The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Sports

April 21, 2013

DHS easily sweeps up Eisenhower

DANVILLE —  If Mars Blackmon had been at Saturday’s Danville Vikings softball doubleheader against Decatur Eisenhower, he might have been in Tera Baxter’s ear the entire morning yelling, “It’s gotta be the shoes!”

Not the shoes she wore during the Vikings’ sweep (26-4, 16-0) of the Panthers, but the ones promised to her by her dad if she had a good day.

The extra incentive just might have worked as Baxter broke out of a slump both at the plate and in the pitching circle to help lead her team to consecutive wins for only the second time this season.

“I’ve been wanting new cleats, and he didn’t think I deserved them yet because I hadn’t been doing very well,” Baxter said. “But, I stepped up today.”

Baxter hit her first home run of the season in the opener, and followed it with her second in the finale. She finished the day with three hits and drove in six runs, but perhaps equally as impressive was her performance in the circle.

Baxter (1-2) had not won a game yet this season, but threw the final inning of the opener and all five in the second game without allowing a hit.

“Tera had a great day,” Danville coach Brittni Moorehead said. “She got a couple home runs there, and I think that got her confidence back with the bat. Then, we put her out as pitcher today in our second game, and I think she pitched incredibly well for us.

“We were really happy with that, and we were really happy to have the opportunity to put her back out there as a pitcher, and that she was able to get some of her confidence back in that area.”

As a team, the Vikings (5-9 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12 Conference) might have been just as happy to get back in the win column after losing their last four games. Four losses and three rainouts place the last win for the Vikings on April 9 in a 14-0 victory over the Oakwood Comets.

Danville followed it with an 11-8 loss to Westville, and since then has failed to score.

The Vikings went 19 consecutive innings without crossing the plate until Lindsey Loewenstein’s flyout in the first inning of Saturday’s opener scored Jordan Ogle. They went on to score another run in the inning, and sent a total of 36 batters to the plate in the final three frames of the game. All nine batters in the lineup crossed the plate in the fourth when Danville plated 12 runs.

“We’ve been rained out a lot this week,” said Moorehead. “We only got one game in, but we worked a lot on our hitting when we were stuck in the field house and inside on those rainy days. I think that really helped us turn around our bats today and get some hits and some runs. We came back with a lot of confidence today.”

The Vikings tallied a total of 31 hits and 42 runs in the two games after managing only 24 runs in the last seven.

Jeannette Cullum played only in the opener but had three hits and drove in five runs while Loewenstein had three hits and four RBI. Katy Aguirre had six hits and drove in four, and Chloe Davis had four hits in the opener including two doubles and drove in three runs. She also recorded her third pitching win of the season in the same game.

“It felt really good because we finally came together as a team and decided to bring everything together,” said Baxter. “We really weren’t sure if we were going to do as good this year as we did last year switching coaches and trying to get into the flow of everything, but I think we’re doing pretty good.”

For Moorehead, Saturday’s success came down to bringing a different perspective to the field. The Vikings have now outscored their opponents 75-11 in their five wins, and four of their losses have come by four runs or less.

Seeing the outpouring of offense, along with the pitching and defense to back it up, was a blessed assurance for the Vikings who are trying to rebound from their most recent slide.

“This is huge for us,” said Moorehead. “We’ve been talking a lot about focusing and bringing a positive attitude to all of our games. We turned that around today, and I think that will help us in our games to come and boost our confidence level so we can keep this win streak going. I think that our focus and our attitude really helped us out today.”

The Vikings will take their new winning streak on the road Monday to Charleston in a make-up game from March 26 before going to Champaign on Tuesday to take on the Central Maroons. Danville ’s next home game is scheduled for April 30 against Urbana .

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - CN0722 - Post 210 Baseball photo 1 Speakers stay alive TILTON — Danville Post 210 baseball got their revenge Sunday afternoon and did it in style. After losing to Shelby County in the Fourth Division Tournament opener on Saturday, Danville had to win two games on Sunday if they wanted to advance and keep

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0722 - VCS photo Youth gets served at VCS Fan Appreciation Night OAKWOOD — The Vermilion County Speedway Fan Appreciation Night was more a spotlight for the youth on and off the track.While kids in the stands had bike races and decided the order for racers in certain feature races, there was a bunch of kids going

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Roundup: Dans drop third straight SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Ninth-inning rallies are becoming the norm for the Danville Dans.Unfortunately, all three of the comebacks have failed to produce a victory.On Monday night, Danville shortstop Matt Henderson delivered a two-run single in the ninth

    July 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided TODAYBasketballDustbowl at Palmer ArenaLegion BaseballFourth Division Tournament at Charleston: Danville Post 210 Speakers vs. Piatt County, 7:15 p.m.Prospect League BaseballSpringfield Sliders at Danville Dans, 6:30 p.m.TennisGreater Danville Open a

    July 22, 2014

  • Legion Baseball Galnce LEGION BASEBALLIllinois Fourth Division TournamentSaturday, July 19 scoresAt CharlestonGame 1 — Mattoon 14, Charleston 4Game 2 — Piatt County 14, Paris 0At DanvilleGame 3 — Rantoul 10, Lincoln 1Game 4 — Shelby County 1, Danville 0Sunday, July 20 scor

    July 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided LocalAUTO RACINGFrom SundayAt Vermilion County SpeedwayUMP Modifieds1. Randy Lines2. Devin Gilpin3. Jamie Lomax4. Chad Evans5. Roger Cary6. Kevin Gummere7. Don Kiger8. Denny Schwartz9. Kenny Carmichael10. Slater Blickensderfer11. Neil Rollins12. Bria

    July 22, 2014

  • Local golf and tennis scores LOCAL GOLFHarrison Park OpenFinal resultsChampionship FlightKeenan 71-69 — 140Cunningham 68-75 — 143Enos 73-75 — 148Standwich 75-78 — 153M.Hansgen 77-76 — 153Cross 76-78 — 154Rowe 77-77 — 154First flightMasterman 80-73 — 153Millis 79-76 — 155Gallez 8

    July 22, 2014

  • SPT- CN0720 - Dans photo 2 Rex claim Rickey Cup DANVILLE — It’s a tried but true statement that good pitching beat good hitting.The evidence could be found in this year’s Clash at the Border rivalry between the Danville Dans and the Terre Haute Rex.The Rex won the final three meetings, including a

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0720 - Speakers photo Speakers come up one run short in tournament TILTON — Offense was hard to come by Saturday night at the Carl Gruber Sports Complex as the Danville Post 210 Speakers started post-season play against Shelby County and lost 1-0.Both teams put their best pitchers on the mound to start the District

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cunningham leads in HP Open DANVILLE — Bruce Cunningham took the first round lead at the 2014 Harrison Park Open with a score of 68.Russ Leverenz shot a 70 to get to second place, while David Keenan shot a 71 for third and Steve Enos is fourth at 73.The final round is today wit

    July 20, 2014

E-edition
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014


Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here: http://smu.gs/1iCWKnP

Must Read
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
NDN Video
Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success