Central, S.C. – A big day for North Greenville softball as the Crusaders swept Southern Wesleyan 3-0 and 8-0 in a pair of shutouts that keep NGU in the race for the regular season championship.
A scoreless game headed into the fourth inning before North Greenville broke out the bats. NGU tacked up a pair of runs in the visitor’s half of the fourth inning with RBI singles from Savannah Small and Josie Reed.
The fifth inning brought about one more run for North Greenville when Brooklyn Stone homered with a solo shot to left field that extended the lead to 3-0. Southern Wesleyan had chances to score in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings but stranded a pair of runners in the fourth and another two in the fifth as NGU kept the Warriors at zero in the scoring column.
Callie Richards earned the game one win after she threw seven innings, sitting down six via the strikeout. Richards allowed seven hits but held Southern Wesleyan to an 0-10 performance at the plate, stranding 10-runners in the process.
Taylor Koon and Savannah Small both had a pair of hits to lead North Greenville. Koon scored a run while small added an RBI.
Brooklyn Stone was 1-4 with a run and an RBI. Josie Reed was 1-3 with a run batted in. Brooke Wade and Makayla Bracket also had a hit.
North Greenville scored a run in the third inning of game two on an RBI single from Taylor Koon. Brooklyn Stone would come around to give NGU the early lead. Koon finished game two with two hits and a trio of RBI. She also scored a run to lead North Greenville.
NGU’s one-run lead ballooned to four runs in the fifth inning. Sam Kicklight made it 2-0 with a run-scoring single while Koon produced her second RBI of the game with a productive ground out that scored Stone for the second time. Savannah Small would get in on the action with a run-scoring bunt to make it 4-0.
In the circle for NGU in the second game was Jaelin Griffin who improved to 12-9 on the season. Griffin allowed just two hits in the winning effort and struck out seven Warriors in the process. Once again the Warriors were held hitless with runners in scoring position and stranded two more runners.
NGU’s biggest inning of the day came in the seventh. The Crusaders put up four more runs, with run-scoring singles from Koon and Brooke Wade. Cassidy Norris produced another run with a sacrifice fly while Claire Gilmore got in on the action, looping in a right field triple that brought around Wade and made it 8-0.
The Warriors got a runner on base in the bottom of the seventh with a single but Griffin retired the side as NGU improved to 14-4 in Conference Carolinas play and 23-20 overall.
Brooklyn Stone led the team in the hit column going 3-4 with two RBI. Claire Gilmore finished 2-4 with a run batted in.
Sam Kicklighter was 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI while Makayla Bracket was 1-3 with an RBI.
North Greenville will host Erskine College on Tuesday afternoon in a double-header which will decide the Conference Carolinas regular season Championship