Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville softball got back on track Friday afternoon with a pair of wins over Chowan. The Crusaders used a late inning rally to earn a 9-4 win in game one and followed it up with an 8-0 win in five innings in game two.
Chowan took the lead in the first inning of game one when an RBI single scored the first run of the game. The Hawks threatened more damage but starter Emily Murphy worked around the danger and retired the next two batters to keep the count at 1-0 in favor of the visitors.
The Crusaders trailed until the fifth inning when Greer Killman and Katie Lee picked up the first two RBI for the NGU Killman's RBI single up the middle would score Grace DeBoer, evening the tally at 1-1. Lee would come through in the next at bat for NGU singling to left field, scoring Christie Reilly from second base to give NGU a 2-1 advantage.
NGU would have to come from behind one more time after a three run sixth inning from Chowan found the Crusaders in a 4-2 hole. The Crusaders would answer with its biggest inning of the day as seven runs came across in the home half of the inning. Morgan Milan would deliver the big hit in the frame as her single to left field plated two runs, putting an exclamation mark on what was now a 9-4 lead in favor of North Greenville.
Chowan would threaten in the seventh inning NGU reliever Carson O'Donald would escape without allowing a run while earning her second win of the season. Murphy's day came to an end in the second inning after giving up an earned run on three hits. O'Donald finished the day for the Crusaders giving up two runs on five hits.
Greer Killman turned in a career performance in game one as she was 3-3 from the dish with a run and an RBI. Lee finished game one with a 2-4 performance with two RBI and a run scored. Morgan Milam also had two RBI and was 1-3. Carson O'Donald helped her own cause at the plate as she was 1-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
North Greenville's bats came alive in game two, spreading eight runs around four innings. The Crusaders chased the Chowan starter early as two runs came across to score in the first inning. A bases loaded walk to Morgan Herlong would score the first run while Megan Johnson's sacrifice fly to left field would plate Kate Lee to give NGU the two run advantage.
The Crusaders would plate another run in the second inning advancing the score to 3-0. The fourth inning though would be the inning that put the game out of reach for the Hawks. Shayna Finley would blast the first home run in the new facility with a screamer over the right center field wall with two outs and the bases loaded, extending NGU's lead to 7-0. The grand slam was the first homer of the year for the junior shortstop and the fifth of the year for the Crusaders as a team.
NGU would load the bases again in the fourth inning and get one more run out of the ordeal. Chelsea Rivers would deliver for the Crusaders this time as an infield single would score Cassidy Eudy to make the score 8-0. Kayla McCarson would earn her second win of the season as she sat the Hawks down in order in the fifth inning, while NGU improved to 6-2 on the season.
Megan Johnson and Morgan Herlong were both 2-2 from the plate with a run and an RBI. Chelsea Rivers was 2-3 with a run and an RBI while Finley was 1-2 with four RBI. Kate Lee was 1-2 with a run scored while Killman was 1-1 with a run and an RBI.
North Greenville will wrap up a busy three-day stretch tomorrow with a double-header at Newberry College. First pitch between the Crusaders and Wolves is scheduled for 1pm.