DANVILLE — Springfield left-hander Tyler Feece feels right at home on the Danville Stadium mound.
The redshirt freshman-to-be from Illinois State University made his fourth start of the summer against the Danville Dans — all in Danville — and the southpaw came one out short of a magical night.
Feece tossed a 1-hit shutout as the Springfield Sliders defeated the Danville Dans 4-0 on Wednesday night before 1,150 at Danville Stadium.
“It was something special,’’ said Feece, just seconds before his teammates dumped their water cooler over his head. “I was trying to hold back the emotions. I’ve never done it before — I’ve never even been close before. It was something that I will remember for the rest of my life.’’
And while Feece did throw a no-hitter in high school for Vernon Hills, he said that just isn’t the same as doing it against a collegiate-level team.
“This is just as good,’’ he said. “Yeah, I would have liked to had it, but the one-hitter is just as good.’’
Danville shortstop Austin Bryant, who was 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs in Tuesday’s win at Springfield, was the only batter standing between Feece and the Prospect League’s third no-hitter of the summer. Danville’s C.J. Burdick had a no-hitter on June 4th against Springfield and Chillicothe’s Travis Lakins tossed a perfect game on June 20th against West Virginia.
“I was on the bench that night that Burdick threw his no-hitter. That was something special,’’ Feece admitted.
And the Springfield left-handed would have joined those two except that Bryant lined a two-out single to left in the ninth inning. It’s something the senior-to-be from Middle Tennesse State was hoping to get the chance to do after he flew out to deep center in the seventh.