April 9th, 2019

Butler Defeats DeSales 13-4 in a 22nd District Rivalry

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Butler Defeats DeSales 13-4 in a 22nd District Rivalry
Butler defeats DeSales 13-4/ photo by Ed Peak

Butler came into host DeSales and Rex Robinson Field as hot as any team in the Sixth Region. The Bears left sizzling with a 13-4 win over their 22nd District rival Tuesday evening.

 
The defending district champion Bears (8-4) took a big step toward the top seed in the district with their seventh straight victory. Butler rapped out 15 hits as Travis Rennirt, Bradley Jones and Coleton McMichael had three hits each. Jones had four RBI’s and McMichael two. 
 
"We wanted to put pressure on them,"said Butler coach Chris Ryan in his first season after several years at Doss. "It took us a couple of innings. Our approached was pull, pull, pull everything. We talked hitting and being more aggressive."
 
Butler was very aggressive, especially in a five run third inning and a three run fourth building an 8-0 lead against the Colts and senior starter Garrett Mathews (0-4) who has committed to Spalding University.
 
Jones singled home two runs and Hodgkins hit scored two more. Logan Nauert singled home the other run.
 
In the fourth the Bears sent eight batters to the plate as Jones singled home a run and McMichael singled in two more. Butler led 8-0 and Mathews was relieved by Brandon Hooker.
 
The Colts got two runs in the fourth on McClinton's double and a run scoring ground out by Noah Lawless.
 
Butler scored twice in the fifth and led 10-2 and DeSales scored twice in their half of the inning to trail 10-4.
 
"They hit it, that's for sure," said DeSales coach Tim Sievert in his first season as a head coach after spending several seasons as the pitching coach. "G (Garrett Mathews) was giving up hits with pitchers counts (two strikes on the batters). We make an error then we compound things with something silly."
 
DeSales (6-8) and a loser of four of their last five have less than one day to recover as rival Holy Cross (5-5) fresh off an upset of Pleasure Ridge Park, plays at DeSales, Wednesday at 5:30.
 
"Our guys get sucked into the emotion of the game and that forces us to do some things we don't normally do," said Sievert.
 
On the other hand Butler continues to improve after a slow start. "This is a big rivalry," said Jones, a catcher. "This was huge, we needed it badly."
 
Jones said this wasn't his best game but overall it was Butler's most complete performance. Jones said he was three for five against Fairdale with six RBI’s.
 
McMichael (3-0) pitched six innings allowing the four runs and five hits. Butler host North Bullitt , Wednesday at 5 p.m. and chances are they will still be red hot.
 
 

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