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July 11, 2014

Speakers get fuel for postseason with victory

TILTON — Led by a pair of Westville products, the Danville Post 210 Speakers picked up an important win on Thursday night.

After falling to Clinton (Ind.) Post 140 by one run earlier in the season, the Speakers put up six runs and shut out Clinton, taking the final 6-0 at Tilton’s Carl Gruber Sports Complex.

Westville’s Dillon Turner earned the win on the mound lasting eight shutout innings, allowing eight hits but not a single run. He also struck out 10 batters. His classmate, Kyle Brazas, finished 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI.

Turner humbly gave the credit for his outing, though, to the guys behind him.

“I always have a great defense backing me up,” said Turner. “Every time I go to the mound I know that they’ll all have my back.”

Speaker manager Allan Shepherd echoed a comment he made about Turner earlier in the season.

“Dillon is finally a pitcher now,” said Shepherd. “He’s not up there just to throw. He’s trusting his defense and letting him go to work for him. It’s no surprise to me how well he’s throwing and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Michael Vascura threw the final inning for Danville. He allowed one base runner but still managed to strike out two of the four batters he faced.

“That’s the hardest I’ve seen Mike throw,” said Shepherd. “With our post-season right around the corner we’re in a real good spot.”

The Speaker runs started coming early and they never let off the gas. Brazas hit an RBI-single in the first inning to drive in Noah Darr. That got things going for Danville, who improves to 17-9 with the win. Brazas went on to collect three more hits in the game after struggling at the plate over the weekend.

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