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June 16, 2013

Dans win in 15 innings

DANVILLE — It is no secret by now that the 2013 version of the Danville Dans have a flair for the dramatic. It is almost expected that whenever the Dans take the field, by the end of the game there will be fireworks and drama.

For the fourth time this week, they gave fans an exciting finish, this time with a 5-4 walk-off win in 15 innings on Saturday over the Terre Haute Rex. The Rex (10-5) entered the game with the Prospect League’s best record. The win extended Danville’s winning streak to a season-high five games.

“I’m honestly getting tired of them,” former Oakwood Comet and future Illini Casey Fletcher said of the walk-off wins. “As long as we get a win, everything is fine. We had a couple calls that didn’t go our way and stuff like that in some key situations.

“Nothing like a good 15-inning win on a Saturday night. If we just pull some hits together in some key situations, we’d probably come out with a win a lot earlier. That’s why we play the game.”

Danville defeated Springfield on Tuesday, and swept Hannibal in a double-header on Thursday with all three wins coming in the Dans’ final at bat. Friday’s victory came a little easier in an 11-2 decision over the Quincy Gems, but the Dans must have missed the excitement of the walk-off and kept fans at Danville Stadium on the edge of their seats for over four hours.

“We play to the last out, and that’s admirable,” said winning pitcher Corbin Olmstead. “None of us want to lose and we always want to put on a good show for the fans. When we get down, we just always have to come back. It’s a great feeling, especially when you have the momentum of the home crowd.”

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