With the thought of a perfect season on the back of everyone’s minds, Crawfordsville took to the field Tuesday against a Lebanon Tiger team that booted them from last year’s sectional.
Crawfordsville (13-1, 6-1) almost survived Tuesday’s home game against the visiting Tigers from Lebanon (6-5, 4-3), but instead walked away with their first season, conference and home loss by a score of 4-3.
Rallying late, the Athenians had a few missed chances, but perhaps none were more costly than the situation in the seventh inning. Tiger junior Reed Schaller pitched all seven innings, ultimately throwing 134 pitches in all. Head coach Rick Cosgray commented on Schaller’s night, saying that he really hung in there.
“He was outstanding,” Cosgray said after the game. “He had great command [and] his velocity was good.
“What I’m really pleased with was his composure. In a hot-contested game like that, he stayed within himself to be able to strike-out the number three and four hitters there in the seventh – those were two really big strikeouts.”