The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 5, 2013

Danville Dans blast Terre Haute Rex

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — When this month started, the Danville Dans set themselves a goal — to go 21-7 in the month of July.

So far, so good for the Dans.

Danville extended its win streak to four games — all in the month of July — with a 7-2 victory over the Terre Haute Rex at Bob Warn Field.

Leading the way for the Dans (20-11) was outfielder Chet Simoneaux, who went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs, raising his team-high total to 16.

In all four victories this month, Simoneaux has either scored a run or drove home a run for the Dans.

“Chet has been doing a good job of squaring up a few balls recently and he’s gotten himself into a pretty good groove at the plate,’’ said Danville manager Jason Watson.

Simoneaux, a senior-to-be from Louisiana-Monroe, is 4-for-9 with five runs scored and four RBIs during the Danville win streak, and he has seen his batting average rise by 30 points to .218.

“He struggled a little bit, but give Chet credit, he kept working on his swing and things are working out for him,’’ Watson said.

And the only hit for Simoneaux on Thursday night was a leadoff solo home run, his second of the season.

Two batters after that blast came a two-run homer from Sam Maus, giving Danville a 3-0 lead and more than enough offense against Terre Haute on this night.

“Chet is one of those guys when he gets a ball squared up, he is a big guy and he has the power to hit a home run,’’ Watson said. “Sam may not be as big as Chet, but when he puts a good swing on a ball, he is just as capable of hitting a home run. We have several guys on this team like Sam that are capable of hitting a home run at any point of a game.’’

Right-handed starter Blake Stevens earned his second victory of the summer, going six innings, allowing one run, while walking two and striking out one.

Danville’s bullpen of Jon Rashid and Miles Nordgren took care of the final three innings, while Nordgren extending his string of shutout innings against Terre Haute to nine.

With the victory for Danville and Quincy’s win over Springfield (11-2), tonight’s game at Danville Stadium will featured the top-two teams in the Prospect League’s West Division.

Quincy (21-10) currently holds a one-game lead over Danville and the Gems are 4-3 against the Dans this season.

“This is a huge game,’’ Watson said. “We are playing for first place in the division.’’

Danville is sending left-hander Troy Conyers (2-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound, while Quincy is countering with left-hander Aaron Michel (3-0. 1.60 ERA).

First pitch tonight at Danville Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets for tonight’s game are $6.