VANDALIA — After rattling off six wins in five days over spring break, the Butler Aviators baseball team returned home to begin Greater Western Ohio Conference play on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, the Aviators hosted Piqua in their home opener and, despite a soggy afternoon, claimed a 5-1 win in a rain-shortened affair. Tyler Burley (2-0) recorded the win while tallying nine strikeouts.
Matt Grossman went 2-3 from the plate with a run and a double and Damon Dues went 2-4 with a run. Burley also recorded an RBI and a run while Nathan Stogdill and Joe Jackson also had an RBI.
On Tuesday, the Aviators traveled to Piqua and won 12-4 behind the pitching of Braedon Norman (3-0) and Jackson’s 5-5 day at the plate with a pair of RBIs.
Butler 8, Padua Franciscan 3
MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Just five games into the young season, the Aviators (5-0) have shown an ability to win in many fashions.
Coming into Thursday’s match-up against Padua Franciscan, Butler had three blowouts and a pitcher’s duel to their credit. They can now add a comeback win to the growing list of W’s, after powering past the Bruins 8-3.
After a scoreless first inning, the Bruins took an early 1-0 lead in the second. The Aviators evened things up in the bottom half of the second on an RBI single from senior Nathan Stogdill, scoring junior Jake DeMoss.
An inning late the Bruins would again hit pay dirt, plating two more runs to grab a 3-1 lead. The lead however, would be short-lived.
Stogdill cashed in another clutch at bat for Butler, ripping a 2 RBI line drive to centerfield, scoring DeMoss and junior Dolen Fults to knot the game at 3-3.
Stogdill would come around to score shortly thereafter, courtesy of an RBI single off the bat of junior Preston Tofstad for the 4-3 lead.
The Aviators would an additional four runs over the next two innings to secure the win, their fifth straight of the season.
Senior pitcher and Ohio University commit (Golf) Zach Crawford (1-0) earned the win for Butler, working four innings while striking out two and allowing five hits.
Crawford was relieved by fellow senior Gavin Kohler, who picked up the save through three innings of work. Kohler held the Bruins to just one hit, striking out four to close out the Butler victory.
Offensively Butler was lead by Stogdill who turned in a 2-for-2 performance at the plate, with 3 RBI. Matt Grossman went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Tyler Burley and Tofstad each added an RBI to the winning effort.
The Aviators will wrap up their Myrtle Beach trip with a Friday evening match-up against Germantown Academy out of Fort Washington, PA. Game time is 6 p.m. and can be watched live at: https://ripken.ondeckdigital.com/live/stream/82
Padua Franciscan recap reprinted with permission from VandaliaButlerBaseball.com.
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