SPRINGFIELD — Sam Crail's home run in the third inning set a new franchise record for the Danville Dans.
In a 16-6 victory over the Springfield Sliders on Sunday at Robin Roberts Field, Crail and Brad Powers each hit a home run in third inning.
The Powers leadoff homer was the 40th this summer by the Dans, tying the franchise record, Crail followed with a 2-run shot that set a new franchise mark at 41.
It was just one of three hits for Crail on Sunday as the junior-to-be from Indiana University was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and his six RBIs give him 10 on the season, making him the 11th batter for the Dans with 10 or more RBIs.
All of that offense has produced the best record in the Prospect League at 25-8 and the Dans enjoy a four-game lead of Chillicothe in the East Division.
Danville, which won 41 games in 2013, is on a pace to not only break that franchise mark, but the Dans are on pace for 45 wins, which set a new Prospect League record. It is currently held by Terre Haute, who won 43 games in 2015.
The Cape Catfish have the second best record in the Prospect League at 22-12.
Powers, whose home run tied him with Craig Keuchel for the team lead at 8, went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and his two RBIs gives him 38 this summer, which is tied for the league league.
Other offensive stalwarts on Sunday include Max Jung-Goldberg, who went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Ryan Archibald, who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, and Jalen Jones, who was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Jackson Kelley and Ryan Patel closed out the victory for the Dans with three shutuout innings of relief.
Stone Parker was credited with the victory.
Danville, which is rated No. 11 in the latest Collegiate Summer Baseball Rankings, will return home tonight for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Terre Haute Rex. It's a Two-Buck Tuesday with $2 admission, $2 hot dogs, $2 sodas and $2 Busch Lights.
Junior Speakers 11Terre Haute 3
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Once the Danville Post 210 Junior Speakers got rolling, they couldn't be stopped on Monday night.
Danville scored multiple runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings on its way to a win over Terre Haute junior legion program.
Christian Masterman, Iggy First and Josh Young all finished with three hits for the Junior Speakers, while Masterman and Young shared team-high honors with three RBIs each and First had two RBIs.
Masterman and Young had the team's only extra base hits as each player recorded a double, while the rest of the Danville team combined for nine singles.
First led the Danville Junior Speakers with three runs scored, while Nick Coffin and Derek Drayer each chipped in with two runs apiece.
That was more than enough offense for Garrett Drake, who struck out four in his four innings as he picked up the victory.
On Sunday, the Danville Junior Speakers swept a doubleheader against Casey, winning the opener 5-1 and finishing the day with a 12-2 triumph in the nightcap.
Dawson Dodd went the distance in the opener for the Junior Speakers, striking out eight in his five innings, while allowing one run on just four hits.
Young was once again a leader for the Danville offense with a double and two RBIs. Other players driving in a run in game one for the Junior Speakers included Masterman, Isaiah Ruch and Nick Coffin.
In Sunday's second game, the Junior Speakers scored in every inning in a game shortened by the 10-run rule.
Three Danville players finished with two RBIs in the win. Luke Johnson had a triple with his two RBIs, First had a single, a double and two RBIs, while winning pitcher Derek Drayer had a single, a double and two RBIs.
Tonight the Danville Post 210 Junior Speakers will host Champaign in a 6 p.m. contest at Gruber Park in Tilton.