Aviators win in grand fashion


Walk-off grand slam punctuates dominating win over St. Francis DeSales

Staff report



Tyler Burley takes a lead off second base.


Photo by Christine Grossman

Matt Grossman holds a DeSales runner close at first.


Photo by Christine Grossman

Joe Jackson earned his first win of the season versus DeSales.


Photo by Christine Grossman

Gavin Kohler held the St. Francis DeSales offense scoreless in relief of Jackson.


Photo by Christine Grossman

Preston Tofstad takes a lead off second base


Photo by Christine Grossman

Teammates greet Henry Barwick after his grand slam ended an 11-0 win over St. Francis DeSales on Tuesday at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, SC.


Photo by Christine Grossman

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.

Tyler Burley takes a lead off second base.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/03/web1_Burley-2.jpgTyler Burley takes a lead off second base. Photo by Christine Grossman

Matt Grossman holds a DeSales runner close at first.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/03/web1_Grssman.jpgMatt Grossman holds a DeSales runner close at first. Photo by Christine Grossman

Joe Jackson earned his first win of the season versus DeSales.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/03/web1_JoeJackson.jpgJoe Jackson earned his first win of the season versus DeSales. Photo by Christine Grossman

Gavin Kohler held the St. Francis DeSales offense scoreless in relief of Jackson.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/03/web1_Kohler.jpgGavin Kohler held the St. Francis DeSales offense scoreless in relief of Jackson. Photo by Christine Grossman

Preston Tofstad takes a lead off second base
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/03/web1_Tofstad.jpgPreston Tofstad takes a lead off second base Photo by Christine Grossman

Teammates greet Henry Barwick after his grand slam ended an 11-0 win over St. Francis DeSales on Tuesday at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, SC.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/03/web1_Barwick.jpgTeammates greet Henry Barwick after his grand slam ended an 11-0 win over St. Francis DeSales on Tuesday at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, SC. Photo by Christine Grossman
Walk-off grand slam punctuates dominating win over St. Francis DeSales

Staff report

Reprinted with permission from VandaliaButlerBaseball.com.

Reprinted with permission from VandaliaButlerBaseball.com.