Crawfordsville’s head baseball coach had an historic weekend.
After picking up career-win number 699 with an early 10-5 win over Covington (1-8), the Athenians (16-2, 5-2) looked to put coach John Froedge into the 700 win-column and, more importantly, force a tie atop the Sagamore Athletic Conference with Frankfort (8-4, 5-1) in the second game of Saturday’s double-header at Crawfordsville High School.
Playing their fourth game in three days, the Athenians had less than an hour to prepare for the conference-leading Hot Dogs.
Frankfort, looking to extend their lead over the Athenians to two games and end a two-game losing-streak of their own, wasted no time getting on the board. Forcing an early pitching change, the Hot Dogs plated two runs in the first on only one hit and one Athenian error to take a 2-0 lead.
Crawfordsville responded immediately.
Dane Baldwin singled to right and advanced to second on Trent Johnson’s sacrifice, while Michael Minks reached on an error by the centerfielder, scoring Baldwin. Minks had the luxury of trotting home as Caden Jones sent a pitch over the wall for a two-run shot to give Crawfordsville a 3-2 lead.