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May 2, 2014

Vikings are making progress

Danville's comeback falls short against Centennial

DANVILLE — Looking at the final score at Danville Stadium on Thursday, it showed that Champaign Centennial had completed a two-game Big 12 Conference sweep of Danville with a 6-5 victory.

But, that doesn’t completely indicate how the Vikings have improved in the past two weeks.

“We are hitting and pitching good enough to win games,’’ said Danville first-year coach Geoff Desmond. “The hitting is coming around and I’m very pleased with how we are going offensively. The things that we have been working on in practice are definitely showing improvement in the games.’’

In the first 10 games of the season, Danville had scored just 24 runs and the team batting average was a paltry .177.

But since then, the Vikings have scored 54 runs in six games (an average of 9 runs a game) and the team has had 43 hits, which is four more than they had in its first 10 games.

“The bats are coming around a little bit,’’ said Danville senior Mike Vascura, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles in Thursday’s game. “But, we still haven’t had a game where everyone in the lineup was doing well at the same time.

“We just need to get that consistency throughout the lineup.’’

The Vikings, who fell to 3-13 overall and 1-6 in the Big 12 Conference, rallied twice in Wednesday’s game against the Chargers, who improved to 12-7 overall and 5-2 in the Big 12.

Danville scored twice in the fifth, pulling within 4-3, as Austin West drove home a run with a single to left and Nolan First delivered a sacrifice fly to right.

And the Vikings stayed within one run until the seventh as the Chargers got a pair of runs — only one of which was earned.

“We debated putting that guy (Anthony Martin) on base,’’ Desmond said. “We got the ground ball that we wanted, but we just didn’t make the play.’’

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