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Aviators Shutout Sidney 20-0


VANDALIA - It wasn't the game that the Sidney Jackets envisioned on a couple of fronts. Originally scheduled to be played in Sidney, days of rain forced Wednesday baseball action to be played on Butler's home turf.


Unfortunately for Sidney - the Aviators were anything but hospitable in a 20-0, five inning route of the Jackets.


Butler starter Hunter Richardson (2-0) retired the side to open the game, and the Butler offense spotted Richardson a five run lead after the first inning. It was more than enough.


The Aviators would go on the score six and nine runs in the next two innings to secure the blowout win, and give Richardson a short day at the office. The lefty worked three innings of no-hit baseball, striking out four.


Sophomore Owen Strawser and freshman Tate Richardson worked the final two innings in relief, combining for five strikeouts and allowed just a single hit.


At the plate, freshman Koby Dues was 2-for-4 with five RBI, highlighted by an inside the park grand-slam. Dues nearly had an inside the park homer to go with his triple and grand-slam, but was cutdown at the plate, as the catch and throw arrived just in time.


Austin Flohre (1-for-3, 1 RBI), Hunter Richardson (1-for-2), Jackson Schilling (1-for-3, 1 RBI) and Mason Reckner (2-for-3, 4 RBI) each doubled in the win.


The win lifts Butler to 4-2, 2-0 and the Aviators and Jackets will conclude the series on Friday up in Sidney at 5:00 pm.



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