EL DORADO – Those who showed up to watch Butler baseball were in for a show on Friday afternoon as the Grizzlies fell behind 8-0 but used an 11-run third inning to beat Des Moines Area Community College 30-13.
The 30 runs the most runs in two decades for the Grizzlies and might be the highest scoring game in school history. The records only went back to 2002.
“I don't think I've ever been in a game like that in my time at Butler,” Grizlzies head coach BJ McVay said.
Des Moines jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the top of the first and in most baseball instances, that would be enough to roll to a win but the Grizzlies never quit. They fought and they let Dillan Janek ride out the storm and it paid off.
Janek got the win and held the Bears to only one run over the next two innings before being relieved in the top of the fourth.
“He's one of our best pitchers,” McVay said. “He was a 10-win pitcher last season. I was proud of how he fought after the first inning.”
The Grizzlies came back with five runs in the bottom of the first to get them right back in it. Then, scoring three more in the bottom of the second to level it at 8-all after three innings.
That's when the barndoors were blown off.
Butler sent 15 batters to the plate in the third inning. The hot fudge on the sundae was the sophomore from Pflugerville, Texas' grand slam. Josh Cameron's shot put the Grizzlies in the lead for good.
Cameron would finish 1-for-4 on the day and the four RBIs.
“Oh it's always great when you get to see your teammates swing the bat like that,” Sophomore Thomas Beiswanger said.
The Grizzlies tried it again in the fifth inning, scoring seven on three hits.
Beiswanger finished 5-of-6 for Butler with a home run, three RBIs and a double.
“I just go out and do what my team needs me to do,” Beiswanger said.
Beiswanger was instrumental in the early part of the comeback. He homered in the second inning, scoring Ryan. He also scored Austin Portner in the top of the first.
The Grizzlies are knocking on the doorstep of the NJCAA Top 25. With a 6-1 record and a potential sweep of Des Moines this weekend, Butler could slide into the top 25 next week.
“It's been 10 or 12 years since we've been ranked,” McVay said. “We like it but we don't listen to all of that. We just go play ball.”
Butler has a double header with DMCC on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. They finish up on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.