Strike Out Cancer night at CarShield Field saw a split in the doubleheader between the Danville Dans (6-4) and the O’Fallon Hoots (5-6).
Game one was a masterclass in pitching by the Hoots. Collin Baumgartner, Jack Weber, and Jack Jones combined for a one-hit shutout. Baumgartner picked up the win and he struck out three, Weber struck out one and Jones struck out three and picked up a two-inning save.
All three runs for the Hoots scored in the third inning. Andy Bunton lead off the frame with a double and scored on a Colin Bergmann single. Two batters later, Patrick Clohisy clobbered his second home run of the season. Clohisy had a monster day, tallying three doubles, a single, and a home run across the two games.
Jacob Frost made his first start of the season for the Hoots in game two. The Wabash Valley College left-hander recorded two strikeouts but fell behind early as the Dans pushed two runs across the plate in the first inning. The Dans tallied on one more run in the second frame, going ahead 3-0.
After falling behind early, the Hoots came crawling back in the third inning. Pat Clohisy doubled with two outs in the frame. Noah Fisher brought him home by smashing a double himself. The two-out rally continued as Evan Albrecht singled to drive home Fisher, bringing the Hoots to within one run.
After surrendering three runs in the 5th inning via a bases-loaded Bryce Chance double for Danville, the Hoots continued to fight at the plate. Collin Bergmann entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. He registered two singles, an RBI and a run scored. Noah Jouras also tacked on an RBI single after entering the game in the fourth.
When all was said and done, the second of two ballgames Friday evening ended with the Hoots falling to Danville by a score of 8-6. O’Fallon will be in action next on Saturday evening in Clinton as they battle with the Lumberkings. Carson Subbert is the scheduled starter for the Hoots in that matchup.