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  • After transferring from Annapolis, Kennedy junior Tyler Butzin has a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and has already fanned 31 batters this season. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • After transferring from Annapolis, Kennedy junior Tyler Butzin has a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and has already fanned 31 batters this season. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • After transferring from Annapolis, Kennedy junior Tyler Butzin has a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and has already fanned 31 batters this season. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • After transferring from Annapolis, Kennedy junior Tyler Butzin has a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and has already fanned 31 batters this season. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • After transferring from Annapolis, Kennedy junior Tyler Butzin has a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and has already fanned 31 batters this season. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • After transferring from Annapolis, Kennedy junior Tyler Butzin has a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and has already fanned 31 batters this season. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • After transferring from Annapolis, Kennedy junior Tyler Butzin has a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and has already fanned 31 batters this season. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • After transferring from Annapolis, Kennedy junior Tyler Butzin has a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and has already fanned 31 batters this season. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
A season ago, Tyler Butzin was doing big things on the mound and at the plate for the Annapolis Cougars baseball team.

Now with Kennedy, the colors of his uniform have changed and the faces in the dugout are different, but the level of personal success for the junior has remained the same.

After a one-hit, complete-game performance Wednesday night in a 2-1 win against Trenton, the lefty hurler now sports a paltry 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and has already fanned 31 batters this season.

While wearing the blue and gold last year as a Cougar, Butzin earned Dearborn Press & Guide All City honors with a 5-3 record, 2.73 ERA and 64 strikeouts and along the way held opposing hitters to just a .194 batting average.

Hes got such great stuff he can pitch anywhere, said Kennedy Coach Corey Farner. Hes got a good fastball, he throws first-pitch strikes, gets the leadoff guy out (and) hes around the plate the whole time, so its been good for him to be over here and its been good for us and to our pitching staff, for sure.

At the dish, Butzin is hitting .375 this year after 40 plate appearances, hes driven in five runs and is a perfect six-for-six on stolen-base attempts so far, which ties him for second on the team. In 2013, he hit .279 with six doubles, a triple and a homer and swiped 10 bags without being caught.

Although Butzin is playing alongside new high school teammates this spring, he said hes familiar with several of the Eagles and he wanted to join them on the diamond this spring.

Over here Im more comfortable with the players that I played with during the summer, Butzin said. I love them. Theyre a great group of guys.

As a Kennedy Eagle for 2014, hes part of a talented squad that came in with high expectations for the season, as he shares the field with the likes of University of Cincinnati commit Matt Woloszyk and Adrian commit Aaron Ajrouche, as well as strong players such as Cody Serafin, Jack Mcleod and Jalen Bartos.

While the squad has gotten off to a sluggish start, having already dropped three games against DRL opponents, Butzin said that the team came overcome its early defeats and should be able to build off of the victory it earned Wednesday night against Trenton.

Its all right, he said. Everyone can start off bad, its baseball, its going to happen. I think getting this win is going to help us come out strong and get another W.







Last Updated: 5/2/2014 1:05:01 AM EST

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