VANDALIA - After graduating arguably the most talented team in school history, there were a number of question marks coming into the 2022 season. Turns out the fusion of returning and new talent that makes up this addition of the varsity Aviators is good - really good.
As they have done for the majority of the year, the Aviators cruised to another dominant win - this time to the tune of 10-3 over Xenia. The win lifts Butler to 16-2 overall and 11-1 in the Miami Valley League.
Sophomore Jordan Taylor (6-0) picked up the win for Butler, striking out three through five innings of work. The righty who already has one no-hitter under his belt this season appeared to be headed towards his second - keeping Xenia hitless through five.
The Buccs finally broke into the hit column in the sixth inning, when Xenia's Devin Siebel doubled. It might have broken up the no-no, but did little to fend off the Aviators onslaught.
Butler was led offensively by Cayden Borchers (2-for-4, 1 RBI) and Mitch Thomas (2-for-4). Cason Bennett and Josh Morris each added 2 RBI and Jayden Watkins doubled in the win.
Freshmen Max Rubins and Hunter Richardson each had an RBI, as did Watkins.
Butler and Xenia will wrap the series on Monday at Xenia. The Aviators will then have back-to-back battles with rival Tippecanoe on Tuesday and Friday.