Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dahlonega, Ga.—The North Greenville softball team took to the field for just the third and fourth times of the year on Wednesday afternoon against the 4th ranked Saints of North Georgia College. The Crusaders dropped a first game pitcher’s duel 1-0, in game one, and fell to 1-3 on the season after a 10-0 loss in game two. 


The 1-3 record is nothing new to the Crusaders, after starting 2012 with a 1-3 record before winning 28 of their final 39 games, including a Conference Carolinas regular season title. The first game on Wednesday was a pitcher’s, as both pitchers worked a scoreless four innings, eventually giving up just two hits apiece. 

North Greenville’s best chance to score occurred in the top of the fourth frame, when back to back hits from Rachel Glazebrook and Courtney Campbell gave the Crusaders a runner in scoring position with two outs. A fly out to center field the very next batter ended the inning and the thread for North Greenville. North Georgia scored the go-ahead/winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning. A one out walk would spell trouble for NGU, stealing second, and advancing to third on a wild pitch. The runner would come around to score later in the inning a sacrifice fly to right field.  

Glazebrook once again proved to be a force on the mound for the Crusaders, pitching six innings, giving up one run on two hits. She struck out six and walked just three. Glazebrook also accounted for one of NGU’s two hits. Courtney Campbell was the other hitter for NGU going 1-3 from the plate. The loss was Glazebrook’s first of the season. 

North Georgia 1, North Greenville 0 (Feb 20, 2013 at Dahlonega, GA) (Game 1)


North Greenville.... 000 000 0 -  0  2  0      (1-2)

North Georgia....... 000 010 X -  1  2  0      (12-2)


Pitchers: North Greenville - Rachel Glazebrook. North Georgia - Poole.

Win-Poole(9-0)  Loss-Rachel Glazebrook(1-1)  T-1:20  A-105

Weather: Overcast and low 40's


North Georgia opened up the offense in game two. The Saints scored 10 runs on 10 hits in six innings of work, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead after scoring both the first and second innings. The Saints major damage came in the third inning. The Saints batted around scoring seven runs on six hits, including a three run homer from Tiffanie Burns, and a two run blast from Katie Block. 

Saint pitching was also solid in game two, no hitting the Crusaders allowing just three base runners on free passes. Sarah Armstrong, Megan Steading, and Kadie Nix were beneficiaries of three base-on-balls allowed by the Saints pitching staff which also struck out four batters. 

The Saints added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Katie Garret came around to score on a base clearing double. Rachel Holeman took the loss for North Greenville after giving up four runs, on four hits, in 2.1 innings of work. Holeman allowed just one walk. 

The Crusaders will aim to improve their 1-3 record on February 23, when Young Harris travels to Tigerville for a Saturday double-header. Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1pm. 

North Georgia 10, North Greenville 0 (Feb 20, 2013 at Dahlonega, GA) (Game 2)


North Greenville.... 000 00 -  0  0  3      (1-3)
North Georgia....... 117 1X - 10 10  0      (13-2)
Pitchers: North Greenville - Rebecca Holeman; Cassi Carpenter(3); Rachel Glazebrook(3).
North Georgia - Poole; Connelly(5).
Win-Poole(10-0)  Loss-Rebecca Holeman(0-1)  T-1:30  A-83
HR UNG13 - Burns (5); Block (2)
Weather: Overcast and low 40's