Grant Slam!: North Greenville Defeats King to Begin Series

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Win: Ethan Garner (4-1) 6.071106
Loss: Grant Boyd (4-2) 5.01010941
Mark Michael (KING) 322301
Hunter Barbour (KING) 402000
Ashton King (KING) 312010
John Jones (NGU) 333211
Grant Slam!: North Greenville Defeats King to Begin Series
Friday, March 16, 2018
By Alan Kahaly
Grant Slam!: North Greenville Defeats King to Begin Series

Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville started its weekend with a 13-6 win over the King Tornado to begin the conference series. The Crusaders hit four home runs including a grand slam by Connor Grant. Ethan Garner won his fourth game of the season.

The Basics

  • Score: North Greenville – 13 / King – 6
  • Records: NGU 20-5, 8-2 CC / KU 15-7, 6-4 CC
  • Location: Tigerville, South Carolina (Ray & Bea Dillard Field at Ashmore Park)

How it Happened

  • King scored first with a solo home run by Mark Michael in the top of the 1st.
  • NGU quickly responded and pulled away in the bottom of the 1st with six runs including a bases-clearing double by Andrew Plunkett and a two-run home run by Jack Morris.
  • Four runs were added by North Greenville in the 4th with a grand slam by Connor Grant.
  • John Jones hit a home run of his own in the 6th to give NGU a 12-1 lead.
  • The Tornado showed some fight in the top of the 7th with four runs including a two-RBI double by Michael.
  • North Greenville responded with a solo home run by Dawson Price.
  • King scored the final run of the game with a solo shot by Trader Flora, but Frankie Fernandez retired the next three batters to seal the win.

Inside the North Greenville Box Score

  • John Jones had a perfect day at the plate, going 3 for 3 including a home run.
  • Connor Grant hit a grand slam and went 2 for 4 at the plate.
  • Ethan Garner pitched 6.0 innings and earned the win. He allowed just 1 run off 7 hits while striking out 6 and did not give up a walk.

Inside the King Box Score

  • Mark Michael went 2 for 3 including a home run.
  • Grant Boyd pitched 5.0 innings, but allowed 9 earned runs and was responsible for the loss.

Next Time Out

  • The conference series continues tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at noon.