DANVILLE — This year’s Danville Dans team will go down as one of the most special to grace the field at Danville Stadium. Fans routinely show up at the Stadium each night to support them, and the players have described the summer experience like none other.
Earlier this season, the Dans set a Prospect League record with 11 consecutive wins, and later clinched the West Division title. But when Drew Buddle made one final toss to first baseman Spencer Herrmann Saturday night to record the final out of Danville’s 1-0 win over Terre Haute, the home dugout emptied and a massive celebration began.
With one game left in the regular season today at Hannibal, the Dans had the satisfaction of winning their final regular season home game. The crowd of nearly 3,000, however, experienced something much more special. It was the Dans’ 41st win of the season which set a new league record for most wins in a season. The previous record was set last year by the West Virginia Miners.
“It’s great,” Danville manager Jason Watson said. “These guys have played hard all season. It’s been a long season. For them to first tie that record and now set a new one is great for this team, this organization, and this community.
The Dans won their 40th game of the season on Thursday but lost consecutive games to Hannibal on Friday, and on Saturday in Terre Haute in the first of a two-city double-header.
Danville held a 3-0 lead in Terre Haute Saturday afternoon before giving up four runs in the eighth inning. The Dans tied the game with one run in the ninth, but an unearned run ultimately won it for the Rex.
Once the Dans arrived in Danville, they had forgotten about the loss, and received a combined nine-inning shutout from pitchers Corbin Olmstead, Jared Burton, and Trey McNickle.