TILTON — There is an old adage that 'practice makes perfect.'
Now, the Danville Post 210 Speakers haven't been 'perfect' but a lot of practice time this summer has added up to a very good stretch of games this week.
Danville advanced into the championship game of the TB24 Memorial Tournament with a 14-5 triumph over Lincoln Post 263 at Gruber Park in Tilton.
The Post 210 Speakers (19-5-1) will play Charleston in the title tilt at 3 p.m.
"We like to win and we will do anything to do it,'' said Danville outfielder Jake Stipp, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the win over Lincoln. "We will do whatever it takes, no matter what.
"We are just grinding, find ways to hit pitches.''
In the three tournament victories, Danville has scored 52 runs on 43 hits and the Speakers have drawn 21 walks.
"It's all about our preparation and practice,'' said Danville manager Allan Shepherd. "We are in the cages or live hitting five or six times a week. All of that time is starting to show in our games and it especially showed tonight against that pitcher from Lincoln.''
Danville broke open a 1-1 tie with an 8-run third inning against Lincoln right-hander Chad Saner Jr.
"That was definitely the best pitcher that we've seen this weekend and to see us execute that well against him is a good sign,'' said Shepherd, whose team scored runs via the extra-base hit and a successful suicide squeeze.
But, it was a missed squeeze bunt by Stipp that turned in a two-run double a pitch later.
"I didn't get the squeeze down and that was frustrating. Thankfully, I was still able to come through,'' he said. "After I missed that bunt, I was just looking for a pitch so that I could drive a run in.
"He gave me a curve ball and I went with it, driving it into the left-center gap.''
That 2-run double was sandwiched in between a pair of run-scoring singles as the No. 8 hitter in the Danville lineup had a team-high four RBIs.
"I just take what that game gives me,'' Stipp said. "If my team needs me to drive in runs than I'm ready to do it.''
Shepherd said that's the best part of the Danville offense right now.
"We can hit one through nine and even when we don't hit one through nine, we can bunt and we can run in all nine of those spots,'' Shepherd said. "We've had many games this season where the bottom part of our lineup has delivered and vice versa.''
In the middle of the lineup. Danville designated hitter Logan Spicer has had a very solid tournament. Spicer is 7-for-10 at the plate with five runs scored.
"We are just stringing together hits and we are executing with runners on base,'' he said.
Today's championship game will be a first this summer for Post 210. In each of their three previous tournaments this summer, the weather has altered the schedules and the Speakers have failed to reach the title game.
"It's been frustrating,'' Spicer said. "We haven't finished tournament this summer, so it's good to see us being so productive this week in a tournament setting.
"Now, we just need to finish this tournament with a victory.''
Gage Romack, who threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief on Friday, earned the victory for Danville.
Up next for the Speakers is a 3 p.m. matchup today with Charleston Post 93 in the championship game.
Danville has won the two previous meetings with Charleston this year, sweeping a doubleheader at Danville Stadium.