“Being able to produce runs has been huge for us. He wants to be the guy and he wants to be the player who picks guys up. He’s one heck of a player and I love coaching him.’’
That’s also how Watson feels about the other 23 players that suited up for Danville on Thursday night.
The Prospect League West Division Champions set a league record earlier this season with 11 straight victories and Thursday night that equaled the mark of last year’s West Virginia Miners with their 40th win. With five games remaining, the Dans have a opportunity to set a new league record.
“It’s huge for this program, organization and the community of Danville,’’ Watson said. “For our administration to put this team together is just remarkable. They got good kids, good ball players and good people off the field. That goes a long way in everyone’s eyes.
“I’m very proud of them winning 40 games and hopefully more. Because, we’re not ready for it to be over anytime soon.’’
Jake Hall went the first five innings for the Dans, allowing two runs — only one earned. After that Watson went with four relievers, each taking one inning. Jon Rashid was credited with the victory and Trey McNickle got the save.
“Jake threw it well tonight,’’ Watson said. “A couple of calls didn’t go our way in that two-run (fourth) inning, but he battled back and did a good job.
“I just told the relievers to get three outs and that’s what they did.’’
Quincy (33-22) scored its only runs of the contest in that fourth inning and the first one came on catcher Mike Wilson’s ground ball down the third-base line that appeared to Danville Dans third baseman Chad Klein to bounce fall, but the umpired called it fair and the Gems got their first run. A passed ball later in the inning produce the tying run.