QUINCY — Welcome back Steve Kokoski.

The catcher from St. Leo College started the year with the Danville Dans as a temporary player. He was 3-for-11 with a home run and five RBIs in four games.

Kokoski was re-signed this past week and rejoined the team on Friday night in Terre Haute.

On Saturday, he went 3-for-6 with a home run and a season-high six RBIs as the Dans blasted the Quincy Gems 20-4 in a Prospect League contest at QU Stadium.

In all, Danville smashed out 22 hits — 10 for extra-base hits, including five home runs.

Max Jung-Goldberg had only two hits for the Dans, but both of them were home runs and he drove in four RBIs.

Also hitting home runs were Sam Crail, who was 2-for-6, and Walker McCleney, who went 3-for-6 with four RBIs.

It was more than enough offense for Danville’s Cade Brown, who improved to 3-1 as he allowed four runs — only two earned — in five innings. Jesse Wainscott went the final four innings to pick up his second save.

Danville and Quincy will conclude the two-game series tonight with a 6:35 p.m. game at QU Stadium.


Junior Speakers reach title game

WHEATON — The prospects of the Danville Post 210 Junior Speakers reaching the championship game of Wheaton Post 76 Thunder Classic didn’t look very good after an opening-round loss to Moline 11-1.

Danville had only one option — win its final three games.

And that’s exactly what the Speakers did, beat Ford/Iroquois 12-8 in their second game on Friday and then Danville defeated Elmhurst 9-4 on Saturday morning and completed its trek to the title game with a 12-8 triumph over Wheaton.

Now Danville will get a rematch with Moline in a the 10 a.m. championship game at Lee Pfund Stadium.

In Saturday’s first game. Iggy First helped propel the offense with a double, a triple and three RBIs. Also delivering multiple RBIs were Bryce Burnett and Keagan Patterson, each with two.

Derek Drayer was the winning pitcher for the Junior Speakers, allowing four runs, only three earned, in six innings.

Garrett Drake provided the offensive punch in the win over Wheaton. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Nick Coffin went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs as well for Danville.


North Vermillion hosts blood drive

CAYUGA, Ind. — The North Vermillion Falcons claimed the 2018 Colts Leadership Challenge with the largest blood drive.

North Vermillion is looking to defend its title this year. The Falcons are once again hosting a blood drive on Monday, July 22 at North Vermillion High School. Donations will be accepted between 2-8:30 p.m. (Eastern) in the North Vermillion study hall/lobby area.

Participants will receive a redemption card to order a special edition Colts t-shirt.

For information, contact the North Vermillion athletics department at 765-492-5162.


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.