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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Successful road trip for Dans

Playing five games in five days on the road was a daunting task for the Danville Dans this past week.

But after a rainout and the team’s first loss in 13 days this past Thursday, Danville finished its journey with three straight victories over the West Virginia.

The last of those coming on Sunday as six pitchers combined to strike out 12 Miners in the Dans 8-1 triumph before 555 at Epling Field.

Left-hander starter Dawson Sweatt, a redshirt freshman-to-be from Auburn, went the first four innings for Danville. He allowed no runs on three hits, while walking four and striking out five.

He was followed by five relievers — each of whom went one inning.

Blake Malatestinic, a junior-to-be from Eastern Illinois, was credited with the victory after a scoreless inning of relief in the fifth. Also coming up with a scoreless inning were Stone Parker, Jackson Kelley and Ryan Patel.

Trevor Thompson, who did surrender Danville’s only run, and Patel each struck out a pair of West Virginia batters, while the other three each had a single strikeout in their inning.

The Dans got all the offense they would need in the first inning on a two-run homer by Aidan Malm, a senior-to-be from Long Beach State. It was Malm’s second homer this season.

Danville added three more runs in the second, a single tally in the fourth and two runs in the sixth.

One of the bright spots for the Dans was center fielder Walker McCleney, who ended the trip with a pair of 2-hit games against West Virginia. The senior-to-be from the University of Alabama has also scored six runs in his last two contests.

The Dans return to Danville Stadium tonight for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Hannibal Hoots, who are managed by Danville Area Community College coach Clayton Hicks.

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