SIDNEY – The Aviators improved to 17-2,10-0 with a 9-4 win over Sidney Monday afternoon, but the win didn’t come without a fight.
Despite the fact that the Yellow Jackets currently sit at the bottom of the GWOC American North standings, they gave visiting Butler a run for it’s money.
Both teams traded leads through the first three innings, until Butler jumped head for good courtesy of a passed ball, which score junior Dolen Fults from third base for a 4-2 lead.
Sidney would pull to within a run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Aviators would continue to build upon their lead.
Senior Henry Barwick hit a hard RBI single in the fifth inning to score Fults, and increase the Aviators lead to 5-3.
An inning later senior Tyler Burley singled on a pop fly that landed in no man’s land between second base and centerfield, to score Damon Dues and Preston Tofstad to give Butler a 7-3 lead. Junior Joe Jackson added to the lead a few batters later with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Burley to make it 8-3.
The Jackets would attempt several rallies, but could only muster one additional run in the loss.
The win keeps Butler perfect in conference play, and atop the GWOC American North with Tippecanoe (16-3,10-0).
The win goes to sophomore pitcher Braedon Norman (6-0) who also remained perfect on the season, striking out seven through six innings of work. Norman was relieved in the seventh by Jackson, who earned the hold, striking out two of three batters to close out the win.
Butler will host Sidney Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 PM to close out the series.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.