Memory Lane: Danville baseball
EACH WEEK, WE’LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN PREPS HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTE
This week: The Vikings went deep this postseason in Class 3A. Danville also went far in 2010.
Date: June 6, 2010
Headline: Vikings go down swinging
MOUNT ZION — When the opponent is the Chatham Glenwood baseball team — the defending Class 3A state runner-up and owner of a 29-4 record — you're forced to play a near-perfect game to win.
Danville gave it a shot Saturday in the Mount Zion Sectional title game.
Four errors proved to be the Vikings' downfall as Glenwood posted a 3-1 win.
All of Glenwood's runs were unearned against Danville starter Blake Janesky (8-3).
"Defensively we had to be tight and play perfect," Danville coach Gary Gritton said. "Unfortunately we just didn't play that game today. It was not a fault of our effort."
Glenwood's Bryce Sablotny (9-1) pitched a four-hitter. He allowed a homer by Cody Burton in the fourth that sliced the Titans' lead to 2-1.
"Sablotny was as good as advertised," Gritton said. "Every time he got in a tight situation, he just reached back and got a little extra and threw it by us."
Glenwood scored a pair of runs in the top of the first. The Titans made it 3-1 with another unearned run in the fifth.
"Very proud of the effort. I told them after the game, I'm disappointed in what the scoreboard says, but I'm not disappointed in them or the way they competed, especially during this run that we were on," Gritton said. "It's been a lot of fun playing down the stretch with these guys. With only three seniors on the roster, we've got still some bright days ahead of us."
Danville, which earned its first regional title since 2004, finished 22-12. Janesky, outfielder Derrick Cunningham and shortstop Ryne Watson are the only seniors.
"This is the third-highest win total in school history, and when you think about the proud tradition that Danville baseball has had, it says a lot about those guys," Gritton said. "A special group, and overall a terrific season. Just didn't quite play the perfect game we needed against Chatham."