SPRINGFIELD — Danville Dans shortstop Austin Bryant moved back into his normal batting spot on Tuesday night.
The senior-to-be from Middle Tennessee State had spent the previous three games batting fifth in his team’s lineup, but against the Springfield Sliders, he was back in the No. 2 hole.
Bryant, who was 5-of-12 (.417) with 1 run scored in those three games, went 2-for-5 with a run scored a season-high three RBIs in Danville’s 4-1 victory over Springfield at Lanphier Park.
In the first inning, Bryant gave the Dans a 1-0 lead with an RBI double, scoring Ronnie Jebavy, who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, and then the Danville shortstop made it 3-0 with a two-run triple to right field. Later in the second, Bryant scored on a single by Keith Shumaker.
That was more than enough offense for Danville starter Mark Hendrick.
The senior-to-be from Austin Peay allowed just one run in eight innings as Hendrick improved to 4-1 on the season with the victory. Hendrick, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., struck out five and walked none.
Cam Wysocki, a sophomore-to-be from the University of Michigan, threw a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the summer.
Danville, the first-half champions of the Prospect League’s West Division, improves to 23-18 overall and 4-7 in the second half; while Springfield falls to 7-32 and 2-7.
The two teams will meet again tonight at Danville Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and it’s a triple-play Wednesday with $9 buying a ticket to the game and two of the following: a hot dog, a soft drink and/or a beer.
The Dans are sending former Danville High standout Chase Thurston (0-2, 4.26 ERA) to the mound in his second start of the summer, while the Sliders will counter with left-hander Tyler Feece (2-1, 2.65 ERA).