Region VI First Round Preview: Butler vs Allen County

Region VI First Round Preview: Butler vs Allen County

Region VI First Round

14-seed Allen County vs 3-seed Butler

May 10th-12th

Game One: 4:00 PM, May 10th

Game Two: 4:00 PM, May 11th

Game Three: 1:00 PM, May 12th (If needed)

Location: McDonald Stadium, El Dorado, KS

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Massey Ratings Series Prediction: Butler wins 2-0 (Game One: Butler 10-2, Game Two: Butler 7-5)

Massey Ratings Chance to Win Series: Butler 77%, Allen 23%


  • The 3rd seeded Butler Grizzlies and the 14-seeded Allen County Red Devils will clash in the first round of the Region VI Playoffs
  • The series is best of three, with game one playing out on Wednesday, game two on Thursday, and an if-needed game three on Friday
  • Butler clinched a second-place finish in the Jayhawk West by taking three of four from Pratt in their final conference series of the year
  • Butler has a Massey Ratings RPI ranking of 57th in NJCAA DI Baseball
    • This the fourth highest RPI in the Jayhawk Conference, ahead of Cloud County who is 59th and behind Cowley who is 38th
  • Butler Baseball has won at least 35 games in five straight seasons
  • The Grizzlies have won eight of their last ten games
  • The Grizzlies have advanced past the first round in the playoffs for four straight years
  • Neither team appeared in the NJCAA Rankings all season
  • Butler is 32-13 against unranked opponents this year
  • Butler's strength of schedule (SOS) is ranked 106th by Massey Ratings, Allen's SOS is 86th
  • Against common opponents, Butler is 13-5 and Allen is 9-16. Those teams being Cowley, Neosho, Coffeyville, Highland, Pratt, and KCK

Last action for the Grizzlies 

Saturday, May 8th | Regular Season Finale | Pratt 14, Butler 11

  • The Butler Baseball fell in a shootout in their regular season finale to the Pratt Beavers 14-11
  • The Grizzlies climbed back in the game from down 3-10 to take an 11-10 lead in the seventh, but the Beavers found four runs across the final two innings to take the game
  • Hayden Dyer was 3-5 in the game and 6-9 across the Saturday doubleheader. In the twin bill, he recorded two doubles, eight RBIs, and three home runs including a grand slam
  • In the finale game, Justin Hudson was 2-2 with two home runs, three walks drawn, and three RBIs
  • Despite the finale loss, the Grizzlies won three games and clinched a second-place finish in the Jayhawk West, beating out Cloud County by 1.5 games
  • Six different Grizzlies took the mound in game two, the most the Grizzlies have had in a game since April 13th in game two vs Barton
  • The Grizzlies ended the Regular season 36-20 overall and 21-11 in conference play


  • The 14th seed overall and KJCCC East seventh place finisher Allen County Red Devils comes from just an hour west of El Dorado in Iola, Kansas
  • The Red Devils finished with a record 24-27 overall and 13-19 in Jayhawk East play
  • Allen is just 2-8 across their last ten games 
  • This season was the Red Devils first year ending the regular season with a losing record since 2014-15 season when they ended the regular season 14-31 
  • Allen ended the regular season losing their season series finale to KCK 1-3
  • Allen County has a Massey Ratings RPI ranking of 136th, down one spot from last week
    • For comparison, to teams in the conference, Labette is ranked 147th and Pratt is 131st
  • The Red Devils are 7-13 on the road this season
  • Allen only has two players batting over 0.300 this season. Those players are Braden Hendrix and Blake Venneman
  • Allen is dead last in the KJCCC in home runs this year with 21
  • The Red Devils have the 150th ranked offense in NJCAA Division I
  • The ace of the Red Devil rotation is John James. He leads the team in wins with 7, innings pitched with 68.1, strikeouts with 67, and ERA with 2.63


  • The Grizzlies have won 12 of their last 14 games and have held opponents to four or fewer runs in ten of those games
  • In their last eight first round playoff series, the Grizzlies have won four


  • The Grizzlies and Red Devils have not met since the 2016 season when the team played a four-game series. The teams split the series 2-2 with both teams winning at home and losing on the road
    • This is the only meeting between these two teams since 2012


  • Starter Caden Kickhaefer leads the KJCCC with an ERA of 2.50 this season
  • Kickhaefer is third in innings pitched in the KJCCC with 72
  • Kick is also tied for the fewest home runs allowed among pitchers in the Jayhawk Conference with four


  • Justin Hudson leads the Grizzlies in home runs this season with 15 and he's hit four homers over his last ten games played


  • After missing nine games last month due to injury, Hayden Dyer has returned to the lineup and had a big impact on the Grizzly batting order. Since his return, he's batting 0.371, with 13 RBIs, and he's hit four home runs, while drawing eight walks


  • Grizzly ace Izack Tiger is the all-time program leader for strikeouts in a career with 223. He has a career K/9 of 11.32 and a K/9 this year of 12.99 which ranks 14th in the NJCAA and is the second highest mark in the Jayhawk Conference


#16 Labette at #1 Barton 

#9 Dodge City at #8 Kansas City Kansas

#12 Coffeyville at #5 Cloud

#13 Pratt at #4 Cowley

#11 Hutchinson at #6 Fort Scott

#10 Neosho County at #7 Seward

#15 Colby at #2 Johnson County



Batting Average: Hayden Dyer: 0.379

RBIs: Hayden Dyer: 56

Hits: Hayden Dyer: 64

Runs Scored: Josh Holmes: 47

Doubles: Justin Hudson: 18

Triples: Five players tied: 1

Home Runs: Justin Hudson: 15

Walks Drawn: Brock Kuehler: 28


Innings Pitched: Caden Kickhaefer: 72 

Wins: Tied: Caden Kickhaefer and Izack Tiger: 9

Saves: Blake Werry: 7

Strikeouts: Izack Tiger: 101

ERA: Caden Kickhaefer: 2.50

Fewest BBs Issued (Min 40 IP): Caden Kickhaefer: 19

Complete Games: Izack Tiger: 5


If the Grizzlies win the series, they will advance to the Region VI Championship at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kansas, May 17th-21st.