The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 11, 2009

Dans win, seven former players drafted

Rawdow delivers key 2-run single

STAFF REPORT

LISLE — Wednesday was a good day all-around for Danville Dans manager Pete Paciorek.

It started with the news that seven former Danville Dans were selected between the fifth and 26th rounds of the Major League Baseball draft.

And it ended with second baseman Frank Rawdow delivering a key two-run single in the seventh to lead the Dans past the DuPage Dragons 4-3.

With the win, Danville snaps a three-game losing streak and the Dans (3-3) are withing one game of the Prospect League West Division leaders.

Rawdow, who entered Wednesday’s game with a .125 batting average, picked up his first two RBIs of the year with the hit as former Schlarman standout Chris Lewellyn set him up with a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position.

“We have a lot of confidence in Frank,’’ Paciorek said. “We know that he is capable of coming up with the big hit. If we didn’t think he could do it, we wouldn’t have had Chris bunt in front of him.’’

Ironically, the two-run seventh was started by former DACC standout Donovan Drake. The right-handed pitcher led off the inning with a single, his first hit of the season.

Byron Williams, who also used to play at DACC, followed with a hit and Lewellyn, another former Jaguar, got the bunt down.

Drake got the victory with Aaron Lambrix pitching the final two innings to get his second save of the year.

Leading the charge of former Danville Dans to hear their name called on Wednesday was Louisiana State pitcher Louis Coleman with the 152nd pick by the Kansas City Royals. Up next was his Tiger teammate Ryan Schimpf with the 160th pick to the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I thought that Schimpf might have gone a little earlier, but to go in the fifth round is excellent,’’ Paciorek said. “He is a hard-nosed, tough kid that has worked extremely hard to get where he is at.’’

Both Coleman and Schimpf are playing in the College World Series this next week in Omaha, Neb.

Also getting drafted on Wednesday was Dan Kaczrowski, the 2008 CICL Mike Schmidt MVP winner from the Dans and Hamline University. He was a 26th-round selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“To be honest with you, I don’t think there is any way that this would have happened to me if I didn’t play in Danville last year,’’ Kaczrowski said. “I learned so much there and matured so much as a player.’’

Other players getting drafted on Thursday were Chris McGuinness of The Citadel, by Boston Red Sox in the 13th round; Purdue’s Dan Black by the Chicago White Sox in the 14th round, David Born of Long Beach State by the Colorado Rockies in the 22nd round and Mississippi’s Evan Button by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 22nd round.