Danville rides fifth inning to victory over Casey

April 12, 2004|MARTY WARREN

Most teams can overcome an occasional fielding error. That wasn't the case for Casey County Saturday, though, as Danville went on to score nine unearned runs after what would have been the final out of the fifth inning and defeated the Rebels 13-3 at Admiral Field.

The Rebels (0-4) had just trimmed the lead to 4-3 in the top half of the inning on a pair of unearned runs of their own. The Admirals (8-1) led 4-1 going into the frame but three errors, a single and a walk allowed the Rebels to creep right back into the game.

The inning started when Marcus Patterson reached on an error and Warren Atwood followed with a single to center field. Andrew Clements' sacrifice bunt to the right side of the mound was fielded cleanly by winning pitcher Jeremy Potts, but his throw to first went over Deangleo Durham's head into the right field corner and allowed both runners to score.


Potts appeared to be out of the jam when the relay throw nailed Clements at third and he got Blake McGinnis out on a bunt attempt, but he walked Dustin Perkins and hit Parker Hatter with a pitch to put two runners on again. However, Corey Dial flied out to deep center to end the threat.

"Our guys think they can turn that switch on and off at anytime and they will be okay," Danville coach Paul Morse said. "We got on them pretty good about that today. So far, it hasn't come back to haunt us, though."

It had Casey coach Jimmy Brown feeling pretty good about the way his team was playing, too.

"We gave ourselves a chance with that little run we had in the fifth," Brown said. "We were playing about as well as we could play."

Then the roof caved in on the Rebels.

Danville opened the fifth with a Rich Witten single to left, but he was forced out on a Durham groundout.

After Davis Teater struck out for the second out of the inning, Joey Beldon singled to left and C.J. Lynn's smash to third was knocked down by Casey third baseman Josh Swango, who couldn't make a play at first.

Eight unearned runs

Meanwhile, Danville pinch runner Corey Powell rounded third too far and was caught in a run down, and Swango's throw to Dial at the plate was high for an error and that allowed Powell to score. The Ads went on to score eight more runs (all unearned) before Casey could record the final out to end the game.

"We played about as well as we could play for 4 2/3 innings," Brown said. "Then we made one error and the flood gates opened. It's disappointing. We had an opportuntity to get a win today, and we let it slip away with one bad inning."

Morse, who saw his team beat Frankfort 7-1 earlier in the day, said he is seeing signs from his team that are encouraging.

"We are swinging the bats much better and we have had good pitching all year," the Danville coach said."If we can just get out of the habit of having that one bad inning, and that can change when we get Rich (Witten) back to playing defense next week."

Everyone in Danville's lineup had at least one hit. Durham led the way with three while Ronnie Hawkins, Teater, Lynn and Warren had two hits each.

Warren homered in both games of the doubleheader.

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