By Eric Shultz
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- Normally, allowing seven runs would be enough for Danville starting pitcher Mason Fausnaught to earn a loss.
However, the Ironmen's offense provided him enough run support Monday to pick up the win against Shikellamy (7-9, 4-7 HAC-1), 10-7, and snap the team's six-game skid.
"I think Mason went out there and did a really, really good job of gutting it out," Danville coach Devin Knorr said. "I don't think he had his best stuff today, and I think he'd be the first to tell you that. But when he needed to make big pitches, he'd get the job done."
The high-scoring affair began with six runs by the Ironmen (5-9, 4-7 HAC-1) in the first three innings. But the Braves fought back and took a one-run lead in the top of the fifth inning, appearing to have momentum on their side.
The lead did not last long, though.
In their next trip to the plate, the Ironmen scored four runs and took the lead back for good.
Fausnaught led off the side with a walk. Shayne Riley singled up the middle, and a balk by starting pitcher Jake Hare put runners on second and third base.
Scott Heeter then doubled to drive in what ultimately were the tying and winning runs. Colton Riley and Garrett Krum each hit RBI singles for two insurance runs before the inning ended.
Regaining the lead before even stepping back on the mound boosted Fausnaught's confidence, he said.
"It's great when you're pitching and they have a big inning, and then you come back and you answer and you get a few more." Fausnaught said.
Before the rally, Fausnaught saw his six-run cushion evaporate in two frames, as the Braves briefly took the lead with their four-run fifth inning.