Senior outfielder Will Gibson has a new definition for RBIs.
called Runs Beaned In.
The hot-hitting member of the Vandalia Butler High
School baseball team isn't campaigning for rules changes or new statistical
categories, but if they want to add a Runs Beaned In stat in area prep action,
he's out (not literally) in front.
In a recent Greater Western Ohio
Conference win over Springfield North, Gibson, whose twin brother, John, also
plays the outfield for the Aviators, ambled to the plate with the bases packed
and the score deadlocked at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh.
The rest is
(ouch!) modern history - and you guessed it - Gibson was beaned to force in the
"It stung, but I was OK," Gibson said. "Then later the coach
(Butler head coach Trent Dues
) kidded me about doing it on purpose to
get the victory. I assured him it wasn't a planned beaning. I would just as soon
drive 'em in with my bat."
Will Gibson usually patrols right field for
Butler, while John, who swings from the left side and plays in left, is used
primarily against right-handed pitchers.
Will Gibson was batting .366 and
was closing in on the school doubles record with eight two-baggers. The record
for a single season is 12. John was hitting .288, as the Aviators were strong
out of the gate with an 11-2 record.
"Will is a heads-up ballplayer,"
Dues said. "He's very selective at the plate and is truly a student of the game,
a smart player. John has delivered some big hits for us this season. Both of
them run well and they're both very reliable."
Although they started
playing baseball at a young age, the twins missed three years of playing while
living in Lille, France, where their father, Randy, worked as an
They returned to Vandalia when they were freshmen.
also ran cross country for Butler while John served as manager of the Aviator
During their Little League days in Vandalia, prior to
heading to Europe, Will and John remember playing together on at least five
championship teams. The brothers are both headed for the University of Dayton,
where Will, a 3.8 grade-point average student, plans to study engineering while
John, who sports a 4.1 GPA, will be majoring in pre-med.
win Vandalia 5K
The Vandalia Recreation Center 5K,
previously known as the Helke Park 5K, was completed recently with a field of
The road race, directed by Leslie and Kenny Mann of
Vandalia, saw 29-year-old Alan Boos of Dayton trot home in 15:27, followed by
Brian Barker , 43, of Miamisburg (16:34) and Byron Kimmel , 28, of Vandalia
The winner of the women's division was 26-year-old Julie Walters
of Dayton with 20:58, with Linda Barhorst , 40, of Fort Loramie finishing second
in 21:29, and Cheryl Chaney , 41, of Troy, coming in third in
Robert Schock, an 18-year-old entry from New Carlisle, wound up
12th overall with a clocking of 19:44.
Contact Mickey Zezzo at 236-6032
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