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Saturday, May 17th

















VANDALIA - The Aviators saw their season end Saturday afternoon, dropping a pitcher's duel to Centerville 3-1 in their
opening game of the 87th Annual OHSAA Baseball tournament.

In spite of an incredible pitching effort by senior Lacob Larger, Centerville pitcher Ryan Fox stymied the Butler offense,
striking out nine through eight innings of work.  For the Aviators, Larger turned in a gem in his final start at Butler.  The
right-hander worked nine innings and allowed only one earned run.

Butler played from behind for most of the game, as the Elks plated the lone run of the contest in the fourth inning.  The
Aviators staved off defeat, and appeared poised to bring home the win in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Down to their final three outs, junior Ben Slaton got things started by legging out a grounder to third base.  Elks third
baseman Clay Erwin's throw to first sailed wide, putting the tying run aboard.

After a wild pitch allowed Slaton to advance to second, freshman Matt Grossman laid down a textbook bunt for a single,
and put Slaton safely at third, ninety feet away from tying the game.

A batter later, fellow freshman Damon Dues singled to left field, scoring Slaton and advancing sophomore Torin Fletcher to
second base, who had been substituted for Grossman.

The Aviators would be unable to capitalize on the bases loaded and no out scenario, as the Elks snuffed an attempt to steal
home, and struck out the next two batters to spoil the late game heroics.

Two innings later Elks sophomore Myles Edwards hit a clutch two out, two RBI shot to left field for the lead.  Centerville senior
Tim Craycraft left his post at second base and took to the mound to sit the Aviators down in the bottom of the ninth, securing
the win and advancing to the Sectional Final to face top seeded Springboro.

For the Aviators, the loss marked the end to a season that has been full of challenges and injuries.  In spite of the many
obstacles, the team was able to grow through experience and a number of young players got valuable varsity experience, which
will lay the foundation that Butler will build upon over the next few seasons.
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Friday, May 9th

















VANDALIA - During the second inning of Friday’s contest against the Wayne Warriors, Butler baseball coach Trent Dues
glanced out to the field and had a déjà vu moment.


The Aviators, who had come up short in their quest for a division title by blowing a four run lead and committing several errors
in Monday’s loss to Sidney, found themselves in a relatively similar position on Friday by committing four errors in one inning
and allowing the Warriors to take a four run lead.


This time, the Aviators showed resiliency and quickly erased the deficit. Butler entered the bottom of the second inning trailing
8-4 and scored one run in the second inning, four in the third and fourth innings and two more in the sixth in a 15-8 victory over
the Warriors at Butler High School.


“We preach to them, expect every ball to be hit to you, visualize yourself making each play,” Trent Dues said. “I hate to say
this, and I probably say this a lot, we’re young. We’ve got some young guys that are playing, and they played 25 games
already, so you hope that they’re growing up and growing up fast, because we got to get better.”


The win gave the Aviators an overall record of 17-8 heading into their last two regular season games. Butler will hit the road to
face two-time defending champion Moeller on Saturday and will travel to Miamisburg on Monday.


With the game tied 8-8 in bottom of the fourth inning, Butler took the lead for good when freshman shortstop Damon Dues hit
a sharp liner that that rocketed off the glove of the Wayne third baseman and rolled to the left, enabling Jacob Naas to score
from third.


One inning later, the Aviators blew the game open as Chandler Craine walked and Nic Martin and Naas each singled before
freshman Matt Grossman belted a 3-run triple to deep center to give Butler a 12-8 lead.


Martin got the start on the mound and was removed in the middle part of the second inning after allowing a 2-run single to
Blaine Warhula that gave the Warriors an 8-4 lead. Mitch Hausfeld came on in relief and tossed three innings with no runs,
three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.


“When I first came in, my curveball was really helping me out (and I was) getting that over,” Hausfeld said. “And I really setup
my fastball in the at bats when I got ahead, that really helped.”


Freshman Gavin Kohler was inserted early in the fourth inning and tossed three innings with no runs, three hits, one walk and
three strikeouts.


The Warriors, who have also had some defensive struggles in the field, didn’t fare much better by committing four errors, two
of which came in the third inning. Wayne starter Luke Turner suffered his worst outing of the season by tossing 2 2/3 innings
with nine runs, six earned, seven hits and two strikeouts.


The Aviators were led by Grossman, who went 1-1 with three RBIs, and Naas, who finished 3-3 with three RBIs. Freshman
Damon Dues went 4-4 with one RBI and Craine went 2-4 with one RBI.


After the Moeller and Miamisburg contests, the Aviators will start tournament play against the winner of Stebbins/Centerville
game. Butler’s tournament game, which is at home, is slated to begin at 5 P.M.

*Game story written by Andrew Wilson and appears courtesy of the Vandalia Drummer News
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Tuesday, May 6th

















SIDNEY - The Aviators' hopes of a second straight GWOC North title were dashed Tuesday afternoon as Butler relinquished
a 7-3 lead , ultimately falling to Sidney 8-7.
 
The Aviators took an early 3-0 lead in the third inning, but the Jackets followed suit in the home half and knotted the game
at 3-3.  Butler again regained the lead an inning later, when senior Bryan Myers squared a bunt, scoring sophomore Alex
Murphy for the 4-3 lead.

The Aviators added to their lead in the fifth inning plating an additional three runs to take a 7-3 lead.  As Butler did a day
earlier, Sidney got to work and systematically began chipping away at the Aviators lead, scoring three runs to make it a
7-6 barn burner.

Sidney would tie and take the lead an inning later, courtesy of a Ryan Penley in the park home-run giving Sidney the 8-7
victory over Butler.

The Aviators now put their focus on finishing the regular season on a high note, with games against Wayne on Friday and
at Moeller on Saturday.
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Monday, May 5th

















VANDALIA - On a day when the stiff breeze out of right field was turning everything hit in the air into a lazy pop fly, the
Aviators 3-1 deficit looked ominous with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.  But as they have so many times this year,
the blue collar Aviators went to work, dug deep, and manufactured a 6-3 come from behind win.

With two outs and the bases loaded, senior Jacob Naas sparked the fifth inning rally with a line drive single to centerfield,
scoring sophomores Dusty Lewis and Chandler Craine to tie the game at 3-3.  A batter later, sophomore Garrett Fleming
drove a first pitch fastball from Sidney's Caleb Roberts to left field for a two RBI double, bringing across sophomore Nic Martin
and Naas, for a 5-3 lead.

Senior outfielder Bryan Myers would add to the Aviators lead a batter later, laying down a text book bunt to plate Flemming
from third, giving Butler a 6-3 lead and ultimately a clutch win.

Butler got another solid outing on the mound from senior Jacob Larger who went the distance striking out four and allowing
just two earned runs.  Larger's biggest punch out of the afternoon came in the top of the seventh inning as Sidney tried to
stage a two out rally of their own.  With two men on, and the tying run at the plate, Larger sat down Jackets' catcher
Sammy Niswonger swinging.

Despite being outhit 9-5 and committing three errors, Butler was able to gut out the key victory, keeping the hopes of the
2014 GWOC North title alive.  The Aviators get back at it Tuesday, hoping the bus north to Sidney for the series finale at 5:00.
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Saturday, May 3rd

















VANDALIA - Butler picked up its second win in as many days, with a 5-3 victory over Northmont Saturday afternoon. With

the win, the Aviators improved their overall record to 15-7.


On the mound, Butler got great production from a youthful staff.  Freshmen Dylan Welch, Nathan Stogdill and Gavin Kohler

along with sophomore Garrett Fleming combined to hold off the Bolts.  Stogdill was credited with the win, working 2.2 innings

in which he allowed just one hit, and surrendered no runs.


At the plate, sophomore Chandler Craine sparked a four-run second inning with a two RBI single, scoring senior Bret Bachman

and freshman Damon Dues.  Sophomore Nic Martin iced the victory for the Aviators with a solo homerun to centerfield in the 

bottom half of the fifth inning.


The Aviators now put their focus on a Monday/Tuesday series with GWOC North foe Sidney.  With a series sweep, Butler

would claim its share to the GWOC North Championship for the second straight season.  Game one is slated for a 5:00

start on Monday at Butler.

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Friday, May 2nd

















BEAVERCREEK - The Aviators traveled to Beavercreek Friday afternoon, and powered past the GWOC Central leading Beavers

by a final score of 11-3.

Sophomore Carson Schuman earned the wn for Butler, working 3.2 innings and allowng just two runs.  Schuman was relieved

by freshman Gavin Kohler who worked the final 3.1 innings, striking out four and surrendering no hits.

Butler jumped out to the early lead, plating four runs in the first nning, to take a 4-1 lead.  It would set the tone for the afternoon,

as the Aviators would hit another offensive windfall in the fourth inning, scoring five additonal runs.  Butler tacked on two more

insurance runs in the top half of the seventh.


The Aviators were paced at the plate by sophomore Garrett Fleming who went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Fellow sophomore

Chandler Craine also made the most of his time at the plate, manufacturing five RBI  and a grand-slam in the winning effort.

Butler has a quick turnaround as they return to action Saturday at noon, playing host to rival Northmont.  The final week of the regular

season kicks off Monday with a key series against Sidney.
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Thursday, May 1st

















TROY - It's become one of the better baseball rivalries in the area, and Tuesday afternoon's match-up was nothing short of
suspenseful, as the Aviators and Trojans battled it out in game one of a crucial two game series.

With the game knotted at 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, senior Alex Murphy ripped a triple over the head of the Trojan
centerfielder, plating freshman Damon Dues for a crucial go ahead run.  Almost on queue, Murphy's thundering shot brought
a bolt of lighting from the sky, prompting the umpires to suspend the action.

For the eight innings prior, both teams found pay dirt hard to come by, as senior pitchers Jacob Larger and Zach Kendall both
were heavy on the strikes, and found themselves backed by stout defensive efforts.

Troy got on the board first courtesy of a Kevin McGraw double, plating Trenton Wood from third for a 1-0 lead.  The Aviators
would answer two innings later, when sophomore Chandler Craine took a 1-0 offering from Kendall deep to leftfield for a solo
homerun, knotting the game at 1-1.

The suspense continued to build inning after inning, while the Aviators struggled to get base runners, the Trojans could not
capitalize on their numerous opportunities, stranding a number of runners.  With the bases loaded in the bottom of the
seventh inning, Troy saw their hopes of walk-off heroics dashed by Murphy, who snatched Ryan Lavy's deep drive to left field
out of the damp, evening sky.

After a 48 hour delay the Aviators returned to Troy, and Murphy returned to his spot on third base.  At the plate, sophomore
Nic Martin took a first offering pitch and drove a line drive shot to left field, plating Murphy and extending the Butler lead to
3-1.

The Trojans went down in order in the bottom half of the ninth, with Larger returning to action to strike out the final two batters
of the afternoon.  Larger pitched a gem, striking out four and allowing just one run through nine innings of work.  With the win,
Butler sits atop the GWOC North tied with Troy.  The Aviators can secure their second straight division title, and fifteenth over
the last twenty seasons with a series sweep of Sidney next week.

Butler returns to action Friday, hitting the road to face off against Beavercreek.  On Saturday, the Aviators will play host to
GWOC Central foe Northmont at 12:00 PM.
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Wednesday, April 30th

















VANDALIA - With the GWOC North title on the line, the Troy Trojans came to Vandalia Wednesday afternoon with one thing
on their minds, victory.  The Trojans got just what they were looking for, beating Butler 11-6 and guaranteeing themselves at
least a share of the GWOC North crown.

The Aviators got a big boost early from sophomore Dusty Lewis, as the second baseman muscled a moonshot over the
Purple Monster in right field for a homerun and an early 1-0 lead.  Lewis would finish the day going 2-for-3 with two RBI
in the defeat.

Troy battled back the following inning, scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead.  Butler answered in the bottom half of the third
inning, plating two runs and pulling even at 3-3.  Unfortunately for the Aviators, the floodgates would open in the fifth inning
as Troy scored four runs to take a commanding 7-3 lead.  Troy blew the game wide open an inning later, again scoring four
runs for an 11-4 lead.

Even with the loss, Butler's championship hopes are still very much alive.  The Aviators will travel to Troy Thursday afternoon
to finish the suspended first game of the series.  The Aviators will return to a game in which they own a 2-1 lead with two outs,
a runner on third and sophomore Nic Martin at the plate.  Butler will need to hang on for the win in Thursday's game, and sweep
next week's series against Sidney for a share of the GWOC North title.
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Friday, April 25th

















DAYTON
- The Aviators took full advantage of their prime time game slot, putting on quite a show under the bright lights of
Fifth-Third Field Friday evening, overwhelming West Carrollton 10-3.

Butler went to work early, and never looked back as they raced out to a 10-0 lead after just four innings of play.  The Pirates
would finally record their first hits and runs of the evening in the fifth inning, but it would prove to be too little, too late.

Offensively Butler was led by senior Jake Naas who was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI.  Fellow senior Bret Bachman
and freshman Damon Dues finished the day going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI each.  Dues added a triple in the third inning.

Sophomore Alex Murphy impressed on the mound for the Aviators, picking up his second win of the season, while striking out
three batters and allowing no hits through three innings of work.  Murphy was relieved by seniors Jacob Larger, Mitch Hausfeld
and sophomore Mitch Gremling, who combined for an additional eight strikeouts.

The Aviators will get the weekend off before returning to divisional play Monday, hosting the Troy Trojans at 5:00 PM.
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Thursday, April 24th

















VANDALIA
- Down early, the Aviators never lost hope.  As the Wildcats of Franklin added to their lead, inning-by-inning the
men of Butler continued to keep their nose to the grindstone.  Down 5-0 and heading into the bottom half of the third inning,
the Aviators had finally had enough.

The calm confidence exuding from the Butler dugout, erupted into an offensive explosion as the Aviators plated four runs to
pull within a run.  Not only were they back in this thing, they had a firm grip on momentum and it was swinging the way of
the Aviators.

Junior Alex Murphy provided the spark for Butler, en route to a 3-for-3 and three RBI day at the plate.  With the bases loaded,
Murphy doubled to right field, scoring sophomores Dusty Lewis and Chandler Craine.  A batter later, senior Jacob Naas hit a
two RBI double, bringing sophomore Nic Martin and Murphy across, cutting the Franklin lead to 5-4.  Naas would finish the
day going 2-for-3 with two doubles.

An inning later, Butler took the lead for good, plating three additional runs to grab a 7-5 advantage.  The Aviators went on to
score four runs over the next two innings, cruising to an 11-6 victory, their fourth straight.

Sophomore pitcher Carson Schuman earned the win for Butler, working 6.1 innings, striking out six and allowing no runs.  The
Aviators are back at it Friday evening, when they will face the West Carrollton Pirates at Fifth-Third Field.  Game time is set for
7:30 PM, and admission is free.
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Tuesday, April 22nd

















VANDALIA - Butler continued its winning ways Tuesday afternoon, beating Piqua 5-2, marking a third straight win for the
Aviators.  The win lifts Butler to 10-6-1 overall and 5-1 in the GWOC North.

Sophomore Mitch Gremling got the start for the Aviators, working seven strong innings, striking out seven and allowing just
two runs.  The Indians only runs of the afternoon came in the fourth inning, courtesy of an Austin Reedy line drive to left field,
a two RBI shot for the Piqua senior.

As they did a day earlier in Piqua, the Aviators jumped out to an early 3-0 lead which would prove to be enough to get the job
done once again.  Up 1-0, sophomore Chandler Craine muscled a two RBI triple to center field, scoring sophomore Dusty Lewis
and freshman Damon Dues for a 3-0 lead.

Butler added two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning when Craine scored on a wild pitch from third, and sophomore
Garrett Fleming was brought home by senior Jacob Naas' RBI single to left field.

The Aviators will get a day off before returning to action Thursday afternoon at home, playing host to Franklin at 5:00 PM.
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Monday, April 21st

















PIQUA
- The Aviators remain atop the GWOC North after a 5-1 win over division for Piqua Monday afternoon, improving Butler's
overall record to 9-6-1 and 4-1 within the division.

Senior pitcher Jacob Larger picked up the win, tossing a complete game and allowing just one run, while striking out four Indians.

Larger got all of the offense he needed in the first inning, as the Aviators raced out to an early 3-0 lead.  Sophomore Nic Martin
got things going with a burner to left field for a single.  Two batters later, junior Alex Murphy's liner advanced Martin to second.
Butler would plate its first run a batter later, as sophomore Garrett Fleming singled, scoring Martin from second.

Senior Jacob Naas' double brought Murphy across the plate, and senior Bret Bachman drew a walk during the next at bat,
bringing across Fleming from third for the early advantage.

The Indians lone run came in the bottom half of the fourth inning when Piqua's Derek Gullet ripped a deep line drive the
centerfield fence, scoring Buddy Nix.  Butler however squashed any hopes of a rally, and added two additional insurance
runs in the fifth and sixth innings to ice the victory.

Martin finished the game 3-for-4 with three singles and two runs, while Naas was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

Butler returns home Tuesday to conclude the series, hosting Piqua at 5:00 PM.  
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Saturday, April 19th

















CARLISLE - Every young team wants to earn that first statement win of the season.  That is exactly what the Aviators did
Saturday afternoon, beating Carlisle 10-6.

The Indians (9-4, 5-1) fresh off of handing Middletown Madison its first loss of the season Friday night, ran into a hungry
and motivated Aviators squad.  Paced on the mound by freshman Nathan Stogdill, the Aviators left Carlisle batters stymied
at the plate for most of the game.

Stogdill, who was making his varsity debut threw four innings of hitless baseball as the Aviators raced to an early 10-0 lead. 
The Indians rallied in the home half of the fifth, picking up three hits and pushing across their first run of the day, staving off
the threat of a run-rule.

Despite the late game comeback effort, the Aviators were able to hold-off the Indians, who plated six runs in the final three
innings, taking advantage of a couple of errors and putting interest back into what had been a blowout.  Senior Mitch Gremling
came on in the seventh inning to retire the Indians in order and preserve the win.

Offensively Butler hammered out eight hits, led by sophomore Chandler Craine who went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Freshman
Damon Dues and senior Brian Myers each added two RBI, while sophomore Nic Martin knocked in three RBI for the Aviators.

The Aviators return to division play Monday afternoon, traveling north to face off against the Piqua Indians at historic Hardman
Field.  Game time is 5:00 PM.
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Thursday, April 17th

















SPRINGBORO - The Aviators went toe-to-toe with one of the area's best Thursday afternoon, falling just short in a 5-3 loss

to the Springboro Panthers (11-1).


The Aviators took an early 1-0 lead after an inning of play, but the Panthers plated two runs in each of the following two innings,
taking a 4-1 lead and cruising to their 11th victory of the season.

Senior Jacob Naas finished the day going 2-for-3 at the plate with a single, a double and an RBI.  Sophomores Chandler Craine
and Garrett Fleming each added an RBI of their own.

The Aviators return to action Saturday, heading south to face Carlisle.  Game time is set for 12:00 PM.
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Wednesday, April 16th

















VANDALIA
- The Aviators may be young, but they're not going to let anyone push them around.  After a heartbreaking loss
on the road Monday night, Butler regrouped and packed a mighty punch in an 11-4 blowout win over the visiting Green Wave
of Greenville Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Jacob Naas stole the show offensively going 4-for-4 at the plate with three doubles and two RBI.  Freshman Damon
Dues added three RBI, while senior Bret Bachman and sophomore Torin Fletcher tallied one each.

Greenville got off to a fast start, taking advantage of early Aviator miscues, plating three runs in the top half of the first inning.
Butler answered swiftly, scoring nine runs over the next three innings to take the commanding lead.

On the mound, sophomore pitcher Mitch Gremling picked up the win for Butler, working four innings and striking out three.
Senior Mitch Hausfeld and sophomore Garrett Fleming provided relief, working the final three innings and combining for
four additional strikeouts.

With the win, Butler improves to 7-5 (3-1) and will travel to Springboro Thursday evening to face the Springboro Panthers.
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Monday, April 14th

















GREENVILLE - The Aviators jumped out to an early lead Monday afternoon at Greenville, but were unable to hold on losing
3-1 to the Greenwave.  Butler carried a 1-0 lead into the 5th inning, only to see the Greenwave match and surpass the Aviators'
lone run, as the home team plated three runs.

Both teams were limited to just three hits each, but Greenville was able to capitalize on a number of Aviator miscues which
would end up being the difference maker in the end.  Austin Baumgardner went the distance for Greenville on the mound
striking out six and allowing only one run.

For the Aviators senior Jacob Larger turned in a strong outing and deserved a better fate, working six innings, striking out
three, and allowing just one earned run.

Senior Jacob Naas' RBI single in the second inning, scoring sophomore Chandler Craine was the lone offensive highlight
for Butler in the losing effort.

The Aviators will aim to get back on track and even the series Wednesday afternoon at home, as they play host to the
Greenwave.  Game time is slated for 5:00 PM
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Thursday, April 10th

















VANDALIA
- Over the last 20 seasons at Butler High School, baseball victories have become the norm for the Aviators and
the many fans that flock to the sounds of popping leather and pinging bats.  Thursday evening's 8-6 win over Miamisburg
was especially satisfying, as it was number 400 for the Aviators under Head Coach Trent Dues.

When asked about the running success of the Butler Baseball program a few years back, Coach Dues was quick to note
that this was in large part not only attributed to the hard work of his players, but also the great baseball minds that have
worked by his side from the beginning.

"The continuity of our program with Coaches Steve Clark,  Mike Bardonaro and Scott Thompson are very beneficial as we
know each other and are not afraid to say what we feel to each other.  They are great people with great baseball minds. We
are not only coaches, we are probably more like brothers.", said Dues in a 2008 interview.

The Aviators got off to a roaring start, racing to an 8-0 lead after just four innings of play.  The Vikings did their very best to
play the role of spoiler, plating five runs in the 5th inning and adding another in the 6th to draw within two runs.  Butler
however overcame a shaky stretch, to close out the historic win at home.

Offensively Butler was led by sophomore Nic Martin who had a huge day at the plate.  Martin was 2-for-3 with two doubles
and three RBI.  Fellow sophomores Garrett Fleming and Chandler Craine also added two hits  each and three doubles
between the two.

Senior Jacob Larger earned the win for Butler, working 4.2 innings, while striking out two.  The Aviators will get a day off on
Friday, before hosting Elder on Saturday at 2:00 PM.
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Wednesday, April 9th

















VANDALIA - Butler opened up division play with a bang Tuesday afternoon, cruising past Trotwood 22-0.  The Aviators scattered
22 hits, and held the visiting Rams hitless as they improved to 4-3 (1-0) on the season.

Senior Jacob Naas added an exclamation point to the victory with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning.  Naas would
finish the day 3-for-3 with five RBI.  Fellow seniors Bryan Myers and Bret Bachman also had a perfect day at the plate.

Senior pitcher Mitch Hausfeld, senior Jacob Larger, and sophomore Nic Martin combined for eight strikeouts on the mound for
Butler and kept the Rams off of the base paths for the entire game.

Butler will travel to Trotwood on Wednesday for the series finale.  The opening pitch is set for 5:00 PM.
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Tuesday, April 8th

















VANDALIA
- Butler opened up division play with a bang Tuesday afternoon, cruising past Trotwood 22-0.  The Aviators scattered
22 hits, and held the visiting Rams hitless as they improved to 4-3 (1-0) on the season.

Senior Jacob Naas added an exclamation point to the victory with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning.  Naas would
finish the day 3-for-3 with five RBI.  Fellow seniors Bryan Myers and Bret Bachman also had a perfect day at the plate.

Senior pitcher Mitch Hausfeld, senior Jacob Larger, and sophomore Nic Martin combined for eight strikeouts on the mound for
Butler and kept the Rams off of the base paths for the entire game.

Butler will travel to Trotwood on Wednesday for the series finale.  The opening pitch is set for 5:00 PM.
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Saturday, April 5th

















VANDALIA -  The Aviators bounced back from Friday's loss to Bellefontaine with a win in game one of Saturday's doubleheader

versus Hilliard-Davidson.  Game two however was another step back, as the Aviators faltered and fell to 3-3 on the young season.

Sophomore Mitch Gremling got the nod on the mound for game one, working five innings, striking out two, and not surrendering

any earned runs.  Gremling was relieved by fellow sophomore Nic Martin and freshman Zack Crawford who worked the final two

innings of play, earning the Butler win.


The Aviators took a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning, however Davidson was able to turn a two out rally into a 4-4 tie.  The

Wildcats took the lead an inning later, before freshman Damon Dues' RBI fielder's choice to second base scoring sophomore 

Garrett Fleming tied the game at 5-5.

A batter later, senior Bryan Myers again added late game heroics, plating senior Jacob Naas with a game winning RBI single.


Hilliard-Davidson scored two in the first inning of game two and never looked back, plating runs in five of the next seven innings

en route to a 7-2 washout win over Butler.  Senior Brett Bachman provided the highlights for Butler offensively going 2-for-3 with

a double and an RBI.

While consistency at the plate, on the mound, and in the field is still to come with this relatively young nucleus of talent, the

Aviators have been consistent in the manner in which they have won and lost this year.  In six games of record, the Aviators

have followed each win of the year with a subsequent loss.  A trend the Aviators will aim to break this week with back-to-back

games against Trotwood to officially open division play.
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Friday, April 4th

















VANDALIA - Bellefontaine jumped out to an early 6-0 lead Friday evening over the host Aviators, and never looked back as 

they topped Butler 10-5.  The Aviators narrowed the lead to just two, pulling to within 6-4 margin after four innings of play but

could not capitalize.


Sophomore Nic Martin led Butler offensively, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.  Sophomore Chandler Craine also added

a double, while senior Jacob Naas and junior Ben Slaton each added an RBI of their own.


Senior Jacob Larger got the start on the hill for Butler, working five innings whle striking out five.  Larger was relieved by senior

Mitch Hausfeld who worked the final two innings, fanning two batters.


The Aviators will attempt to rebound Saturday as they play host to HIlliard-Davidson in a weekend double header.  Game one

is slated to begin at 12:00 PM, with game two getting underway at roughly 3:30 PM.
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Wednesday, April 2nd

















CENTERVILLE
- On a day when it looked like no baseball would be played at all, the Aviators and Elks battled through six
innings.  The rain however would ultimately win, as Wednesday evenings game at Centerville was suspended in the bottom
of the sixth inning, with the teams knotted at 3-3.

The Aviators got on the board early, the first run coming courtesy of a Matt Grossman RBI, scoring fellow freshman Damon
Dues.
  As they would all day, the Elks answered in the bottom half to tie the game at 1-1.

After three scoreless innings, Butler again took the lead when junior Alex Murphy's RBI triple again plated Dues from third.
Just as they did in the first inning, Centerville again evened the score in the bottom frame.

The Aviators again took the lead in the sixth inning, when senior Brett Bachman was hit by a pitch, automatically advancing
fellow senior Jacob Naas from third base.  The Elks followed suit in the home half of the sixth as Tyler Klaypack crossed the
plate, erasing the Butler lead and potential win, as the heavy rains ensued.

The silver lining for today's rain clouds was the return of sophomore pitcher Mitch Gremling to the mound for Butler.  Gremling
who has been nursing an injury, was solid through three innings of play.

Weather permitting, the Aviators return to action Friday evening when they play host to Bellefontaine at 5:30 PM.
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Monday, March 31st

















VANDALIA - It went from a comfortable win, to a heartbreaking loss, to a comeback for the ages Monday evening, as the 

Aviators clawed back to scratch out a 9-8 win over visting Fairmont.


After starting out fast, building a 5-1 lead Butler looked to be on the brink of disaster, as Fairmont rallied in the final three

innings to plate seven runs and take an 8-5 lead.  It would have been easy to fold, but the Aviators battled back in the

bottom half of the seventh, scoring four runs enroute to 9-8 comeback victory over Fairmont.


The winning shot was a single off the bat of senior Bryan Myers, scoring freshman Damon Dues from third for the win.

Myers finished the day 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs.

The late game heroics was a team effort, kicked off by back-to-back walks to Garrett Fleming and Jacob Naas. 
Sophomore Nic Martin set the table two batters later, ripping a two out line drive to centerfield, scoring Fleming

to cut the Firebird lead to two.


Dues followed suit with another line drive, scoring Naas and advancing sophomore Dusty Lewis who would score on

an error to knot the game at 8-8, setting up Myers walkoff single.


Junior Alex Murphy got the start for Butler, going three innings while striking out five Fairmont batters.  Murphy was relieved 

by freshman Zach Crawford who added two strikeouts, and sophomore Carson Schuman who earned the win for Butler.


The Aviators and Firebirds traded five lead changes and combined for 22 hits in the offensive stalemate.  Butler hits the 

road Wednesday afternoon to face off against GWOC Central foe Centerville at 5:00 PM.
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Sunday, March 30th

















COLDWATER - After being delayed a day, the Aviators officially opened the 2014 season on the road at Coldwater, spltting
a Sunday series with the traditon rich Coldwater Cavaliers.  Butler won its first game of the season 8-7 over the host Cavs,
but a late rally in game two fell short as the Aviators fell 9-5.

Senior pitcher Jacob Larger got the start for Butler, working 3.1 innings striking out two.  Larger was relieved by sophomores
Garret Fleming and Nic Martin.  Fleming earned the win, having a solid day for Butler both on the mound and at the plate,
going 2-for-2 at the plate, while striking out two and surrendering no runs to the Cavs.

Butler earned an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when a Fleming double set the table for senior Jacob Naas' RBI
double.  The Cavs came back to score seven straight runs and were finally dispatched in the top of the seventh inning.  Butler
junior Alex Murphy's RBI double off of Coldwater pitcher Kunk plated freshman shortstop Damon Dues for the the winning run.

Coldwater bounced back in game two, knocking off the Aviators 9-5.  Offensively Butler was led by Senior Bryan Myers, who
went 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Damon Dues was 2-for-3, scoring twice, while Murphy, Fleming and Martin added two hits a piece in
the losing effort.

The Aviators return to action Monday at home, playing host to Fairmont.  Game time is slated for 5:00 PM.
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