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Aviators Make Tourney Exit
Butler loses 6-4 in extra innings

Story Appears Courtesy Of: Ron Nunnari - (Source Article)

CENTERVILLE – Winning big games often comes down to doing the little things right. That was more than true Thursday
evening when Northmont scored a 6-4 victory over the No. 8 ranked team in the state, Vandalia-Butler, in the sectional final
at Centerville High School.

The game was deadlocked 4-4 after 7 innings, but in the top of the 8th Northmont got the job done by playing ‘small ball.’
Leadoff hitter Michael Hale got hit by a pitch and Ben Mangen laid down a bunt. Butler pitcher Mitch Gremling fielded the
bunt but threw wild to first base. Hale scored all the way from first and Mangen ended up at third.

After Brenden Jewsikow lined out to first, Northmont Coach Chuck Harlow called for a suicide squeeze play. Mangen broke
for home on the pitch and Brandt Cronebach laid down a bunt to give Northmont its second run of the inning and a 6-4 lead.

“We knew it was going to come down to a bunt. When you get into these kinds of games that’s what it takes to win, and
sure enough it happened,” said Harlow. “Teams are going to bunt and when you make a mistake they are going to take
advantage of it from this point on in the tournament.”

With the victory the Thunderbolts advance to district play Saturday at Cincinnati Western Hills against Lakota West.
Game time is 1 p.m. Northmont improved to 19-11 while the Aviators ended their highly successful 2015 season at 22-6.

Starting pitcher Ben Mangen pitched 6 innings, struck out 6, scattered five hits and issued 5 walks. Matt Pfeffer pitched the
final two innings and surrendered two hits and struck out two to preserve the win.

“Ben Mangen is tough on right hand hitters, but he is really tough on left hand hitters,” Harlow noted, which is why he started
the big left hander against the Aviators lineup of mostly left handed hitters. “I’m biased. I think he is the best pitcher in the

“Both teams scrapped,” Harlow added. “I think Butler is a great team. Trent (Dues) does a great job. There’s a reason they
are ranked No. 8 in the state. They started strong and have done good all year. It was a thrill to play them and it was a thrill
to win today, that’s for sure.”

Gremling pitched a strong game for Butler. In eight innings he scattered eight hits, struck out seven, had no walks, but hit
one batter.

Northmont took an early 1-0 lead on a single by leadoff hitter Greg Peffley. Tanner Lee laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance
Peffley to second and then reached third on a single by Michael Hale. Ben Mangen struck out but Hale stole second on the
third strike. Butler tried to throw Hale out at second and Peffley raced home with the Thunderbolts first run.

Butler tied the game in the bottom of the first. Damon Due drew a walk and stole second. Tyler Burley also walked and Dusty
Lewis laid down a sacrifice bunt. Mangen pounced on the bunt but threw wild to third allowing Due to score to make it a 1-1

The Aviators took a 2-1 lead in the second inning when Alex Murphy singled and stole second. Torin Fletcher drew a walk and
Noah Ballard put down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners. Murphy scored from third on a ground out to short by Dues.

Northmont got three runs in the top of the 5th inning to take a 4-2 lead. Kyle Craddick led off with a single up the middle and
advanced to second on a bunt single by Zach Kirby. Peffley also laid down a bunt but the throw to first sailed down the right
field line allowing Craddick and Kirby to score. Peffley later scored on wild pitch.

Butler tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Spencer Sarsgard reached base on a wild throw to first by Peffley allowing
Sarsgard to motor in safe at second. Fletcher reached base on a bunt single with Sarsgard advancing to third. Dues singled to
drive-in both runners.

Ron Nunnari can be reached at 684-9124, via email or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind.


Aviators Bounce Indians 12-7
Butler overcomes seven errors to advance

VANDALIA - Survive and advance -- the credo that Butler will hope to live by for the next few weeks, as the Aviators battle
their way through the gauntlet that is the OHSAA baseball Tournament.

And while it wasn't pretty, Butler's 12-7 win over a stubborn Piqua team was the first step towards the pay dirt that every
team in Ohio is chasing this time of the year.

It wouldn't come easy however.  Butler would have to shake off a number of Piqua rallies and overcome a staggering seven
errors enroute to a win that more than made up for style points with offense, as both teams combined for twenty-two hits.

The Aviators jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of sophomore Tyler Burley scoring from third base,
after an errant Piqua throw from fellow sophomore Matt Grossman's double to left field.

The Indians would answer in the top of the third inning, when Piqua's Michel Anderson scored on the Butler error, knotting
the game at 1-1.

The teams would remain deadlocked until the fourth inning.  It was then that Butler erupted, putting together a two out rally
that would produce five runs, giving Butler what appeared to be a comfortable 6-1 lead.

Sparked by Noah Gertner's double to lead off the fifth inning, the Indians astonishingly matched the Aviators run-for-run,
plating five runs to even things once again at 6-6.

Butler answered in the next inning, as senior Alex Murphy's lead off double was the springboard in what would be six more
runs for the Aviators, swelling the Butler lead to 12-6, and effectively putting an end to Piqua's hopes of the improbable
upset of the top seeded Aviators.

Sophomore pitcher Zach Crawford (5-1) earned the win for Butler, working 2 1/3 innings of relief for starter Mitch Gremling. 
Crawford struck out two and allowed no earned runs in the effort.  Gremling notched four strikeouts and issued just one walk.

Offensively the Aviators were led by Burley who was 3-for-5 with three RBI.  Junior Chandler Craine was 2-for-3 with four RBI
and a double, while sophomore Damon Dues was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double.

The win lifts Butler to 22-5, 10-0 and sets up a rematch with Northmont (17-11, 7-3) on Thursday, May 21st at 5:00 PM.  The
game will be played at Centerville High School and there will be an admission of $5.00 a person at the gate.

Fairmont Flies Past Butler 2-1
Aviators unable to to find offense in loss

VANDALIA - The Fairmont Firebirds came to town in tournament form Monday afternoon, handing the Aviators their fifth
loss of the season, in a 2-1 defensive stalemate.  The  loss dropped the Aviators to 21-5, 10-0 on the season.

Sophomore pitcher Chaney Morgan (6-2), who leads the Firebirds in strikeouts with thirty-four, held the Butler batters to
just four hits enroute to his sixth win of the season.

Butler starter Carson Schumann took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.  That's win the Firebirds' offense came alive, plating
two runs that would prove to be enough to clinch the win.

The Aviators meanwhile struggled mightily at the plate, finally getting on the board in the bottom of the sixth, on a one out
fielder's choice by junior Nic Martin to the pitcher Morgan, scoring fellow junior Dusty Lewis from third.

Schumann's five innings, four strikeouts and two earned runs allowed would normally have been enough for the win, but
on this day the Aviators' were not able to provide an offensive spark.

Sophomore pitcher Gavin Kohler pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two.

The Aviators will hope to find their offense quickly, as the winner of Tuesday's Piqua/Sidney game will be coming to town
on Thursday for the second round of the 88th Annual  OHSSA Baseball Tournament.  Game time is set for 5:00 PM.

Aviators Get Past Creek 5-3
Butler bounces back to notch 21st win

VANDALIA -The best way to get over a loss is to bounce back with a win.  That is exactly what the Aviators did Saturday
afternoon, dispatching the visiting Beavers of Beavercreek 5-3.

Junior Mitch Gremling (7-1) picked-up his seventh win of the year, striking out three through five innings of work.  Junior Dalton
Gaskins provide relief on the mound, pitching the final two innings of shutout baseball, and notching a critical strikeout earning
the save.

Offensively the Aviators were paced by the late game heroics of junior outfielder Torin Fletcher.  Tied up in the bottom of the
sixth, with two on and two out, Fletcher's liner to left scored sophomore Tyler Burley to break the tie and give Butler a 4-3

A batter later, junior first baseman Chandler Craine hit an RBI single, scoring fellow junior Dusty Lewis for the 5-3 lead.

The Aviators outhit Beavercreek 13-7, and in doing so earned their 21st win of the season, swelling their record to 21-4.

Other Aviators with key offensive contributions included Matt Grossman who was 3-for-3, Damon Dues who was 3-for-4 with
an RBI and Alex Murphy who finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Butler will return to action on Monday hosting Fairmont (16-6, 6-4) in what will be the final tune-up game before the 88th
Annual OHSSA Baseball Tournament kicks off on Thursday versus the winner of the Piqua/Sidney game.

Moeller Steals The Show In 10-2 Win
Aviators learn lesson as tourney approaches

VANDALIA - It wasn't a tournament game, but it had all of the hype and then some of a regional-final.  From  the overflowing
crowd, camera crew, and festivities --- it was definitely a spectacle to see.

It was a big stage opportunity that Moeller didn't pass up, as the record crowd watched the  #1 ranked Crusaders cruise past
#6 Butler by a final score of 10-2.

While the Aviators showed at times that they were up for the challenge and could go toe-to-toe with the seven time state
champions, a forgettable first inning, in which Moeller plated fives runs, ultimately set the tone in this one.

Despite sophomore Damon Dues turning in an impressive 3-for-3 performance at the plate, an early lead and relentless
Crusader offense proved too difficult to overcome.  Moeller outhit Butler 13-7, but it was the two errors and four unearned runs
that were perhaps the biggest difference makers in this one.

Sophomore Zach Crawford did an admirable job for the Aviators on the mound, working five innings with one strikeout and allowed
just two walks.  Fellow sophomore Gavin Kohler worked the final two innings with three strikeouts and no earned runs.

For a team like the 20-4 Aviators, a loss this close to the tournament will provide valuable insight and serve as a lesson.  Should
the Aviators put together a strong run in the tournament, it's inevitable that these two teams will meet again.  And for Butler, they
will aim to arrive at that game a different team.

Aviators Clobber Carlisle 7-1
Schumann pitches a six-strikeout beauty

VANDALIA - After a weekend setback at Northmont, the Aviators returned to their winning ways, stringing together three
consecutive wins in three days.  After sweeping a division series with Trotwood, the Aviators  notched their 20th win of the
season with a 7-1 victory over Carlisle (14-8, 9-3).

Junior righty Carson Schumann (3-1) picked up his third win of the season, striking out six batters and allowing no earned
runs through six innings of work.  Sophomore Gavin Kohler closed the game out in the seventh inning with two strikeouts.

Offensively Butler scattered ten hits and it was seniors Spencer Sarsgard  and Ben Slaton leading the charge for the Aviators
at the plate, going 2-for-2.  Sarsgard has two RBI while Slaton scored three runs.

Fellow senior Alex Murphy added a double and a run in the winning effort.  Additionally junior first baseman Chandler Craine
finished the night 2-for-2 with and RBI.

Butler returns to action on Friday evening, playing host to top ranked Moeller (20-3, 7-2).  The game will be a clash between
two of the state's top teams, both ranked in the Division I top ten and both twenty-game winners.  The game which is slated
to begin at 7:00 PM will also be in conjunction with Senior Night and $1 Hotdog Night.

Aviators Stage Furious Comeback
Butler shakes off upset bid in 16-9 win over Elks

CENTERVILLE - It was throwback jersey day at Booster Park and the Elks (8-11, 2-6) who are having an uncharacteristic
season, did their best to channel the great Centerville teams of the past.  In a game that would ultimately be another lopsided
win for the Aviators, the Elks at one point appeared to be on their way to an upset win.

The GWOC crossover was an offensive spectacle, with both teams combining for 25 runs and an eye popping 31 hits.  After
a number of lead changes, the Aviators would ultimately come away with the 16-9 victory, improving to 17-2, 8-0 on the season.

Butler bolted out to an early 6-1 lead but the Elks battled back with three runs in both the third and fourth innings to take a 7-6
lead.  The Aviators took advantage of a Will Bohlman balk in the top of the fifth inning, scoring junior Torin Fletcher from third to
knot the game at 7-7.

The tie would be short lived however, as Tanner Hamilton's 2 RBI single put the Elks back on top with a 9-7 advantage.

The Butler bats were awakened an inning later as the Aviators pounded out an eye popping nine hits and nine runs over the final
two innings of play for the comeback win.

Offensively junior first baseman Chandler Craine set the pace going 4-for-4 with three doubles and four RBI.  Senior Spencer
Sarsgard and sophomore Damon Dues were each 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Senior Alex Murphy added a double and two RBI,
while junior Torin Fletcher 2-for-4 with two runs and three stolen bases.

Junior Carson Schumann (1-1) picked up the win for Butler, coming on in relief of starter Zach Crawford in the fifth inning. 
Schumann worked the final three innings, striking out one and allowing just two runs.

Butler returns to action Saturday, traveling to Northmont to face the former GWOC North rival Thunderbolts (10-9, 5-3).

Aviators Claim GWOC North Crown
Butler powers past Piqua 9-3, streak now at 14

VANDALIA - After narrowly missing a share of the GWOC North title a year ago, the Aviators left nothing to chance this time
around, blasting through Piqua Tuesday night 9-3, to secure the division crown.

Sophomore pitcher Tyler Burley (5-0) was the pitcher of record for the Aviators, working 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts en
route to his fifth win of the year.  Fellow sophomore Zach Crawford came on in relief, pitching the final 1 2/3 innings and adding
a strikeout.

Senior pitcher Michael Anderson took the loss for Piqua, as the Aviators peppered the Indians for thirteen hits.

Senior outfielder Alex Murphy led Butler offensively, going 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI.  Junior Noah Ballard was 2-for-3
with a double and fellow junior Torin Fletcher also went 2-for-3 from the plate.  Sophomore Damon Dues finished 2-for-4 on the day.

The Aviators will get a few days of rest before jumping right back into GWOC action with games against Centerville (7-10, 2-6)  and
Northmont (9-9, 5-3) of the GWOC South.

Butler Punishes Piqua 8-0
Aviators continue to sizzle in shutout win

PIQUA - Despite the cold weather, the Aviators remained red hot, winning their thirteenth straight in an 8-0 shutout win over
GWOC North foe Piqua (9-8, 4-3)

Junior pitcher Mitch Gremling (6-0) remained perfect on the season, picking up his sixth win in yet another dazzling performance.
Gremling pitched a complete game, striking out seven, allowing just two hits and issuing zero walks.

Offensively Butler scattered eleven hits, getting an early beat on sophomore starter Travis Smith.

Junior Torin Fletcher along with sophomores Matt Grossman and Tyler Burley each had two hits.  Burley added an additional
two RBI, while Fletcher scored two runs.  Junior first baseman Chandler Craine also added two RBI in the win.

With the win the Aviators are now 15-2 overall and 7-0 in the GWOC North and closing in on sole possession of the division.

Butler and Piqua will wrap-up the series Tuesday at Butler.  Game time is 5:00 PM.

Aviators Soar Past Xenia 12-3
Butler wins 12th straight in blowout road win

XENIA - The Aviators continued their winning ways Friday, demolishing host Xenia 12-3 for their twelfth straight win.

After both teams scored one run each in the first inning, Butler took control and seized the game in the top of the second
inning, plating five runs for a 6-1 edge.  The Aviators would tack on six additional runs in the final two innings to secure the
blowout win.

Sophomore Zach Crawford (4-0) picked up his fourth win of the season, striking out four and allowing just one run through
5 2/3 innings of work.  Crawford was relieved by junior Mitch Gremling, who closed out the game for Butler by retiring the
four batters he faced in order.

Offensively Butler was paced by senior Spencer Sarsgard, who was an impressive 3-for-4 with four RBI.  Sophomore Tyler
Burley continued to sizzle at the plate, also going 3-for-4 with three runs.  Juniors Dusty Lewis and Alex Murphy also added
an RBI each.

Defensively Lewis had seven assists and displayed some nice glove work on the field.

The win lifts Butler to 14-2, 6-0 GWOC North as they prepare to face GWOC North foe Piqua in a Monday/Tuesday division
series.  Games at Centerville and Northmont will round out the week of baseball action for Butler.

Butler Handles Troy In 14-6 Romp
Aviators take control of GWOC North title chase

TROY - The Aviators followed up Monday's statement win over Troy with an exclamation mark, routing the Trojans on their
home field by a final score of 14-6.

Butler wasted no time getting on the board.  Sophomore shortstop Damon Dues took the very first pitch of the game, a low
fastball from Trojan pitcher Trenton Wood and turned it into a lead off double.  Two batters later, junior first baseman Chadler
Craine's hard grounder scored Dues from third, giving Butler and early 1-0 lead.

The Aviators would blow the game wide open over the third and fourth innings, plating six additional runs to take a commanding
7-0 lead.

Just when it looked as if things were well in hand, an error ridden bottom of the fourth allowed the Trojans to plate five runs and
narrow the Butler lead to just 7-5.

With Troy threatening, the Aviators quickly got back to work.  Senior outfielder Spencer Sarsgard got the fifth inning started with
a lead off single.  The line drive to left field would setup the offensive play of the game two batters later when junior outfielder Torin
Fletcher drove a 1-1 fastball over the centerfield wall for a two-run home run and a 9-5 lead.

Butler wouldn't look back from there, tacking on another five runs in the sixth inning for a convincing win over the Trojans.

The Aviators got another strong pitching performance from sophomore Tyler Burley (4-0) who picked up the win.  Burley worked
five innings, striking out eight and allowed just three earned runs.  Burley was relieved by fellow sophomore Zach Crawford who
pitched the final two innings, and notched a strikeout.

Offensively Butler was paced by Dues who was 4-for-4 with a double, three runs and two stolen bases.  Burley went 4-for-5 from
the plate with three stolen bases.  Sarsgard was 3-for-5 with a double, while senior Alex Murphy netted a double and triple.

The Aviators will get a few days off before heading to Xenia for a Friday match-up against the GWOC South Buccs.

Aviators Knock Off Troy 7-2
Butler hands Trojans their first loss

VANDALIA - It went without saying -- this was a big one.  The first of two games in a crucial series with GWOC North rival Troy.
Over the last three seasons, this series has been key in determining the division crown, and this year is no different. 

The Trojans entered the game undefeated and riding a twelve game winning streak.  Meanwhile the Aviators also entered the
game with a streak of their own.  Winners of nine straight, Butler hadn't taken a loss since falling to Central in Myrtle Beach on
April 2nd.

For the Aviators, the streak was not about to be snapped on their home field, as the Aviators would turn a four-run fourth inning
into a huge 7-2 win over the visiting Trojans.

The first three innings were a pitcher's duel and it looked as if the first team to score could be the winner.  After failing to
capitalize on having two runners aboard with no outs in the bottom of the third, Butler watched the Trojans take a 1-0
lead in the top of the fourth.

That was the wake-up call Butler needed. The Aviator offense erupted over the next two innings, plating four runs in the fourth
and another three insurance runs in the fifth.

Offensively Butler was paced by sophomore Tyler Burley who went 3-for-4 with an RBI and fellow sophomore Damon Dues, who
went 2-for-4 with a crucial double.  Junior Noah Ballard had two RBI and fellow junior Chandler Craine also added an RBI.

On the mound, junior pitcher Mitch Gremling (5-0) did a masterful job of holding the Trojans in check.  The right-hander allowed just
three hits and struck out five in a complete game performance.

With the win, Butler improves to 12-2,5-0 and gains sole possession of first place in the North.  The Aviators will hope to ride the
momentum of Monday's win into the series finale on Tuesday afternoon at Troy.


Butler Wins Back and Forth Battle
Aviators pick-up 11-9 road win at Davidson

HILLIARD - It wasn't the prettiest win the Aviators will record this season, but in a game where style points mean nothing,
Butler's 11-9 win over Hilliard-Davidson was still a thing of beauty.

Leading 3-0 in the bottom half of the second inning, the Aviators found themselves on the receiving end of an offensive
barrage from the Wildcats, as they plated seven runs to take a commanding 7-3 lead into the third inning.

From there, Butler would score at least one run each inning thereafter and escape with the hard fought win.

Senior Alex Murphy got the start for Butler, and was relieved by junior Carson Schuman after 1 1/3 innings of work.  Schuman
worked the bulk of the game, logging 4 1/3 innings while striking out four.  Junior Mitch Gremling closed things out for Butler
throwing the final 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts, earning the win to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Offensively the Aviators were paced by junior Dusty Lewis who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and senior Spencer
Sarsgard who was 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Sophomore Damon Dues hit a triple and added and RBI.  Sophomore Tyler Burley and
junior Torin Fletcher each added an RBI each.

The win propels Butler to 11-2, 4-0 and sets up a key series Monday and Tuesday against GWOC North foe Troy (12-0, 4-0).  Game
one of the two game series will be at Butler, with the opening pitch slated for 5:00 PM.

Aviators Throttle Vikings 11-1
Butler hammers out 13 hits in run-rule victory

VANDALIA - The Aviator Express continued it's roll Friday afternoon, pushing on to an 11-1 run-rule win over Miamisburg.
Sophomore pitcher Zach Crawford (3-0) remained perfect on the year, striking out four and allowing just one run through five
innings of work.

Offensively for Butler, sophomore shortstop Damon Dues went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.

The win, Butler's eighth straight lifts the Aviators to 10-2, 4-0 on the season, heading into Saturday's game at Hilliard-Davidson.
Game time is set for 1:00 PM.

Butler Takes Two From Wave
Aviators remain unbeaten in division play

VANDALIA - Pitcher Tyler Burley (3-0) earned his third win in as many starts in impressive fashion, striking out eleven batters
en route to a 6-3 win over Greenville.  The sophomore righty went the distance for Butler, allowing no earned runs.

Burley also had a solid day at the plate along with fellow sophomore Damon Dues, each netting two hits apiece.  Junior Chandler
Craine had three RBI and senior Ben Slaton added a double.

The win pushes the Aviators' win streak to seven games and improved their overall record to 9-2, 4-0.  Butler plays host to
Miamisburg on Friday at 5:00 PM.

Aviators Crash Green Wave 12-2
Butler cruises to run-rule victory on the road

GREENVILLE - When you're hot you're hot, and the Aviators are on fire, winning their sixth consecutive game with a 12-2
run-rule win over Greenville.

Junior Mitch Gremling (3-0) went the distance pitching five innings, striking out three and allowing no earned runs.  While
Gremling's performance was solid, it was the offensive outpouring that allowed the Aviators to cruise.

Butler was lead offensively by sophomore shortstop Damon Dues, who was an impressive 4-for-4 at the plate.  Fellow
sophomore Matt Grossman and junior Dusty Lewis each had two hits and three RBI.  Junior Chandler Craine also had
two hits and an RBI for the Aviators.

The win lifts Butler to 8-2, 3-0 on the season as they prepare to close the series with Greenville at home Tuesday afternoon
at 5:00 PM.

Aviators Fly Past Elder 7-4
Butler earns fifth consecutive victory

VANDALIA - The Aviators continued their winning ways Saturday afternoon, knocking off Elder 7-4 for their fifth straight win.

Butler jumped on the visiting Panthers early, plating three runs in the first inning and never looked back.  Elder would slowly
chip away at the Butler lead, but was never able to overcome the early deficit en route to their first loss of the season.

Sophomore Tyler Burley had three hits with a run scored, while junior Torin Fletcher and sophomore Damon Dues each
added two hits apiece.

Sophomore pitcher Zach Crawford (2-0) earned his second win in as many starts working four innings.  Fellow sophomore Tyler
Burley came on in relief, while junior Mitch Gremling came on late to earn save.

The Aviators will get a day off before springing back into division action when they travel to Greenville on Monday for a 5:00
showdown versus the Greenwave.

Butler Outlasts Springfield 12-11
Aviators win a wild one Friday night over Cats

VANDALIA - It wasn't without plenty of drama, but the Aviators extended their winning streak to four in a row, with a 12-11 win
over visiting Springfield Friday night.

The Aviators looked to be on point early, scoring three runs right off the bat in the first inning.  Sophomore Matt Grossman, junior
Chandler Craine and senior Spencer Sarsgard put together three consecutive RBI's for the early 3-0 lead.

The Wildcats would answer back with five runs over the next two innings, to take a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the third inning.

The Springfield lead would prove to be short-lived as the Aviators plated five runs in the bottom half of the third, retaking the lead
with a 8-5 advantage.

There would be two more lead changes and an 11-11 tie in this would, before the Aviators would eventually seal the deal in the
bottom of the seventh inning.

The late game heroics were setup when junior Dustin Lewis squared up a text book bunt down the first base line, to get aboard
as the winning run.  A Wildcat error two batters later would put Chandler Craine aboard at first, and Lewis just steps away from
victory at third.

Senior catcher Ben Slaton hammered an 0-2 offering into centerfield, scoring Lewis for the 12-11 walk-off, Aviator win.

Senior pitcher Alex Murphy came on in relief of junior starter Carson Schuman to work the final four innings, striking out four and
issuing zero walks en route to getting the win.  With the win, Butler improves to 6-2,2-0 on the season.

Butler gets right back at it Saturday afternoon, playing host to Elder at 1:30 PM.  The Panthers are currently undefeated, sitting at 4-0,1-0.

Butler Sweeps Sidney In Series
Aviators win third straight, with 8-3 victory

VANDALIA - Inclement weather forced Wednesday's rematch against Sidney to be played at Butler, with the Aviators acting as

the visiting team.  Butler however looked right at home, surging past the Yellow Jackets for another convincing 8-3 win.

Just as they did two days earlier, Sidney jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.  The Butler bats were awakened

an inning later, with the Aviators plating three runs to take a 3-2 lead.  Butler would add an additional five runs in the fourth and

fifth innings to put the game away as the heavy rains set in.

Junior pitcher Mitch Gremling (2-0) earned his second win of the year, working five complete while striking out three.

Offensively for Butler Junior Chandler Craine had double and three RBI. Sophomore Damon Dues had two hits and two RBI, while
senior Spencer Sarsgard had a double.

With the win, Butler improves to 5-2, 2-0 on the season.  The Aviators return to action on Friday, playing host to Springfield at
5:00 PM.


Aviators Overwhelm Sidney 9-2
Butler opens division play with a key victory

VANDALIA - Butler returned home from a successful road trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Monday, knocking off
division foe Sidney 9-2.

The Aviators got a clutch performance from pitcher Tyler Burley (2-0), who notched his second win of the season going
the distance on the mound.  Burley allowed no walks while striking out nine, and surrendering just two runs in the first.  The
sophomore righty was in control all night and got a good backing from his defense.

After trailing 2-0 early, the Aviators rallied in the bottom half of the second inning to take the lead and total control of the game.
Sophomore Damon Dues got the party started with a two-run double to knot the game at 2-2.  Burley helped his own cause a
pitch later, ripping a two-run single to center field, for a 4-2 lead.

Butler batters plated an additional five runs over the next three innings, scattering a total of nine hits en route to the lopsided

Offensively Butler was led by sophomore Matt Grossman who was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a run.  Junior Chandler
Craine was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while fellow junior Noah Ballard went 2-for-4 at the plate.

The win lifts Butler to 4-2, (1-0) in the GWOC North as they prepare to travel to Sidney on Tuesday for the series finale.

Butler Tops Pickerington North
Crawford pitches a gem in 1-0 Ripken finale

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Sophomore pitcher Zach Crawford (1-0) picked up his first win of the year in a gutsy performance
versus Pickerington North Friday afternoon.  The right-hander held the Panthers scoreless through 6 1/3 innings of work,
striking out three and allowing just four hits, in Butler's 1-0 win.

The stalemate was finally ended in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Aviators relying on a little "small ball" to engineer
what would be the winning run.

The inning began with a walk being issued to junior Dusty Lewis.  The speedy Lewis took advantage of a passed ball to
secure his spot at third, just 90-feet from the first run of the day.  Senior catcher Ben Slaton put his bat square on a first
pitch fastball, scoring Lewis and arriving safely at first for a successful sacrifice bunt.

An inning later, junior pitcher Mitch Gremling came on to record the final two outs to secure the win, and his first save of
the season.

The victory capped a successful week for the Aviators at the Ripken Experience, where they finished 3-2 against elite
national competition.

Butler returns home for the start of divisional play, hosting Sidney on Monday at 5:00 PM.

Aviators Oust Knights 6-3
Butler earns win over Pittsford Sutherland

MYRTLE BEACH, SC -  The Aviators turned another hot start into another victory Wednesday afternoon, knocking off
Pittsford Sutherland 6-3.  The win is the second for the Aviators in three days, this one coming against a Knights team
that is just a year removed from the New York State Final Four.

Butler wasted no time in this one, plating four runs in the first inning and quickly adding two in the second, surging to an
early 6-0 lead.  The Knights would eventually get on the board, plating two runs in the bottom frame of the third.  Butler
withstood two major threats in both the fourth and fifth innings, as the Knights were able to load the bases. 

After getting out of the fourth inning unscathed, Butler again found itself in the same predicament an inning later with the
bases loaded and no outs.  Sutherland's Will Groark ripped a line drive that was snagged by Butler shortstop Damon Dues,
and quickly flipped to Dustin Lewis at second for a double play.

Sophomore Tyler Burley (1-0) went the distance for Butler on the mound, earning his first win in his first start.  Burley struck
out three, and turned in a solid performance at the plate as well, going 2-for-4 with  double and two runs.

Junior Nic Martin went 3-for-4 with a double and sophomore Matt Grossman was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.  Juniors
Dustin Lewis and Chandler Craine each coupled for three RBI.

After today's bounce back win, Butler will look to make two in a row when they face Central High School of of Phenix City,
Alabama on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 PM.

Herndon Drops Butler 7-4
Aviators take first loss of the season

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Despite another fast start offensively, the Aviators were unable to come away with a road win Tuesday

afternoon versus Herndon (VA), falling to the Hornets 7-4.

Playing at Pelican's Ballpark, home to the A-Class Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Aviators jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.
Junior Chandler Craine's RBI single and a timely fielding error by the Herndon second baseman gave Butler a two score


The Hornets batters answered, plating five runs over the next two innings, taking a lead that they would not relent.

Offensively Butler was paced by sophomore Tyler Burley who went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run and an RBI.  Sophomore

Matt Grossman and the aforementioned Craine each added RBI's in the losing effort.

Senior Alex Murphy and sophomore Zach Crawford combined on the mound for six strikeouts, and allowed just four earned

runs.  The Aviators will put this loss behind them and return to action Wednesday afternoon, facing off against the Knights

of Pittsford Sutherland (NY).  The opening pitch is slated for 12:00 PM.


Aviators Hold Off Gonzaga
Butler wins opener 6-4 in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Aviators opened up the 2015 season, beating Gonzaga College High School (Washington D.C.)
6-4 in the opener of what will be five games at the Ripken Experience.

Making their first appearance since 2012, the Aviators got a solid outing from junior pitcher Mitch Gremling (1-0) who went
the distance while striking out two and allowing zero walks.

After surging to 6-1 lead, the Eagles plated three runs through the last two innings to tighten the gap.  A hard grounder to
sophomore shortstop Damon Dues was scooped up and thrown to the waiting glove of Chandler Craine at first base to
secure the win.

Offensively Butler was led by junior Dustin Lewis who got on base twice and scored two runs.  Sophomores Tyler Burley
and Matt Grossman each scored runs in the effort, while senior Spencer Sarsgard added an RBI and run.

The Aviators (1-0, 0-0) return to action on Tuesday versus Herndon (VA) at 12:00 PM EST.  The contest will be played at
Pelican's Ballpark, home of the minor league Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

2015 Season Preview
Aviators Are Young, But Experienced

VANDALIA - The Aviator hardballers hope to reap the dividends of playing with a lot of youth last year.  For Butler the
experience starts on the mound, where a number of underclassmen notched valuable innings of work last season.

Butler returns pitchers , senior Alex Murphy (6.56 ERA), juniors Mitch Gremling (3.25), Carson Schumann (3.20),
left-hander Dalton Gaskins  (2.80), and sophomores Zach Crawford (5.91), Gavin Kohler 4.50), Nathan Stogdill (4.07) and
Dylan Welch (4.67)

All eight  got time on the varsity bump last spring, experience which head coach Trent Dues hopes will go a long way in
2015.  "Hopefully the experience from last year will pay off" ,said Dues.  They, along with sophomores Ryan Townsend
and Tyler Burley, will be vying for innings this season for Butler.

Behind the plate, Senior Ben Slaton (.235 batting average) returns as well as converted infielder junior Noah Ballard.  
Senior Jacob Burton will provide additional depth at the catcher position.

The Aviators return the bulk of the infield from a year ago.  Junior first baseman Chandler Craine (.333) returns after
having a productive season both at the plate and at first base in 2014.  Junior Dusty Lewis (.288) returns at second
base.  After a slow start last spring, Lewis settled in offensively and defensively  towards the end of the season, finishing

Sophomore Damon Dues (.376) started all 27 games at shortstop, doing an admirable job offensively and defensively,
leading the team in stolen bases, OBP, runs and walks.  Fellow sophomores Matt Grossman and Tyler Burley look to man
the “hot corner” at third base.   Senior Jacob Burton and junior  Torin Fletcher will provide depth in the infield.  Burley,
Gremling, Schumann, and Gaskins will provide depth at first base as needed.

Looking to replace center-fielder Jacob Naas is junior Torin Fletcher.  Fletcher can cover a lot of ground with good
athleticism and a strong arm.  Returning at the corner outfield spots are senior Alex Murphy (.316) and junior Nic Martin
(.418).  Martin and Murphy both bring good sticks to the lineup and good athleticism to both left and right field.  Martin’s
batting average of .418 led the team in 2014. 

Senior Spencer Sarsgard looks to return to form from his sophomore season after being hampered with a back issue for
most of last year.   Gaskins, Burley, Ballard, and Slaton provide depth in the outfield for Butler. 

In spite of being one of the younger Butler teams of record, Dues likes the potential that he has seen with this group. 
"This team seems to have good chemistry and a very good work ethic", said Dues.  Time will tell as to who steps to the
forefront based on who swings the bat and can also fall into the puzzle defensively."

The Aviators open the 2015 season on Saturday, March 28th at 1:00 PM versus Coldwater at the University of Dayton.