MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina — The Aviators improved to 3-0 with their second win in as many days at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, SC.
On Tuesday afternoon it was fellow Buckeye State foe St. Francis DeSales (2-1) taking a 11-0 loss at the hands of Butler. While the Stallions are one of the more storied D-II teams in the state, they proved no match for the upstart Aviators.
Junior pitcher Joe Jackson (1-0) earned his first varsity win of the season, pitching a strong 4 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits while striking out five.
Despite the Stallions best effort to rally throughout the middle innings, Jackson consistently found ways to pitch out of jams, forcing DeSales to strand six runners.
Senior pitcher Gavin Kohler came on in the fifth inning and picked up where Jackson left off, giving the Stallion batters fits.
Offensively Butler wasted little time getting things started, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead after the first inning.
The Aviators added three additional runs in the second inning, courtesy of a Damon Dues inside the park homerun, clearing the basepaths and putting Jackson and the Aviators in control with a 4-0 lead.
It was senior Henry Barwick who put the explanation mark on the win for Butler. After going 0-3 from the plate throughout the game, the senior got a hold of a pitch he liked, and gave it a ride. Barwick crushed a 2-1 moonshot to left field in the bottom of the sixth for the dramatic walk-off, grandslam win.
The Aviators look to stay hot as they return to action at 8:30 PM Wednesday night, facing off against Nordonia under the lights at the Polo Grounds.
Reprinted with permission from VandaliaButlerBaseball.com.