Austin Green had a big night at the plate and the Danville Dans scored six times in their final two at-bats to earn a 9-3 victory over the visiting Dubois County Bombers on Friday evening at Danville Stadium.
The game stayed scoreless into the bottom of the third, when Austin Nola got a Danville rally started with a double. After an out, Dabo Worthington knocked a broken-bat single to left to put runners on the corners. Nola was then thrown out attempting to score on a Jason Nappi grounder to third, but Austin Green came through with a two-out, three-run home run to left-center field to give the Dans a 3-0 lead.
The Bombers quickly cut into the lead, as Justin Miller hit a homer to left field on the first pitch of the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 3-1.
Danville squandered chances to extend its lead in the middle innings. In the fourth, the Dans had two runners in scoring position with one out, but Nola grounded out to first and Cody Yount was cut down at the plate on the play on his delayed attempt to score. One frame later, Danville had the bases loaded with one gone, but Scott Schauer popped out to second and Yount struck out looking to end the frame.
The missed offensive opportunities came back to hurt the Dans when Dubois plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Justin Miller led off the inning with a single, albeit on a high pop-up that fell in front of home plate due to miscommunication between the Danville fielders. Kyle Richardson walked, and Jared Broughton followed with a two-run double down the left-field line to tie the game at three.
The Dans again loaded the bases in the bottom half of the sixth, courtesy of the Bombers’ Eric Jarrett walking the first three Danville batters of the inning. But again the Dans could not come through, as Jarrett got out of the jam by striking out Nate Johnson and Worthington and retiring Nappi on a pop-up to second.
Danville finally came through again in the seventh, when Green led off with a triple a scored on Scott Schauer’s RBI single. After Byron Williams reached on a third-strike wild pitch and Lewellyn walked, Nola lined a sharp single to left to plate two more and give the Dans a 6-3 lead.
The Dans added another three-spot in the eighth inning. After Green walked and Schauer singled, Yount rolled a slow grounder to third, and Broughton promptly threw the ball wide of first and into right field. It was ruled a single and two-base error, resulting in runs from Green and Schauer. Yount later scored on a wild pitch to give the contest its final 9-3 margin.
Lambrix got a no-decision for Danville, throwing 5 1/3 innings and giving up three runs on six hits while striking out six. Kyle Donawerth got the win 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Greg Houston pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Dubois starter Joe Ochs took a no-decision as well, giving up three runs in five innings. Jarrett took the loss, allowing two runs in an inning-plus of work.
Green was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs for the Dans. Schauer was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Miller led the Dubois offense, as he went 3-for-4 with two runs.
Danville improves to 31-21 with the victory and remains in the division race, sitting 1 1/2 games behind the Quincy Gems.