DANVILLE — The weather hasn’t been helpful for baseball in central Illinois so far this summer. Allan Shepherd can tell you all about it.
“I made the comment the other day that if you want to know if it’s going to rain, just check the Speaker’s schedule,” said Shepherd.
Shepherd and the Danville Post 210 Speakers have played just seven games so far this summer, which includes Monday night’s 8-6 win over Paris Post 211. He says that at this point last summer they had already played in 15 or 16 times.
“We need more games,” said Shepherd. “You take three or four days off and you kind of lose the chemistry.”
Danville (4-3) carried just enough chemistry into Danville Stadium on Monday night, however, to get the win over Paris. The game was supposed to be played against Rockville (Ind.) but was changed due to a scheduling conflict.
It took four innings for anyone to get a run on the scoreboard, largely in part because of the two starting pitchers. Post 210’s Michael Vascura and Post 211’s Clint Foster combined to give up just two hits in the first three frames.
It was Danville who jumped out first in the fourth inning using three singles and a couple of walks in the inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Paris fought back in the following half-inning with two runs of their own on a two-out, two-run double by Brendan Behringer, tying the game at two each.
The Speakers’ offense was just getting started in the fourth. They went on to add three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, and another in the seventh on the way the win. All of but one of their hits in the contest were singles, with the exception being the double by Cameron Cawley in the seventh inning.