Danville Dans blast Hoots
HANNIBAL, Mo. — Sometimes practice can be overrated.
Just ask former NBA star Allen Iverson, who was famously quoted as saying, “we’re talking practice?’’
On Thursday, because of weather issues, the Danville Dans didn’t get its normal time of batting practice before its Prospect League contest against the Hannibal Hoots at Clemens Field in Hannibal, Mo.
No problem, the Dans responded with season-bests in runs (12) and hits (18) as they snapped the Hoots 10-game winning streak with a 12-5 triumph.
“I guess these guys like the idea of show-and-go,’’ Danville manager Eric Coleman said. “We’ll take it.
“We tell these guys that each one of these trips is a business trip. Tonight, we came over to Hannibal and took care of our business.’’
Six different players had multiple hits for Danville (17-15) and catcher Eric Bigani had a season-best four RBIs, including two on a two-out double in the third inning.
“That was a critical hit early in the game,’’ Coleman said. “We still need to work on our situational hitting, but he laced that ball off of the fence and got us two big runs with two outs.’’
Another player that stepped up for the Dans on Thursday night was first baseman Damian Pierce, who went 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs. Pierce hit his third home run of the summer.
“That’s another big bat that we want to get rolling,’’ Coleman said. “He can really help lengthen the middle part of our order.’’
Zach Huffins also had three hits in the victory for Danville, while Kobe Kato, Cade Evans and Trevor Mindor each finished with two hits.
Every batter in the lineup for the Dans had at least one hit, and every batter either scored a run or drove home a run.
Starter Carter Holt only lasted 4.1 innings because of the pitch count rules. Nicola Mislinski came on to throw 3.2 innings of relief to pick up the victory.
Hannibal designated hitter Dylan Dodd went 3-for-3 for the Hoots with a home run in the contest.