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Paper: Dayton Daily News (OH)
Date: May 8, 2003

Senior outfielder Will Gibson has a new definition for RBIs.

It's 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 deciding run

"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 engineer.

They returned to Vandalia when they were freshmen.

Will also ran cross country for Butler while John served as manager of the Aviator basketball team.

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.
Boos, Walters

win Vandalia 5K

The Vandalia Recreation Center 5K, previously known as the Helke Park 5K, was completed recently with a field of 163 runners.

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 (17:21).

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 22:08.

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 or e-mail

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

Author: Mickey Zezzo
Page: Z5-16
Copyright, 2003, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.