Aviators rally to win opener


Tyler Burley drives in winning runs, earns win in relief

By Gannon Godsey - For the Drummer



The Butler baseball team celebrated after winning their opening game of the season on a walk-off single by Tyler Burley.


Matt Grossman holds a runner close at first base.


Mitch Gremling makes a move to first base. Gremling pitched six innings and struck out seven batters while surrendering just one earned run.


Tyler Burley delivers a pitch in the seventh inning. Burley won the game in relief and also drove in the game-winning RBI’s in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 4-3 win over Coldwater.


VANDALIA – The Butler Aviators baseball team kicked off their 2016 campaign on Saturday when they hosted the Coldwater Cavaliers.

Butler showed a flair for the dramatic as they overcame a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning Tyler Burley laced a single to drive in a pair of runs.

Burley was also the winning pitcher by throwing a scoreless seventh inning in relief of Mitch Gremling who went six innings and struck out seven batters while surrendering just one earned run.

The Aviators, coming off a 22-6 season a year ago, looked to continue that success against the Cavaliers who also enjoyed a successful season last year even as they face a challenging schedule against some of the area’s top teams.

The Cavaliers jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after an error on a throw to first base.

Butler struck back in the third inning as they scored two runs off a hit to center field by Damon Dues.

The Cavaliers reclaimed the lead 3-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth giving up multiple hits, and then snuffed a potential rally in the bottom half of the inning as Butler stranded runners on base.

In the seventh inning Logan Flatt started the Butler rally with a single and then Torin Fletcher reached after bunting and an error by Coldwater. Nathan Stogdill laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners at second and third.

Dusty Lewis was walked intentionally to load the bases which was followed by Burley’s single to drive in a pair of runs for the win.

The Butler baseball team celebrated after winning their opening game of the season on a walk-off single by Tyler Burley.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/03/web1_ButlerBB.jpgThe Butler baseball team celebrated after winning their opening game of the season on a walk-off single by Tyler Burley.

Matt Grossman holds a runner close at first base.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/03/web1_MattGrossman.jpgMatt Grossman holds a runner close at first base.

Mitch Gremling makes a move to first base. Gremling pitched six innings and struck out seven batters while surrendering just one earned run.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/03/web1_MitchGremling.jpgMitch Gremling makes a move to first base. Gremling pitched six innings and struck out seven batters while surrendering just one earned run.

Tyler Burley delivers a pitch in the seventh inning. Burley won the game in relief and also drove in the game-winning RBI’s in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 4-3 win over Coldwater.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/03/web1_TylerBurley.jpgTyler Burley delivers a pitch in the seventh inning. Burley won the game in relief and also drove in the game-winning RBI’s in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 4-3 win over Coldwater.
Tyler Burley drives in winning runs, earns win in relief

By Gannon Godsey

For the Drummer

Gannon Godsey is a senior at Butler High School. Reach him at 684-8983.

Gannon Godsey is a senior at Butler High School. Reach him at 684-8983.

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