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August 1, 2013

Dans claim division title

HANNIBAL, Mo. — After 55 games of baseball this summer, Danville Dans coach Jason Watson spent his off day watching a game online.

As it turns out, the game that Watson was watching was Hannibal’s 13-9 win over Quincy at Clemens Field in Hannibal, Mo., and with the Cavemen’s win over the Gems, the Danville Dans secured the Prospect League’s West Division title.

“It’s a great honor for the organization and the community to win this title,’’ said Watson, who was getting ready to drag the infield at Danville Stadium. “Everyone involved with the organization has done a tremendous job of bringing together some really talented players and those players have done a great job of buying into this season.’’

After a little bit of a slow start, the Dans turned things around quickly in the month of July.

They set a Prospect League record with a 11-game win streak and with Tuesday’s 5-1 win over the Terre Haute Rex, Danville finished the month of July with a 23-5 record.

“It’s a little unusual to clinch the title on an off day,’’ Watson said. “But, there is no doubt that we put ourselves in this position with our play over the last month.

“If it didn’t happen tonight, I was pretty confident that we were going to get a win in our final five games.’’

With the division title, the Danville Dans are assured of hosting Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) in the Prospect League’s West Division playoffs next week against an opponent yet to be determined. Quincy needs just one win or a Hannibal loss to clinch the No. 2 position. The playoffs will begin next Tuesday at the site of the No. 2 team and then Game 2 and 3 will be played on Wednesday and next Thursday, if necessary, at Danville Stadium.

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