DANVILLE — The Danville Warriors baseball team took down the Cascade Cadets in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader. In a season that has had a lot of growing pains for the Warriors, Danville (4-9) looks like a group progressing at just the right time as they dispatched a pesky Cascade (5-12) team 5-3 in the first game.
Whether it was a sacrifice bunt or a sacrifice fly, the Warriors were laying down superb situational hitting when they needed it most.
“We’re always simulating live situations in batting practice,” Danville coach Brady Armstrong said. “Every day we stress that. We’re always simulating live situations so our guys are always feeling the pressure.”
In addition to their hitting the Warriors stole nine bases, three of which resulted in a run. Sophomore pitcher John Fuson’s seven strike outs were also helpful. Fuson struck out two in the top of the first, leaving Cascade runners stranded, and on the ensuing trip to the plate hit a double that resulted in the game’s first run.
“John Fuson on the mound had a really good pace to him,” Armstrong said. “He hit the zone early, threw strikes and got ahead and made them put it in play. Our guys did the little things.”
Freshman Seth Tollison had a big day for the Warriors. Tollison recorded a sacrifice fly that drove in a runner to go with his sacrifice bunt that moved a runner into scoring position. In the fifth inning he put the icing on the cake with an RBI double that pulled the Warriors back in front of the Cadets by two and ultimately for good.
“Seth was great today,” Armstrong said. “He was huge for us today; he had a heck of a game. He’s a freshman and he’s a very good baseball player.”