DANVILLE — The Danville baseball team hosted former Big 12 rival Mattoon on Thursday at Danville Stadium and the Green Wave made short work of the Vikings with solid pitching from Mitch Godden (10 strikeouts and 5 hits) and good offensive output to win 14-2 in five innings.
Mattoon scored in every inning against Danville as they put offensive pressure on the Vikings defense all game.
“We have been hitting the ball real well for the last couple of weeks and the kids really get fired up to play here at the Stadium,” Mattoon coach Mark Jackley said.
The Green Wave was led by Payton Hartbank, who had two triples and seven RBI’s on the day.
The Vikings' Mike Vascura struggled some from the mound and couldn’t get comfortable all game as he walked several and hit a batter.
“Mattoon is the best hitting team we have faced all year and they really attack the ball and put pressure on the defense and pitcher,” Danville coach Geoff Desmond said. “Mike (Vascura) had good velocity tonight but didn’t hit the spots like normal.”
Danville did get RBI’s from Tyler Young and Tristan Wolfe. The Vikings had base runners in four of the five innings but could only produce two runs as Godden went to his curve ball to get hitters out.
“We have been playing better as of late but tonight we just ran into a good team, we are looking to get back on track Saturday,” Desmond said.
Danville falls to 4-16 and plays Saturday at Eisenhower.