Danville’s Chase Thurston was just three outs away from a shutout on Wednesday at the Paris Holiday Tournament.
The Post 210 right-handed settled for a complete-game victory as the Speakers defeated Olney 6-1 in an opening-round game at Laker Field.
Thurston allowed just three hits and one earned run while walking five and striking out 11.
Providing all the offense that Thurston would need against Olney was Jeff Woods, who had a single, a double and three RBIs.
Austin Calhoun also drove home a run for Post 210, while Jake England had the team’s only other hit.
Post 210, which plays against Sullivan, Ind., at 9 a.m. today, improves to 14-4 on the season.
With a win in today’s first game, the Speakers will advance into the 5:30 p.m. championship game against the top team from the other pool, which consists of Charleston, Clinton, Ind., and Paris.
“Our goal is to be playing in that 5:30 p.m. game,’’ Danville manager Allan Shepherd said. “Chase threw a great game today and our defense played really well behind him. We need to keep doing those things to be successful.’’
After today’s games in Paris, the Danville Post 210 Speakers travel to Mattoon on Saturday for a doubleheader.
The next home games for Danville is a doubleheader on Sunday against Lincoln. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
Danville blasts Charleston, Rantoul
TILTON — Aiden Berg and Dillon Turner combined for a powerful 1-2 punch on Wednesday afternoon for the Danville Post 210 Junior Speakers.
Berg, a Hoopeston Area product, struck out eight as the Danville Juniors defeated Charleston 11-1 in the opener, while Turner, who played for Westville during the high school season, had eight punchouts in a one-hit shutout as the Junior Speakers beat Rantoul 10-0.
And when those two weren’t pitching they were also a pretty powerful force at the plate for the Junior Speakers, who improve to 16-1 overall.
In the opener, Turner had a single, a home run and three RBIs in support of Berg. While Berg had two singles, a double and three RBIs in the second game in support of Turner.
Danville, which has won 15 straight, also got big offensive days from Dylan Dodd, Peyton Cutrell and Noah Darr.
Dodd had five hits, including two doubles, during the Post 210 Junior Speakers split doubleheader sweep.
Cutrell was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in the opener, getting a single, a double and home run, while Darr had three doubles and three RBIs in the two victories.
The Danville junior legion team is idle until Saturday’s doubleheader at Mattoon.