The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


April 23, 2013

Megan Burris delivers for Buffaloes

WESTVILLE — Stepping into a new position isn’t always easy, especially as a relatively young softball player. Sometimes it takes a little bit of guts and a lot of confidence from coaches and teammates.

It took both guts and confidence on Monday, as well as three trips to the plate for sophomore Megan Burris to get comfortable as leadoff hitter for the Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman Buffaloes. And on her fourth trip, she came up with the biggest hit of her young career to boost her team to a 6-2 win over the Westville Tigers.

“I was nervous at first, but I feel like I can do it,” Burris said. “I feel like coach had a lot of confidence in me going up there and doing it as well.

“I haven’t been hitting the best this year, but moving up to the top might definitely boost my confidence.”

It was the first time this season Burris batted in the top spot, and though coach Stefanie Davis had plenty of confidence in moving her sophomore outfielder up from the sixth position, the move was made out of necessity because of an injury.

In the end, it made Davis look brilliant after Burris came up clutch to help keep the Buffaloes’ Vermilion Valley Conference record perfect.

The Tigers (6-4 overall, 4-2 in the VVC) were one out away from moving to the bottom of the sixth inning with a tied game when Burris stepped to the plate with runners on first and second.

In her previous three at bats, she had struck out, grounded out, and lined out to the first baseman. This time, though, she sent the first pitch of her at bat to right field scoring two runs and giving the Buffaloes a 4-2 lead.

GRFC sent a total of 10 batters to the plate in the inning, and scored a total of four.

“I was looking at my stats and noticed that she’s pretty consistent,” said Davis. “She’s 3-for-4 in most games, and she can get the bunt down. I was just looking at a variety of things (to help make the decision). I needed someone who I had confidence in that could start us off. I didn’t want to move around too much in my middle. I thought she would do a nice job up there, and she did a good job. I’m probably going to keep her there and see how it goes.”

Burris’ hit was crucial, as was Catie Brandt’s solo home run  in the fourth which gave GRFC a 2-1 lead. The Buffaloes (10-1, 7-0) needed to take advantage of every opportunity possible as the Tigers did their best to limit GRFC’s chances by walking power hitter Brittany Hay four times. It proved costly, though, in the sixth when Hay’s free pass loaded the bases, and Brandt was then walked on five pitches to plate the fourth run of the inning.

“They got a big two-out hit,” Westville coach Shawn Skinner said. “That was the difference in the game. We didn’t get a two-out hit, and they did.

“I give their kids credit,” he added. “Their leadoff hitter came up with a big two-out hit and that’s what they needed. That’s what was going to have to happen to break this game open, and they got it.”

With so many rainouts and postponed games, the Tigers feel as though they are still in the mix for a possible conference title. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes felt a bit of relief in sweeping Westville and staying in contention to defend their VVC crown. But they know there is still plenty of work to be done.

“We know that every team that we’ve played so far is going to come back looking to get us,” Davis said. “I’ve been preaching to them, but they need to take it upon themselves. They work very well together as a team, and they have that confidence in themselves. They don’t take easily to making mistakes and losing. It feels really good to have that second win against them.”

Text Only
  • Danville Post 210 Speakers fall to Rantoul CHARLESTON — Playing five games in five days finally took its toll on the Danville Post 210 Speakers.Rantoul’s Tanner McLain delivered a game-winning, two-out single to left to give his team a 6-5 victory over Danville in an elimination game of the F

    July 24, 2014

  • Juniors continue to play at Danville Tennis Open DANVILLE — The juniors were still on the court in the Greater Danville Tennis Open on Wednesday as three division titles were given out.Rachael Lewis won the girls 18 and under singles title with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lauren Ellis, while the team of Er

    July 24, 2014

  • SPT- CN0723- Dans photo 2 Thurston gets first win DANVILLE — Getting those Ws is the goal of every pitcher.Danville’s Chase Thurston has been seeking his first collegiate victory all year. The former Danville High standout finally got it on Tuesday night when the Danville Dans defeated the Springfie

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0723 - Dustbowl photo 1 Shooting Stars sprint past MB Squad DANVILLE —Tuesday’s action from the Dustbowl at the David S. Palmer Arena featured two games in the Girls High School Division with two local teams — MB Squad and Shooting Stars — squaring off in round-robin play to advance to Sunday’s championship.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pitching boosts Speakers CHARLESTON — The Danville Post 210 Speakers’ pitching is coming along at the right time.With strong performances from Austin Millholland and Dalton Strawser, the Speakers defeated Piatt County 5-1 to move on in the Fourth Division Tournament.“The sto

    July 23, 2014

  • 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

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:

Must Read
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
NDN Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl