Butler Shuts Down Durant



By Mike Maerz
Director of Florida Operations/Area Scout

Tampa, FL—In pool play of the 2017 Saladino Tournament, the Alonso Ravens matched up against the Durant Cougars in a game highlighted by a strong day at the plate for 2018 OF Ryan Drumheller (Alonso HS, FL) along with a lights-out pitching performance from 2017 LHP Jordan Butler. (Alonso HS, FL) The Ravens not only received production from up and down their lineup, but took advantage of several errors in the field by the Cougars resulting in a 10-0 victory for the Ravens in six innings.

The Cougars lineup was no match for Butler as he worked quickly and efficiently in his five innings of work, continually throwing first pitch strikes and showing command and control of the zone. The Florida recruit sat 90-91 mph, touching 92, with his fastball that displayed run along with a 78-79 mph changeup and a 72-76 mph slider that showed depth and tight spin. Butler showed a good mix of his pitches and got in a groove early, striking out the side three innings in a row. With the Ravens comfortably ahead 8-0 heading into the top of the sixth, Butler’s day on the mound came to an end with an impressive line of 12 strikeouts, allowing only one hit and walking two. He also went 1-for-2 for two at the plate including a two-run double down the left field line in the third inning which gave the Ravens a 3-0 lead at the time.

Drumheller paced the Ravens offense all throughout the game as he went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. The uncommitted junior also showed aggressiveness on the base paths with good strike zone awareness at the plate as he worked the counts and fouled off tough pitches. 2017 SS Jose Ciccarello also chipped in by going 1-for-3 with two runs scored along with 2017 OF Lennard Lugo who went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and 2017 IF Jared DeSantolo who went 1-for-4 with an RBI double.

For the Cougars, 2017 LHP Jonah Scolaro would be dealt the loss and tagged with six runs in his four innings on the mound, but only two were earned as the errors in the field gave the Ravens multiple chances at the plate which they capitalized on. The Florida State recruit was mostly 85-87 mph, touching 88, with his fastball along with a 73-74 mph curveball that showed good break and depth along with a sweeping slider at 78-80 mph. Scolaro also went 1-for-2 at the plate, which happened to be the lone hit against Butler.

With the win, the Ravens moved to 2-0 in pool play and will take on Middleton HS on Wednesday at 1 p.m. while the Cougars dropped to 1-1 in pool play and will look to bounce back when they match up against Brooks DeBartolo HS Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Stats

Alonso
J. Butler: (W) 5 IP, 12 Ks, 1 H, 2 BBs and 1-2, 2B, 2 RBIs
R. Drumheller: 3-4, 2 RBIs, 2 Rs
J. Ciccarello: 1-3, 2 Rs
L. Lugo: 1-2, 2B, RBI
J. DeSantolo: 1-4, 2B, RBI

Durant
J. Scolaro: (L) 4 IP, 6 Ks, 6 Rs, 2 ERs, 4 Hs and 1-2
S. Witchoskey: 1-2

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