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Sox End Slide Against Jamestown

July 5, 2015 ♦ by Ben Matos

The BlueSox came into Sunday night's game having lost four-straight games to the Jammers, but Connor Coward helped Butler end that streak with a 5-1 win, before the All-Star Break.

Connor Coward earned his second win of the season in his first start at home. Coward pitched fantastic striking out nine batters and giving up one earned run through eight innings.

The BlueSox offense was great as well picking up nine hits. David Marcus pushed his hitting streak to twelve games with an RBI single in the seventh inning. Tyler Sullivan had three hits and scored a run capping off a good offensive day for the team.

On the offensive side for Jamestown, Nick Vehlewald had two hits and came around to score the Jammers' only run. Eight of the nine Jamestown hitters went down on strikes at least once.

The pitcher for Jamestown, Pat Mace, picked up the loss with a line of seven hits in six innings pitched giving up five earned runs and had five strikeouts.

Jamestown's record drops to 21-14 while the BlueSox improve to 17-16. For the second half of the season the BlueSox improve 4-2 and are tied atop the standings. Butler's next game will be after the All-Star Break on the road at Jamestown on July 10th.

Four Sox Voted to All-Star Game

July 3, 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

The Butler BlueSox will have four representatives in the 2015 Prospect League All-Star Game in David Marcus, Zach Spangler, Matt Hansen, and Alex Miklos, the League announced on Friday.

Marucs, Spangler, Hansen, Miklos

David Marcus (California University of PA) will start the game at first base for the East Division. He not only leads Butler in many offensive categories, but is close to the top League-wide in many stats. Marcus is hitting .381 (1st in the League), with 43 hits (1st), 11 doubles (2nd), home runs (1st), 19 RBIs (5th), and 27 runs created (1st).

Relief pitcher Zach Spangler (Kent State) leads the Prospect League with ten saves, just six shy of the all-time single season League record. He has been lights out with a 0.77 ERA over his 11.2 innings pitched, having surrendered just five hits and four walks. He has struck out 12.

Matt Hansen (University of Toledo) is hitting .301/.383/.330 as the BlueSox starting shortstop. He has scored 14 runs, knocked in 11, and stolen eight bases for Butler this summer. He will back up Deion Tansel, who is his teammate at University of Toledo.

This summer marks Alex Miklos's (Kent State) third with the BlueSox and his first trip to the All-Star Game. He his hitting .260/.310/.286 with seven runs, four RBIs, and six swiped bags for Butler this year.

The All-Star Game will be held in Richmond, Indiana on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:05pm. A pro scout work out, autograph session, player meet-and-greet, and home run derby will be part of a daylong celebration on Tuesday, July 7 starting at 2:30pm.

Full rosters for the game are available on the League's website.

Jammers Squash Sox

July 4, 2015 ♦ by Brian Hepfinger

Jamestown Jammers (2-2) pitcher Matt Shannon almost pulled off the first complete game of the summer against the Butler BlueSox (3-2) Saturday night when the two teams squared off in front of the fourth largest crowd in BlueSox history.

Shannon was able to strike out eight and force 15 groundouts, while allowing four hits and one run in 8.1 innings to secure his first win.

The Jammers didn't waste any time, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning off of three hits. Dominique Jackson hit a double in the first at-bat, and the Eric Solberg followed him up with a single. Paxton De La Garza recorded his Prospect League-leading 25th RBI to score Jackson, and a single from Alex O'Donnell allowed Solberg to score.

Josh LaPiana was tagged with the loss for the BlueSox, giving up eight hits and three runs, while striking out five in seven innings.

David Marcus had two doubles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Matt Hansen and Michael Patrick each singled for Butler.

Butler's only run came in the fourth inning, when Solberg mis-threw a groundout to the first baseman Austin Alonge, which allowed Hansen to score an unearned run.

Jamestown's offense had 10 hits, including a home run from Nick Vehlewald in the seventh inning, which gave the Jammers a 3-1 lead. Eight out of the nine batters for the Jammers had at least one hit, with Alonge and De La Garza striking twice.

A crowd of 1428 attended the game, which was followed by the City of Butler Fireworks show.

The two teams will conclude their two-game series Sunday evening for the Monroe Hotel Night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 at the KAP.

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