VANDALIA - They say the uniform makes the man, but in the case of Matt
Gordon it may be just the opposite.
The Vandalia Butler High
School senior went through his usual quick-change artist routine again recently
- from the Butler Aviator garb to the summertime attire of Crown Engineering and
as usual he hasn't missed a beat.
"He was the hottest thing we had going at
the plate toward the end of our (25-5) season," veteran Butler baseball
honcho Trent Dues said. "And from all appearances, he has taken over where he
left off with Crown."
After only 10 contests - Engineering was 8-2 - the
versatile Gordon, who didn't become a varsity regular until this spring, has
been leading coach Eric Nawroth's club in virtually every category, including
"Matt loves the game and is always a joy to coach," said
Nawroth of the Neighbors Athlete of the Week. "He's our starting shortstop and
is leading the team with a .410 batting average and a .760 on-base
Gordon, referred to as "one of our key returnees next
season" by Dues, is also Crown's top hurler with a 2-0 record and has fanned 23
batters in 18 1/3 innings while walking only nine. He also owns a 2.00
In a recent Defiance tourney, "Gordon tossed a two-hit shutout, went
4-for-5 and drew five bases on balls in our three games," Nawroth
Gordon who pitched, played outfield and shortstop for the Aviators,
closed out his junior prep season with a .311 average, scored 21 runs, and had
10 RBIs and nine stolen bases. He was 2-1 on the mound for Dues and had 31
whiffs against only 19 free passes.
"He already has 12 stolen bases for
us," Nawroth said. "And he is showing a lot of speed on the basepaths. He
finished his prep season with an .874 fielding percentage and he has a good
Gordon, a varsity forward/striker on the soccer field for Butler
last fall, refers to his older brother, Andy, a former Butler pitcher and
outside linebacker in football, as his primary role model.
football at Butler but went to the University of Cincinnati on an academic (4.0
grade-point average) engineering scholarship," the younger Gordon.
Gordon, a 4.2 GPA scholar-athlete who also wants to major in engineering, said
he's happy to be the starting shortstop for Crown Engineering.
pitching, but I'd rather be at short," Gordon said.
Contact Mickey Zezzo
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