Aviators win Ripken opener

Staff report

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – The Aviators (2-0) went toe-to-toe with one of the top baseball programs in Illinois Monday morning, coming away with a 3-0 win over St. Charles North (3-1), handing the North Stars their first loss of the season.

After plating an eye popping 18 runs in the season opener at Coldwater, Butler found runs to be at much more of a premium in their opening tilt of the Ripken Experience.

Pitching took center stage for most of the game, as both pitchers put together strong outings. Butler senior and University of Findlay commit Tyler Burley showed great command throughout the game, and worked out of jams like the trusted veteran he is.

It wasn’t until the fourth inning, when junior Joe Jackson broke the stalemate with two outs and two on. Jackson ripped an RBI line drive to right-field, scoring Burley and giving the Aviators a 1-0 lead.

Butler would add an additional two runs in the sixth for added insurance.

On the mound Burley (1-0) did his part all morning, keeping the North Stars off balance at the plate and the runners in check on the base paths. The right-hander turned in a strong six inning performance, striking out five and allowing just four hits.

Fellow senior Zach Crawford came on in the seventh to close the win out, picking up a save in the process.

Butler returned to action Tuesday afternoon, facing off against a somewhat local foe in St. Francis DeSales of Columbus, OH. The Mustangs were regional runner-up in last season’s OHSAA Tournament, and won back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012.

Staff report

Reprinted with permission from VandaliaButlerBaseball.com.

Reprinted with permission from VandaliaButlerBaseball.com.