"We've been taking too many pitches," Danville coach Paul Morse said. "We really harped on them to be more aggressive. You've got to swing the bat. Walks are good, but to win the district and the region, you're not going to be able to walk your way there. We did a better job of swinging the bats early."
Errors hurt Burgin
Burgin did a worse job of fielding the ball. The five-run second was extended by four Burgin errors, making only two of the runs earned.
Hawkins led off the inning with a home run to center field, and one out later C.J. Lynn reached on an error. Warren followed with a two-run homer.
Ryan Funkhouser reached on another error before Jeremy Potts walked. One out later, a third error put Rich Witten on and scored Funkhouser, and a fourth error during the next at-bat scored Potts with the fifth run.
"We just hoped we could minimize our errors," Burgin coach Terry Pitman said. "The ones that go right through your legs, I can understand one, but then the next one and the next one ... "
Those weren't the only errors - Burgin committed six in the game - but they were the most costly ones.
"When you put the ball in play, good things happen," Morse said. "Even if you hit it right at somebody, more times than not, something good can happen for you as a hitter. Either he bobbles it or it takes a bad hop and gets past him for a base hit.
"The key to high school baseball is putting pressure on the other team and making them make more mistakes than you."
Danville added single runs in the third (RBI single by Warren) and sixth (sacrifice fly by Witten) innings to open a 7-0 lead.
Gross hits three-run shot in seventh
Burgin's lone runs came on a two-out, three-run home run by Zack Gross in the top of the seventh inning off Danville's fourth pitcher, Nate Uslin. Uslin gave up four hits in the seventh, but struck out Daniel Loane to end the threat.
"We're 7-7 and we're not happy about it," Pitman said. "In the past, there have been teams we know would beat us. There's nobody on our schedule that we know is going to beat us this year. We're in the games."
Witten started and went two innings, giving up one hit and one walk and striking out three in his first appearance since being injured two weeks ago.
Hawkins got the win off two innings of relief work, giving up one hit and striking out four. Davis Teater pitched two innings, struck out two and gave up no hits before being replaced by Uslin to start the seventh.
Darland pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up six runs, three earned, on four hits and three walks. He struck out one. Josh Carey pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, giving up two hits, and Sean Bottoms pitched the final two innings, giving up one earned run on two hits and two strikeouts.