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Paper: Dayton Daily News (OH)
Title: AVIATORS' CURTIS HAWSE FLYING HIGH - Senior hurler fires 1-hitter; helps Butler to 12-0 start
Date: April 27, 2000

VANDALIA - Butler High School's Aviator reserves gave a hint of things to come when the team rocketed through last season's unblemished 22-0 campaign.

One of the big guns on that club was fastballing right-hander Curtis Hawse, the Neighbors Athlete of the Week, who posted a 7-0 record and piled up 56 strikeouts against only 18 walks.

A part-time leftfielder last season, Hawse was also a .444 hitter.

It's a new season and Hawse, now a senior and hoping to do some collegiate pitching, has been playing a major role in the Aviators' fast getaway.

Coach Trent Dues, whose Butler club finished 24-6 last season, was 12-0 coming out of the gate this spring and one of his primary weapons was, you guessed it, Curtis Hawse.

The ever-improving Hawse, who authored a no-hit job last season, turned in a one-hit effort recently during a Butler doubleheader sweep over Hilliard-Darby, 5-0 and 16-2. He blanked H-D in the opener, striking out eight and walking a pair.

"Curtis has improved his curveball and his change-up and he's throwing in the low 80s," Dues said. "He's a very coachable youngster with a strong work ethic."

In another recent outing, the slender 6-foot-1, 170-pounder tossed a four-hitter over five innings, giving up one earned run in a 7-5 victory at Troy. He fanned eight and walked two.

Hawse, also a starting forward on Butler's basketball team and a 3.0 grade-point average honor student, credits Aviator coaching with any success he has achieved.

"I feel I have been very fortunate to have great coaches at Butler," Hawse said. "Starting with my freshman coach Steve Clark (now a varsity assistant) and last season with coaches Nick LoBianco and Jeff Bardonarro on our unbeaten JV team."

Hawse said he has worked hard to "improve my change-up for that big third pitch. That's been a major plus for me this spring."

He said the one-hit win over Hilliard-Darby was "a career highlight for me. I felt good in that win and it certainly gave me a lot of confidence."

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

* Name: Curtis Hawse

* School: Vandalia Butler High School

* Claim to fame: Senior pitching star

* Statistics: Was 2-0 in Aviators' 12-0 start; had 16 strikeouts and gave up four walks; had a 7-0 record, with 56 strikeouts and18 walks for 22-0 reserves last season

* Future: May study computer programming at Bowling Green

* Quote: "Curtis is a tireless worker, even helped with the field work," coach Trent Dues said.

* Parents: Kevin and Vicki Hawse of Vandalia

Copyright, 2000, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.

Author: Mickey Zezzo FOR THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Section: NEIGHBORS
Page: 16
Copyright, 2000, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.