MIAMISBURG – The Aviators scored five runs in the first two innings of play Thursday evening, and cruised to 7-0 win over host Miamisburg.
As it has for most of the season, Butler got another superb pitching effort, as senior Carson Schumann (2-0) and junior Gavin Kohler combined for the win, the Aviators’ eleventh straight.
Schumann got the starting nod, and pitched a stellar 5 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits, while striking out six. Kohler came on in relief and promptly retired the seven batters that he faced, to close out the Butler victory.
Butler wasted little time in getting the scoring started. Dusty Lewis led the game off with a walk, and two batters later crossed the plate courtesy of junior Damon Dues hard hit RBI single to first. Matt Grossman followed with a single, and a Viking error two batters later allowed both Dues and Grossman to come across for the early 3-0 lead.
It would be all that Schumann would need. Riding the solid performance of the right-hander, the Aviators backed Schumann up with seven hits and seven runs.
Offensively Butler was led by senior Torin Fletcher who finished 3-for-4 with a double. Dues went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while seniors Chandler Craine and Noah Ballard both finished 1-for-3. Craine had a double, while Ballard notched an RBI in the win.
The Aviators return home for a Saturday match-up with Hilliard-Davidson at 12:00 p.m.
Reprinted with permission from vandaliabutlerbaseball.com.