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June 21, 2014

Dans find their offense

Danville pounds out 21 hits in doubleheader sweep of Quincy

DANVILLE — The offensive woes for the Danville Dans were short-lived.

After scoring just three runs in three games against the last-place Springfield Sliders on Wednesday and Thursday, the Danville Dans exploded for 17 runs and 21 hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Quincy Gems at Danville Stadium.

Danville won the opener 10-5 and the Dans defeated the Gems, who had been the leaders in the Prospect League’s West Division, 7-2 in the nightcap.

“If you don’t score runs, you can’t win games,’’ said Danville right fielder Gabe Acevedo, who went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI in the twinbill sweep.

In the previous three games, one win and two losses, the Dans (12-10) had scored three runs on 15 hits.

“We actually hit the ball today,’’ said Danville outfielder Ronnie Jebavy, who was 6-for-7 with three runs scored and three RBIs. “I think everybody just had better approaches. We all went up there with a better mindset — just stay short and put the ball in play.’’

That was definitely the approach for Jebavy, who led off the doubleheader with an infield single and he scored the first run of the night on Austin Bryant’s triple to right field.

“Getting that first run just gave everyone a lot of confidence,’’ Jebavy said. “And, it also helps out the pitchers to give them a lead.’’

The Dans saw that lead evaporate as the Gems scored twice in the second, but Acevedo gave them another lead with a run-scoring single to right as part of three-run second inning.

Acevedo also had a double in the fourth and a RBI single in the fifth for Danville, which took the lead for good with a five-run fifth inning.

The three hits in the opener for Acevedo broke him out of a 3-for-25 slump that he had entering Friday’s doubleheader.

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