DANVILLE – Thursday’s Sagamore Conference matchup between Crawfordsville and Danville (4-8, 2-5 SAC) was a pitcher’s duel between a pair of sophomores, the Athenians Brendan Dowell, and the Warriors, Jackson Wynn. The Athenian bats came alive, just in time, to pull out the 5-1 win.
“One word, perseverance,” Athenian skipper John Froedge said. “It’s what enabled us to win this game. We’ve been in a lot of low scoring games, so we weren’t rattled, we didn’t press, and we kept on pushing.”
Dowell pitched himself out of trouble in the second, third and fourth innings. He stranded two base runners in each inning holding the Warriors off the board until the fifth.
Dowell gave up a lead-off single to Collin Rutan. He was sacrificed to second, and scored on Wynn’s single to make it 1-0.
Wynn, on the other hand, was cruising through the first five innings, only giving up a bunt single to Trent Johnson in the third.
Caden Jones led off the sixth with a walk. He was sacrificed to second by Dowell and advanced to third on a wild pitch. The throw to third skipped away, and he came home to tie it at one.
The Athenian bats came alive in the seventh. Freshman Josh Blackburn laced a double to right center to start the inning, and advanced to third when Sam Lucas ground ball was misplayed. He scored on Johnson’s single, and Brendan Dowell squeezed in Lucas for the 3-1 lead.
Caden Jones two-RBI double gave the Athenians a 5-1 lead.
“A freshman leading off with a double was huge and that gave us some momentum,” Froedge quipped. “That forced their hand a little and they made some mistakes that we capitalized on.”
Brendan Dowell, who entered in the sixth, picked up the win working two innings of scoreless relief.
“Brendan did a magnificent job to close things out,” Froedge added. “The game was on the line, and he came in and shut the door.”
Johnson led the offense going 2-for-3, while Caden Jones drove in two RBIs.
Chase Dowell worked the first five innings scattering five hits while striking out seven and walking three. Brendan had three strikeouts in his two innings of work.
The Athenians (16-3, 9-0 SAC) are back in action tomorrow against North Putnam at 6 p.m.