Franklin Springs, GA—North Greenville softball started its conference slate with a double-header split on Saturday with a 3-2 and a 3-2 loss against Emmanuel College.
Celsea Rivers was NGU's leader at the dish in game one as she was 2-3 with a run scored. Jordan Farmer finished the game 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI while Kate Lee and Shayna Finley also delivered an RBI.
Emmanuel took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, as Kara Hembree would come around to score after leading the inning off with a single. Hembree would score on a sacrifice fly from Madison Franklin.
North Greenville's first run of the inning would come in the form of a homerun as Jordan Farmer's solo blast in the fourth inning would even the score at 1-1. The home run was Farmer's first of the season.
Farmer's homer would spark a rally as Shayna Finley would score a run after a bases loaded hit by pitch while Kate Lee's sacrifice fly to right field would score Celsea Rivers to give NGU a 3-1 lead.
The Lions would score one run in the seventh inning and threaten to score more but Carson O'Donald would work around the threat as the Lions failed to score the tying run.
Game two would take extra innings to decide, as a late run by NGU would extend the game.
Morgan Herlong would get NGU on the board first with her solo home run in the fourth inning. Jessica Alle evened the score at 1-1 in the sixth inning with an RBI single.
The game headed to eighth inning and into the ninth as neither team was able to take advantage of a runner on second. North Greenville scored in the ninth inning to take a 2-1 lead as Jordan Farmer scored on a wild pitch.
The Lions would earn the win in the bottom of the ninth inning with an RBI single to tie the score at 2-2 and an RBI sacrifice fly that scored the go-ahead and winning run.
Hits were at a premium in game two as the Crusaders finished with just two. Morgan Herlong had one of those hits, as she was 1-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Megan Johnson also had a hit for NGU as she finished 1-4.
North Greenville will travel to Milligan College on March 10th for a 1pm first pitch in Milligan, Tennessee.