The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 2, 2013

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Speakers finally get on field


DANVILLE — After a week filled with rainouts, the Danville Post 210 Speakers avoided another rainout on Monday and shook off the rust from the week off with a 14-4 win over Robinson Post 64 at Danville Stadium.

“I was a little worried because we have not played since last Sunday and we came out strong on offense and we played well on defense as well,” Post 210 coach Allan Sheppard said. “This was the most complete game that we have played all season.”

Zach Girton had two hits and three RBIs for the Speakers, while Jeff Woods had two hits and two RBIs, Austin Calhoun and Hunter Crowell each had two RBIs and Kyle Coburn had one RBI.

Dalton Dieu picked up th win for Post 210, who is 13-4 and will travel to Paris on Wednesday to play Olney at 2:15 p.m.

Danville 5

Quincy 0

QUINCY — Zach Gordon had struggled in two starts against the Quincy Gems this summer.

But the Danville Dans right-hander from Jacksonville University tossed six shutout innings on Monday night to lead his team to a win over Quincy, snapping a three-game losing streak against the Gems.

Gordon, who had allowed 10 earned runs in 8Ð innings in two previous appearances against Quincy, allowed just four hits while walking two and striking out four in getting his first win of the summer.

“Zach wasn’t 100 percent on his game, but when he needed to make a big pitch — he did,’’ Danville manager Jason Watson said. “He kept the ball down and he let his defense work behind him.

“It’s definitely something that Zach needed and it was good to see him get some positive results.’’

After his six shutout innings from Gordon, who was 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA entering Monday’s contest, Danville’s bullpen of Jared Burton and Mitch Holtz got the final nine outs.

Offensively, Danville had 11 hits in the win over Quincy with Chet Simoneaux, Spencer Herrmann, Tyler Selesky and Kyle Kapka leading the way with two hits each.

Simoneaux along with Jake Thomas, Casey Fletcher and Sam Maus had RBIs in the contest.

The victory for Dans (17-11) pulls them within two games of the Gems (19-9) in the Prospect League’s West Division. And it came on the heels of Quincy’s doubleheader sweep on Sunday, 4-1 and 3-2 over Danville.

“A team always seems to play better when it gets a good outing from its starter like we got from Zach,’’ Watson said. “And it was important, because we were coming off a difficult Sunday with a pair of losses to Quincy.’’

The Dans are back at Danville Stadium tonight with a 6 p.m. doubleheader against the Springfield Sliders.

Corbin Olmstead and Jacob Hall are scheduled to start for Danville as it’s a Two-buck Tuesday, with admission, hot dogs and beverages available for $2.