Saturday, April 20, 2013

Burlington, N.C. – The North Greenville softball team continued its run through the Conference Carolinas tournament on Saturday with a 3-2 win over the second seeded Mount Olive Trojans. The Crusaders are now 2-0 in this year’s tournament, and 5-2 in the tournament over the last two seasons.

Rachel Glazebrook turned in another gem for the Crusaders on the mound, allowing just two earned runs in seven innings to the league’s highest scoring offense. Glazebrook struck out eight and walked three. Mount Olive’s Madison Johnson was also stellar giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits in seven innings of work.

Mount Olive jumped head early in the second inning, taking a 1-0 lead on Jazmin Montgomery’s RBI single that scored Beth Overman. Overman reached base after being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. She advanced to second on a stolen base, setting up Montgomery’s two out single. Glazebrook would walk the next batter, but the Crusaders would escape further trouble, on her third strikeout of the inning.

North Greenville would break through in the fifth inning, tying the game at 1-1. Cassie Carpenter’s leadoff single, a Marielena Santos’ two out base knock, and a base on balls for Sarah Armstrong loaded the bases putting the pressure on the Mount Olive defense. Carpenter would come in to score on a Mount Olive throwing error, but the Trojans would escape as NGU would strand three runners after a ground out ended the inning.

The Trojans would jump ahead again in the bottom half of the fifth inning, scoring one run on two hits.  Beth Overman’s two out double would score Kalie Smith to give the Trojans a 2-1 advantage. Overman finished the day 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Kalie Smith was 2-4 with a run scored, and Jazmin Montgomery finished 2-2 with a walk and an RBI for the Trojans.

North Greenville would wait until the sixth inning to make a move, taking its first lead, a 3-2 advantage on the Trojans. Kansas Wofford would collect two RBI’s in the inning with a two out single with bases loaded that scored Cassie Carpenter and Amy Nagel. Wofford was 1-3 on the day, and was the team leader with two RBI’s. Cassie Carpenter led NGU going 2-3 with two runs scored, while Amy Nagel was 2-4 with a run scored.

Both teams would go in order in the seventh inning, as the Crusaders advanced to what would equal a semi final round against Coker College. Coker won the regular season meeting between the two teams in early March with two one run wins. The winner of the NGU Coker matchup will advance to the championship game, played on Sunday afternoon.