The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Freshman Sam Jackman tied the series with his 6-4, 6-4 win in No. 3 singles.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Freshman Sam Jackman tied the series with his 6-4, 6-4 win in No. 3 singles.

Back and forth. Back and forth.

That was how the night went for No. 2 doubles in the county match-up between Crawfordsville and North.

The ball game was all tied up. The Athenians took two and the Chargers took two. The night rested on two pairs: seniors Trey Barton and Cameron Douglas and freshman Matt Jackman and Jaxon Plant.

Dane Baldwin had won at No. 1 singles against Devon Plant to tie with the most records of Crawfordsville tennis wins. Plant had the upper hand for the first two games but Baldwin quickly came back to win 6-1, 6-0. Juan Huesca took a 6-1, 6-0 win against Luke Welliever. However, No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles for North put the game at a draw.

Mitch Merica and Tyler Swick only gave up one game staying just ahead of Sam Lucas and Reeve Hawkins. A slam from Merica brought the match to a close with No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles still battling it out.

“They [Merica and Swick] played with purpose tonight and it was good to see,” Coach Ric Walke said. “Sam Jackman at three has been a solid force all year.”

Jackman battled it out with Ryan Fry for the win while his brother remained in a tight grip in two dubs.

After back-and-forth wins for Crawfordsville and North, Barton and Douglas took the first set.

However, Matt Jackman and Jaxon Plant were not done. They came out with confident strokes in the second set and pulled ahead 2-0 right away.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our freshman,” Walke said. “They came out a little hesitant, but they didn’t show it after the first set.”

C’ville slowly started chipping after pulling ahead for a win to make it 3-1. Then, as per usual for the night, North took one, then C’ville . . . then North, then C’ville.

Douglas served a hard shot to put them at 5-3. After some short volleys, C’ville ties it 5-5. Slams from Jackman bring it to 6-5, North but Barton responds with some cross court shots and ties it right back up. North slowly creeps ahead and takes two to take the second set.

Third set. Two wins for both teams. C’ville has county on the line.

1-0, C’ville.

1-1, tied.

2-1, North.

2-2, tied.

3-2, North.

3-3, tied.

4-3, North.

4-4, tied.

C’ville stole North’s momentum in the ninth and 10th games of the long series. Barton started the 10th with a slam to the right side. Jackman responded with another strategic hard ball but soon North started sliding.

“We had a lot of moments just short of a rollercoaster,” Coach Michael Demeter said. “You could see we were pushing our strokes, we were guessing every shot we had and as soon as we got that break, I think you could see the change in our strokes.”

This win clinched the county championship for Crawfordsville.

“It speaks a lot to our seniors being able to stay level headed,” Demeter added. “I think that speaks a lot to their experience. We couldn’t ask for a better way to do it.”

Demeter said energy was the x-factor in C’ville’s matches and that what was got Barton and Douglas the win.

“We talked a lot about stepping up. I got on them a lot and I got aggressive with them,” Demeter concluded. “I think for our team as a whole, the energy is our x-factor.”

Coach Walke said he was extremely proud of his freshman players.

“We had two freshman in a key position that stepped up and did what they needed to do,” he stated. “They are going to continue to get better and we’re going to continue to grow from this as a team.”

Crawfordsville is undefeated in conference with a Lebanon and Western Boone win. North is at 2-1 with Frankfort tonight and the South match next week.