DANVILLE — Spoken in clichés, this could be a long season. The calendar says it is half over. The reality is, there has been gradual improvement. And the hope is, this learning experience will bode well for the future of the Danville High School baseball program.
For all involved, there is truth in the realization that the 2014 baseball season for the Danville Vikings is a learning experience.
The first season as head coach for former assistant Geoff Desmond is the final campaign for a handful of seniors, and a 1-9 start isn’t quite what either had in mind for this year.
The Vikings got their latest lesson — as it goes for a determined but inexperienced team — on Saturday on the losing end of a doubleheader sweep against Normal Community. The Ironmen defeated the Vikings 8-1 and 11-1 (five innings) respectively at Danville Stadium.
“There’s a lot of new guys,” Desmond said. “We lost a lot of seniors from last year and there are a lot of new faces on varsity. A lot of it could be, a lot of these guys are seeing varsity pitching for the first time. The game might be going a little fast for some of our guys in our lineup. That’s just one of those things where they have to get the repetition. Maybe after they get some repetition of playing some varsity games and stringing some at bats together, the game will start slowing down for them. Right now, it’s moving at a fast pace for a lot of these guys.”
Danville found itself down early in both of Saturday’s contests putting the struggling bats of the Vikings at an immediate disadvantage.
The Ironmen (6-6 overall, 1-0 in the Big 12 Conference) scored four runs in the first frame of Game 1 en route to their seven-run win, and pushed runs across the plate in each of the five innings in Game 2.