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Paper: Dayton Daily News (OH)
Title: Butler quarterback, point guard throws one-hitter - 3-sport athlete star pitcher for summer baseball team
Date: August 25, 2005

VANDALIA Before long, Josh Cornwell will be taking his snaps again as Vandalia Butler High School's quarterback.

And that passing arm should be ready to go.

He spent the summer pitching baseballs instead of footballs, following up a successful spring as the Aviators' mound ace with a proficient pitching performance with Crown Solutions the summer club showcasing Butler players.

The Neighbors Athlete of the Week, a busy three-sport standout who's also a starting point guard in basketball, tossed a onehitter in a 4-1 win over Centerville High School in the ACME tournament.

"He's definitely our top pitcher," said Crown coach Ben Hughes, a 2003 Butler grad and former Aviator catcher.

"Josh has a lot of poise out there he has lost some hardluck games for us."

According to Trent Dues, the winningest baseball coach in Butler history, Cornwell, who'll be a senior this fall, has been the victim of some defensive lapses by the Crown team.

Cornwell owned a 4-2 record for the 20-13 Crown team, but he also had an impressive 2.02 ERA and a just as impressive strikeoutwalk ratio of 28 whiffs against only seven free passes.

Crown made it to the state ACME tournament going 1-2. Cornwell was not in the pitching rotation much late in the season after a bout of strep throat.

"The night before beating Centerville, Josh entered in the last inning to put out the fire and get a save in a 5-2 victory over Fairmont," Dues said. "The lone hit he gave up against Centerville was an infield hit. Both of his losses came as a result of defensive lapses.

"Josh has a rubber arm and he's a finesse pitcher who throws in the low 80s but locates very well," Dues said.

"He has excellent control, a good change-up and a fine curve ball. I think it's amazing how Josh has managed to juggle three sports and do so well (3.0 gradepoint average) in the classroom."

Cornwell, who has apparently done some research of his own on pitching, said, "I have been having some success lately with a sidearm delivery and I've read that sidearm throwing is more of a natural way of throwing and preserves a pitcher's arm."

He credited Mike Bardonaro, Butler JV and assistant coach, with helping him to develop his curve ball and overhand throwing motion.

"Coach Dues is a great motivator and he gave me the OK to try throwing sidearm," Cornwell said.

The 6-foot, 190-pounder, who has spent three seasons with the Crown team, turned in a careerbest spring campaign for Dues, finishing 6-0 for the 21-7 Aviators.

He said he has received a few "feeler letters" for football from some Ivy League schools, but will probably lean toward baseball in college.

He has an older brother, Dustin Cornwell, who is a sophomore at Toledo University.

Contact Mickey Zezzo with Athlete of the Week nominations at 236-6032 or mickeyz33@msn.com.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Name: Josh Cornwell

School: Vandalia Butler High School senior

Claim to fame: Excels in three sports; tossed a one-hitter in a 4-1 win over Centerville High School in the ACME tournament

Home: Vandalia

Copyright, 2005, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.

Author: Mickey Zezzo For the Dayton Daily News
Section: Northeast
Page: Z5-14
Copyright, 2005, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.