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.
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
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
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
One inning later, the Aviators blew the
game open as Chandler Craine walked and Nic Martin and Naas each singled
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.