The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 30, 2013

Dans run through Rex

BY ROB WITZEL
Commercial-News

DANVILLE —  Everything was nearly perfect for the Danville Dans on Saturday night, with one exception: The weather.

After several rain delays, postponements and rescheduled games, it appeared Saturday night’s game might not have been played.

But as the old saying goes, good things come to those that wait. Fans stuck around for nearly two hours but once the game got going, the Dans fired on all cylinders. Danville had incredible pitching, solid hitting and great defense that led to 5-0 win over the Terre Haute Rex and are now on a five-game winning streak.

Danville had an exceptional outing on the mound from Troy Conyers, who went six innings allowing two hits and one walk. He also picked up eight strikeouts and at one point retired seven straight batters.

“I didn’t have my best stuff but I was battling and I was in the zone.” Conyers said. “I was behind in the count more than I wanted to be but when I needed to make pitches, I did.”

Conyers also tipped his hat to the teammates behind him for their superb defense on a messy field.

“We were playing great defense. The field was wet and the ball was slow but we were coming and getting it and played aggressive,” Conyers said.

The southpaw is having an incredible season thus far, pitching 18 innings and has yet to allow a run. He is 3-0 with 27 strikeouts while only allowing four hits and six walks.

Conyers counterpart, Taylor Krugh, did not respond so well. The pitcher struggled mightily and gave up five walks, three hits, and three runs in just three innings.

Offensively the Dans were led by Spencer Hermann who went 4-for-4 with four singles and two RBIs as well as Chet Simoneaux, who had two RBIs and a double.

The late start didn’t faze the Dans a bit. In their first trip to the plate, the first three batters reached base safely. A Jake Thomas walk and a Josh Miller single were followed by a Casey Fletcher walk. Krugh was able to get Corbin Olmstead to strike out looking but then the Danville bats started causing some damage.

Hermann would first hit a two-RBI single that was then followed up with a sacrifice fly by Simoneaux, giving the Dans an early 3-0 lead.

That lead would stay until the bottom of the sixth when Danville extended their lead. Hermann led off with a single and was then brought in by a Simoneaux double. Simoneaux was later brought in to score after a Tyler Selesky single to give the Dans a 5-0 lead.

The bullpen did not allow much of any Rex offense and the Dans collected their 16th win of the summer.

Today, the Dans have an opportunity to snag at least a share of first place of the Western division. Danville currently trails the Quincy Gems by one game in the standings, and as fate would have it the teams square off in a trio of games over the next two days.

Today begins with a doubleheader at Quincy followed by one more game at Quincy on Monday. The Dans return to Danville Stadium on Tuesday as they host the Springfield Sliders in another doubleheader.