Aviators Split in Danville

Friday, August 02, 2019

Danville, IL - The Lafayette Aviators (31-25) split a doubleheader with their East Division rival Danville Dans (37-19) on Friday night in Danville.

Game 1

The first four innings were scoreless between Lafayette and Danville. The Aviators starter Bryce Grossius (Southeast Missouri State) controlled the high-powered Dans order through the first half of the game. Through six innings, Grossius dealt seven strikeouts and held Danville to one on five hits.

Up 1-0 in the top of the sixth, the Lafayette bats came to life again. Blake Schmitt (Purdue) led off the scoring in the inning with an RBI single to score Braedon Blackford (Illinois State). The next batter Miles Simington (Purdue), Schmitt’s future teammate in West Lafayette, stepped up and rocked a three-run home run to put the Aviators up 5-0. The dinger was Simington’s second homer of the season.

The Aviators scored again in the seventh from a Matt Mackey (Eastern Illinois) double to make it 6-1. Danville tacked on a run in the seventh, but the Aviators hung on to take game 1.

 

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Game 2

Much like game one, game two started off as a pitchers’ duel. Lafayette’s Matt Burleton (Marian) was lights out on the mound. The lefty starter opened the game on the mound with

Danville had an ace of their own on the mound in the shape of Kaleb Hill. Hill didn’t allow a hit for the first five and two thirds innings of the ballgame. The Dans starter dominated and struck out 11 Aviators batters along the way. When Hill was subbed out with two outs in the sixth inning, his replacement Ricardo Garcia immediately gave up the first Lafayette hit of the game to Wynn Takacs (Carl Sandburg).

After Matt Burleton had to be subbed out with one out in the fifth inning, the Dans were able to move two runners in scoring position. The Aviators reliever Jason Bollman (Danville Area) was unable to find the strike zone and both Dans baserunners came in to score on errant pitches.

The Aviators were unable to produce anything in the top of the seventh inning. The Lafayette bats were quieted to only one hit in game 2.

 

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