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VANDALIA - For the second day in a row Butler blanked the Sidney Yellowjackets, this time to the tune of 5-0.

The Aviators also got a repeat stellar pitching performance, courtesy of Cody Borchers and Alex Joynes.

Borchers got the start for Butler, working six strong innings from the mound, allowing just two hits while striking out nine enroute to the win.

Alex Joynes came on in the seventh to slam the door shut, picking up the save.

At the plate, Quinton Hall went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double. 

Zach Fults had two  RBI and Karter Peck also added an RBI for the Aviators.

With the win Butler improved to 13-4 overall & 8-0 in GWOC North play. 

Butler will get a day off and then will end the week with two league games against Trotwood at home Thursday and a trip to face red hot Xenia on Friday.

SIDNEY - The Aviators returned from their weeklong roadtrip and showed no signs of fatigue, crushing GWOC North foe Sidney 11-0 Monday afternoon.

Butler has won 11 of the its last 13 games and remained hot against the Yellowjackets, hammering out eleven hits and stealing nine bases.

Sophomore lefty Quinton Hall was again hot on the mound for Butler, pitching a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts.  Hall surrendered just two hits to Sidney in the win.

Not only was Hall effective on the mound, he also sizzled at the plate going 3-for-4 with and RBI and two runs scored.

Zach Fults, Cooper Harestad and Cam Miller each added two RBI and Karter Peck was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double.

Butler and Sidney will wrap-up the series tomorrow at Butler with a 5:00 start time.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Aviators wrapped-up their week at The Ripken Experience Thursday night with two bigs wins, to finish their roadtrip with a 3-1 record.

Originally scheduled to play games on both Thursday and Friday, the threat of inclement weather forced the Aviators into a doubleheader against Mount Tabor (NC) and St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (NY).

For Butler it would wind up being two wins earned in very different fashions.

Game One began like most of the other games this week, shaping up to be a defensive battle with limited offense.

On the mound for Butler, Alex Joynes was solid pitching a complete game, striking out five.

Mount Tabor jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.  The Aviators would answer in the third on a Boston Smith double, scoring Zach Fults to knot the game at 1-1.

In the top of the next inning the Spartans plated two runs to regain the lead at 3-1.  

The Aviators however answered in the bottom of the sixth inning with a Karter Peck RBI scoring Quinton Hall to cut the lead to 3-2.

After a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, the Aviators had one last chance for heroics  – and that is exactly what they delivered.

Charlie Dent got things started with a leadoff single.  Kaden Echeman reached on a catcher's interference call, and with two outs and time running out, Cam Miller hit a sharp grounder through the Spartan's shortstop Jack Ballsieper, to plate Greaser and Echeman for the dramatic 4-3 walk-off win.

In the nightcap the Aviators handed the Marauders of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (NY) their first loss of the season win an 8-0 shutout win.

Senior Braedon Norman made his first start of the year and looked good in the win, working two innings of hitless baseball with four strikeouts.  Cam Miller pitched the remaining five innings and was red hot, striking out eight, while allowing just one hit.

Byron Greaser went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Karter Peck was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI.  Cody Borchers and Boston Smith each tripled in the blowout win.

The Aviators (11-4, 6-0) return to GWOC North action on Monday, facing off with the Yellow Jackets at Sidney.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - For the second straight day the Aviators were treated to beautiful blue skies and a quality opponent in West Forsyth.

The Titans who hail from Clemmons, North Carolina are one of the top 4A baseball programs in the Winston-Salem area and it showed in Tuesday's 7-2 win over Butler.

Much like Monday's game, the Aviators and Titans battled it out for six full innings, until the Titans sealed things in the seventh inning.

Sophomore Boston Smith got things started for the Aviators early, hitting a first inning homerun for an early 1-0 lead.  Smith would go on to finish 2-for-3 from the plate with a double.

The Titans answered in the third inning, plating two runs to take a 2-1 lead and added another in the fourth inning to go ahead 3-1.

Karter Peck, who would finish 2-for-3  on the afternoon picked up an RBI in the bottom half of the fourth, scoring Boston Smith from third to cut the lead to 3-2.

It was as close at it would get, as West Forsyth slammed the door in the top of the seventh plating four additional runs for a 7-2 lead.

Clinging to hope, the Aviators loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not to be as the Titans extinguished the threat.

The Aviators (9-4, 6-0) will enjoy a day off tomorrow and then return to action Thursday evening with a 6:00 PM tilt against Mount Tabor out of Winston-Salem, NC.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - For the better part of five innings Monday evening, the Aviators and Red Raiders of Fairport, New York were tangled up in a pitcher's duel.

It was a battle of southpaws with Butler sophomore Quinton Hall and Fairport senior Josh Van Bramer, an Alfred State commit making hits hard to come by for most of the night.

The Aviators would strike first in the bottom of the first inning when Cody Borchers singled to right field, plating Cam Miller for an early 1-0 lead.

The Red Raiders would capitalize on a Butler error in the third inning, putting runners at first and third with two outs.  Anthony Roides tripled on a line drive to right field, scoring Parker Houde and Tyler Holmes for a 2-1 lead.

The Aviators would retake the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning

Cam Miller's line drive to centerfield scored Quinton Hall and Mike Masters to give Butler a 3-2 lead.

Butler built on that lead an inning later with a Karter Peck RBI, scoring Boston Smith.  Will Yeary provide additional insurance with a sacrifice fly to score Peck for the 5-2 lead.

It was more than enough runs for Hall, who sizzled on the mound for Butler.  Hall went the distance for the Aviators, striking out nine and allowed just five hits through seven innings of work.

The win improves Butler to 9-3, 6-0 as the Aviators look to  a 3:00 PM match-up against West Forsyth (10-7) out of Clemmons, NC.

GREENVILLE - The Aviators wrapped-up the series with Greenville Tuesday afternoon with a resounding 21-0, runrule win.

Seemingly picking up where they left off Monday, the Aviators offense was again unstoppable as Butler turned sixteen hits and five Greenville errors into twenty-one runs.

While the offense remained hot, the pitching trifecta of Cody Borchers, Alex Joynes and Cam Miller shined on the mound for Butler.

Borchers got the start for the Aviators and pitched two strong innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three.

Joynes and Miller came on in relief and preserved the shutout, holding the Greenwave hitless for the final three innings.

Borchers helped his own cause from the plate going 4-for-5 with three RBI.

Boston Smith finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and Mike Masters was 3-for-3 with three RBI.

The win extended the Butler win streak to seven games and lifted the overall record to 8-2 and 6-0 in GWOC American play.

Butler will get a good test, playing host to a red hot Beavercreek (9-1, 5-0) on Thursday at 5:00 PM.

VANDALIA - After the first nine games of the 2019 season one thing is apparent  — these guys can hit, run and score.

As they have in each of their seven wins this season, the Aviators continued the barrage of hits, stolen bases and runs.  This time it was visiting Greenville (4-5, 2-2) on the wrong side of another lopsided Butler win, this one to the tune of 16-1.

For the Greenwave a bad day at the ballpark got worse in a hurry.

Cam Miller got the Aviators started with a leadoff single to begin the bottom of the first, after which Greenville would issue two walks and a batter hit-by-pitch, loading bases for the dangerous Karter Peck.

The bruising senior sent the first pitch he saw to deep right, with a grand slam shot over the Purple Monster for an early 5-0 lead.

It was just the beginning.

The Aviators would bat around in the first inning, eventually ending with Butler up 11-0.

Butler added three runs in the second inning and two in the fourth for the run-rule win.

Sophomore pitcher Quinton Hall had more than enough offense, as he held Greenville in check all afternoon.  The southpaw pitched four innings of shutout baseball and struck out four.

Cooper Harestad (3 RBI), Boston Smith (2 RBI), Quinton Hall and Cam Miller (2 RBI) each doubled in the win.

Butler and Greenville will complete the series Tuesday in a 5:00 PM matchup at Greenville.

VANDALIA - The long standing rivalry between Northmont and Butler might not be more celebrated than when the baseball teams from these two schools collide each year.

Saturday's game in Englewood was no different from previous years, as the usual large crowd gathered to see two old rivals meet.

Riding a four game winning streak into the game, Butler struck first erupting for six runs in the third inning for an early 6-0 lead.  The Aviators added two additional runs in the fourth inning and appeared to be cruising to yet another run-rule win with an 8-0 lead.

After three strong innings of work on the mound, starting pitcher Cody Borchers left the game with the Bolts scoreless and hitless.  

The Bolts took advantage of the change and rallied for six runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning, closing the gap to 8-6.

The Aviators answered in the fifth inning with four more runs to put the game out of reach, winning comfortably 13-7.

Cam Miller came on to close out the final two innings on the mound for Butler, striking out four while holding the Bolts to just two hits.

Offensively it was another slugfest for the Aviators who continue to see the ball well from the plate, combining for 14 hits.

Karter Peck finished 2-for-2 and added an exclamation mark to a big third inning with a homerun blast to right-field.

Boston Smith went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Cam Miller was 3-for-5 with four RBI and Zach Fults 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Fults also logged 1 2/3 quality innings on the mound, striking out two while allowing just one Northmont hit.

The Aviators resume GWOC North play Monday, hosting Greenville (3-4, 2-1) at 5:00 PM.

RIVERSIDEThe Aviators kept their winning streak alive Friday evening by defeating host Stebbins 13-0 in a GWOC American Conference matchup.  The win improved Butler to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in division play.

Butler off to a quick start with a leadoff single from Cam Miller, followed by a Zach Fults double.  Boston Smith's RBI scored Miller from third, while Cooper Harestad singled to plate Fults for the early 2-0 lead.

It was a sign of things to come for the Indians, as Butler would build upon the lead in each inning en route to the run-rule win.

Butler added one run in the second inning for a 3-0 lead, before blowing the game wide open in the third with six runs, ballooning to a 9-0 lead.

As they have all season, the Aviators was once again victimized their opponent on the basepaths, stealing twelve bases in the blowout victory.

Butler got another strong pitching performance, this time from Will Yeary who worked 2 2/3 innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out three.  Yeary also helped his own cause with an RBI and a double.

Zach Fults came on in relief and held Stebbins hitless.

Offensively a number of Aviators had a productive day, as Butler combined for seventeen hits.

Leading the charge was Cam Miller who finished the day 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI and four runs scored.  Zach Fults went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two doubles.

Cooper Harestad was 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Boston Smith was 2-for-4 with three RBI and double.

Butler returns to action Saturday at noon, making the trek across the dam to face Northmont.

VANDALIA - The Aviators improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the GWOC American Conference with an 11-1 run-rule win over visiting Piqua Wednesday afternoon.

Cooper Justice got the start on the mound for Butler and shined, holding Piqua to just three hits while striking out four through four innings of work.  Justice was relieved by Cody Borchers who was stellar in two innings of relief, holding the Indians hitless.  

"We got some very good pitching from Cooper and Cody," said head coach Trent Dues after the game.

The Aviators again utilized their speed on the basepaths, stealing an eye popping 33 bases in the two game series.  

"We again ran the bases well and had some nice hits from Boston Smith, Charlie Dent, Will Yeary, Karter Peck, Logan Case and Quinton Hall," said Dues.

Smith had two doubles, while Hall and Yeary each had a double in the win.

In addition to sound hitting and clutch pitching, the Aviators defense had a number of big plays which kept the Indians bats in check all afternoon.

"We played very good defense led by Cooper Harestad doing a nice job behind the plate tonight," Dues said.

Weather permitting the Aviators will be back at it Friday at Stebbins, with the first pitch set for 5:00 PM.

PIQUA - Butler (3-2, 2-0) outmuscled host Piqua 12-9 Tuesday night for a key GWOC American North win.

It was a back and forth affair for most of the afternoon as both teams combined for 23 hits.  The key difference in this one however was Butler's ability to seemingly steal bases at will, racking up 19 stolen bases.

The key point in the game came in the sixth inning with two outs and the Aviators trailing 9-8.  Butler senior Karter Peck crushed an RBI double to knot the game at 9-9.  Will Yeary followed suit with a clutch RBI single, scoring Peck for a 10-9 lead.  Butler would go on to add two additional runs in the seventh for insurance.

Yeary finished the day going 3-for-4 at the plate, while Peck was 2-for-3.  Boston Smith and Cooper Harestad each added two hits in the win while Quinton Hall added two RBI.

Senior Cam Miller earned the win on the mound for Butler and Kaiden Echeman picked up the save.

The Aviators will host Piqua in the series finale Wednesday at 5:00 PM.

FAIRBORN – The Aviators (2-2) evened their record Thursday evening with a 12-2 win over host Fairborn (0-2). The win was a special one, as it was win number 500 for Butler Head Coach Trent Dues, who has spent all 25 seasons as the head coach at Butler.

"The best part about 500 is the fact that my assistants Scott Thompson, Steve Clark and Mike Bardonaro started with me and we are still together," said Dues after the win.

"This is their 500th win as well.  Congrats to the guys that are the unsung heroes, they are a huge reason why I keep going."

The Aviators got off to a fast start, building a 5-0 lead after the first two innings of play. The Skyhawks rallied in the fifth, loading the bases, but were only able to come away with two runs.

Butler answered with a run in the sixth inning courtesy of a Boston Smith grounder, scoring senior Cam Miller from third.

Miller had another big day at the plate for Butler with a triple, a double, three runs and two RBI. Logan Case went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while Boston Smith added two RBI in the winning effort. 

Cooper Harestad and Charlie Dent (2 RBI) doubled for the Aviators and Zach Fults finished 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Sophomore Quinton Hall (1-1) got the start for Butler and pitched four quality innings, allowing just one run while striking out five. Hall was relieved by junior Alex Joynes who allowed just one run.

VANDALIA - Down 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh, the Aviators did their best to rally to a comeback win, but ultimately fell short in an 8-6 loss to Miamisburg Wednesday evening.  The loss dropped Butler to 1-2 on the season.

Cam Miller led the Aviators offensively going 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Zach Fults went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs.

Butler will travel to Fairborn on Thursday for a 5:00 tilt versus the Skyhawks.

VANDALIA - The Aviators shook off an opening day loss to Chaminade-Julienne, with a 7-1 win over visiting Lebanon Tuesday evening.

Senior Cam Miller and junior Alex Joynes combined on the mount, holding the Warriors to just one hit on the day.

Miller got the start, working the first two innings with two strikeouts.  Joynes pitched the final five innings, striking out two to earn the win.

Miller also paced the Aviators offensively going 2-for-2 with two RBI and three stolen bases.

Boston Smith, Quinton Hall, Logan Case, and Will Yeary each added an RBI of their own in the winning effort.

The Aviators defense put together a solid afternoon as well, playing errorless baseball.

Butler returns to action Wednesday at 5:00 pm, playing host to Miamisburg.

By: Ryan Wallace -

VANDALIA - Head Coach Trent Dues and his Aviators have set the gold standard at Butler over the last three decades, as his teams have finished no lower than second place in every season since 1995.

It's a rare feat that has been accomplished by players buying into a philosophy that requires hard work, versatility and team first attitude.

They are the pillars that Butler will lean on this spring as they enter the season banged up but eager to make the final season in the Greater Western Ohio Conference a memorable one.

Under the jerseys the words "Earn Everything" are blazoned across the backs of the Aviators.  While it is especially fitting this season, it's been a battle cry from the beginning.

Coming off of back-to-back DI District Final appearances, the Aviators bar is again set high as Dues enters his 25th season at the helm.

"We are coming into the season coming off a nice tournament run last year," said Dues.

"Winning the sectional, beating top seeded Springboro in the District Semi's and losing a tough game to Moeller, after being up early in the District finals, showed the improvement we made as the season progressed.  Being a small Division I school and competing with schools more than 2 and 3 times our size is something we have always prided ourselves on and that continued last year."

In spite of losing a number of last season's starters to graduation and injury, Dues is optimistic and eager for 2019.

"We are looking to better last year's second place finish in the GWOC North (11-4)," said Dues.

"We have some solid players coming back from last year's team that we are looking towards to stand up and lead the way."

Right out of the gate, there will be an unquestionable void on the mound for Butler.  Three year starter and senior Wright State commit Braedon Norman (3-2, 47 k's, 1.58 era, 31 ip), who is in the top five in several career pitching categories at Butler,  is recovering from Tommy John surgery last May.

The Aviators are hopeful that Norman will be able to return at some point in the season.

Sophomore Quinton Hall (5-4, 2.46 era, 42.2 ip) is coming off of an impressive freshmen season on the mound, succeeding in several big games while showing upper class composure and mound savvy.  

Junior Alex Joynes pitched 13 innings last season, gaining valuable varsity experience as a sophomore.  

Senior Edison State commit Cody Borchers (6 ip) has a strong arm and the potential to do some damage on the hill for the Aviators this spring.

"We will be looking to several guys who have the stuff to help us on the bump in seniors Cam Miller and Karter Peck, along with juniors Cooper Justice, Will Yeary and sophomore Kaiden Echeman," said Dues.

Versatility should serve the Aviators well, as Dues and staff should have a lot of flexibility with the lineups this season.

"We are blessed with having four quality catchers," said Dues.

"I can only remember one other time in my 25 year varsity career where we have been three deep behind the plate, let alone four deep. We can only catch one at a time so we are asking guys to be flexible and be able to play multiple positions."

Sophomore Boston Smith (.309, 21 RBI) logged the majority of the innings behind the plate last season and was voted the Team MVP as a freshmen.   Smith earned MVP honors with several huge hits in 2018 and threw out out 12 runners behind the dish.  

"Smith has all the tools, arm strength, athleticism, pop in his bat, running ability and game savvy," said Dues.

Senior Edison State commit Karter Peck (.329, 17 RBI), senior Baldwin Wallace commit Cooper Harestad and junior Brent Forbes are all quality catchers as well, and will split time with Smith in addition to playing other positions.

"I know they all want to catch but we have talked about this dilemma so that it does not create problems on our team," said Dues.

Quinton Hall, Cooper Harestad, Cam Miller and senior Charlie Dent will all be vying for time at first base. 

Logan Case, Cody Borchers, Byron Greaser, Zach Fults and Dylan Hartman will paltonn the middle infield for the Aviators.

Third base also has several candidates in Boston Smith, Cooper Harestad, Will Yeary, Brent Forbes and sophomore Mike Masters.

"We have a lot of guys who can do a lot.  This creates some interesting dilemmas for the coaching staff but competition breeds success and that is our ultimate goal," said Dues.
Sophomore Carson Clark who hit .260 and saw the bulk of the action at second base as a freshman last year tore his ACL in basketball, but there is hope that he will be able to contribute later in the season.

Similar to the infield, Butler will have tremendous depth in the outfield with Mike Masters, Cam Miller, Karter Peck, Will Yeary, Zach Fults, Brent Forbes, and Kaiden Echeman. 

"Miller and Peck played very well in the outfield last year and contributed offensively," said Dues.

"Peck has a lot of pop in his bat and Miller's ability to swing it and run will be looked upon to provide some key offense this spring,"

The pop has been shown early and often with Peck this spring, as the senior has rattled the fences a number of times and went deep against Hamilton in the preseason.

"Our lineup will probably change depending upon who is on the hill and who is hot," said Dues.  

"Many of our guys worked very hard in the off season and several are multiple sports guys," said Dues.

"They seem to have good chemistry and I  am really looking forward to going to war with them.  We have potential and now we have to put it all together.  We will give it everything we have to make that happen."