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May 7, 2013

H.S. baseball: Danville's offense helps Ironmen get past Shikellamy

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Having scored three runs in the fourth, the Braves continued to battle back in the fifth inning. After Logan Hall led off with a double, Nick Dunn was walked with one out. Both took a base on a steal, and Hall scored on a wild pitch.

Jean Turber was then walked, and Blake Bettleyon had a long shot bounce over the left field wall for an RBI ground-rule double. Later in the inning, Hare drove in two of his three RBI on the day with a ground ball up the middle.

With that, the Braves took the lead, 7-6.

However, they were held scoreless and to only two hits in the final two frames. Shikellamy coach Bobby Felmy said that the team needed to be a bit more aggressive with runners in scoring position.

"We got to jump on that first fastball -- we can't let him get deep in the count," Felmy said. "He showed that he can throw that off-speed. He didn't throw it much for strikes, but we were chasing at low pitches and it was effective."

Besides fending off the Braves on the mound for the win, Fausnaught contributed to his own run support. He went 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs and hit a two-run home run to left-center field in the third inning.

Although he said the strong day at the plate did not completely wipe away his pitching, Fausnaught said it was nice to know he helped offensively.

With the win, the Ironmen snapped a six-game skid and still have a small room for error in order to reach the postseason.

"Until we get No. 11 in the loss column, we're going to fight like crazy to get in," Knorr said. "The kids are hungry. This is a good step in the right direction, good way to start a week."

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