Victory sends Ads against Pulaski

June 02, 2004

LONDON - Paul Morse knows Danville will have its hands full with Pulaski County tonight in the 12th RegionTournament semifinals at South Laurel, but the Danville coach said whoever comes out of the matchup will fare well in the title game.

"It should be a good game," Morse said. "We knew when we got the draw having Pulaski in our bracket was the only bad part about our draw."

Danville (24-11) advanced to the semifinals by drilling Burgin 19-0 in five innings Tuesday at North Laurel. It was the third straight shutout for Danville, which hasn't allowed a run since an 18-1 win over Berea May 20.

Danville is the only area team alive in the tournament, as Mercer County lost 3-2 to Pulaski Southwestern and Lincoln County lost 6-3 to Russell County in games at South Laurel. Pulaski beat McCreary Central 8-0 in the first game at North Laurel Tuesday.


Maroons won 3-0 earlier this year

The Maroons beat Danville 3-0 earlier this year, and Morse said he expects to see Pulaski ace, and Mr. Baseball candidate, Cole Draughn on the mound tonight.

"Hopefully we'll have a little motivation, a little revenge factor going on," Morse said. "They have real solid pitching and a really good defense and they have been scoring enough runs to win. They've got the most tradition, lately, in our region and a lot of experience in terms of just being there. We just want to stay close to them and give ourselves a shot late in the game."

Joey Beldon will pitch for Danville. Beldon gave up three runs on five hits in the earlier loss to Pulaski, but all three runs and four of the five hits came in the fifth inning.

"Joey pitched well the first time against them," Morse said. "They just put a couple of hits together."

Danville won its fourth game of the year against Burgin as the Bulldogs mustered just three hits against Danville pitcher Deangleo Durham. Durham pitched four innings, striking out six and walking one. Jeremy Potts pitched the final inning and struck out two.

Lynn goes 4-for-4

Catcher C.J. Lynn was 4-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs as all nine Admirals' starters had at least one hit. Durham had three hits, including a double, and had four RBIs. Davis Teater had two triples.

Danville scored four times in the first against Burgin starter Zack Gross, and Morse said that was a key.

"When you play a team more than a couple of times, and you have success against them, you want to get on them early and remind them that things are, hopefully, going to go the way they did in previous games," Morse said.

"Zack was mixing his pitches up and throwing the ball well, and our guys came out and swung the bats."

Gross gave up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking two. Josh Carey came on in the fourth inning and Bobby Wylie finished the game for the Bulldogs.

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