VANDALIA- The season came to an abrupt and disappointing end for the Aviators Thursday afternoon, falling to Edgewood 10-7 in the DI Sectional Final.
The Aviators seemed to be on their way to securing a Sectional Championship, taking a 3-2 lead into the fifth inning. The Panthers however had other ideas, blowing the game wide open with an eight run fifth inning.
Down 10-3, Butler fought back and narrowed the margin to 10-7 in the sixth inning, but could not pull even in the seventh.
As they did in a number of games this year, errors came back to haunt the Aviators in this defeat. Butler outhit the Panthers 11-7, but committed a total of four errors. Despite the adversity, this team fought hard and never buckled under the pressure, giving 110% up to the last out.
While the season did not end as planned, the Aviators do have much to be proud of and much to look forward to. The Aviators won their 15th league championship under Coach Dues, and did so with a number of players that will return in 2014. This early exit should make for a hungry team next season.
The Aviators say good bye to a great senior class, and a strong group of leaders. We would like to wish these young men the very best in their future endeavors.