Mother Nature couldn’t put a damper on the Class 3A, No. 2 Crawfordsville Athenians Thursday. After a delay of more than an hour, the Athenians received good pitching and just enough offense to keep their record perfect in the Sagamore Conference with an 8-2 win over Western Boone.
Trent Johnson started on the bump for the Athenians and was dominant, striking out six of the first eight hitters he faced. However, the Stars scratched across a run in the first on a single by Peyton Young to lead 1-0.
The Athenians had a chance to blow the game open in their half, but had to settle for a run to tie it. Johnson was hit by a pitch and scored when Carson Scott’s sacrifice bunt was thrown into right field. They loaded the bases with no outs, but a fly out and two pop outs ended the threat.
Leading 3-1, the Athenians added three more in the fourth on RBI from Caden Jones, Josh Blackburn and Peyton Abney.
The Stars (3-5, 1-3 SAC) best scoring chance came in the fifth. However, with one out and the bases loaded, the Stars could only muster one run as Johnson picked off Nate Bowman at third and then induced a groundout to end it.
“Trent didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he goes out and only gives up two or three hits,” Froedge said his of senior. “We tell our pitchers that their job is to put us in a position to win, and he did that tonight.”
The Athenians tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth on RBI from Scott and Blackburn for the final margin.
“I can’t say enough about Carson (Scott) in the two hole,” Froedge said of the freshman. “We ask quite a bit of him in that spot, and he’s definitely a great weapon in our offense right now.”
The Athenians were led offensively by Jones two hits, while Blackburn drove in a pair of runs.
“We’ve been swinging the bats well lately, but we didn’t hit the ball hard tonight,” Froedge said of the offense. “The fact that we have others ways to generate offense is one of our advantages.”
Johnson struck out eight over five innings to improve his record to 4-1. Brendan Dowell pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds and Abney finished with the final out.
“Brendan followed up his strong performance Saturday with another solid outing,” Froedge said. “Plus, it was nice to get Peyton back out for his second game in a row.”
The Athenians (11-2, 4-0 SAC) are right back in Conference action Saturday when they host Frankfort at 11 a.m.