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June 14, 2013

UPDATE: Dans sweep Cavemen

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DANVILLE —

But what made this one different was the hit by Thomas, who capped 4-for-9 night at the plate with the gapper.

“That was our first real walk-off,’’ said Selesky, noting that two of them were the resulted of throwing errors, including the first game on Thursday, and the other was a game-winning fielder’s choice ground out. “That was clutch. Jake had been having some bad luck. He’s been hitting the ball hard, but right at guys.

“It was nice that he found a gap in that situation and we won the game.’’

Watson said he doesn’t care how his team is getting the walk-off victories.

“Those are better than walk-off losses,’’ he said. “This team is proving that they are going to battle.

“We ran through some tough stretches in both games, but we found ways to win both games.’’

And the bad stretches for Watson and the Dans cost them a 6-run lead in the opener and a 3-run lead in the second game.

Danville’s bullpen, which entered Thursday with a 17-inning scoreless string, allowed five runs — only two earned — in seven innings of work in the two games.

But on each occasion, the Cavemen (6-9) were only able to tie the game — they never held a lead in either game.

And, it wasn’t a case of just a few players making contributions, the Dans used 23 of their 26 players on their roster during Thursday’s doubleheader.

“These were truly team victories in both games,’’ Watson said. “We had some guys that struggled, but everyone was fighting together and each guy was trying to pick up the next guy.’’

Is that a sign of a team that’s coming together?

“Absolutely,’’ Watson said. “These guys are getting more and more comfortable playing together on the field and they are becoming friends off the field.

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