The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 25, 2013

Dans win in Terre Haute

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The short trip down the state line to Terre Haute, Ind., has been an unpleasant trip for the Danville Dans.

In two previous encounters this season, the Rex have pulled out a pair of one-run victories (3-2 and 4-3) over the Dans.

But on Monday night, Danville turned the tables on Terre Haute, scoring three times in the 10th inning leading to the Dans 5-2 victory over the Rex at Bob Warn Field.

“That’s a big win, especially at their place,’’ said Danville manager Jason Watson, whose team is now 3-4 against Terre Haute this season. “The guys played well and we came up with a couple of key hits in the 10th inning.’’

Chet Simoneaux, who was 2-for-5, got the inning started with a single. Taylor Banks, who had two doubles and a single, reached on an error and Tyler Selesky followed with a bunt single to load the bases.

After a pop out from Sam Maus, Danville got the go-ahead, run-scoring single from Jake Thomas.

“Jake had struggled a little bit early in the game, but he found a hole to get us a lead,’’ Watson said.

With the bases still loaded, shorstop Josh Miller, who had been hitless in his 20 previous at-bats, smashed a two-run double into the left-center field gap.

“Josh had lined out twice, once to the shortstop and once to the left fielder, earlier in the game,’’ Watson said. “It was really nice to see him square one up and find a gap there in the 10th.

“Give Josh a lot of credit, he kept with his approach and he kept hitting the ball hard. Finally, he got the big hit that he’s been looking for and it was a big lift for the team.’’

Those three runs were more than enough for right-handed reliver Trey McNickle, who earned the victory with four shutout innings of relief.

Terre Haute did get a pair of singles off McNickle in the 10th, but the junior-to-be from St. Petersburg College in Florida struck out Rex shortstop Tyler Wampler to end the game.

“Trey did what he always does, he kept the ball down and got ground balls,’’ said Watson, who was also very pleased with the effort from Spencer Herrmann, the starter for Danville.

Herrmann went six innings, allowing two runs — only one earned — while walking two and striking out six.

It is the third straight quality start for Herrmann, who is 0-1 with a 2.20 ERA.

“Spencer was once again a victim of a little bad luck,’’ Watson said. “We just mishandled a ball in the sixth inning or he could have been looking at the win.’’

Danville, which improves to 12-9 overall, is still in third place behind Quincy and Terre Haute (14-8) in the Prospect League’s West Division.

The Dans are back at home tonight with a doubleheader at Danville Stadium against the Springfield Sliders. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Tonight is a Two-Buck Tuesday with $2 admission, $2 hot dogs and $2 beverages.