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Paper: Dayton Daily News (OH)
Title: AVIATORS PULL OFF IMPROBABLE RALLY
Date: May 10, 2002

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.

The 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.

Bechtel's 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 wrist.

"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 offense.

* Xenia 7, Springboro 2: Josh Hilderbran had three hits to help Xenia improve to 12-8-1. Jake Mahaffey added a double.
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* 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.

"Shively's come 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 times.

"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 excited."

* 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).

Copyright, 2002, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.

Author: Dayton Daily News
Section: SPORTS
Page: 7D
Copyright, 2002, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.