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
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.
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
"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.
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
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."
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
* Name: Curtis Hawse
* School: Vandalia Butler High
* 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
* Parents: Kevin and Vicki Hawse of Vandalia
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