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fin­ished the sea­son with a .418 bat­ting av­er­age, 23 hits, 19 RBIs and two home runs — also boast­ing All-SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion and All-County first-team se­lec­tions.

“It was nice to have such a ver­sa­tile player to help where needed,” said Ly­don, re­fer­ring to But­ler. “And it shows you what an ex­cep­tional and ded­i­cated ath­lete he is.”

Dur­ing the out­door track and field sea­son un­der head coach Ro­han Phipps, But­ler did sprint­ing, hur­dle, mid-dis­tance and re­lay events.

But­ler brought home gold in the the 1A North Re­gion cham­pi­onships in the 110-me­ter hur­dles with a time of 15.32 sec­onds. He also placed sev­enth in the re­gion in the 100 and 200 dashes.

Jug­gling both sports can be a bit over­whelm­ing as well, and learn­ing to bal­ance the time be­tween both sports was the big­gest ad­just­ment But­ler had to make. It was a chal­lenge, but it didn’t im­pact his de­vo­tion to base­ball and it didn’t af­fect his per­for­mance on the track.

“It felt great to be able to be the best ath­lete that I could be at McDonough and help the team in both sports,” said But­ler, who played var­sity base­ball for three sea­sons. “Track re­ally help me get faster strong for base­ball. I was able to throw harder and hit the ball bet­ter be­cause my legs were stronger.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

McDonough High School grad­u­ate Brant But­ler fin­ished off a stel­lar spring sea­son on the base­ball and the out­door track and field teams. But­ler helped lead the base­ball team to a 16-4 over­all record, a SMAC cham­pi­onship and a berth to the Class 1A North Re­gion cham­pi­onship game as a pitcher and short­stop. He also claimed a re­gional ti­tle in the 110 hur­dles in track.

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