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Paper: Dayton Daily News (OH)
Date: April 14, 2000

With the interview complete, Vandalia Butler baseball coach Trent Dues asked his own questions.

"Have you talked to (Tipp City coach) Bruce Cahill yet?" Dues asked a reporter.

When told no, Dues begged, "Well don't tell him who we're pitching."

Dues wanted his starter to remain a secret until this morning so Tippecanoe would have little time to prepare for its game tonight with Butler at Wright State University's Nischwitz Stadium.

Tipp enters the game at 9-0. Butler, which played a late game Thursday against Greenville, was 8-0 through Wednesday.

"We're both Division II and we're in the same sectional," Dues said. "It'll be intense. I have great respect for Bruce Cahill and his program."

Tom Hertlein is scheduled to pitch for Butler, while Chris Potter will start for the Red Devils. Hertlein, a junior, is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA. Potter, one of four seniors Tipp starts at pitcher, is 2-0 and hasn't allowed an earned run in 12 innings.

"(Potter) throws strikes," Cahill said. "He makes you hit the ball, but he doesn't give you anything good to hit. He's not our No. 1 and he doesn't have great gas, but he doesn't give in."

Butler-Tipp follows the Chaminade-Julienne/Cincinnati Moeller game, which begins at 6 p.m. The second game is slated to begin at 8 p.m.

The games will be the first high school games under the lights at the renovated stadium. "It may take the hitters an at-bat and the outfielders and infielders awhile to adjust (to the twilight)," Dues said. "But they'll get used to it. . ."

Former Ohio State and Pro Bowl linebacker Chris Spielman will speak at a dinner Saturday night as part of a benefit for the Sonny Unger Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The dinner, to be held at the Mandalay Banquet Center, is $50 per person, $500 for a corporate table (10 seats). Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6, with Spielman speaking at 7.

The fund was organized 34 years ago after Unger, a former student at Centerville High School, was killed in Vietnam. Two scholarships, valued at $4,000 each, are given annually to Centerville football players as part of the fund.


Northmont, a perennial softball power, played seven games in a tournament in Florida to begin the season and lost five of them.

Since then, the Thunderbolts have beaten Sidney and Greenville.

"Those Florida teams were incredible," said Northmont coach Kris Mangen, whose team is 4-5. "We didn't help matters with errors, but they were better than I thought they'd be.

"I don't expect many more losses and neither do the girls. We haven't made the same mistakes since we came back. We're underestimated, but that will work to our advantage. Hopefully people will misinterpret our record."

A bright spot for the Thunderbolts is outfielder Steph Gordon, who has played every game this season despite having intestinal surgery in January. "She's made two great catches," Mangen said. "But she's afraid to slide and get tagged in the stomach. Her hitting is fine."


Among a slew of track meets over the weekend, one stands out: the LaVonna Martin Classic at Trotwood on Saturday. Finals are scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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

Author: Dave Lance Dayton Daily News
Section: SPORTS
Page: 3D
Copyright, 2000, Cox Ohio Publishing. All rights reserved.