Burlington, N.C. – North Greenville softball finds itself one win away from the Conference Carolinas championship series after wins of 3-2 and 4-1 over Mount Olive and Limestone College.
The Crusaders took a one run lead into the fifth inning using Christie Reilly’s RBI single to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. The Crusaders tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning when Greer Killman scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-0.
The lead remained two runs until the seventh inning when the Trojans rallied to even the score. UMO tallied just two hits in the frame but used a pair of NGU errors to help with the damage. The game tying run came with two outs and two strikes as an errant throw scored a run from third base.
Both teams put runners on in the eighth inning but failed to score, the Trojans got the leadoff runner on but floundered the opportunity, leaving the bases loaded while North Greenville left two runners on, including the winning run at second base.
Mount Olive once again got the leadoff batter on in the ninth inning but the momentum was shattered when Kaitlyn Wagers threw out an attempted steal at second, ending the threat after a ground ball out closed out the frame for the Trojans.
North Greenville got things going quickly in the ninth inning as Megan Johnson punched a one out single into left field. She was followed by Kate Lee who singled to left as well to put two runners on. The game ended on a walk-off base on balls as Morgan Herlong drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Johnson from third base while earning NGU a trip to the winner’s bracket.
The Crusaders had four batters with two base hits including Christie Reilly who was 2-4 with an RBI. Lee, Johnson, and Wagers also had a pair of hits. Brooklyn fort earned the win for NGU after throwing an inning relief work. Amanda Coffrin tossed eight innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs. She struck-out five.
NGU picked up another huge win in game two, downing the Limestone Saints for the first time this season.
The team teams traded scoreless innings over the first three frames of play as Limestone left four runners stranded during that time while the Crusaders were retired in order through the duration.
That would change in the top of the fourth as they opened the scoring with two runs on four hits before the Saints were able to stop the bleeding. Limestone had no answer in the bottom of that inning as they went down one-two-three in order giving the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.
NGU added another run in the top of the fifth inning before the Saints were finally able to breakout of their scoreless showing with a single run in the bottom of the frame. A lead-off single for Crouch kicked off the inning but then two straight putouts for the Crusaders left the Limestone offense against a wall. Luckily, Thornton was able to bust a double through that wall to left centerfield to plate Crouch and pull the Saints back to within two.
NGU was able to respond with an additional run in the top of the sixth before they were able to shut down the Saints offense for the rest of the game wrapping up the final 4-1 loss for the Saints.
The Crusaders will take on Erskine College at 2pm on Saturday.