Tigerville, S.C. – Sarah Hall reached the 30-win plateau for the first time in her coaching career on Saturday as NGU swept the Lees-McRae Bobcats 3-0 and 12-4 to wrap up the regular season.
The Crusaders scratched the first run of the game in the first inning when Brooke Wade came across to score on a Kate Lee single. The Crusaders got some insurance runs in the fifth inning when Megan Johnson delivered an RBI single that score two.
The 3-0 lead stood up as starter Amanda Coffrin pitched seven innings of scoreless ball, striking out six in the process. She improved to 17-8 as a starter. NGU finished game one with four hits as a team, led by Lee and Johnson who each had RBI singles.
The game one win over Lees-McRae improved the Crusaders to 30-17 overall and 16-5 in league play.
North Greenville broke out the bats in game two, dishing out 12-hits in the process of scoring 12-runs. Four different players had at least two hits led by Christie Reilly who was 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Johnson was 2-4 with two RBI while Morgan Herlong was 2-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
NGU started hot, scoring five runs in the opening frame on three hits. Morgan Herlong and Christie Reilly both had two RBI hits in the frame while Celsea Rivers tacked on an RBI single to cap the big inning.
A three run third would extend the lead to seven after the Bobcats scored their first run of the day in the second frame, making the score 8-1. The Bobcats would score twice in the home half of the third inning to cut the deficit to just five runs.
The offenses would go quiet for the next few innings before NGU turned in another big inning. Megan Johnson’s two RBI single extended the lead to 11-3 after an RBI bunt single from Emily Murphy the batter before. Kate Lee also got in on the action with an RBI single of her own that made the score 12-3.
The Bobcats tacked on one more run in the bottom of the seventh but Brooklyn Fort earned her 14th win of the season, stranding two runners with a two out, grounder that ended the threat.
The Crusaders improved to 31-17 overall and 17-5 in league play. NGU’s next stop will be the Conference Carolinas playoffs next weekend in Burlington, North Carolina.