Ads' offense too much for Boyle

April 28, 2004|JILL ERWIN

It didn't take long for Danville to grab a lead, and the Admirals weren't about to let it slip away.

Danville escaped from a third-inning bases-loaded jam with a one-run lead and pulled away with a six-run seventh to beat Boyle County 10-4 Tuesday at Boyle.

It was the first time in Paul Morse's four seasons as coach that the Admirals (11-6) had beaten Boyle (11-8), and Danville did it in convincing fashion.

"Danville came out here and played," Boyle coach David Camic said. "I'm not going to sit here and say our guys played our 'A' game, because I don't think we did. But I want to give Danville all the credit. They came to play. They outplayed us."


On a windy day, three home runs left the field. One started the scoring when Rich Witten went deep with two outs in the top of the first inning for Danville, and two finished it when Andrew West and Phillip Dean hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the seventh for Boyle.

In between, it was nearly all Danville.

"We came out ready to play and ready to hit the ball," said Deangleo Durham, who had three hits and picked up the win on the mound.

Ads score in five of seven innings

The Admirals scored in five of the seven innings and never trailed Boyle after Witten's home run put them up 1-0,. Danville added a second run in the second on an RBI single by Ryan Funkhouser.

Boyle cut the lead in half and had a chance to do some real damage in the third. Brandon Record led off with a single and took second on a walk to Andrew Bertram. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base before a single by Andrew West scored Record. A grounder back to Durham allowed him to look courtesy runner Hagen Smith back and put West on second. Durham then walked Brad Cloud to load the bases with two outs.

Tyler Morris worked a 3-0 count before striking out to end the threat.

"I can't say any more about the way Deangleo pitched today," Morse said. "This is his first year really pitching any varsity. He's not going to overpower you by any means, but he mixes his pitches up, he has real good control and he puts it where he wants to most of the time."

Danville scored once in the fifth when Joey Beldon was hit by a pitch from Bertram, then advanced to score on two wild pitches and a passed ball in a four-pitch span. The Ads added their fourth run in the sixth on an RBI single by C.J. Lynn.

The game remained 4-1 until the top of the seventh inning. Bertram entered the inning having thrown 96 pitches, but threw 37 in that inning alone.

Teater clears bases with double

Singles by Witten and Durham and a walk to Ronnie Hawkins set up a bases-clearing double by Davis Teater. He scored on a single by Lynn, and Deshaun Warren followed with a walk. Funkhouser's groundout scored Lynn, and a single by Jeremy Potts brought in Warren.

"They were definitely aggressive, but the key today was not chasing pitches in the dirt," Morse said. "The key is putting the ball in play and putting the pressure on them."

Boyle had a rally in the bottom half, but it wasn't enough. The first two batters were retired, including a freak play in which a pitch behind Record actually struck his bat and went into foul territory, setting up the easy putout.

Jamie Robinson singled and then West and Dean went deep to score three runs. Durham hit the next batter and was replaced by Jeremy Potts, who gave up a single before striking out Matt Engle to end the game.

Bertram took the loss, throwing 133 pitches and giving up 13 hits. He struck out one, walked five and hit two.

Durham gave up eight hits and four earned runs in picking up his fourth victory of the year. He struck out five and walked two on 100 pitches.

Lynn had three singles and two RBIs for Danville, while Witten had two hits and one RBI. Funkhouser had one hit and two RBIs.

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