Photo provided by Susan Ehrlich 
Will Kellerman helped the Athenians stay error free.
Photo provided by Susan Ehrlich
Will Kellerman helped the Athenians stay error free.

Crawfordsville looked to continue their seven-game winning streak, and stay atop the Sagamore Conference, Tuesday evening by playing host to Danville. The Athenians struck for four first inning runs and never looked back in a 5-1 win.

“It was a very typical game for us,” Athenian skipper John Froedge said. “It was low scoring, we had good pitching and played solid defense. We really took command with that four-run first.”

Brendan Dowell started the rally with a one-out walk. He stole second and scored on Caden Jones single to make it 1-0. Chase Dowell drew a walk and both scored on Weston Evans single. Luke Mangold, who courtesy ran for Evans, scored on Payton Abney’s base hit to make it 4-0.

Trent Johnson took command from there.  The junior scattered five hits, while walking four and striking out 13.

“Trent labored a little tonight, because he didn’t have his normal command,” Froedge added. “He’s a leader for us and showed great poise.”

“The defense played well behind him as we had another error free game,” he continued. “We’ve only committed three errors in our last seven games.”

Crawfordsville was led offensively by Evans who finished 2-for-3. Jones, Chase Dowell and Abney each recorded a hit with an RBI, and Josh Blackburn collected the other Athenian hit.

“I think the biggest story offensively for us tonight was that we only struck out once,” Froedge said. “When you can put pressure on the opponent by making them make plays, that’s big at this level.”

Crawfordsville improves to 15-3 overall and 8-0 in the conference. With North Montgomery’s loss to Lebanon, they take a one game lead over their County rivals.

The Athenians travel to Danville (4-7, 2-4 SAC) Thursday to complete the series.