Aviators split with Piqua, earn first win of season


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



Butler catcher Morgan Wright makes a throw to first base.


Photo by Crystal White

Farrah Cole delivers a pitch.


Photo by Crystal White

Shortstop Lyndsey Achs makes a tag at second base.


Photo by Crystal White

PIQUA — After dropping four games in Florida over spring break, the Butler Aviator softball team returned home looking for a win over Piqua. On Monday, the Aviators battled but fell behind before rain suspended play.

The two teams returned to action on Tuesday and completed that contest which Butler lost 12-10, but the Aviators rebounded strong in the second game of the series for a 10-3 win over their Greater Western Ohio Conference foe.

The win lifts Butler to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Butler head coach Lindsay Shepherd was encouraged after the Florida trip in spite of the four losses.

“I am very excited upon returning from Florida. We went 0-4 but played the best ball we have played in four years,” said Shepherd. “We have many positives to build on.”

In their first game, the Lady Aviators fell to Choctaw High School by a 4-3 score. They then suffered another close loss to Northmont 2-1. Their third game came against Crestview in a 9-4 loss and they then fell to Edgewood 4-2. Their fifth game was rained out.

“We have hitters 1-9 and a few base running weapons,” said Shepherd. “Defensively we are still working in some players here and there trying to solidify the last couple of spots. Sophie Dent has made some great plays at third keeping us in games. We have two great pitchers that are confident and had a combined 26 strikeouts in 25 innings. Offensively we never let up. Morgan wright hit a homerun, Katie Henry hit .583 on the week, and Lyndsey Achs had four stolen bases.

Butler catcher Morgan Wright makes a throw to first base.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_Softball2-2.jpgButler catcher Morgan Wright makes a throw to first base. Photo by Crystal White

Farrah Cole delivers a pitch.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_Softball3-2.jpgFarrah Cole delivers a pitch. Photo by Crystal White

Shortstop Lyndsey Achs makes a tag at second base.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_Softball1-2.jpgShortstop Lyndsey Achs makes a tag at second base. Photo by Crystal White

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.