The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Will Kellerman and the Athenians raced past Tri-West for the series sweep 12-6 Thursday night.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Will Kellerman and the Athenians raced past Tri-West for the series sweep 12-6 Thursday night.

LIZTON – The weather was warmer, the bats were hotter, and the defense sounder as the Crawfordsville Athenians, won the second game of a two-game series this week at Tri-West. The Athenian's (7-2, 2-0 SAC) won the contest 12-6, doubling the Bruins (1-2, 0-2 SAC) behind Caden Jones' big bat and bigger arm, and Brendan Dowell's complete game.

Jones had a 3 RBI day, and had two long throws from right field, tossing runners trying to advance on his arm. The first silenced a Tri-West rally. The second, ended the game. At bat, the junior reached base twice, scoring twice.

“Caden is a leader on our team,” said head coach John Froedge. “We expect this kind of effort, and he gave it to us.”

Dowell, a junior, was substituting for the scheduled starter, brother Chase Dowell, who didn't make the trip because of illness.

“It was just an outstanding effort by Brendan,” extolled Froedge. “We have a big tournament this weekend, and we needed him because we are thin right now. We asked him to go deep into the ball game. He came through with a complete game.”

The rematch with the Bruins proved to be a completely different contest than the one played Tuesday in Crawfordsville. That game was all about the cold conditions, and ace hurler Trent Johnson's 16 strikeout masterpiece. In this game, the bats were alive, and both teams hit the ball hard.

“Tri-West didn't miss a fastball,” observed Froedge.

With the sharp hitting, the Athenians had to play good defense – something they didn't do in the first meeting. Crawfordsville had one error on a spinner that handcuffed third baseman, Payten Abney, and it opened the door to a Bruins four run second inning.

“Our guys made some tough plays on a rough field,” said Froedge. “But is shows you how one misplay creates opportunities for the other guys.”

The Athenians relinquished a 4-1 lead, and the Bruins rocked Dowell for five hits in the inning, including the first of two doubles by Tri-West's Derek Wagner. Wagner ended the night with 4 RBIs. Indeed the Bruins looked to chase Dowell from the game with base runners in the third inning as well, but Jone's double play –– retiring Jonathan Broshears on a fly ball, and then gunning Jake Hill on his way to third ­–– shocked the Bruins.

Indeed, the play seemed to ignite the Crawfordsville bats, and buoy Dowell's (WP) concentration on the mound. The Athenians sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth, and scored five runs off the Bruins' sophomore starter Mason Cox (LP). Dowell proceeded to strike out the side in the bottom of the inning.