FRANKLIN — The Butler Aviator softball team pulled off a shocker on Monday evening when they upset Franklin in the opening round of the OHSAA Dayton Sectional tournament by a score of 9-8. The Aviators overcame a six run deficit to defeat the Wildcats.
Franklin came into the contest with a 16-4 record and 10-1 in SWBL play, while Butler came in 6-18.
The Aviators had been hitting stronger in their final three games and that carried over to Monday’s win.
“Our bats stayed hot with Lyndsey Achs going 4-5 with two stolen bases. Morgan Wright hit a home run to tie the game at 8-8 after we were down by six,” said head coach Lindsay Shepherd.
Wright’s blast came during a five-run fifth inning when the Aviators mounted a comeback after surrendering six runs the previous inning.
Achs scored three runs and Wright scored two and drove in a pair of runs. Sydney Theobald also drove in two runs.
Others scoring runs for Butler were Katie Henry, Amber White, Farrah Cole, and Megan Allen.
Things didn’t unravel after a tough inning, something that has been a source of trouble for Butler this season.
“This year we have struggled with defensive errors and for the first time all year, we played together and turned things around after that one troubled inning,” said Shepherd.
Shepherd credited freshman pitcher Theobald for toughness.
“Sydney never let up and set the tone for the game,” she said. “She demanded excellence from herself and everyone else followed.”
The Aviators will return to action on Wednesday for a second round matchup at Miamisburg. That game is set for 5 p.m.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.