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.

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Danville Dan’s Cade Brown goes 3-for-4 with 2 homers in batting debut

BY CHAD DARE, COMMERCIAL NEWS
PHOTO BY DEB EDWARDS

Cade Brown was a highly successful two-way player in high school days at Cathedral Catholic in San Diego, Calif.

But when the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder took the field this spring for the University of San Diego Torreros it was as a pitcher only.

Brown made 19 appearances for USD, including three starts. He was 2-1 with a 7.22 ERA.

So when San Diego sent Brown to Danville this summer, the Torreros coaching staff was hoping that he could get time as both a pitcher and a hitter.

After two scoreless relief appearances this summer, Brown got his first opportunity to swing the wooden bats on Wednesday night and boy, did he swing the bat.

Brown went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs as the Danville Dans rallied from 3-0 deficit to beat the Lafayette Aviators 6-3 before an announced crowd of 386 at Danville Stadium.

“I didn’t hit much this spring, so I came in here with a clear mind and trying to focus on doing well at the dish as well as on the mound,” Brown said. “I guess it paid off tonight. I’m excited to keep doing both for the rest of the summer.”

Coleman said that’s exactly what his school wants him to do this summer.

“They want him to hit and we will give him that opportunity,” Coleman said. “He is also going to get the start on Sunday, but we need to keep getting that bat in the lineup.

"We needed a spark tonight and he provided it.”

Brown admitted that he didn’t expect to hit one homer, let alone two.

“I was just kicking off the rust and things went the way that they did — better than I expected,” he said. “We were down three runs and I just knew that I had to drive in a run. I didn’t get most of the barrel on it, but I knew for the ball flight that it had a chance.”

His first home run allowed Danville to close the deficit with Lafayette to 3-2 in the sixth inning. His second homer in the eighth inning, which was blasted deep into the night, helped extend the team’s lead.

The Dans (4-2) actually took the lead with a two-run seventh inning.

Louisiana State University freshman-to-be Wes Toups delivered the go-ahead hit for Danville with a two-run double into the large right-center field gap, as Lafayette’s center fielder Mason Sykes was playing Toups to hit the opposite way with runners on second and third.

“I normally try to go away with a lot of pitches,” Toups said. “But in that situation, I’m trying to get the runner in from third base. So, I’m looking to put the barrel on the ball and pull it.

"I got a good pitch to hit and I didn’t miss it.”

After being held scoreless in the first five innings, Danville came back to win with two runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

“Our pitchers did a great job of holding them there at three runs,” Toups said. “We were hitting the ball hard the whole game. It just seemed like our offense turned on there late in game — at the right time.”

Danville starter R.J. Kuruts didn’t figure into the decision as he allowed three runs — only two were earned — in sixth innings.

Tanner Green picked up the victory with two shutout innings of relief, while Ryan Patel earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.

The Dans will play the Aviators again tonight and Friday, but those games will be at Loeb Stadium in Lafayette.

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