LAFAYETTE, Ind. — There is no better way to respond from a shutout than to put double-digit runs and hits on the board in your next contest.
That’s exactly what the Danville Dans did on Thursday night at Loeb Field against the Lafayette Aviators.
And, it’s a good thing that Danville’s offense responded, because the Dans, who lost 3-0 on Tuesday to the Terre Haute Rex, needed every run to pull out a 14-12 triumph over the Aviators.
Eight of the nine batters in the Danville lineup had at least one hit. Eight of the nine also scored at least one run.
Leading the way for the Dans was second baseman Andrew Meggs, a redshirt sophomore-to-be from Creighton, who went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and four RBIs.
Meggs, who is from San Jose, Calif., finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle, as he blasted a two-run homer in the third, had an RBI singe in the fourth and a run-scoring triple in the seventh.
But even with all of that offense, Danville found itself tied at 12-12 entering the ninth inning.
Walker McCleney, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs, got things started with a single, but he was retired on a sacrifice by Ed Johnson.
Lafayette replaced reliever Jason DeCicco with Bryce Konitzer to face Danville leadoff batter Max Jung-Goldberg.
Jung-Goldberg, who is hitting .379 after going 2-for-5 on Thursday, drove home the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run with a triple. Jung-Goldberg scored the insurance run on a two-out double by Brad Powers.
Jesse Wainscott, a sophomore-to-be from Eastern Illinois University, got the final three outs to earn his first save of the summer. Trevor Thompson, who allowed three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth, was credited with the victory.
Other batters with multiple hits in the Danville lineup on Thursday night included Ryan Archibald with two doubles, Sam Crail, who had a single and a double, and Johnson, who had a single and a triple.
In all, the Dans had 15 hits in the contest, including nine for extra bases.
Danville starter Blake Malatestinic went just four innings. He allowed two runs on five hits, while walking none and striking out five.
Kahi Bisho, a sophomore-to-be from the University of Kansas, made his Dans debut on Thursday night. Bisho, who is from Honolulu, Hawaii, allowed one run on two hits in 1.2 innings.
The Dans will continue a five-game stretch away Danville Stadium tonight with a doubleheader at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute,
Danville and Terre Haute, who got rained out on Wednesday, will play the makeup game at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern) tonight and the regularly-scheduled game will follow. Both games will be just 7 innings.
JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL
Westville practice begins in August
WESTVILLE — Practice for the Westville Junior High baseball team will begin on Monday, Aug. 5 at noon.
Seventh- and eighth-grade boys attending Westville Junior High are eligible for the team, but an updated physical is required to practice.
The practice will be held on the Westville Junior High field.
For information, contact coach Joe Brazas at 217-497-2530.