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Paper: Dayton Daily News (OH)
Title: BUTLER'S GORDON MAKING SUMMER HOT - Senior-to-be leads Crown Engineering with .410 average
Date: July 3, 2003

VANDALIA - They say the uniform makes the man, but in the case of Matt Gordon it may be just the opposite.

The Vandalia Butler High School senior went through his usual quick-change artist routine again recently - from the Butler Aviator garb to the summertime attire of Crown Engineering and as usual he hasn't missed a beat.

"He was the hottest thing we had going at the plate toward the end of our (25-5) season," veteran Butler baseball honcho Trent Dues said. "And from all appearances, he has taken over where he left off with Crown."

After only 10 contests - Engineering was 8-2 - the versatile Gordon, who didn't become a varsity regular until this spring, has been leading coach Eric Nawroth's club in virtually every category, including pitching.

"Matt loves the game and is always a joy to coach," said Nawroth of the Neighbors Athlete of the Week. "He's our starting shortstop and is leading the team with a .410 batting average and a .760 on-base percentage."

Gordon, referred to as "one of our key returnees next season" by Dues, is also Crown's top hurler with a 2-0 record and has fanned 23 batters in 18 1/3 innings while walking only nine. He also owns a 2.00 ERA.

In a recent Defiance tourney, "Gordon tossed a two-hit shutout, went 4-for-5 and drew five bases on balls in our three games," Nawroth said.

Gordon who pitched, played outfield and shortstop for the Aviators, closed out his junior prep season with a .311 average, scored 21 runs, and had 10 RBIs and nine stolen bases. He was 2-1 on the mound for Dues and had 31 whiffs against only 19 free passes.

"He already has 12 stolen bases for us," Nawroth said. "And he is showing a lot of speed on the basepaths. He finished his prep season with an .874 fielding percentage and he has a good arm."

Gordon, a varsity forward/striker on the soccer field for Butler last fall, refers to his older brother, Andy, a former Butler pitcher and outside linebacker in football, as his primary role model.

"He played football at Butler but went to the University of Cincinnati on an academic (4.0 grade-point average) engineering scholarship," the younger Gordon.

Matt Gordon, a 4.2 GPA scholar-athlete who also wants to major in engineering, said he's happy to be the starting shortstop for Crown Engineering.

"I like pitching, but I'd rather be at short," Gordon said.

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

Copyright, 2003, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.

Author: Mickey Zezzo For the Dayton Daily News
Section: NEIGHBORS
Page: Z5-10
Copyright, 2003, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.