Good pitching, timely hitting and solid defense had been the cornerstones to the Danville Dans 2-0 start.

But on Sunday afternoon, those three things were missing.

The Richmond RiverRats defeated the Danville Dans 8-7, handing the Dans their first-ever Prospect League loss.

“We had done a very good job of commanding the strike zone in the first two games and we didn’t do that today,’’ said Danville manager Pete Paciorek, whose team allowed six walks after allowing just five in the first two games. “This was a game we could have won, but we didn’t deserve to win it.

“I also don’t think we played defense very well. We only committed one error, but there were several times we were not in the right position defensively.’’

And while Danville scored a season-high seven runs with 12 hits, the Dans were also guilty of leaving 12 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the ninth.

“We just didn’t get that big two-out hit to put us over the top,’’ said Paciorek, who was pleased with the offensive output. “If we get that kind of production all year, we are going to win a lot of ballgames with our pitching staff.’’

The big hitter on Sunday for Danville was leadoff batter Byron Williams, who went 3-for-6 with a 3-run homer in the sixth.

“Byron really hit the ball well four times on Sunday,’’ Paciorek said.

Also coming up with three hits was former Danville High standout Dabo Worthington, while Ryan Van Amburg went 2-for-5.

Former DACC standout Donovan Drake got the start for the Dans. Drake allowed just one hit and one run in four innings, while he struck out three and walked two. Kyle Donawerth took the loss in relief, allowing four runs.

Up next for the Dans is a road trip to Huntingburg, Ind., as Danville and Dubois meet for the third time in four games.

First pitch tonight at League Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m. (EDT).

Auto Racing

Dowers sweeps pure stock mains

OAKWOOD — Jack Dowers of Danville wasn’t satisfied with winning one main event on Saturday night.

After winning the pure stock main event from the rained out program on May 29, he doubled his pleasure by winning the regularly scheduled pure stock as well.

Tim Miller was second, followed by Tony Mitchell, John Vanpelt and Frank Parson.

In the sprint division main event, Casey Shuman was first with Casey Riggs second, A.J. Anderson took third, Shane Hmiel was fourth and Mitch Wissmiller came in fifth.

Ashmore’s Denny Schwartz got his first modified feature win of the season on Saturday night.

Following Schwartz across the finish line was Chad Kinder in second, Ryan Thomas was third, Ryan Cary took fourth and Tim Reynolds, who won the night’s make-up feature, was fifth.

In the late model division, Oakwood’s Bobby Pierce also got his first feature win of the year at VCS.

Rounding out the top five were Kyle Madison in second, Randy Shuman was third, Roger Cary took fourth and Marvin Burton came home fifth.

Brandon Reed won the street stock feature with Jesse Simmons taking second, Nathan Alexander was third, Scott Dunlap was fourth and Ed Lahey took fifth after winning the make-up feature earlier in the night.

Tuesday at VCS will be the first night of Illinois Sprint Week, where sprint cars will race for six straight nights with $2,000 to win in the race and a points title worth $1,250.

There will also be modified action at the event with $1,000 to win and $100 to start.

The action starts at 7 p.m. with prices $10 for adults and free for children under 10.

Next Saturday, the modi-fieds, the Crate late models, street stocks and pure stocks will return to VCS. Gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

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