Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tigerville, SC- The North Greenville Crusaders faced off against the Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers for the final regular season double header of the 2009 season. The Crusaders, fresh out of the NCCAA regional tournament would look to end the season on a high note.

The first game of the day would turn out to be a low scoring pitchers dual. In the circle for the Crusaders was Freshman Taylor Roof who in her last performance struck out 11 batters in 8 innings of work. On this day her numbers would not be as impressive and yet she would still come away with the win going 7 innings for the Crusaders giving up 1 run on 7 hits striking out 3 and walking 3. Offensively for the Crusaders Lindsey eargle would score one run for the Crusaders in the bottom of the first inning. The game would remain 1 to 0 until the 3rd inning when the Pioneers would tie the game up 1 to 1 on a walk and a base hit.

The game would remain tied until the 5th inning when senior Bridgett Watson smashed a solo homerun to left field to put the Crusaders up 2 to 1 On the day Watson went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. In the top of the 7th inning the Pioneers thought the game was tied when a runner from 3rd base scored on a blupe single over second base.

However after a conference between umpires and coaches it was determined that the SMC had batted out of order. Run was void and the batter was ruled out so there were two outs in the inning. Taylor Roof would force the next batter to ground out ending the game with a score of 2 to 1.

The second game of the day would not turn out as the Lady Crusaders would have planned it. The first inning looked promising as Allison Bailey would score Lindsey Eargle registering the RBI. Offense would not be the name of the game for the Crusaders in the second game. SMC pitcher Brittany Scoggins gave up 1 run on 4 hits. Offensively the Crusaders were lead by Senior Lindsey Eargle who went 2 for 3 scoring a run, Allison Bailey who went 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Senior Bridget Watson who went 1 for 3. The Final Score was 9 to 1 SMC.

“It was a good day for us to play softball,” Coach Jan McDonald said “It was a great day for our seniors Bridget Watson hit a homerun to win the game in the first one and we were able to get everyone in to play so it was a good day all around, I do wish we could have pulled the second game out.” The Crusaders end the season with a 19 and 19 record. In the second game starting pitcher Kristyn Smith gave up 9 runs in 6 innings pitched. Coach McDonald also said “We are looking forward to working hard as a team and individually in the offseason to get ready for next year.”