ROACHDALE -- Crawfordsville traveled to North Putnam for a non-conference bout Friday, cruising to a 23-0 victory that gave Crawfordsville head coach John Froedge his 600th career victory.
The 3A No. 9 Athenians (14-4, 8-0) wasted no time going to work against North Putnam (8-9, 5-3), starting the game with eight runs in the top of the first.
After the Cougars' freshman Beau Green started the game off with two quick outs, Crawfordsville answered with nine batters in a row that were able to reach safely.
Green was pulled after giving up six walks and two hits, giving way to shortstop Kyler Badten. Crawfordsville's Jake Zurawski greeted the new hurler with a triple off the center field wall on the first pitch he saw. When the dust finally settled over thirty minutes later, North Putnam was down eight heading into the bottom of the first inning.
In the bottom of the first frame, the Cougars had their best scoring chance of the night.
After loading the bases with just one out, Athenian hurler Adam Boehm kept the hosts off the board with two quick outs. North Putnam had trouble managing multiple base runners for the rest of the evening.
Crawfordsville used their superior hitting throughout the night to spread around 20 hits and force North Putnam into six errors, all in five innings. Boehm kept the Cougars to only three hits, and his defense held strong with no errors on the night.
The Athenian junior Jordan Jackson had an especially impressive evening at the plate, going 4-5 with two singles, a double, and a three-run home run. In all, he knocked in five runs while scoring four times himself.
North Putnam will take on rival Monrovia this coming Monday evening in a bid to upset the West Central Conference leaders.
At North Putnam
Crawfordsville 810 311 -- 23 20 0
North Putnam 000 00 --0 3 6
Next game -- North Putnam will
host Monrovia Monday at 5 p.m.