Class 3A No. 3 Crawfordsville was looking to bounce back after their tough loss Thursday by taking on Sagamore Conference rival Frankfort. The Athenians had a recipe for success using timely hitting, good pitching, and good defense to beat the Hot Dogs 5-1.

“This was a good bounce back game,” Crawfordsville coach John Froedge said. “We competed really well last night, we just didn’t hit the ball.”

“Also, the guys were out late last night and had exams today,” he continued. “But, they came in ready mentally and emotionally and played an excellent game.”

Crawfordsville scored early plating a run in the first on a Trent Johnson single. He scored on a Frankfort error on Caden Jones base hit for the 1-0 lead.

Frankfort tied it up in the fourth on doubles by Jarrod Smith and David Miller.

Chase Dowell relieved Brendan Dowell at that point and struck out Daniel Santos and tagged out Jordan Campbell at home, who was trying to score on a passed ball, to keep it tied at 1-1.

The Athenians responded in their half. Westin Evans led off with a walk and Chase Dowell reached on a bunt single. Dalton King laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up 90-feet, and Tommy Edwards single made it 3-1, Crawfordsville.

“We got back to some good old Crawfordsville baseball,” Froedge added. “We moved the ball and got some timely hits.”

Frankfort (9-13, 6-8 SAC) put their first two guys on in the fifth causing Froedge to turn to Trent Johnson. The junior struck out the next two hitters and induced a fly out to get out of the jam.

“We got good pitching by piecing it together,” Froedge quipped. “Brendan got us off to a good start, and Chase and Trent did a nice job of holding the lead and closing it out.”

The Athenians (23-4, 13-1 SAC) added single runs in the fifth and sixth for the final tally.

Johnson led the Athenians with two hits, including a triple, while Edwards had 2RBI.

“Not many people saw this coming (finishing 13-1) with the really good senior class we graduated last year and with just three returning starters,” Froedge said of his Conference championship. “The kids really wanted it, so my hats off to them.”

The Athenians (24-4) host McCutcheon Monday for senior night.