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Sox Fall, But Remain Playoff Hopefuls

August 3, 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

Just three grand slams have been hit this summer in the Prospect League. The third came off the bat of Matthew Priebe for a Kings team trailing by four in the second inning on Sunday. The next batter Lee Sponseller—who had a four-run shot of his own in June—singled and later scored on the Kings' eighth hit of the inning.

His run would prove to be the game winner, as Champion City took the matchup 6-5.

The BlueSox got off to a quick start with Tyler Sullivan knocking his first of two doubles on the second pitch of the ballgame. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout. Matt Hansen doubled next and scored on a Jamie Switalski single. Two more runs came in when Jared Grove tripled, putting Butler up 4-0 before the Kings had a chance to hit.

Sullivan's second double came with an out in the second inning and he scored on a Danny Hrbek single. The six runs in the bottom of the frame was enough for Champion City though.

Butler's only hit after the second inning came in the final frame when Hrbek doubled and moved to third on an error with one out. A strike out made it two and the Kings turned to reliever John Becker who hit Cameron Balego with his first pitch—which loaded the bases—but was able to get a strike out for the final out.

Priebe had a single and double in addition to his grand slam while Sponseller had four hits of his own.

The loss dropped Butler's record to 17-12 in the second half, keeping them 2.5 games behind Chillicothe with four days remaining in the season. The Paints lost on Monday, but hold a magic number of two over Butler. The division winner will face West Virginia in the East Division playoffs. Champion City could potentially tie the Paints, but Chillicothe holds the tiebreaker.

Butler will take on the Kings at 7:05pm on Monday evening. They will play their final two home games on Tuesday and Wednesday at the KAP before completing the regular season in Champion City on Thursday.

Anderson, Sox Hop Over Jackrabbits

August 2, 2015 ♦ by Aaron DeGlau

Jon Anderson retired 22 straight batters in front of a record setting crowd of 1,562 at Kelly Automotive Park, leading the BlueSox to an 8-1 win.

Anderson pitched Butler's first complete nine inning game of the season. He led the way with nine Ks, three hits, and a single walk. Just four Jackrabbits reached base.

The BlueSox had huge success in the third and sixth innings with the bats. DH Jamie Switalski led off the sixth with a leadoff triple to left center. Mitchell Machi came through with a RBI single to drive in Switalski.

Shea Molitor started off the second inning for the Jackrabbits with a leadoff triple and DH Brody Andrews drove him in for Kokomo's only run of the night.

Ryan Fleming started for Kokomo and pitched into the fifth inning. He allowed six runs, three earned on eight hits and four walks. Pete Hofman and Patrick Dayton pitched well coming out of the bullpen for the Jackrabbits.

For the Sox', Danny Hrbek lead the way with two hits. Michael Patrick had three walks and three runs while Matt Hansen had two RBIs.

Butler is on the road tomorrow at Champion City and returns home this Tuesday versus Kokomo. Wednesday is the final home regular season game and is also fan appreciation night.

Marcus and Co. Dethrone the Kings

July 31, 2015 ♦ by Drew Nichols

With the game tied at three in the fifth inning and runners on second and third, David Marcus stepped to the plate determined to give the BlueSox the lead. He hit a deep fly ball to right field that was caught by Champion City right fielder Luke Valutis. Danny Hrbek tagged up and scored from third with ease, but Matt Hansen was able to tag from second as Valutis struggled to get the ball in.

The heads-up play by Hansen gave the BlueSox a two-run lead and the Kings were unable to recover. The BlueSox went on to win by a score of 7-4.

Matt Gordon (3-0) earned the win. He gave up only one earned run, eight hits, and tossed seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings on the hill.

Jamie Switalski entered in the seventh inning with one out and the bases loaded with the BlueSox clinging to a two run lead. Switalski deflated the threat by striking out Kings' center fielder Thomas Bradey and forcing Luke Valutis to groundout to get the team out of the jam.

Trent Armstrong (5-4) started for Champion City and was tagged with the loss. He allowed seven runs over 7.2 innings and struck out three.

Matt Hansen and David Marcus both had huge games at the plate. Hansen had two hits including a double and two RBIs. Marcus had the two run sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and hit a solo shot in the eighth.

Marcus now has ten home runs this season, tying him for the most home runs for a BlueSox player. By the way, Marcus is hitting .706 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last five games.

Saturday night's matchup with the Kokomo Jackrabbits will be the last fireworks game of the summer so be sure to stop down at the KAP. The game is scheduled for 7:05pm and a fireworks show, presented by the Butler County Federated Library System, will begin shortly after the game. Tickets can be ordered online via our schedule page at www.butlerbluesox.net/schedule, through e-mail to Tickets@ButlerBlueSox.net, or by phone at 724.256.9994.

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