The Danville Dans jumped out to a big lead before hanging on against the Springfield Sliders for a 12-9 win on Friday in Prospect League action.
Danville started with four runs in the first inning which was mostly set up by errors by the Slider defense. Corbin Olmstead drove in a run in the second for a 5-0 Danville lead.
Springfield got two runs in the third on starter and winning pitcher Blake Stephens but Danville scored four more in the sixth on a double by Jacob Thomas, a single by Josh Miller, a single by Casey Fletcher and a single by Taylor Banks.
The Dans added two runs in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Thomas and another RBI single by Olmstead while Chet Simoneaux drove in the final Danville run with a single in the eighth.
But Springfield would not go away, scoring a run in the sixth and seventh innings, two runs in the eighth and three more on a double by JP Meyer in the ninth. But Meyer was thrown out trying to go to third for the second out of the inning and Olmstead would get the next batter out to clinch the win.
Thomas, Olmstead and Fletcher each had two RBIs while Miller, Banks, Ben Albano and Simoneaux each had one.
Stevens pitched five innings and had four strikeouts while Jacob Hall, a pitcher from Eastern Kentucky University, made his Dans debut and pitched one inning and Evan Dunn pitched two before Olmstead picked up the ninth.
“Stevens threw the ball well and we produced a lot of great offense,” Danville assistant coach Jason Watson said.
The Dans will return home today to face the Terre Haute Rex at 6:30 p.m.