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Danville's Andrew Shoop fires in a pitch during the Ironmen's 15-1 win over Lewisburg on Monday.

LEWISBURG -- Pitching. Hitting. Defense. The Danville Ironmen had it all Monday.

Of course, it was only the first game of the year, so too much shouldn't be read into a season-opener. Still, it was an impressive debut by the Ironmen as Danville dispatched Lewisburg 15-1 in five innings at a chilly, wind-swept Lewisburg Middle School field.

Senior right-hander Andrew Shoop hurled three shutout innings to get the win, Danville batters banged out 13 hits, and the Ironmen were guilty of but one error in the Heartland Athletic Conference crossover matchup.

"This was a good start. The kids were excited to play one for real," said Danville (1-0) coach Devin Knorr. "We got some good things from our offense, but there are still some things we need to work on."

Shoop, Michael Smith and Cody Cooper all homered for Danville, with Cooper's fifth-inning grand slam cementing the mercy-rule win.

"We did a nice job of producing runs, but at the same time we need to do a better job with two strikes, better situational hitting. We have to be able to step up and hit singles," Knorr said. "We don't want to be known as just a long-ball team."

Lewisburg (0-1) had runners on base in four of five innings, but hurt itself with four errors, including two in Danville's six-run fifth inning that put the game out of reach.

"Danville hits the ball hard and puts it in play, and they made our defense work. Our fielding let us down," said first-year Green Dragons coach Brian Campbell. "I thought our pitchers did a decent job, but they got some pitches up and that led to the home runs."

The Ironmen, who scored in every inning, took a 2-0 lead in the first when Jake Gronsky singled and, two outs later, Smith stroked a wind-aided home run over the left-field fence.

Danville made it 4-0 in the second when Cooper and Matt Jensen singled back-to-back to open. Lewisburg right-hander Kyle Ranck retired the next two batters, but Gronsky doubled to left to plate both runners.

One inning later, Shoop led off with a solo homer to left, and Anthony Renz later scored on a passed ball for a 6-0 lead. Ryan Reichard and Smith had RBIs in Danville's three-run fourth inning, and the wheels came off for Lewisburg in the Danville fifth.

Coltin Stine, in relief of Ranck, retired the first two batters. But an error and two singles loaded the bases before Smith drew a walk to force in a run. Renz reached on a third-strike passed ball that would have ended the inning, before Cooper unloaded on the first offering and deposited it over the fence in center field for a 15-0 lead.

"We were mentally ready to play today, and that's what I was looking for," Knorr said. "We have seven or eight guys with the potential to drive in runs."

Lewisburg scored its lone run in the bottom of the fifth, when the Dragons collected three of their five hits. T.J. Landis led off with a single but was erased on Stine's fielder's choice. Anthony Cooper singled to center, and Patrick Swank delivered a sacrifice fly to left to avoid the shutout.

"I thought Kyle had a great effort. He worked out of some tough situations, but we let him down in the field," Campbell said. "I liked what I saw toward the end of the game, but we have a lot of work to do. We look a lot better in practice than we did today."

Gronsky and Cooper finished with three hits apiece for the Ironmen, with Smith and Cooper each driving in four runs. Shoop struck out the side in the second inning and finished with seven strikeouts in three innings of work. He walked two, both in the first inning, but was helped when leadoff man Anthony Cooper was thrown out trying to steal second on a perfect throw by catcher Cody Cooper.

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