the first inning, following a one out single from Haley Gray. The Crusaders were held scoreless in the remaining six innings as the Saints began to chip away. The Saints scored a run in the third and three in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead over NGU. The Crusaders would fail to recover as one more run in the sixth would make the deficit three, in favor of Limestone.
NGU stranded eight runners during the weather extended game, registering just four base hits. Freedman and Gray both accounted for two of the hits while Morgan Roach and Jordan Farmer had one hit each. Cassi Carpenter took the loss for NGU and fell to 7-7 on the year as a starter.
The Crusaders would rebound in a big way against Pfeiffer en route to securing their third appearance in the league championship series. NGU had nine hits in the win over the Falcons, led by the middle of the lineup that accounted for six of them. Shayna Finley, Megan Johnson, and Morgan roach each had two hits each, led by Johnson's two RBI and two runs. Finley and Roach also had two RBI for the Crusaders.
Both teams scored a run in the second inning, but NGU took a 5-1 lead on two RBI singles from Finley and Johnson in the third. North Greenville scratched across two more runs in the fifth inning on Morgan Roach's two run blast to center field that scored Megan Johnson, extending NGU's advantage to 7-1.
The Falcons began to chip away at the lead in the sixth inning scoring three runs on three hits. The Falcons plated one run on a bases loaded walk, and two more on an RBI single to cut NGU's lead to just three runs. Reliever Anna Rodgers would work around the Falcon scoring threat with two strikeouts to end the rally.
Both teams would go quietly in the seventh inning as NGU earned the win and a trip to the championship series to face the regular season champion Limestone. Farmer, Gray, and Sarah Armstrong also had hits for North Greenville in game two. Farmer and Gray both scored a run while Armstrong accounted for an RBI.