Charlotte, N.C. – North Greenville softball split another non-conference double-header on Wednesday afternoon, winning game one 3-2 over queens while falling 7-5 in game two.
GAME ONE NGU – 3 QUEENS – 2 (8-INNINGS)
North Greenville got an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Grace DeBoer launched her first dinger of the season. The Royals scratched their first run of the game in the third inning when Sydney Ditto single platted Skye Moore to even the score. Queens took a one run lead in the next inning on a solo homer which made the score 2-1.
The bats for North Greenville and Queens would go silent until the sixth inning when the Crusaders got their second run of the game. Morgan Roach would come through for NGU with an infield single that scored Christie Reilly. The second run for NGU ultimately sent the game into extras as neither team was able to muster a run in the seventh inning.
The extra inning suspense wouldn’t last long. North Greenville scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Grace DeBoer picked up her second RBI of the game with an RBI singlet hat scored Celsea Rivers from third base.
NGU’s defense would preserve the one run lead in the home half of the eighth when Megan Johnson fielded an attempted squeeze bunt and tossed to Kaitlyn Wagers at home to get the second out of the inning. Croffin would get her second strikeout of the inning to put the game in the books.
DeBoer led all players with three hits on the day in three plate appearances. Morgan Roach finished 1-4 with an RBI while four others had a single. Amanda Croffin earned the win in the circle after coming on in relief in the seventh inning. Brooklyn Fort pitched 6.1 frames allowing two earned runs on three hits with four strikeouts.
GAME TWO NGU – 5 QUEENS – 7
The teams got off to a quick start in game two, trading scores in the first and second inning. Both squads scratched one run in the first and two in the second to send the game into the third frame tied at three. NGU used a Johnson homer and a Kate Lee Double to score two runs while a Royals error plated the third run for NGU.
The Crusaders took a brief lead in the fourth inning when Heather Wade scored on a second Queens error to take a 4-3 lead. The one run cushion was short lived though as the Royals tacked on a run to even the score at four, also using an error from North Greenville.
The Royals took the biggest lead of the day for either team in the fifth inning when they plated three runs, earning a 7-4 edge. NGU would cut the lead to two runs in the sixth on a Shayna Finley solo dinger, but the Crusaders fell flat in the seventh, stranding a runner that reached base on an error.
NGU pounded out nine-hits in game two, led by Shayna Finley and Megan Johnson who were 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Kate Lee finished 1-4 with an RBI and a run while Heather Wade and Morgan Herlong also had a hit and scored a run.
North Greenville moves to 12-10 on the season after the split. The Crusaders will open up Conference Carolinas play on Saturday against Emmanuel College. First pitch between NGU and the Lions is scheduled for 1pm in Franklin Springs, Georgia.