There’s a good reason why Danville Post 210 Speaker Baseball has a large roster every season. This year’s team features 17 players and, at one point or another, nearly all of them will be needed to pitch.
That was the case on Monday night at Danville Stadium. The Speakers, who just finished up a five-game tournament over the weekend in Paris, needed a whole committee of pitchers to get through a 9-6 win over Piatt County.
“I knew I had kids that could pitch,” said Danville manager Allan Shepherd. “I knew that as long as we kept it in the zone and played a little defense that we’d be alright. We knew they would hit the ball and our defense was pretty strong tonight.”
Noah Darr started on the mound for Danville. The Salt Fork product will be a senior this fall for the Storm and, including summer ball, has only thrown two games since junior high. Darr didn’t think Shepherd was telling him the truth when he gave him the ball to start the game.
“I thought he was playing some twisted prank on me,” said Darr.
Darr was followed on the mound by Mark Strebin, Cameron Cawley, Zack Mittman, and Dillon Turner.
Darr struggled out the gate giving up two runs in the first inning but calmed down to get three straight outs to end the inning before Shepherd decided to turn to a five-man committee to handle the game from the mound. Westville’s Mark Strebin looked the best from the mound going four scoreless innings allowing just two hits and two walks.
“Mark Strebin threw the ball well. He kept them off-balance and gave us four innings,” said Shepherd. “I was really pleased about that since we had to play tomorrow with the same shortage of arms. “