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Win: Tucker Burgess (2-1) 6.062115
Loss: Evan Estridge (0-1) 4.057761
Josh Black (NGU) 323110
Danton Hyman (NBY) 503000
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Win: Canaan Cropper (2-0) 2.041103
Loss: Hunter Hill (0-1) 3.121015
Ryan Brown (NGU) 512100
John Jones (NGU) 502100
Jeffrey Chandler (NGU) 402000
Danton Hyman (NBY) 412010
Tommy Passerello (NBY) 512000
Dalton Lansdowne (NBY) 412100
Crusaders sweep Friday doubleheader

Crusaders sweep Friday doubleheader
Saturday, February 17, 2018 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – Visiting North Greenville swept a nonconference doubleheader from Newberry on Friday evening, taking the first game 10-3 before plating an unearned run in extra innings to down the Wolves 4-3 in the nightcap.

The Crusaders (6-2) scored seven runs in the third through fifth innings to take a large lead over Newberry (3-6) in Game One. North Greenville hitters totaled four sacrifice flies during the three-inning stretch before tacking on three more runs in the ninth.

North Greenville scored its 10 runs on 11 hits in their Game One victory, taking advantage of 11 walks issued by Newberry pitchers and striking out just twice. The Crusaders dropped Evan Estridge, Newberry’s most impressive pitcher on the young season, to 0-1 by chasing him after four innings as the sophomore Chapin native struggled to find the strike zone, allowing seven runs on five hits and six walks in 4.0 innings of work.

The Wolves scored a run in the third to cut the deficit to 2-1 before North Greenville’s offense took control of the game. Colin Allman laced a two-out double two pitches before coming around to score on one of Derek Olenchuk’s two hits in the contest.

Newberry scored an unearned run in the sixth inning and attempted to rally in the ninth, with a walk and two singles setting the table for an Olenchuk sacrifice fly with two outs. North Greenville’s Brent Herlong snuffed out the comeback attempt with a flyout to end the threat.

The Wolves’ pitchers flipped the script in Game Two, racking up 11 strikeouts while allowing a single base on balls in 10 innings of work. Hard-luck loser Hunter Hill was dazzling on the mound, striking out each of the first five batters he faced and retiring 10 of the first 11 overall. He located 40 of his 60 pitches for strikes and gave up just two hits and a single unearned run.

That run, however, proved to be the difference in the 10-inning affair. A one-out walk followed by a single through the left side preceded an error that loaded the bases and signaled the end of the day for Hill.

Quinton Driggers got out of the inning on an unconventional 8-5-4-6 double play as center fielder Danton Hyman caught a fly ball and came up firing to the infield to catch a Crusaders in a rundown. But the damage was done on what was ultimately a sacrifice fly and allowed the go-ahead run to score.

The Wolves had rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the late innings to force the game past its scheduled distance. With Hill holding the Crusaders’ bats at bay, Newberry inched within a run on a Dalton Lansdowne sacrifice fly in the seventh but left the bases loaded on a hard lineout by Allman.

Newberry strung together three straight one-out singles in the ninth and tied the score when Olenchuk was grazed by a 1-0 offering. A strikeout and another lineout ended the threat, however, leaving the bases full and contributing to Newberry’s 12 stranded runners in Game Two.

Hyman was the offensive star for the Wolves, raising his batting average 74 points with a 5-for-9 day that included a walk, a run scored, and an outfield assist. Hyman, Lansdowne, and Tommy Passerello each had two hits in the second game while Olenchuk notched a pair of RBI’s in each contest.

The teams will conclude the season series with a single game Saturday at 1:00 p.m.