Bristol, TN—North Greenville split a Conference Carolinas double-header with King University on Saturday with a 5-2 win and a 9-7 loss to the Tornado.
Game one was tied up at 1-1 heading into extra innings. The Crusaders earned their only run in regulation in the first inning when Heather Wade scored on a Megan Johnson sacrifice fly. The Tornado scored the tying run in the home half of the first frame on a wild pitch and a throwing error.
Each team struggled during the first game with runners in scoring position. The Crusaders were 3-9 overall while the Tornado were successful on just one of nine chances.
North Greenville broke it open in the eighth inning. Johnson’s second RBI of the game scored the go-ahead run while a Kaitlyn Wagers two-run homer extended the game to 4-1. Celsea Rivers would also pick up an RBI with a fielders choice grounder that scored Samantha Anthony, extending the lead to four runs.
King tacked on a run in the eighth inning but Amanda Croffin, the game one starter for NGU limited the damage and improved to 12-8 on the season. The Crusaders improved to 24-15 overall and 10-3 in league play.
The Tornado bats woke in the second, storming out to an 8-0 lead after just two innings. North Greenville finally got some offense going in the third on a Shayna Finley RBI triple. Finley would then score later in the frame on a Heather Wade single that cut the deficit to six.
King tacked on another run in the top of the inning to retake a seven run edge. The Crusaders bounced back with a huge inning in the fourth to plate four runs on just three hits. A Christie Reilly single and Megan Johnson’s double scored three for NGU while a bases loaded walk also plated a run, with NGU trailing by just three after the rally.
NGU would strand three runners in the fifth and sixth innings. An RBI double from Morgan Roach in the seventh would pull NGU to within two. The Crusaders would get one more in scoring position but the game would end a batter later as the Tornado escaped with a line-drive double play.
The Crusaders moved to 24-16 overall and 10-4 in Conference Carolinas. NGU will travel to Belmont Abbey on April 5th for a double-header starting at 2pm.