In the ninth, Olmstead gave up a hit and a run, but he struck out Chris Tschida with the tying run standing on third base.
“Getting that save was a little nerve-wracking,’’ Olmstead said. “I haven’t been on the mound in two weeks, since my college season ended, so it was kind of trial by fire.’’
And the fact that his first appearance came against Quincy, the team that eliminated the 2013 Danville Dans for the postseason tournament, was definitely something that Olmstead, the starting pitcher in Game 1 of the best-of-three series thought about.
“I’m used to play the Gems. It was like I never left Danville,’’ he said. “But, it was a little different this time. I just wanted to get out there and pitch.’’
Danville Dans manager Eric Coleman has been expecting this influx of talent and he was very happy to get guys that Olmstead into uniform.
“We were expecting them to get here and we were expecting them to contribute right away — and they did,’’ Coleman said. “From the very first day that I got this job, Corbin was going to be in the middle of our lineup,’’ said Coleman, noting that he had 10 home runs this past spring. “He wants to have a chance to play at the next level and I’m looking forward to working with him.’’
How about that ninth inning with the tying run on third?
“He is probably going to give me a heart attack all summer,’’ Coleman said. “I don’t have any hair, so I don’t have to worry about it turning gray. But I’m glad he is here. He is going to be our closer.’’
Also making their season-debuts with the Dans on Tuesday were outfielder Ronnie Jebavy and shortstop Austin Bryant.