SWEEP! Crusaders take two from Emmanuel in first Conference Carolinas series

SWEEP! Crusaders take two from Emmanuel in first Conference Carolinas series
Saturday, March 4, 2017
SWEEP! Crusaders take two from Emmanuel in first Conference Carolinas series

Franklin Springs, GA – North Greenville took its first league double-dip on Saturday sweeping Emmanuel College with a pair of 6-0 wins.

GAME ONE NGU – 6 EMMANUEL – 0

Game one was a pitching dual for the first several innings as neither team was able to punch the first runs. The Crusaders stranded one runner in the first three frames while the Lions left three on the paths.

The Crusaders scratched the first scores of the game in the fourth inning when Megan Johnson hammered her fourth homer of the season over the fence. The dinger scored Grace DeBoer who led the inning off with a walk and earned NGU a 2-0 lead.

The rally continued on into the fourth with a Morgan Herlong Single and a Celsea Rivers walk to put two on for Kate Lee with one out. Lee would come through for the Crusaders with an RBI single that scored both Herlong and Rivers to extend the lead to 4-0. The Crusaders got another run a couple batters later with an RBI single from Shayna Finley to extend the cushion to five runs.

The Crusaders finished the opener with nine-hits as a team led by DeBoer and Herlong who both had two. DeBoer pounded out a pair of doubles while Herlong tacked on two singles. Johnson and Lee led all players with a pair of runs batted in with Herlong scoring two of them.

The Crusaders got one more run in the fifth inning on a run scoring single from Morgan Roach to extend the lead to 6-0. Brooklyn Fort finished off the Lions retiring six of the final seven batters to earn the shutout victory. Fort pitched 5.2-innings, allowing just one hit with six punch-outs.

GAME TWO NGU – 6 EMMANUEL – 0

Johnson continued her solid day in game one as she gave the Crusaders with second hit of the day, a double in the third inning that scored Shayna Finley to give NGU a 1-0 lead. Kate Lee would also chip in with her second RBI hit of the day, looping in a double that plated Herlong and extended NGU’s lead to four.

NGU’s bats would fall silent until the seventh inning. The Crusaders got a single to leadoff of the inning as Megan Johnson set the table for Morgan Herlong. Herlong would come through in a big way for NGU, sending back an Emmanuel pitch over the fence in right field to extend the lead to four runs.

The Crusaders weren’t finished in the frame. Kate Lee continued the rally as she reached base with a single giving Morgan Roach an opportunity. Roach capitalized going yard for the team’s third homer of the day while giving the team more insurance runs.

Amanda Croffin finished off her shutout in the final half of the frame, stranding two Emmanuel runners in the process. Croffin pitched a complete game for the Crusaders, holding the Lions scoreless while allowing just five hits. Croffin also punched out 10-plaers.

Megan Johnson led the NGU offense with a 3-4 performance in game two with an RBI. Herlong was 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored while Lee, Roach, and DeBoer all finished with a hit. Lee and Roach also scored a run and accounted for an RBI.

The Crusaders will play Coker College on March 9th at 1 and 3pm in Hartsville, South Carolina.