Wilson, N.C. – North Greenville softball dropped a Conference Carolinas double-header to Barton College today with losses of 4-3 and 6-5 (11-Innings).
Barton jumped ahead of the visiting Crusaders with a run in each of the first two frames. Megan Johnson would single in Morgan Milam in the fourth inning to cut the Bulldog lead to just one. The Bulldogs answered with another pair of solo runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 4-1 lead.
Shayna Finley would spark a rally for North Greenville in the sixth inning with a double that scored Kate Lee and Jordan Willingham. Lee and Willingham reached base on base hit and a walk. Celsea Rivers would lead off the seventh inning with a walk but Barton would retire the next three NGU batters to conserve the victory.
Kate Lee led North Greenville with two hits in three plate appearances while scoring one of NGU’s three runs. Shayna Finley was 1-3 with two RBI, equaling a game high. Morgan Milam was also 1-3 with a run scored.
The Crusaders would fall behind early in game two as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead after five innings. The Crusaders would cut into the lead in the sixth inning on an RBI ground out from Jordan Farmer.
North Greenville’s biggest inning of the day in the seventh as three runs crossed to even the score at four. Celsea Rivers’ infield single would trim Barton’s lead to 4-2 while a two out base hit from Grace DeBoer scratched two runs to even the tally, eventually sending the game into extra innings.
NGU carried the offensive momentum in the first of four extra frames as Kate Lee would score the go-ahead run on a Shayna Finley foul out to deep left field. Barton evened the score at five in the bottom half of the eighth and broke a two frame scoring drought in the 11th to earn the extra innings victory.
The Crusaders had seven hits in game two among five different players. Grace DeBoer led NGU after going 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Celsea Rivers was 1-1 with an RBI while Shayna Finley was 1-4 with a run batted in. Jordan Farmer also had an RBI for the Crusaders. Traci Howell accounted for one of NGU’s five runs as she was 1-1 with a run scored.
The Crusaders fell to 16-19 overall and 3-9 in Conference Carolinas play. NGU will re-kindle its rivalry with Mount Olive, Saturday afternoon starting at 1pm in Mount Olive, North Carolina.