(DANVILLE, IL) – The Danville Dans scored in every inning except the fifth on the way to a franchise record 28 runs to defeat Lafayette Aviators 28-5 in Prospect League action Tuesday night, according to a press release. The Dans 11 runs in the 4th inning is also set a franchise record in the Prospect League era.
Danville scored their runs on 18 hits – including six doubles, a triple and two home runs, one of which was a grand slam by Brad Powers (Towson University). The Dans also reached base on 14 walks and four hit by pitch.
The previous Dans team record was 21 runs in two different Central Illinois Collegiate League contests: on the road August 6, 2007 in a 21-8 win over the DuPage Dragons, and a 21-1 home win over the Springfield Rifles on July 9, 2005. The Prospect League record is 30 runs scored by Chillicothe Paints in 2012.
Andrew Meggs (Creighton) led the Dans, going 4-for-5, with two doubles, a triple, five RBIs, three runs scored and two walks. Cade Brown (Univ of San Diego) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, along with two walks. Four other Dans had two hits apiece.
Danville leads the league in batting average (.306), runs scored (109), hits (115), home runs (14), RBIs (89), and walks (71).
RJ Kuruts (St. John Fisher College) gave up just one run (unearned) in his five-inning start to pick up his second win of the season.
The Dans are tied for 3rd place in the Prospect League East Division, just a half-game out of the lead (held by Champion City and Lafayette).
Danville Dans are in their 32nd season and are a founding member of the Prospect League, one of the premier college summer leagues in the nation. Baseball players from California, Florida, Georgia and all across the Midwest are in Danville to improve their fielding skills and batting with wood bats.