Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville busted out the bats on Thursday afternoon against Benedict College, downing the Tigers 12-1 and 16-1 in a non-conference double-header.
GAME ONE NGU - 12 BC - 1
The Crusaders plated 12-runs on eight hits and five Benedict Errors in game one. Amanda Croffin picked up her second win of the season after pitching five innings, allowing one run on a single Tiger hit. Croffin is now 2-1 on the season.
North Greenville got out ahead of the Tigers early on with three runs in the second inning. Christie Reilly would get things going with an RBI fielder’s choice to put NGU on the board. Shayna Finley would walk with the bases juiced to plate the second run while a Celsea Rivers grounder would plate Kaitlyn Wagers to extend the lead to three runs.
The Crusaders would break the game open in the next inning, scratching across nine more runs. Grace DeBoer, Shayna Finley, and Emily Murphy would poke two run doubles into the outfield for six of those nine runs while a Celsea Rivers double would plate one run. Christie Reilly and Megan Johnson would also account for an RBI in the frame as NGU took a 12-0 lead in just the 3rd inning.
The Tigers would score one run in the fifth inning but Croffin would shut down any other threat, preserving NGU’s first run-rule victory of the season. Celsea Rivers and Megan Johnson both had two hits to lead the Crusaders in that category. Shayna Finley led all players with three RBI while four other hitters had two.
GAME TWO NGU – 16 BC – 1
The Crusaders set a season high in game one with 12-runs, but that bar was quickly topped with an even more impressive performance in game two. The Crusaders set a season high in runs scored and also in hits as the team pounded out 20 base knocks.
NGU had 11 different players with hits, including Cassidy Eudy who was 3-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Morgan Roach and Haley Gray also had three hits for NGU. Roach accounted for two RBI and a run while Gray knocked in two and score twice.
The Tigers struck first in game two, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Morgan Herlong evened the score at one in the home half of the first inning with a single to center field that plated Shayna Finley. The biggest hit of the inning came from the bat of Megan Johnson who launched a Benedict pitch over the outfield wall, scoring Herlong and Rivers to give NGU a 4-1 lead.
Gray would also come across to score on a Eudy Single to extend the lead to five runs. Shayna Finley would come through again for her team with her second RBI double of the day as Eudy and Heather Wade would cross to give NGU a six run advantage.
North Greenville’s bats kept up the pressure, tacking on a five run second, and a four run fourth to put the game away in five innings. Brooklyn Fort got the win for the Crusaders as she threw five innings and allowed one run on three hits. Fort is now 2-0 on the season as the starting pitcher.
The two wins over the Tigers improved NGU’s record to 5-3 on the season. The Crusaders will travel to Young Harris College on Saturday for a double-header starting at 1pm.