By Will Willems Sports Editor
---- — The Crawfordsville baseball team proved to be too much for the Western Boone Stars Thursday evening.
The Athenians finished off a two-game sweep of Western Boone with an 8-2 victory.
"It keeps getting better for us," Western Boone head coach Cesar Barrientos said. "Today I think the approach was good at the plate, we swung it well, we didn't get lazy, but we are just one hit short. We are one call away, one hit away, we are always one thing away. One thing I told them postgame was that the good teams make their own luck. And we aren't making our own luck yet. The other thing that showed was our inexperience. Taking that first pitch strike and then swinging at the pitcher's pitches, that shows our immaturity at the plate."
Crawfordsville led off the game with a triple and a double and led 2-0 after a half inning. The Stars had a chance to put a dent into the lead in the second, getting a one-out double from Tyler Hale and a Dylan Steines single put runners on the corners with two outs. But a strike out ended the threat.
The Athenians added a run in the third, but again the Stars put two runners on in the bottom half of the inning thanks to walk by TJ Wilson and Nathanial Bye.
But back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning.
Barrientos said that it is the small things in the execution in situations like that that separate Crawfordsville from some of the other teams. The Athenians have won 132 of their last 143 games against conference opponents.
Barrientos said it takes dedication to get to that level.
"It is going to take a couple of good off-seasons," Barrientos said. "Hopefully I can get them all summer and work with the catchers and our middle guys with the approach and their understanding of the game and the baseballisms."
The Athenians scored three in the fourth and two in the sixth to lead 8-0.
For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.