Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dans top Blue Sox 5-4

The Danville Dans got some luck in a crazy ninth inning to break out of a skid and grab a 5-4 win over the Butler Blue Sox on Tuesday evening at Danville Stadium.

With two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth of a tie game, Danville’s Jason Hamm hit a blooper into short center field. Butler shortstop Aaron Ordy got to the ball in plenty of time and appeared to initially make the catch. But the ball found its way to the outfield grass for a game-ending hit, giving the Dans a victory after they had lost six of their last seven.

Before the final heroics, Danville’s Byron Williams drew a two-out walk and stole second. But he was injured on the stolen base, forcing the Dans to put in pitcher Jacob Lee as a pinch runner. After Chris Lewellyn walked, both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch to set up the wild last play.

Danville used some small ball to strike first in the bottom of the second. Austin Green led off with a walk, and a Jason Nappi single put runners on first and second. Ryan Van Amburg then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, and Donavan Drake followed with an RBI groundout to second to plate Green for a 1-0 lead.

The Dans widened the lead with a three-run third inning. Nappi had an RBI double into the right-field gap, and Van Amburg followed with a clutch two-out, two-run single that bounced just in front of Blue Sox right fielder Brian Youchuk to make it 4-0.

Smith ran into his only trouble in the fifth inning, when Butler scored three runs. Zachary Noonan’s RBI single got the Blue Sox on the board, and Ordy scored when Smith made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt with runners on the corners. Noonan, who had advanced to second on the error, then scored on Brian Youchuk’s RBI single that took a crazy hop over the head of shortstop Lewellyn.

Smith turned in a quality start, allowing three runs – none earned – on six hits in six innings of work. He got a no-decision, though, because the Blue Sox got to Danville reliever Kyle Donawerth in the eighth, when Ryan McChesney hit a bloop RBI single into left field to score Youchuk.

Donawerth was solid, throwing three innings of one-run ball on two hits while striking out four. He picked up his first win of the year with the Dans’ ninth inning heroics.

Butler starter Tom Kahl went five innings and allowed four runs, all earned. He struck out eight and got a no-decision. Reliever Derek Peluso was the hard-luck loser, allowing just the one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings of work and striking out five.

Nappi and Hamm each had two hits for Danville, and Van Amburg had two RBIs. The Blue Sox were led by Youchuk’s three-hit performance.

With the win, Danville improves to 11-12 on the season. The Dans are at home for a doubleheader against Dubois on Wednesday.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dans suffer fourth straight loss

Danville came out on the losing end of a game that began as a pitcher’s duel Thursday evening against the Springfield Sliders at Danville Stadium. The contest was tied 1-1 heading into the seventh inning, when the Sliders scored three times en route to an 8-1 win.

Springfield struck first in the top half of the opening frame. Mike McQuillan singled, stole second and scored on Ryan Mooney’s RBI single. The game stayed scoreless for the next four innings in large part to quality starting pitching. Dans starter Aaron Lambrix allowed just one run on four hits in four innings of work. He was aided by a great defensive play in the fourth inning. With one out and a runner on first, shortstop Frank Rawdow made a diving stop on a ball up the middle and made a backhanded flip to second baseman Chris Lewellyn, who barehanded the ball for the out.

Sliders starter Dillon Napolean was on top of his game as well. The right-hander allowed one run on four hit in five innings of work. His only blemish was when Dans center fielder Byron Williams knocked a two-out RBI single to center field in the fifth inning to tie the game at one apiece. Reliever Sam Dawes followed Napolean, throwing three no-hit innings and picking up the win when the Sliders came through with a big inning.

Sean Finucane and Scott Thornburg led off with singles in the seventh for Springfield. Jarred Peper then reached safely to load the bases when Danville reliever Kyle Donawerth hesitated and had no play after fielding the sacrifice bunt. TJ Blanton was hit by a pitch to force in the go-ahead run, and a wild pitch and a Mooney sacrifice fly gave the Sliders a 4-1 lead.

Springfield increased their lead with two runs in the eighth inning on a Thornburg RBI single and a Peper RBI double and added two more in the ninth.

Mooney batted 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run. Thornburg was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, and McQuillan had two hits and two RBIs. Springfield finished with 14 hits.

Ryan Livingstone threw two scoreless innings of relief for Danville. At the plate, the Dans only had four hits. Ryan Van Amburg was 1-for-3 with a run.

Danville falls to 9-10 on the year with the loss. The Dans next home game is Saturday against Slippery Rock.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dupage defeats Dans, 10-3

The Dupage Dragons used four multi-run innings to run away with a 10-3 win against Danville on Wednesday evening at Danville Stadium.

After Dupage scored a pair of runs in the top half of the second inning, the Dans responded. Dabo Worthington was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, and Jason Nappi followed with a single. Two outs later, Cody Yount then lined a two-run single to right field that tied the contest at two.

The Dragons took the lead for good in the fourth inning on a Sean Flanagan two-run double down the third base line that made the score 4-2. Danville had a great chance to tie it in the bottom half. Nappi scored on a Jason Hamm RBI single to make to 4-3, and with no outs, the Dans had runners at second and third. But Dragons starter Eric Wagner got out of the jam with a strikeout and two flyouts to escape further damage.

Dupage stretched its lead to 7-3 with a three-run fifth inning, which was highlighted by Grant Fillipitch’s two-run single. The Dragons put the game out of reach in the eighth with three more runs on RBI singles from Greg Stolzenburg, Brian Riegler and Austin Kingsolver.

It wasn’t Wagner who got the win for Dupage; rather it was reliever Casey Webber, who came on to start the fifth and threw four scoreless innings on three hits while striking out three. Wagner allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work.

Danville starter Codie Rollins went 4 1/3 innings and took the loss. He allowed five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Richie Goodenow came on in relief and continued his strong pitching. He threw 2 2/3 innings and allowed two runs, but both were unearned.

Hamm was 2-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases. Nappi and Byron Williams each had two hits as well for Danville, and Yount finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Flanagan batted 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run for the Dragons. Dave Reynolds was 3-for-4 with two runs, and Stolzenburg and Fillipitch each had two RBIs. Dupage outhit Danville 11-10. Everyone in the Dupage lineup reached base at least once, and eight of nine had hits.

Danville falls to 9-9 with the loss, while Dupage improves to 8-8. The Dans are at home twice more this week, on Thursday against Springfield and Saturday against Slippery Rock.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dans fall 4-2 to Springfield

Despite a late rally, the Dans fell 4-2 to the Springfield Sliders on Tuesday evening at Danville Stadium. After being silenced by seven shutout innings from Sliders starter Calvin Gunter, the Danville offense came to life in the eighth inning.

Frankie Rawdow and Jason Nappi drew walks, and with two outs Nate Johnson lined a two-run double to right field to cut a four-run deficit in half. But that would be all the offense in the game, as the Sliders got out of the inning and TJ Swank threw a 1-2-3 ninth for the save and the West Division win.

Gunter (2-2) was on from the start. The lefty allowed just three hits on the night, and two of those were infield singles. He also struck out five while picking up the win.

Springfield scored single runs in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings. In the second, third baseman Ryan Mooney walked and scored on David Allday’s RBI double off the wall in right-center field.

In the third, Denny Vaughn walked, stole second and scored on a single off the bat of Adam Muenster. The Sliders added runs later on another Muenster RBI single and a wild pitch that plated Josh Parr. Muenster finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while teammate Mike McQuillan batted 3-for-5 and scored a run.

Matt Smith (2-1) took the loss for the Dans. He threw five innings and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks. The Danville bullpen was strong, as Donavan Drake gave up one run in three innings of relief and Ryan Livingstone threw a scoreless ninth inning.

Johnson batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Chris Lewellyn tripled for the Dans. Nappi reached base three times for Danville, going 1-for-2 with a walk, a hit by pitch and a run. But the rest of the offense struggled. The eighth inning was the only frame in which the Dans put multiple runners on base, and Danville was outhit 10-4.

With the loss, the Dans fall to 9-8 on the year. Their next home game is Wednesday against the Dupage Dragons. Danville also will be at home Thursday and Saturday.


The Danville Dans are home tonight against Springfield at 6:30 PM. The game is sponsored by Danville Light Opera. The Dans are also home tomorrow against Dupage, Thursday against Springfield again, and Saturday against Slippery Rock.

Special thanks to McLane Midwest, Iroquois Federal, Provena, and Toyota for sponsoring fireworks after the game on Saturday night the 27th!

We will also welcome Fiberteq employees Saturday night who found their night rained out.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Dans take two from the Sliders

The Dans used two big innings and solid pitching to take a pair of 4-3 games from the Springfield Sliders on a hot and humid evening at Danville Stadium on Saturday.

Due to inclement weather Friday, the teams played a pair of seven-inning games. In game one, Danville did all its damage in the first inning. Chris Lewellyn and Frank Rawdow led off the game with back-to-back singles, and Austin Green followed with a shot down the left-field line for a two-run double. After a walk to Dabo Worthington put runners at first and second, Nate Johnson drilled a one-out single that the Sliders right fielder Adam Muenster misplayed for an error, allowing two more runs to score.

Danville would need all of its 4-0 lead. Springfield scored a run in the second inning on an Anthony Clark RBI single. Then in the fourth inning, the Sliders cut the lead to 4-3 when they plated a pair of runs on a Mike McQuillan RBI groundout and a TJ Blanton RBI infield single.

But there would be no more scoring in the contest. Dans reliever Richie Goodenow (1-0) came in to shut down the Sliders, as he threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. With one out in the seventh inning, Goodenow turned the ball over to Aaron Lambrix, who picked up the final two outs to earn his second save of the year.

Each team had just four hits in the opening contest. Otto Roberts took the loss for Springfield. He pitched five innings and allowed all four runs – three earned – while striking out six and walking four. Starting hurler Codie Rollins got a no-decision for Danville. He threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs – one earned – on four hits and three walks while striking out three.

Just as they did in the first game, the Dans had an early four-run inning in game two, this time in the second frame. Worthington opened the inning with a double and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. He then scored Jason Nappi’s RBI groundout. Danville was far from done, though. After Nate Johnson and Ryan Van Amburg reached base, Goodenow laced a two-run double to right field. He later scored on a throwing error by Springfield starting pitcher Joe Neff that put Danville in front 4-0.

Justin Amlung (1-0) was stellar on the mound for the Dans. The right-hander allowed just one run in four innings of work and left with a 4-1 lead. Springfield made it close again, scoring twice in the sixth inning when Blanton crossed the plate on an error and Clay Cuno followed with a sac fly to give the game its final margin. But the Dans’ Mark Lamm relieved bullpen mate Kyle Donawerth with two outs in the sixth inning and the Sliders threatening. He struck out McQuillan with runners on the corners and went on to pick up a four-out save.

Goodenow batted 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs in game two, and Dabo Worthington was 1-for-1 with two walks and a run. Neff took the loss for Springfield, as he allowed four runs on six hits in four innings.

The wins give the Dans a four-game winning streak and improve their record to 8-6 on the year. Danville has home games at 6:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday next week.

Friday, June 19, 2009


The tarp was down, but the downpour was too severe to begin play this evening. Tomorrow night, Sat. July 20th, will become a 6 pm double header against Springfield.


The Danville Dans are home tonight, Friday, June 19 for a 6:30 PM game vs the Springfield Sliders. Sponsors are the Vermilion County Farm Bureau, Westville American Legion Post 51, and C.U.B.S. (Champaign Urbana Baseball Stalwarts). Calvary Baptist Church and the Vermilion County Speedway are special Guests tonight.

Tomorrow night, Saturday, June 20th, is sponsored by D.A.R.E. and Health Alliance.

Our next home game is Tuesday, June 23.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Smith throws gem as Dans top Dupage

In a game that featured only eight total hits, Matt Smith was brilliant on the mound to lead the Danville Dans to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Dupage Dragons on a muggy Thursday evening at Danville Stadium. Smith (2-0) allowed just two hits in six shutout innings while striking out three to pick up the win.

Ryan Van Amburg provided all the support Smith would need with a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth. Dabo Worthington’s double to left and Nate Johnson’s walk set up Van Amburg’s two-out homer, his first of the season.

The game was scoreless through three innings. After giving up a one-out single in the first inning, Smith retired 11 of the next 12 batters he faced, including seven in a row at one point. Dupage starter Steve Sabatino matched Smith pitch for pitch in the early going, as he gave up just one hit in his first three innings of work.

Despite taking the loss, Sabatino (0-2) was solid on the hill for Dupage. He allowed the three runs on the homer while giving up four hits and striking out two in six innings. Casey Webber relieved Sabatino and threw two scoreless innings to keep the game close.

The only time the Dragons seriously threatened was in the seventh inning, when they picked up their only run on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. But with runners at second and third and one out, Dans reliever Mark Lamm struck out Barrett Serrato and induced a groundout from Brian Riegler to get out of the inning without further damage.

Richie Goodenow pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Dans, and Aaron Lambrix picked up his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth of his own. The Danville pitchers combined to walk just one Dragon on the night.

Only four players had hits in the contest. Dabo Worthington led the Dans at the plate, as he had three of his team’s four hits, including two doubles. Van Amburg finished 1-for-3 with the home run and three RBIs. Dupage got two hits each from shortstop Grant Fillipitch and left fielder Matthew Mirabal.

With the win, Danville improves to 6-6 and trails division-leading Quincy by three games, pending the Gems’ result Thursday evening. Dupage falls to 5-6 with the loss.


The American Baseball Coaches Association have announced the ABCA/Rawlings Sporting Goods All-American teams. Among the honorees is Dans' Louis Coleman (2006), named 1st team. Coleman is currently with LSU participating in the College World Series. He was recently taken in the 5th round by Kansas City.

Pre-game report, June 19th

Currently, tonight's game vs Dupage is scheduled to start on time.


Former Dans infielder (2006), Denny Duron, (Pepperdine)has signed a free-agent contract with the Texas Rangers. Duron is en route to play for their short-season class A affiliate in Spokane, Washington.

Duron completed he career at Pepperdine as the West Coast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year after making just three errors at the shortstop position through 173 changes. He also helped turn 20 double plays and led the team with 119 assists.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Nappi returns to Dans

Jason Nappi (Mississippi State-Dans 2007) has joined the Dans roster. A sophomore from Birmingham, AL, Nappi is expected to play in a utility outfield, third base, and DH role for the Dans. Jason is majoring in banking and finance and is a 2 time SEC Academic Honor Roll student.


The Dans are scheduled to be home for 4 games this week of June 15th. They are home Tuesday night against Dubois (unsponsored). Don't foret Two Buck Tuesday Night in the Beer concession. The Dans meet Dupage at home on Thursday night (Thrivent Thursday). See your Thrivent Financial representative or a Lutheran Church member. On Friday, against Springfield, we will honor our veterans with the game sponsored by Westville American Legion Post 51, the Vermilion County Farm Bureau, and C.U.B.S. (Champaign Urbana Baseball Stalwarts). We will also welcome employees of Fiberteq that evening.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dans fall, 7-4, to Quincy

An exciting game preceded an exciting fireworks display, but the Danville Dans came out on the wrong end of a Prospect League contest and lost to the Quincy Gems, 7-4, on Friday evening at Danville Stadium.

Quincy struck first when designated hitter Zach Miller scored on a wild pitch in the second inning. But it was the fourth inning that undid the Dans, as the Gems scored six times in the frame. Jon Myers got it going right away with a solo homer on the first pitch of the inning off Dans starter Donavan Drake. The Gems then used two walks and four more hits, including a two-run double from left fielder Jordin Hood, to take a 7-0 lead.

Danville chipped away at the deficit in the middle innings, scoring once in the fourth and the fifth and twice in the sixth. A Ryan Van Amburg walk and a Cody Yount single started the fourth. After advancing to third base, Van Amburg scored on an RBI groundout by Richie Goodenow.

In the fifth, Austin Green doubled to with one out. Dabo Worthington followed by drilling a ball off the left-field wall for another double to plate Green and cut the score to 7-2.

The Dans had an eventful sixth inning. Jason Hamm reached on an error to lead off, and with one out, Byron Williams and Chris Lewellyn drew walks to load the bases. Frank Rawdow then singled to left to score Hamm, but Williams was thrown out at the plate for the second out.

The Dans weren’t done, however, as Lewellyn stole third and scored an overthrow by the catcher to cut the score to 7-4. After another Quincy error and a walk to Worthington loaded the bases, it appeared Danville added one more run, as the field umpire called time and seemed ready to call a balk. But after conferring with the home plate ump, he thought otherwise and Van Amburg popped out to shortstop following a lengthy at-bat to end the inning.

The Danville offense couldn’t get anything going late, though, as it was held scoreless in the last three innings. Matt Tracey picked up the win for Quincy, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on four hits while walking six and striking out four. Donavan took the loss for the Dans, as he gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Brett Huber, Goodenow and Mark Lamm pitched well in relief for Danville, combining to throw 5 2/3 innings of two-hit ball without allowing a run. No one on the Danville offense had more than one hit. Worthington, Goodenow and Frank Rawdow each had an RBI. With the loss, Danville drops to 4-4 on the season.


Ricky Bowen (Dans 2007 - Miss State) was drafted in the 43rd round by the Cincinnati Reds, becoming the 9th Dan drafted in this years Major League Draft.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Goodenow's homer propels Dans to win

Richie Goodenow's three-run homer in his Dans debut led Danville a 6-3 win over Hannibal on Thursday evening at Danville Stadium.

Goodenow's blast over the right-field wall came in a big fourth inning for the Dans. The inning started with back-to-back singles from Dabo Worthington and Ryan Van Amburg. Cody Yount then followed with a walk to load the bases, and Worthington scored the first Danville run on a wild pitch. With runners at second and third, Jason Hamm grounded a ball back to the mound, prompting Van Amburg to be tagged out in a rundown between third and home despite it appearing that he was interfered with. That made Dans fans angry, but the tide quickly turned when Goodenow homered to put the Dans ahead 4-3.

Matt Smith got the win for Danville, throwing five innings and allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits while striking out four. Justin Amblung was terrific in relief of Smith, holding the Caveman scoreless in three innings on one hit while striking out five. Ryan Cabral walked two men in the ninth inning to load the bases after an error, but he picked up the save by catching Hannibal's Matt Burton looking on a called third strike.

It didn't look good for Danville early, as the Caveman scored three runs in the first three innings. Hannibal used four hits, including two infield hits and a bloop single to shallow right field, to score twice in the second inning. The Caveman added a run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Matt Gaudet after two Danville errors put runners on second and third. Both team's defenses were shaky in the contest, as Danville made four errors and Hannibal made three.

Hannibal would not score in the last six innings, and Danville got a couple insurance runs in the fifth inning on Hamm's two-out, two-run single to center that made the score 6-3.

Frankie Rawdow, Worthington and Van Amburg each had two hits for the Dans. Hamm had two RBIs and Goodenow, who attends Vanderbilt, had three. Worthington scored twice. Hannibal's Roy Metter was hit hard, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.

With the win, Danville improves to 4-3 on the season. The Dans next game is at home Friday night against the division-leading Quincy Gems.


2007 Danville Dan, A.J. Griffin (Univ of San Diego) became the 8th Dan drafted in this year's major league draft. A.J. was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 34th round.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


The Danville Dans defeated the Dupage Dragons tonight (Weds) by a score of 5-4. A key hit by Frank Rawdow, and a sparkling defensive play by Chris Lewellyn contributed to the win.


Seven Dans were drafted in day 1 and 2 of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.

Dans alumni Louis Coleman (2006-LSU) was drafted by Kansas City and teammate Ryan Schimpf (2007-LSU))by the Toronto Blue Jays, both in the 5th round. Schimpf and Coleman are currently headed to Omaha to particpate in the College World Series, which begins June 13.

Dan David Born (2006- Long Beach) & Evan Button (2006-Ole Miss) were drafted in the 22nd round. Born by Colorado and Button by Arizona.

Chris McGinnis (2007-Citadel) was drafted by Boston in the 13th round, and Dan Black (2007-Purdue) was drafted in the 14th round by the Chicago White Sox.

Dan Kazrowski (Hamline University), 2008 League MVP, was drafted by the Diamondbacks. The 2nd/SS went in the 26th round.

Day 3 is the last day of the draft which begins at 10:30 AM tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dans lose, 5-2, to Dubois County

Playing the Dubois County Bombers for the fourth time in their first five games, the Danville Dans couldn’t muster much offense and fell 5-2 on Tuesday night at Danville Stadium.

Danville opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Lewellyn and Nate Johnson led the game off with back-to-back singles, and with one out, Dabo Worthington singled to left to plate Lewellyn.

Dubois County responded quicky, though, scoring two runs in the top of the second. After doubling to right field, the Bombers’ Jared Broughton scored on an RBI single by Dan Nichols. Nichols then stole second and scored on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Brennan Malham that gave Dubois County a lead it would never relinquish.

The Bombers added a run in the third on another Nichols RBI single and pulled away in the fifth inning when catcher Chadd Krist drilled a two-run double to left for a 5-1 lead.

A scary moment occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Bombers left fielder Gavin Green crashed headfirst into the wall while diving for a long drive off the bat of Worthington that ended up going for a double. After staying down for several minutes, Green walked off the field under his own power.

With two outs and Worthington on second after the play, the Dans had a chance to cut into the score but couldn’t capitalize. Austin Green grounded a ball to shortstop and reached safely via an error when the Bombers’ first baseman Wes Fink couldn’t hold onto the low throw. But Worthington took a wide turn around third on the play and had little choice but to try for home, where he was thrown out by a couple steps to end the inning and the potential rally.

The Dans chipped away at the lead in the seventh inning. With one out, Cody Yount singled to left and Frankie Rawdow followed with a walk. Two batters later, Lewellyn knocked an RBI single to right to cut the score to 5-2. But with Ryan Cabral at the plate, Lewellyn was tagged out in a rundown trying to steal second before Rawdow could cross the plate and score a run.

Jaehne Llanas picked up the win for Dubois County. Llanas threw six innings, allowing just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five. James Murrey took the loss for Danville. After throwing four innings without allowing an earned run against Dubois County in the season opener Thursday night, the righty struggled, allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings of work.

The Bomber didn’t score after the fifth inning, as Cabral pitched three inninsg for the Dans without allowing a run. Green, who moved to the mound from right field, threw a scoreless ninth inning.

Worthington led the Danville offense in the game, batting 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. For the season, the first baseman is hitting a scorching .529. Lewellyn batted 2-for-4 with a run, and Yount was 1-for-4 with a run. The Bombers outhit the Dans 11-7, and Danville managed just four hits in the last eight innings of the game. With the loss, the Dans fall to 2-3 on the young season, while Dubois County improves to 2-3.

CWS Schedule

See Dans alumni & incoming players in the CWS - Sat., June 13, Game 2 @ 6:00 PM CT - LSU vs Viginia (ESPN). Sunday, June 14, 1:00 PM, Arizona St. vs North Carolina (ESPN2).

Monday, June 8, 2009


For live audio broadcasts of all home games this year, go to www.vermilioncountyfirst.com or www.1490wdan.com. You can also access from this blog on the upper right hand side of the opening page.

For live stats home and away, go to this site, http://danvilledans.blogspot.com. In the righthand corner, you will see pointstreak stats. Click and you will be on a scoreboard page. Look for the Dans in one of the boxes, and click the launch button at the bottom of the box.

Selected games will also be broadcast live, by the WDAN A-Team, on WDAN 1490.


Congratulations to the Danville Dans who are heading to the College World Series (June 13th to June 23/24).

Seven Dans will be represented in Omaha. From Arizona State, Andrew Pollack (2008). From LSU, Ryan Byrd (2005), Louis Coleman (2006), Ryan Schimpf (2007), Austin Ross (2008), Mikie Mahtook (2009), and Austin Nola (2009).

The CWS can be followed on the following web sites, and will be broadcased on ESPN.



The Dans are at home this week on Tuesday vs Dubois (St. James Fellowship Night), Thursday vs Hannibal (Thrivent Thursday-every Thursday) and Friday vs Quincy (Fireworks sponsored by Danville Township, Vermilion County Federation of Labor). Game sponsor only is Thrivent Financial-Vermilion County. We also welcome Fiberteq employees.
All games begin at 6:30 PM.

Remember that every Tuesday is Two Buck Tuesday at the beer concession and that every Thursday is Thrivent Thursday night.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dans top Dubois County to take Prospect League opener

The Dans used speed, a timely hit and a few helpful walks to win their Prospect League opener Thursday night in Danville.

Austin Green’s RBI single to right field with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Danville a 3-2 win over the Dubois County Bombers. The rally started when Byron Williams drew a one-out walk and stole second. Williams then took third base on a passed ball on ball four to Frankie Rawdow. Following that, Ryan Van Amburg was intentionally walked and David “Dabo” Washington struck out to set up Green’s heroics that moved Danville to 1-0 on the season.

Aaron Lambrix took the win in relief for the Dans by striking out the side on just 11 pitches in a scoreless ninth inning. Brett Merkley took the loss for the Bombers, who fell to 0-1.

Dubois County opened the scoring in the fourth inning with the help of some shaky defense from the Dans. The Bombers’ Daniel Nichols and Brennan Malham reached on errors to open the inning. With one out, Nichols scored on a slow-rolling RBI groundout to second base off the bat of Sean Estand.

The Dans responded in the bottom half with a run of their own. Worthington walked to lead off the inning, then stole second. Worthington advanced to third base on Austin Green’s single to left before scoring on Jason Hamm’s RBI groundout to shortstop.

Starting pitcher James Murrey was strong in four innings of work for Danville. Murrey allowed just one run, which was unearned, on four hits and no walks while striking out six. Jacob Lee threw three innings of relief and struck out five and walked three without allowing a hit. The only trouble Lee ran into was in the fifth, when he walked the Bombers’ John Hotto to lead off the inning. Hotto quickly stole second and third before scoring on a passed ball to give Dubois County a 2-1 lead.

But Lee settled down from there, and Kyle Donawerth threw a scoreless eighth inning to set up the Dans’ rally in the bottom half, when Van Amburg, Green and Jason Hamm each drew walks in the span of four batters to load the bases. Cody Yount then took four straight pitches out of the zone to tie the game 2-2.

There wasn’t much scoring early, as Dubois County starter Shawn Marquardt allowed one run on three hits and three walks in six innings while striking out three. Reliever Joe Ochs allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings before being replaced by Merkley, who was charged with the ninth-inning run and the loss. Merkley struggled with his control, walking four in 2/3 innings of work.

Green, who plays his college ball at San Diego, led the Dans on offense, as he went 2-for-4 with a walk and the game-winning RBI. Worthington was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run and a stolen base. The Dans had just four hits in the game but did draw 11 walks. The Danville pitchers combined to strike out 15 Bombers batters.