Crusader Baseball Swept By Cobras
Hartsville, SC – The recent North Greenville losing streak reach five games in a row after the Crusaders dropped a doubleheader with Coker College, losing game one 3-2 and falling 13-3 in game two, on Saturday afternoon.
In game one, the Crusaders and Cobras were locked in a pitcher’s duel with Ian Haley again at the center. Haley pitched his second complete game in a row, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out three and walking none.
Coker used a three run second inning, highlighted by an RBI double from Fico Kondla, to build an early three-run lead.
The Crusaders used RBI triples from Adam Taylor and Andrew Lawrence in fourth inning to cut the deficit to one run but could not overcome the Coker lead in the final innings of play.
Taylor led the offense with a 1-for-2 performance at the plate, recording a triple, a run scored and an RBI with a walk to continue his recent success of getting on base.
Lawrence also recorded a triple and an RBI of his own in the contest, while John Reinholz was 1-for-3 with a run scored as North Greenville totaled just three hits in the game.
Game two saw the Cobras erupt for 13 runs on just nine hits, while drawing nine hits and reaching base four separate times on hit by pitches.
Both teams were scoreless through the first three inning of play until Coker scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead.
North Greenville responded with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth, beginning the inning with a single by Cuyler McAuliffe.
After Taylor Hollifield reached on a fielder’s choice, Reinholz drove in a run with an RBI double to put the Crusaders on the board. An RBI triple by Taylor, his second of the day, gave North Greenville the lead before an RBI single from Allen Staton put the Crusaders ahead by two.
However, Coker put six runs on the board in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-3 lead before adding three runs in the sixth and eighth innings, claiming a 13-3 victory and sweeping the series.
On offense, Lawrence led the charge with a 2-for-4 performance, while Taylor was 1-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored.
Reinholz finished the game 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, as Hollifield was 1-for-4 with a double of his own. Staton finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI, while McAuliffe and Jessep Polk each recorded a hit in the contest.
Freshman Tyler Wirsu suffered the loss on the mound after allowing four runs on just three hits, handing out six walks and hitting two batters in 4 1/3 innings of work. Brandon Poole pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing five runs on two hits with two walks and two hit batters, while Erik Markwat allowed one run on two hits in one inning of work. Bradley Scruggs pitched the final two innings of relief, allowing three runs on two hits in his 10th appearance of the season.
The Crusaders (11-22, 4-11 in Conference Carolinas) will look to get on the winning side of things as they host Mars Hill College on Tuesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at Ashmore Field in Tigerville.