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SOFTBALL: Bruins sweep Athenians

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Crawfordsville was swept by Sagamore Conference foe Tri-West in a softball doubleheader on Thursday night.

The Bruins (8-2) beat the Athenians (0-12) 20-1 in game No. 1 and 18-1 in game No. 2.

In the first game of the twinbill, Tri-West took an 11-0 lead and never looked back. They pounded out 21 hits, including four home runs. Isabelle Saylor led the Bruins with two long balls and five RBI and added a third home run in the second game.

“We didn’t have as many errors tonight either, they just hit the ball really hard,” Crawfordsville coach Kevin Kellerman said. “We were outmatched in that part of it. They swing hard and they swung at it and we just didn’t have an answer for it or have the pitching to slow them down enough. We made the plays when we had to, we just couldn’t get enough outs quick enough.”

Olivia Reed, Allyson Barton, Laine Schlicher and Alexus McCaskill each had hits in the first game.

Crawfordsville sophomore Kira Thayer came in to pitch in relief in the first game, allowing no runs in two innings of work, before holding the Bruins to just three runs in the first two innings of game No. 2.

Brooklyn Mills was the bright spot in game No. 2, hitting a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1 in the second inning.

“I know it’s funny to say when you see the score, but take Brooklyn Mills for example,” Kellerman said. “There’s some girls who are taking some huge strides out there. Kira Thayer pitched really well tonight. She pitched part of the first game and all of the second game.”

In the end, Tri-West was too much though for Crawfordsville. The Bruins plated seven in the third and added eight in the fourth. They hit three home runs in game No. 2, led by three hits apiece from Nicole Mathews and April Sellers. Ace pitcher and freshman Audry Lowry struck-out 12 hitters in four innings to lead the Bruins defensively.

Bailey Crane and Barton added hits for the Athenians.

Crawfordsville is back in action tonight at home against Sagamore Conference foe Lebanon at 5:30 p.m.

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