DANVILLE — The game plan for the 2014 Danville Dans isn’t very complex.
First-year manager Eric Coleman and his staff believe in running as much as possible, basically putting pressure on the opponent’s defense.
That aggressive style is starting to pay dividends this week as the Danville Dans won their fourth straight with a 8-4 victory over the Terre Haute Rex on Friday night before 1,376 at Danville Stadium,
“The big thing that coach Coleman always talks about is that our running game is huge for us,’’ said Danville assistant coach Ryan Van Amburg, who was filling in for Coleman, who was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected when infielder Tyler Selesky was found to be using an illegal bat in Thursday’s game at Springfield. “You saw it tonight. We created a lot of chaos on the base paths, we made them play quick catch, which they struggled at, and that produced a couple of runs with that.
“I also liked how we did some good situational hitting. We got a couple of big hit-and-runs down in big parts of the game. We got guys in scoring position and then we came up with some big knocks. Guys are getting guys in when we need to get them in.’’
One of the big hits for the Dans (5-5) came from designated hitter Corbin Olmstead in the five-run seventh inning. The right-hander hitter from the University of North Florida lined a 1-2 pitch from Terre Haute reliever Austin Gardner into center field, driving home Ronnie Jebavy and Austin Bryant breaking a 4-4 lead.
“I was just trying to do a job for the team,’’ Olmstead said. “I was just trying to keep my hands through the zone to get a sac fly, but it worked out for me to get a hit.’’