The Danville Dans have released their official 2009 season schedule, featuring 26 home dates at Danville Stadium this summer.
The Dans , who begin their 20th season of play in 2009, will open at home on Thursday, June 4, when they face the DuBois Bombers at 6:30 PM. Following that game, the Dans will hit the road for three games before returning to Danville Stadium to begin a busy month of June. The Dans will play 12 home games in June which will include matchups with 2 of the new east division teams, Butler, PA (Blue Sox) and Slippery Rock, P.A, (Sliders) as well as new west division rival, Hannibal, Missouri (Cavemen).
In all, the Dans will play 52 regular season games, 8 with the East Division and the remainder with the west division. The format of the league’s post season tournament has not been announced, but will be played the 2nd full week of August with all play concluded by August 15.
“We are very happy to release our schedule for the 2009 season. Our 26 game home schedule offers a balanced number of games from Tuesday thru Saturday.” said Rick Kurth, co-owner and managing partner. “Affordable family fun and outstanding baseball is sure to provide fans with quality entertainment and sponsors an outstanding return on investment. “ added Kurth.
The Dans are members of the CICL (Central Illinois Collegiate League), which has been rebranded this year as the Prospect League, which better reflects the growth and scope of the league, established in 1963. With 175 major league alumni, the Prospect League showcases the finest collegiate baseball players across the nation. The East Division will consist of the Slippery Rock Sliders (Slippery Rock, PA), Richmond RiverRats, (Richmond, IN), the Lorain Northcoast Knights (Lorain, OH), the Butler Blue Sox (Butler, PA), and the Chillicothe Paints (Chillicothe, OH). West Division teams are the Danville Dans, The Dupage Dragons (Lisle, IL), the Dubois Bombers (Huntingburg, IN), the Springfield Sliders (Springfield, IL), the Quincy Gems (Quincy, IL), and the Hannibal Cavemen (Hannibal, MO.). The new league website is www.prospectleague.com. CICL historic information can still be found at www.ciclbaseball.com.
Dans home games will begin at 6:30 P.M. Central time. Home games can be heard on the internet at:
www.1490wdan.com or www.vermilioncountyfirst.com.
Selected games can be heard on WDAN radio 1490.