VANDALIA – On Tuesday the Lady Aviators softball team hosted divisional rival Troy. Tuesday’s game was the second contest between these two teams, with Troy taking the first one. On Monday the Lady Aviators fell to Troy by a final score of 6-3.
The second contest between these two teams would prove pivotal in the GWOC North division race. Butler would fall behind early in the contest, and never was able to catch up. The Aviators would eventually fall to Troy by a final score of 5-1. This loss moved the Aviators to one and four in the conference and six and six overall.
Butler opened the game on the defensive end, and committed consecutive errors to allow a Lady Trojan to score. The Aviators would head into the bottom of the inning trailing 1-0.
Butler would strand one in the first, and trail one to zero heading into the second. The Aviators would fight back in the second inning, scoring Lyndsey Ach, and putting the Aviators within one of Troy. Butler wouldn’t give up a run in the both the second or third, behind the pitching of senior Sydney Wilson. Troy would fight back and add a run in the fourth, following an errant throw at the plate. Butler would trail three to one in the fourth.
The Aviators struggled offensively in the final few innings, failing to add any runs. In the fifth inning, the Lady Aviators would hold troy to zero runs, after a great double play by Seniors Riley Clark and Katy Moses. The defensive end would slip in the final two innings, as Butler surrendered a run in both the 6th and 7th innings. With only three outs left, the Aviators needed to turn the offensive end in the right direction. After three ground outs, Butler would finally fall to divisional rival Troy by a final score of 5-1.
The Aviators remained in fourth place in the GWOC North division after the second loss to Troy. This loss moved Butler to 1-4 in the division and 6-6 overall. The Aviators will be back in action on Thursday when they host Centerville. That game will begin at 5 pm.
Gannon Godsey is a senior at Butler High School. Reach him at 684-8983.