VANDALIA — Before long, Josh Cornwell will be taking his snaps again as
Vandalia Butler High School's quarterback.
And that passing arm should be
ready to go.
He spent the summer pitching baseballs instead of footballs,
following up a successful spring as the Aviators' mound ace with a proficient
pitching performance with Crown Solutions — the summer club showcasing Butler
The Neighbors Athlete of the Week, a busy three-sport standout
who's also a starting point guard in basketball, tossed a onehitter in a 4-1 win
over Centerville High School in the ACME tournament.
"He's definitely our
top pitcher," said Crown coach Ben Hughes, a 2003 Butler grad and former Aviator
"Josh has a lot of poise out there — he has lost some hardluck
games for us."
According to Trent Dues
, the winningest baseball
coach in Butler history, Cornwell, who'll be a senior this fall, has been the
victim of some defensive lapses by the Crown team.
Cornwell owned a 4-2
record for the 20-13 Crown team, but he also had an impressive 2.02 ERA and a
just as impressive strikeoutwalk ratio of 28 whiffs against only seven free
Crown made it to the state ACME tournament going 1-2. Cornwell
was not in the pitching rotation much late in the season after a bout of strep
"The night before beating Centerville, Josh entered in the last
inning to put out the fire and get a save in a 5-2 victory over Fairmont," Dues
said. "The lone hit he gave up against Centerville was an infield hit. Both of
his losses came as a result of defensive lapses.
"Josh has a rubber arm
and he's a finesse pitcher who throws in the low 80s but locates very well,"
"He has excellent control, a good change-up and a fine curve
ball. I think it's amazing how Josh has managed to juggle three sports and do so
well (3.0 gradepoint average) in the classroom."
Cornwell, who has
apparently done some research of his own on pitching, said, "I have been having
some success lately with a sidearm delivery — and I've read that sidearm
throwing is more of a natural way of throwing and preserves a pitcher's
He credited Mike Bardonaro, Butler JV and assistant coach, with
helping him to develop his curve ball and overhand throwing
"Coach Dues is a great motivator and he gave me the OK to try
throwing sidearm," Cornwell said.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder, who has spent
three seasons with the Crown team, turned in a careerbest spring campaign for
Dues, finishing 6-0 for the 21-7 Aviators.
He said he has received a few
"feeler letters" for football from some Ivy League schools, but will probably
lean toward baseball in college.
He has an older brother, Dustin
Cornwell, who is a sophomore at Toledo University.
Contact Mickey Zezzo
with Athlete of the Week nominations at 236-6032 or
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
• Name: Josh
• School: Vandalia Butler High School senior
• Claim to
fame: Excels in three sports; tossed a one-hitter in a 4-1 win over Centerville
High School in the ACME tournament
• Home: Vandalia
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