MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina — The Aviators improved to 4-0 Wednesday evening, with a 8-0 win over the Nordonia Knights (2-1). Hailing from Macedonia, Ohio the Knights came into their contest with Butler undefeated, but as they have all season, the Aviators proved to be a tough out.
After a scoreless first inning, the Aviators took advantage of a passed ball scoring Matt Grossman from third for a 1-0 lead. A pitch later, the Aviators would plate another run courtesy of a passed ball, for an early 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Knights, it would be an ominous sign of what was to come.
Passed balls and errant throws would derail the Knights, putting them into precarious situations all evening long, against an incredibly opportunistic Butler team.
As if things weren’t bad enough for Nordonia, offensively they were facing sophomore pitcher and Wright State University commit Braedon Norman (2-0).
Norman was again dominant on the mound, striking out nine, and carried a no hitter well into the fifth inning.
More impressive was Norman’s ability to pitch out of trouble. After 4 1/3 innings of hitless ball, the Knights finally saw some activity on the basepaths.
Trailing 5-0, Nordonia managed to load the bases and hoped to get back into the game with a timely hit. Norman would have none of it.
Pitching well beyond his years, Norman went to work striking out the final two batters of the inning, quickly extinguishing the threat and any hopes of a comeback.
Norman turned in six strong innings from the bump, allowing just one hit on the night.
Senior Nathan Stogdill came on in the seventh and closed out the win with three quick outs.
Offensively the Aviators were led by junior Preston Tofstad who had 2 RBI and junior Joe Jackson who finished 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs.
Senior Tyler Burley also added an RBI to the mix, going 2-for-4 from the plate.
Butler gets right back at it Thursday afternoon, squaring off against the Bruins of Padua Franciscan at 4:00 PM. The Bruins are out of Parma, Ohio.
Reprinted with permission from VandaliaButlerBaseball.com.