Danville Dans manager Pete Paciorek had a feeling the CICL Championship Series would come down a deciding Game 3.

Paciorek knew that he wanted John Foley, a senior-to-be from Evansville, on the mound.

So when the Danville Dans beat the Springfield Sliders 2-0 on Wednesday night at Danville Stadium, Paciorek had gotten exactly what he planned for.

Foley will get the start tonight as the Dans try to win their first CICL postseason tournament championship since 2003.

“I knew it would come to Game 3, I just had a gut feeling,’’ Paciorek said. “With John Foley on the mound, he is a mature pitcher and he been one of our best all season — he deserves this opportunity.

“I’ve told John and he can’t wait to get out there.’’

Foley grew up in Mount Pulaski, which is 25 miles from Springfield, and he played two years at Springfield College before transferring to Evansville.

“I just talked with my brother (Paul) and he is going to tell everyone that he can find in Mount Pulaski about the game,’’ Foley said. “That’s not a lot of people, but the couple times that I pitched over there this year that was about 20-25 people.’’

After pitching there for Springfield College, Foley admits he feels at home at Lanphier Park.

But, to make it even feel more like a home game, Foley asked Paciorek if the Dans could wear their home white pants tonight.

“That used to be my home field,’’ he said. “I hoping that the good karma with the white pants might do us a little good.

“I used to wear white there a lot.’’

Danville hasn’t had too much success at Lanphier Park this summer.

The Dans are just 1-6 after Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Sliders in Game 1.

“It’s kind of a tough place to play, because the crowd is right on top of you,’’ Foley said. “Their fans really get into the game and they always have a lot of stuff going on during the game.

“It’s real important that we keep our focus and just make the plays.’’

Danville catcher Brooks Kimmey said he is going to approach it like any other game.

“It’s going to come down to pitching and defense,’’ he said, as there has been only five runs scored in the first two playoff contests. “Offensively, we have to have quality at-bats. We need to get guys on base and execute when situational times come around.’’

Foley had a simpler answer.

“The first team that screws up is usually the one that loses,’’ he said. “So we have to maintain our focus and make sure that we are not the first one that screw up.’’

Danville has used just three pitchers in the first two games and Paciorek feels good about his team’s chances.

“I think we are set up perfectly with John Foley on the mound,’’ he said. “If he gets into trouble, we have a well-rested bullpen.’’

That bullpen includes Chris Licon, who was the league’s second half pitcher of the year.

Danville is looking for its first postseason championship since 2003, while Springfield is trying to win the honor in its inaugural season.

First pitch tonight at Lanphier Park in Springfield is set for 7:05 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on the internet by Neuhoff Broadcasting. Listeners can find that on the Web at http://www.1490WDAN.com.

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