DANVILLE — After both the Danville Dans and the Chillicothe Paints fought to a tie for the Prospect League East Division, both teams get a chance to go at each other one last time.
The Dans will host the Paints today at 6:30 p.m. in the East Division Playoff Game at Danville Stadium.
"Either you win or go home and we just have to take it one game at a time," Dans manager Eric Coleman said. "We get to play tomorrow in front of our folks and we will go from there.
"We want to protect the house and it is a treat that we don't have to get up and go on the road. "We have a lot of great fans here and they have helped us tremendously this year and we hope they will be loud and ready to go tomorrow."
Today's game follows a fierce second half where both teams traded for the East lead, but Danville won the division title by winning the season series with wins in both games they played with the Paints after both teams ended up with 40-20 records.
"We played 13 games in 16 days, but our guys played through it and was able to do what we needed to do," Coleman said. "It was a dogfight and it was the best division top to bottom, I think Champion City and West Virginia could beat you on any given night. I think our division was the best and it showed in the All-Star game. Our guys fought the gauntlet and was able to win the division."
"Everyone has played well and contributed. We are 20 games over .500 and won the East Division. I ti s a next man on deck mentality but I think the guys have done a great job this summer, but our job is not done and we have to take care of business.
The winner of the series will take on the winner of tonight's West Division playoff game between the Cape Catfish and the DuPage Pistol Shrimp in Cape Girardeau, Mo. in the best of three Prospect League Championship Series.
The first game of the championship series would start on Saturday at the home stadium of the team with the lesser regular season record and Monday's second game and possible third game on Tuesday at the home stadium of the team with the better regular season record.
If Cape wins, their 43-17 record guarantees they host the second and third games. But if DuPage wins, the winner of the East Division will have the better record and host the second and possible third game.