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June 25, 2013

Little League baseball: Lynn, defense help change Danville Juniors' fortunes

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Lynn settled in after that, pitching until one out in the sixth inning. He retired the side in order in the second, third and fifth innings, only running into trouble in the fourth. He finished the game with three strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter, while allowing only two hits.

"We were a little bit lazy (during warm-ups), but after the start of the game we looked good," Lynn said. "The first inning is always when I have trouble, but after that I usually calm down and throw strikes."

Danville took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Peyton Riley doubled and scored on Travis Webb's single. Webb stole second and later came around to score on a throwing error. The inning could have been much worse for Shik-Acorn, but center fielder Trey Cunningham robbed Austin Shoemaker of an extra-base hit by crashing into the fence to make an inning-ending grab.

Danville broke open the game in the third inning. Mike Kopelcheck struck out, but reached first on a wild pitch. After two more strikeouts, Shik-Acorn had a chance to get out of the inning without any damage when Hunter Marcheski quickly picked up two strikes. However, Marcheski fouled off several pitches before finding one to his liking and lined the ball to left field for an RBI single and a 3-0 lead.

Danville was able to add two more runs in the inning on a Liam Weaver RBI single and an error for a 5-0 lead.

Shik-Acorn finally got to Lynn in the top of the fourth. Herrold led off with a double, the team's first hit of the game. After an out, Harry launched a two-run homer just left of dead-center to cut the lead to 5-2.

Lynn returned to form, though, retiring five of the final six hitters he faced, before leaving in the sixth when he reached his pitch count.

Danville added two more runs in the fifth. Webb walked and scored on Marcheski's triple. Marcheski then scored on a Weaver groundout for a 7-2 lead.

Nate Dealy didn't pitch badly for Shik-Acorn. He allowed four earned runs, while striking out nine and walking one.

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