Former Darlington star Chase Butler, along with former Calhoun standouts Mott Hyde and Jarrett Didrick, are all on the ACC champ’s roster.
Butler, a sophomore third baseman, has played in 25 games this season, including 10 starts for the Jackets, who open play in the NCAA tournament later this week. Butler has 45 plate appearances with 12 hits, with one of those being a homer, and three RBIs. He is currently sidelined with a broken wrist.
Butler broke a small bone in his wrist two weeks ago trying to dive after a ball in practice and is currently rehabbing the injury. Butler missed the last regular season series and missed the ACC tourney, and although he didn’t travel with the team to the ACC tournament, he was excited about seeing his Jackets win the title.
“It was unbelievable and it’s an unbelievable thing for our team moving forward,” said Butler when reached by phone Monday night. “I had to stay back because of my injury, but I got to watch it all on TV.”
Butler was an RN-T Co-Player of the Year his junior year with the Tigers in 2009, and was the Region 6-A Player of the Year his senior year.
Chase’s younger brother Brad will be entering his senior year at Darlington in the fall, and is a two-sport star just like Chase was.
The other 2009 RN-T Co-Player of Year was Hyde, who is a teammate of Chase’s with Georgia Tech.
For the season, Hyde is batting .270 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs. One of those homers came on Sunday in the ACC Championship game. Hyde, like Butler, is also a sophomore and was also a two-sport star in high school, only instead of football, Hyde played basketball at Calhoun.
Hyde, who plays second base and shortstop, was selected as the RN-T’s Player of the Year in 2010, his senior season at Calhoun.
Didrick, a senior, was the winning pitcher in Sunday’s ACC championship game. For the season, Didrick has pitched in 14 games, and worked 19 innings with an ERA of 4.26.
Georgia Tech’s time for celebrating their ACC championship is now over since the NCAA released the field of 64 teams for this year’s tournament on Monday. The Yellow Jackets, despite winning the ACC tournament, were selected to be a No. 2-seed and were given one of the toughest draws.
Instead of hosting a regional, which Tech has become accustomed to, the Yellow Jackets will have to travel to Gainesville for their first round action. Georgia Tech was put into the Gainesville regional with the No. 1 overall seed, the Florida Gators.
“We definitely have an above average regional with Florida, but I think we’ll be alright,” said Butler. “If we can win that first game against the College of Charleston, then I think we’ll save our ace for Florida and try (to) get after them there in the second game.”
Butler is unsure if he will return from his injury for this weekend, or if he will travel with the team to Florida.
Tech will take on No. 3-seed College of Charleston to start the regional, while Florida will take on No. 4-seed Baylor in the opening games of the double elimination tournament.