DANVILLE — Austin Bryant has delivered key singles in the ninth inning in back-to-back games for the Danville Dans.
But, the one he got on Thursday night against the Hannibal Cavemen was a little more significant to the team.
Bryant, who broke up a no-hit attempt by Springfield’s Tyler Feece with a ninth-inning single to left on Wednesday, drove home the game-winning runs with a hit to center with one out in the ninth on Thursday, giving the Dans a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Cavemen before 511 at Danville Stadium.
“Tonight was a better feeling,’’ Bryant said. “That’s two days in a row that I wanted to get up to the plate in the ninth inning.
“The hit tonight got us a win. The hit last night got us our only hit of the game. I will always taking game-winning hit.’’
While it wasn’t the prettiest wins for Danville, which improved to 24-19 overall and 5-8 in the second half of the Prospect League’s West Division, it was still a victory, according to manager Eric Coleman.
“Any way we can get a win at this point,’’ he said. “We don’t care. Whatever we need to do. Like I told my guys, we shouldn’t have let that team hang around. We should have been able to close it out in the ninth.’’
Danville had a similar victory back on June 3rd with a 12-11 win over Quincy.
“This is one of those wins that we had in the first half,’’ Coleman said. “We went 18-6 to win the first half. We got on a little run.
“Hopefully, this can propel us to do what we need to do to get us started.’’
The Dans built a 4-0 lead with a single run in the third and three in the fourth as Ronnie Jebavy had a RBI-single, but they managed just four baserunners in the next four innings and two of those were thrown out trying to steal.