VANDALIA - The team's mantra is a little bold: "Mess with the best, Lose like
But the Vandalia Butler High School baseball team backs it up.
In fact, school officials will probably have to clear out the trophy case soon.
More championship hardware is on the way.
The Aviators improved to 8-0 (16-2
overall) in the Western Division of the Greater Western Ohio Conference East
with a convincing 10-3 win over visiting Wayne, frontrunners in the GWOC East,
before a crowd of nearly 200. Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Aviators
have a commanding three-game lead with five league games left.
keeps winning this week, it will be rewarded with a coveted high seed in the
Division I tournament drawing Sunday.
"We're rolling and things are going
right for us now," said Butler coach Trent Dues
, who has steered his
program to seven consecutive league titles. "Offensively, we have threats from
the leadoff spot to No. 9. We don't have an pitching ace that will turn the
scouts' heads, but we have four guys giving us solid starting
Junior Ethan Furlong pitched his fifth complete game and
improved to 5-0, scattering five hits. He was the beneficiary of an 11-hit
"With our hard-hitting lineup, I don't feel like I have to pitch
a shutout," Furlong said. "They give me great support. Against Wayne, I just had
to paint the corners, pitch carefully and work my spots. They're a dangerous,
Furlong left an impression on the Warriors, who
slip to 16-2 and 5-2 in the conference.
"We had a disappointing day at
the plate against him," said shortstop Nathan Stevens. "He didn't throw any
straight stuff. He kept us off balance with off-speed pitches and really messed
us up with that slider."
Down 3-0, Butler sent nine players to the plate
in both the third and fourth innings, scoring five and three runs respectively,
opening up an 8-3 advantage. Sophomore Brent Collinsworth (.400) ignited things
with a two-run double off the top of the 35-foot right-field fence.
Radominski paced the outburst, going 4 for 4 with three RBIs and added some
stellar glovework in center field. Tyler Koch, the team's hottest hitter at
.490, went 2 for 3. Will Gibson went 2 for 3 and tied the school record for
doubles in a single season with 12.
"This was a big, quality win for us,"
Radominski said. "We fell behind 3-0, but we're confident our hitting will come
through. We have a balanced team and we're getting it done in all the phases -
hitting, fielding, pitching and on the bases."
Butler hosts Beavercreek
on Thursday and Piqua on Friday and travels to Springfield South on
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