Dans Comeback Win Is A Butter-Burger Bash

June 13, 2021

Danville staring pitcher Hayden Birdsong (Eastern Illinois) found himself in unfamiliar territory Sunday night. In his first three starts, he was 2-0, giving up just five earned runs in 15 innings while striking out 21.

Sunday against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp, he allowed six earned runs in just 2.1 innings. But despite being down 6-1, the Dans didn’t give up.

They scored three in the 5th on RBI double by Johnathon Thomas (Houston) and RBI singles by Keenan Taylor (Butler) and Danny Becerra (Towson).

The Dans bullpen of Kade Snell (Auburn), Jaxson Forrester (Mississippi State) and Jake Leger (Iowa Western CC) held the Pistol Shrimp scoreless the rest of the game to bring up the bottom of the 9th.

After Dustin Allen (San Diego) walks, Cooper McMurray (Kansas) hits a pinch-hit 2-run bomb over the right field fence to tie the game. Then with two outs, Taylor advances to first on a hit-by-pitch. He then comes around to score on a Tony Castonguay (Kansas) double for the 7-6 final.

The Dans are back in action Tuesday against Alton River Dragons. Two-Buck Tuesday’s first pitch is 6:30 pm.

Tough Night For Dans

June 4, 2021

The Danville Dans tried to regain first place in the Wabash River Division on Friday against the Lafayette Aviators.

But the Dans could not keep up as they lost 10-6 to the Aviators at Loeb Stadium.

Ben Higgins had two hits with a home run and two RBIs for Danville, while Keenan Taylor had two hits and a RBI, Johnathon Thomas and Tony Castonguay each had one RBI and Jason Ali had two hits.

Jackson Nichols took the loss for the Dans, getting four strikeouts and giving up seven runs on eight hits in four innings. Nick Constantine had three strikeouts in four innings of relief.

The Dans have lost three in a row and will try to break that streak on Saturday against the Aviators at 6:30 p.m. at Danville Stadium. The same two teams will face each other again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Danville Dans News

Dans, Rex will play 14 innings tonight

BY CHAD DARE, Commercial-News 

Here we go again.

That’s basically what Danville Dans manager Eric Coleman and Terre Haute Rex manager Tyler Wampler said after their Prospect League season opener was suspended in the third inning by lightning that accompanied Thursday’s thunderstorms that moved through the area.

Terre Haute, which scored single runs in the first and second innings, was batting with one out in the third inning when lightning was detected within vicinity of Danville Stadium. According to NCAA and Prospect League rules, play was immediately halted.

The teams attempted to wait out the storm, but each time lightning was detected, that was another 30-minute delay according to rules. Finally after more than 90 minutes, the game was officially suspended. The two teams will finish the season opener, all nine innings, beginning at 6 p.m. tonight at Danville Stadium.

The originally scheduled game for Friday night will now become a seven-inning contest and it will start about 20-30 minutes after the first game — basically creating a doubleheader with 14 innings of baseball.

While this is just the start of the 2019 season, these two teams experienced a very similar situation last year in the Prospect League West Division Playoffs.

“Eric Coleman and I was just talking about that,” said Wampler. “Every time, we play each other, no matter where it is, we have something crazy going on whether it is the weather or extra innings. It’s never dull when we play each other.”

That is probably fitting as these Prospect League rivals play annually for the Branch Rickey Cup.

Coleman, who begins his sixth seasons with Danville, admitted there wasn’t a whole lot to learn about his teams in just two innings.

“It’s so early,” he said. “Blake (Malatestinic) is better than he showed in those first two innings. He just needs to compete a little more in the zone.

"And offensively, we got a little long with our swings. We have to make that adjustment swinging with the wood bats.”

The Rex got its first run of the season as leadoff batter Justin Jenkins drilled a pitch to center field that one-hopped the wall for a triple. Ethan Hunter followed with an RBI groundout and Terre Haute had the lead.

In the second, Terre Haute added another run when Austin Weller scored on a sacrifice fly to center from Jacob Mulcahy.

Danville did get four base runners in the first two innings against Terre Haute starter Clayton Mayfield.

Wes Toups drew a leadoff walk, but two pitches later, he was thrown out trying to steal second. Walker McCleney followed with a walk and Brad Powers had a two-out single to right in the opening frame. The Dans would fail to score as Ryan Archibald struck out swinging.

In the second inning, Max Goldberg reached with a one-out single to left, but he was stranded at first as Jalen Jones and Marcel Bacheller flew out to end the inning

DANS ON DECK

Current score — Terre Haute Rex 2, Danville Dans 0 in third inning

Key player — Terre Haute outfielder Justin Jenkins is 1-for-2 with a triple and a run scored.

Up next — The Rex and Dans will conclude the season opener at 6 p.m. with a seven-inning contest to follow.

Probable starters — Terre Haute: LHP Foster Anshutz (0-0, 0.00 ERA); Danville: RHP R.J. Kuruts (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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