Sox Get Back To Winning Ways
A night after their 11-game winning streak was snapped, the BlueSox started on the next one. They powered
past the Lorain Ironmen 7-2 at the KAP on Tuesday night.
Lorain opened up the scoring with a run in the top of the first, but pitcher Mick Fennell helped his own cause
with a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Hanahan and Cody Herald drew back-to-back walks to load the bases
for Stuart Levy, who blasted a double to deep center field. While the ball would have left most parks, the hit was enough
to plate two runs. Ryan Uhl reached on an error, and Herald scored from third on the play. Jeff Revesz drove an 0-1 pitch
to center for a sac fly to put the Sox up 4-1.
Butler did not look back after that.
After Levy's second double of the game in the third inning, Uhl drove his second home run of the season over
the left field fence. His 20 RBIs rank third on the team.
Fennell, making the Sox first start by a Butler-native in Butler since 2010, had another good outing with
five innings pitched. He surrendered two runs, though only one was earned. Fennell did not allow a walknor did relievers
Kyle Zaorski or Tanner Schumacher who threw the balance of the game with two hit-less inning apiece.
Just one Lorain batter reached base in the final four innings. Billy Salem made it to first base on a third
strike wild pitch, but the threat did not last long as Schumacher was able to get a groundball double play on the next pitch
to end the game.
Levy finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Uhl had three RBIs, a run,
and drew a walk. He is the only Butler hitter to have hit multiple home runs at the KAP. Fennell and Forrest Perron added
two hits apiece.
The win, in combination with West Virginia's extra innings loss, means that the BlueSox lead the East Division
by three games with six remaining to play in the season. Butler will be off on Wednesday before heading on a three-game road
trip in Chillicothe and Lorain.