Harry Clark drove in Bryan Haar in the eighth inning for the winning run as the Danville Dans defeated the Hannibal Cavemen 5-4.
Alex Edward, who drove in three runs for the Dans, set up Clark’s game-winning hit with a sacrifice bunt.
In the first inning, Edward had a key, two-out, two-run hit to give Danville (21-18 overall, 6-6 in the second half) a 3-0 lead.
“Alex really had a good approach today,’’ Danville manager Steve Bieser said. “He got down a perfect bunt in the eighth inning and that hit in the first inning was big because it came with two outs.’’
Picking up the victory for the Dans was Bubba Cooper in his second outing with the team.
Cooper allowed two runs in two innings, but Bieser was really pleased with how the right-hander got out of the sixth inning.
“He had a couple of walks and they got a bloop hit in that inning,’’ Bieser said. “I didn’t think he threw the ball poorly — he just had some bad luck. But, he kept a tied game and gave us a chance to win it.’’
Once the Dans took the lead in the eighth, Wil Browning came in to slam the door on the Cavemen, picking up his seventh save of the season.
Browning needed just 17 pitches — 16 for strikes — to get the final six outs.
“I was glad that we were able to get him into a meaningful game,’’ Bieser said. “With a reliever, it seems like you are either overusing them or not using them at all.
“Wil had not had a tight game in a while, but he responded perfectly.’’
Danville continues its eight-game, seven-day road trip with a 7 p.m. contest tonight in DeKalb against the Liners.
Ryan Livingstone will get the start for the Dans.