TIGERVILLE, S.C.- The 2017 Conference Carolinas Softball Champions received their conference championship rings after the first quarter of the football game on Saturday, November 4th.
Head coach Sarah Hall reached a couple milestones in 2017, scoring her 200th win while also reaching the 30-win plateau for the first time with NGU. The Crusaders finished 31-17 on the regular season with a 17-5 mark in league play, earning them the third seed in the Conference Carolina Tournament.
The Crusaders went undefeated in the tournament defeating Mount Olive 3-2 in 9 innings and taking down second-seeded Limestone 4-1 on the first day of tournament play. On day two, the Crusaders defeated Erskine College 3-2 to advance to Championship Sunday. With a 4-0 win over 6th nationally ranked Pfeiffer, the Crusaders captured North Greenville's first ever Conference Carolinas Softball Championship.
The 2017 squad continue their history season earning the first ever softball NCAA Tournament appearance. Being the 8th seed, the Crusaders traveled to Dahlonega, Georgia to face 1st seed and 3rd nationally ranked North Georgia. A two-run blast by Celsea Rivers in the fifth inning gave the Crusaders the upset win and the programs first NCAA Tournament win. North Greenville finished the season with a school-best 36-19 record for the 2017 season.
Players for the 2017 North Greenville Softball team included: Shayna Finley, Christie Reilly, Amanda Coffrin, Kaitlyn Wagers, Grace DeBoer, Celsea Rivers, Haley Gray, Brooke Wade, Morgan Herlong, Greer Killman, Brooklyn Fort, Morgan Roach, Kate Lee, Samantha Anthony, Emily Murphy, Kayla McCarson, Anna Rogers, and Megan Johnson.
The Crusaders were coached by head coach Sarah Hall and assistant coaches Shellie Robinson and Tori Freedman.