The VHSL announced its all-state teams for several spring sports last week, and a member of the Eastern View baseball team was among the honorees.
Till Butler, a rising senior for the Cyclones, was named Class 4 second-team all-state for his efforts on the diamond this spring.
Butler split time between catcher and the infield for the Cyclones as a junior. He helped anchor the middle of their lineup, batting .379 with a 1.106 OPS, seven doubles, a triple, a home run, 12 RBI and nine runs scored.
Butler’s standout campaign helped lead Eastern View to a 11-10 record and a trip to the Region 4B quarterfinals, where the Cyclones lost to eventual region champion Hanover.
“I’m extremely blessed to be [all-state],’ Butler said. “I am thankful for the coaches and teammates that have helped me along the way. My parents have made the biggest contribution to my [success] by taking me to practices, games and supporting me through all that I’ve done over the years.”
Eastern View head coach Ray Tricarico spoke about what Butler brings to the Cyclones’ baseball program earlier this spring.
“Till shows up every day ready to work and that reflects in his performance on the field,” Tricarico said. “He’s already a veteran, having started for us as a sophomore, but we’ll be looking to him as one of our senior leaders next season.”
Butler emphasized that, while it’s a special honor to be named all-state, he and his Eastern View teammates have a bigger goal in mind in 2020.
“My goal for [next season] is to win states,” he remarked.
While the Cyclones graduated seven seniors from the 2019 team, they are expected to return at least nine players who saw varying amounts of playing time this spring. In addition to Butler, fellow rising seniors Cooper Thomas and Jameson Woodard, juniors Parker Yates and Gillette Harris and sophomore Dylan McKinney were all regulars in Tricarico’s lineup.
Butler was one of three Battlefield District players to earn all-state honors. Caroline junior Bryan Kovach and Chancellor senior George Aste both made the second team as outfielders.
The rest of the team is below.
Player of the year:
Quade Tomlin (Liberty Christian).
Coach of the year:
Randy Tomlin (LC).
P—Christian Gordon (LC), Gunner Canary (Riverside), Brandon Elke (Powhatan). C—John Helterbran (Riv). 1B—Bailey Reynolds (LC). 2B—Pell Collins (LC). 3B—Joe Vogatosky (Kettle Run). SS—Quade Tomlin (LC). OF—Parker Stallard (Salem), Sajon Belser (Riv), Jackson Cherry (Jefferson Forest), Payne Bauer (Sherando). DH—Christian Martin (Amherst). U—Luke Ramsey (LC).
P—Cam Furman (Midlothian), Hunter Entsminger (Sher), Joe Vogatosky (KR). C—Till Butler (Eastern View). 1B—Michael Usa (Sher). 2B—Christian Chambers (Mid). 3B—Jack Mardigan (Hanover). SS—Brandon Eike (Pow). OF—Christian Gordon (LC), Hunter Entsminger (Sher), Bryan Kovach (Caroline), George Aste (Chancellor). DH—Cam Furman (Mid). U—Jack Goleski (Han).