By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
NEW BERLIN -- It had the feel of one of those days for the Danville Junior Division All-Stars on Tuesday afternoon.
During warm-ups at the New Berlin Recreation Complex for a winners bracket game with Shikellamy-Acorn Little League, Danville didn't look crisp at all.
Add to the fact that starting pitcher Zach Lynn wasn't the original starter and didn't know he was getting the ball before arriving at the field, which left him short time to prepare to pitch.
So when two of the first three batters reached base via a walk and a hit batsman by Lynn, things didn't seem to be getting any better for Danville.
However, baseball can be a funny game.
The next Shikellamy-Acorn hitter lined into an inning-ending double play and -- just like that -- Danville's fortunes changed.
Lynn allowed only two hits into the sixth inning, while his defense was flawless behind him. Danville remained undefeated in the Area II Junior Tournament with a 7-2 victory.
"(The coaches) weren't pleased (before the game). Absolutely (we were worried about a letdown)," Danville manager Bob Riley said. "We've been practicing for the last two weeks and I told them I was going to beat them up for those two weeks, but when we came out here it was time to have fun. The kids responded and came out and played well."
With one out in the top of the first, Brendon Herrold was hit by a pitch and Logan Kerr worked a walk for Shik-Acorn. With clean-up hitter Dylan Harry (who later homered in the game) at the plate, things didn't look good for Danville and Lynn. And for a split-second it sounded like things would get worse as Harry crushed a pitch, but it was right at Danville second baseman Jordan Bickhart. He made the catch and flipped to first as the runner had no chance to get back and prevent the inning-ending double play.