COVINGTON, Ind. – The Danville baseball team had a breakout game when they traveled to Covington to face the Trojans. The Vikings came out on top 14-1 in five innings thanks to good hitting and great pitching.
Danville had nine hits, drew seven walks and had four runners reach base after being hit by a pitch en route to their fourteen runs.
Meanwhile, Dylan Marble threw three and 2/3 innings of perfect ball, including striking out the first six batters he faced before giving up a solo home run.
“We’ve been working on this every practice,” said Danville head coach Geoff Desmond about the team’s batting. “We’ve really worked on our swing and our approach to the plate and today was a success.”
He continued, “We’ve had some individuals do well, but this was the first time that the team as a whole was successful up there.”
Even the outs made by his batters impressed Desmond.
“We hit the ball well – some line drives that they caught – but it’s better than the pop flies we’ve been hitting – so even our outs were good today,” Desmond said.
His team got off to a strong start in the first inning as Brady Watkins led off with a single, Tristan Wolfe got on with a fielder’s choice and Nolan First reached on a Trojan error.
Austin West singled in Wolfe, Emmitt Black walked, as did Tyler Young. Marble hit a sacrifice fly that, along with some stolen bases and passed balls, gave the Vikings a 4-0 lead before Covington came to the plate for the first time.
Marble struck out the side when the Trojans came to bat in their half, then the Vikings picked up where they left off.
A hit, a walk, two hit-batsmen and a Covington error allowed Danville to score three more runs to lead 7-0. Marble then struck out the side in the bottom half of the second.