Tigerville, S.C. – NGU softball opened up the 2017 season with wins of 2-0 and 5-2 over the Chowan Hawks.
GAME ONE NGU - 2 CHOWAN - 0
The Crusaders received a pitching gem from Amanda Coffrin who held Chowan to one hit during the seven-inning defensive battle. Coffrin worked around one NGU error and dished out 11 strikeouts in her first collegiate action at North Greenville.
NGU put up the first damage of the game in the third inning when Celsea Rivers platted Grace DeBoer to give North Greenville a 1-0 lead. DeBoer came around to score after leading off the inning with a triple over the center fielder’s head. Kate Lee chalked up her first RBI of the season in the fifth inning, socking a liner into left field, scoring Shayna Finley.
The Crusaders finished the opener with five hits, two off the bat of Lee who finished 2-2 with a walk. Morgan Herlong and Shayna Finley also had hits for the Crusaders. North Greenville was 1-6 with runners in scoring position while stranding five runners.
GAME TWO NGU - 5 Chowan - 2
North Greenville exploded for five runs in the second inning of game two, answering a one-run top of the frame from Chowan which took a 1-0 lead after a solo home run. Christie Reilly would get things started, scoring on a wild pitch after a one-out bunt single. Reilly would then come around to score two batters later on a Shayna Finley bunt for a base hit.
The big winner of the inning came from the bat of Celsea Rivers who got her second and third RBI’s of the day with a double to center field. Rivers would advance to third on a booted play by the center fielder and eventually score on a wild pitch as NGU took a 5-1 lead.
The Hawks had a little more gas left in the tank, scoring a run in the fourth inning to cut NGU’s lead to three runs. An RBI single would do the damage but Kayla McCarson would work around further trouble as Chowan stranded two.
The Crusaders would threaten once more in the fifth inning but were unable to coax across any more runs, stranding two runners. The three-run lead was enough though as the Hawks were held to just two hits in the final three innings.
Brooklyn Fort would get the win for NGU as she pitched three innings, allowing one run on one hit. Fort struck out two and allowed one free pass. McCarson was credited with the save as she pitched four innings, allowing a single run on four hits.
Rivers led the offense in game two with a 2-3 performance, notching two RBI and a run scored. Shayna Finley had an RBI and was 1-3. The Crusaders were much better with runners in scoring position, delivering four hits in seven tries.
North Greenville is now 2-0 to open the season for the second consecutive year. The Crusaders will travel to Francis Marion on Saturday afternoon to take on the Patriots at 1 pm.