Anderson, S.C. – North Greenville softball split another non-conference double-header on Thursday night against Anderson University, losing 4-3 while winning 4-1.
GAME ONE NGU – 3 AU - 4
The Trojans took a 2-0 lead with solo runs in the first and fourth innings. North Greenville then evened the score with solo homers from Shayna Finley and Megan Johnson in back to back innings. The dinger was Finley’s fourth of the season and Johnson’s second.
The Crusaders gained the lead in the seventh when Kate lee singled in Grace DeBoer, making the score 3-2. NGU was unable to hold off the Trojans in the home half of the seventh though as they scored two runs to rally for the win. Anderson picked up an RBI double, which evened the score at 3-3 while an infield singled proved to be the difference maker as the winning run crossed the plate.
Johnson finished the game with two hits in four appearances while Finley finished 1-3. Kaitlyn Wagers was 2-3 from the dish. Amanda Croffin took the loss in the circle allowing four runs on 10-hits. Croffin struck out seven Anderson hitters.
GAME TWO NGU – 4 AU – 1
The Crusaders continued to show resilience in game two as they bounced back from a tough loss in the opener. NGU scored four runs and pounded out nine hits in nightcap while Brooklyn Fort held Trojan batters to one run on just six hits. Fort struck out six batters during the win as she improved to 4-1 as a starter.
Anderson struck first with a run in the first inning with an RBI double. The first inning run from the Trojans looked as if it would be enough for Anderson to escape with a sweep of the Crusaders as AU pitching held North Greenville in check until late in the game. The Crusaders had just three hits heading into the final two innings as Anderson starter Lauren Rudesheim kept the offense off balance.
NGU’s sixth inning rally started with a base hit from Greer Killman who singled and advance to second on a passed ball; Killman would then come across to score when Shayna Finley, North Greenville’s hottest hitter singled up the middle, evening the score at 1-1. North Greenville would then score on a Megan Johnson fly ball and a Celsea Rivers sacrifice fly to take a 3-1 lead.
The Crusaders would tack on an insurance run in the seventh inning as Haley Gray scored on a sacrifice fly from Kate Lee to extend the lead to three. Fort would do her part in the bottom of the seventh, retiring the Trojans in order to ensure the NGU game two victory.
Offensively, Shayna Finley led the way in game two, going 3-4 with a run and an RBI. Rivers was 2-3 with an RBI while Greer Killman was 2-3 with a run scored. Emily Murphy and Kaitlyn Wagers also had hits.
North Greenville moved to 7-7 on the season after Thursday. The Crusaders will host Lander University on Saturday afternoon with a double-header beginning at 1pm.