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.