By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- Peyton Riley was in a groove on Saturday.
The Danville right-hander settled in after early trouble and started mowing down the Warrior Run hitters en route to 10-3 victory.
Riley kept his approach simple on the mound, staying composed and peppering the strike zone to keep the Warrior Run offense off-balance.
"I hit my spots," he said.
Riley had command of his pitches and was able to induce weak groundouts throughout the game, rather than racking up strikeouts and running his pitch count high. Pitching to contact allowing Riley to nearly go the distance for Danville, exiting with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
"Peyton threw well," Danville manager Bob Riley said.
Riley allowed a run in the first inning, but showcased his short memory on the mound, retiring Warrior Run in the second, facing the minimum three hitters and setting down the opposition in order in the third. Riley faced a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning but pitched his way out with two of his three strikeouts coming with the bases full of Defenders in the fifth.
Any pitcher needs run support to be able to stay calm on the mound and Riley received plenty, helped by a five-run second inning.
Hunter Marcheski led off with a single but was quickly motoring around the bases, picking his pitches to run on to keep the defense honest. An RBI single from Liam Weaver and a hit batter brought in a run and put runners on first and second. After a sacrifice bunt, the bottom of the order delivered for Danville.
Consecutive RBI-base knocks from Zach Lynn and Jordan Bickhart gave Danville their first lead of the game, 3-1. Both runners scored as the speed on the base paths caused a number of passed balls and wild pitches.