With his baseball team down by nine runs late in the game, Vandalia Butler
coach Trent Dues was no longer hoping for a run.
He simply wanted
a hit as Carroll ace Chris Coleman had a no-hitter through four innings.
Aviators not only broke that up, they did the improbable. Spurred by Ryan
Bechtel, Butler came back to win, 10-9, and improve to 16-8.
fifth-inning single was Butler's first hit. His two-run homer the next inning
brought the Aviators to within a run and his two-out RBI single in the seventh
won the game.
And he's playing with a hairline fracture in his
"I know it's never over 'til it's over, but we were not getting
very good at-bats," Butler coach Trent Dues
said. "We weren't even
competing. But we got a couple bunt singles, some home runs and next thing you
know we're right in the game."
* New Knoxville 7, Ansonia 0: Andy Thobe
pitched a complete-game one-hitter, striking out eight for New Knoxville (6-14).
Kris Vordermanrk (2 for 3, two runs) and James Davis (two RBIs) provided the
* Xenia 7, Springboro 2: Josh Hilderbran had three hits to help
Xenia improve to 12-8-1. Jake Mahaffey added a double.
Fairmont 7, Piqua 1: Firebirds outfielder Michelle Shively was 3 for 3 with two
RBIs. Amanda Stewart, who struck out seven and walked none en route to the win,
also had three hits and two RBIs.
Teammate Patrice Lancaster walked four
times, while All-Ohio catcher Tami Roudebush added two.
on lately," Fairmont coach Rick Armstrong said. "Up at Greenville, our last
game, she had four hits. I just think she's seeing the ball better. Her swing is
really nice right now."
Armstong was especially pleased with Stewart, who
pitched well despite the fact Fairmont hadn't played all week. Wednesday's game
against Newton was rained out, and Thursday's game had been rescheduled three
"I'd hate to sit idle all week and then go into the tournament,"
said Armstrong, whose team begins its playoff trek Monday against Middletown.
"It's just not good.
"Our field looked good. I was glad to play. This
time of year it's hard to do anything inside. Toward the end of the season, it's
hard to keep them motivated and come up with new drills to keep them
* Northridge 8, Lehman Catholic 4: Amber Ferguson had two hits
as Northridge won in opening-round Division III playoff action. The Polar Bears
play Milton-Union today at 3:30 p.m. at Northmont.
* Brookville 5,
Madison 0: Jessica Childers three-run triple in the eighth did Madison in as
Brookville improved to 12-8.
* West Liberty-Salem 5, Riverside 0: Senior
Stephanie Smith struck out 10 with no walks for the Tigers (18-4).
Houston 2, Russia 1, 8 inn.: Chris Meyers went 2 for 4 and scored the winning
run for Houston (15-10). Jessica Phipps, who struck out eight, recorded the win
and went 2 for 3.
* Bethel 11, Arcanum 0: Erica Hoyt struck out 12 to
lead the Bees (21-2).
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