The Butler baseball team got its first victory of the season and avenged its two losses with a 16-9 win at Independence this afternoon.
Caleb Cox hit a grand slam home run in a big fifth inning to power Butler's attack and help break the game open.
Butler had led 2-0 after getting runs in the first and third innings.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Corey Murphy had thrown three scoreless inning, but surrendered a pair of runs as Independence tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.
Butler then posted eight runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead 10-2 and put the game away.
Connor Hurst also added a two-run home run as part of a big seventh inning for the Grizzlies, who would be ahead 16-3 going to the bottom of the inning.
A Butler error on a dropped pop up allowed Independence to score four unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh, allowing the Pirates to avoid getting run-ruled.
Caleb Nunez gets the victory after throwing a scoreless bottom of the fifth. He was one of five Grizzlies to throw one inning of relief along with Eli Deleon, Blake Mullendore, Sloan Baker and Gus Marcotte.
Butler (1-2) will next play at Coffeyville on Friday.