Seven Dans Participate in All-Star Showcase
Those attending were (l to r): RHP Jonah Ulane (Kansas); LHP Chase Nix (Arkansas St); LHP Zach Eschberger (Henderson State); 1B Michael Rothmund (UI-Springfield); Jim Govern (Eastern IL); Welles Cooley (McNeese State) and Nick Webre (LSU).
The Danville Dans were well represented at the Prospect League All-Star Showcase. The players joined others from Quincy, Terre Haute, Springfield, Lafayette and Kokomo for workouts in front of scouts.
Michael Rothmund finished second in the Home Run Derby.
Congrats to our Dans All-Stars!
For the second week in a row, a Danville Dans player has received recognition from the Prospect League. This week is was Michael Rothmund, who was named the Player of the Week. Rothmund, a senior-to-be at University of Illinois-Springfield, hit .464 (13-for-28) over eight games during the week. The six-foot-six, 240-pound infielder hit three doubles, a triple, one home run and drove in 13.
On the season, Rothmund – who is from Lombard, IL – is hitting .331 and ranked third in the Prospect League in home runs (10), second in RBIs (42), third in runs scored (38), second in total bases (89), third in extra-base hits (21) and third in slugging percentage (.640).
Ryan Gowens was cruising through the Springfield Sliders lineup last Saturday night. Through 5.2 innings he had faced the minimum number of batters, striking out 13 batters of the 17 to that point – including fanning the side in both the first and fourth innings. Then Westville native and Danville Area Community College product Mark Strebin got an infield single on a slow roller down the third base line. That hit, and a walk in the 7th inning, were the only blemishes on a near-perfect game for the University of Arizona senior-to-be right-hander.
His efforts were recognize with the Prospect League naming Gowens the Pitcher of the Week this week. He added another strike out in the 7th for a total of 14 Ks – the most by a Dans pitcher since Nick Rumbelow (LSU) threw that many against Hannibal in June, 2011. His teammates backed up the pitching gem with a 9-0 offensive output to take the second game of a doubleheader and sweep the Springfield Sliders.
On the season, Gowens is 1-2 in six starts. He’s thrown a total of 27.2 innings, with 43 strikeouts, good for eighth in the Prospect League (but third on the Dans staff), and has given up 18 walks.
He is the second Dans pitcher to be honored by the Prospect League. Zach Eschberger (Henderson State) was named the top pitcher for Week 3 of this season.
Eschberger Named Pitcher of the Week
Zach Eschberger, a sophomore from Henderson State University, has been named the Prospect League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 18.
The Tyler, TX native threw a complete game shutout in the Dans 7-0 win over the Quincy Gems on June 13. The left-hander only gave up four hits while throwing 107 pitches – 80 of which were strikes. That led to nine strikeouts and no walks. It was the first complete game for the Dans since June, 2014.
On the season, Eschberger is 1-1 in three starts, and four total appearances. He’s thrown a total of 18.2 innings, allowing eight earned runs for a 3.85 ERA, and has allowed 17 hits. He leads the Dans starters with 20 strikeouts and just six walks.
Zach Eschberger on the mound during his 7-0 complete game on June 13.
Photo courtesy of Deb Edwards / Commercial-News
Six Dans Get Drafted in 2017
Congrats to six former Dans that were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft:
Ricky Karcher (Walters State CC), 2016 Dans RHP, taken in the 13th Round by the Cincinnati Reds.
Troy Conyers (Univ of San Diego), 2013 Dans LHP, selected in the 23rd Round by the Atlanta Braves.
Justin Bridgman (Nevada), 2015 Dans Infielder, a 28th Round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Jeremy McKinney (Indiana St), a 2015 Dans RHP, taken in the 31st Round by the Washington Nationals.
Mac Lozer (Michigan), a 2014 Dans RHP, a 33rd Round pick by the New York Mets.
Michael McCormick (Eastern Illinois), a 2015 Dans RHP, selected in the 34th Round by the Chicago White Sox.
This brings the total number of Dans that have been drafted or signed a professional contract to almost 180 players in our 30 year history.
The Danville Dans baseball team got an early start on Wednesday against the Quincy Gems.After two early outs, the Dans scored seven runs in the first inning and would go on to beat the Gems 11-6.
Tom Szczasny got a walk with two outs in the first, Chris Colarossi got a single and Mason Doolittle walked to load the bases. Mason Templet cleared the bases with a double and went to third on a wild pitch to the next batter — Ben Schanding — who got a walk. Michael Rothmund hit a single to score Templet and Nick Webre got a double to score Schanding and Rothmund.
Templet would get another RBI in the fifth on a double, while Webre got an RBI single in the seventh and a two-run home run in the ninth to finish the scoring for Danville.
Matthew Hoffman got the win for the Dans, while three strikeouts and only gave up two hits in two innings. Jonah Ulane got the save with three strikeouts in the ninth to clinch the game.
Dans Manger Gets Milestone Win
Danville Dans manager Eric Coleman recorded his 100th regular season victory with the Dans in an 11-8 victory over the Lafayette Aviators Saturday night.
This is Coleman’s fourth season with the Dans. His teams won 31 games in each of his first two years, and won a team second-best 35 wins last season. The victory over the Aviators Saturday was his team’s third win this year. Coleman also has a playoff victory with the Dans in 2014 against Quincy.
In each of his first three years, the Dans have had quality pitching. The 2016 squad was second in the league with a 3.25 ERA, the 2015 staff was third at 2.74 ERA, and the Dans team ERA was 3.25 in 2014, fourth in the league.
Speed has also been a hallmark of the Coleman teams. The Dans have led the Prospect League in stolen bases in each of this three years – 127 in 2016, 136 in 2015 and 119 in 2014.
This is Coleman’s 16th year coaching in summer league baseball. He was named the 2011 Manager of the Year with the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in the Perfect Game Collegiate League.Congrats Coach Coleman! Here's to 100 more.
It's a fabulous schedule!
This year's schedule has 30 home games, including:
Fridays and 5 Saturdays
- 8 Two-Buck Tuesdays left
- 2 Sunday games this year, starting at 4:30 pm
- Plus, an all-American 4th of July game
If you're looking to help your young ballplayer improve their baseball or softball skills, then sign them up for the Danville Dans Summer Baseball Skills Camps. There are three different 2-day camps in June - you can attend just one camp or all three.
Click here to download a Skills Camp Registration Form
2017 Ticket Books Now Available
Each book contains 30 tickets for the 2017 season. You can use it like a season ticket, and come to all 30 home games. You can use all 30 for one game, or any other combination.
Books can be ordered by clicking to the button to the right. Ticket books will be mailed out. If you would like to purchase with cash or check, call 217-918-3401.