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July 17, 2010

Double split: Rex take first game vs. Dans, drop second

TERRE HAUTE — The “visiting” Terre Haute Rex did their scoring damage “Earley” and often in the first game of a Prospect League baseball doubleheader at Bob Warn Field on Saturday night.

Nolan Earley drilled a pair of doubles in each of the first and second innings — both going to nearly identical spots at the base of the wall in front of the scoreboard — driving in three runs as the Rex jumped to an early 5-0 lead.

The Rex stretched its lead to 7-3, then survived a shaky seventh inning by reliever Brandon Dorsett, to escape with a 7-5 victory over Danville.

But Danville’s soft-tossing pitcher J.B. Boersma spoiled the day, blanking the Rex 7-0 in the second game for a split of the doubleheader. The loss also snapped a six-game winning streak for the Rex.

Ironically, with New York Jets punter and Terre Haute native Steve Weatherford throwing out the first pitch for the nightcap, it’s only fitting the game ended with a football-like score.

“[Boersma] had a difficult look about him,” Rex manager Brian Dorsett explained. “Our guys were having a little trouble with his release point. I think the guys were frustrated by that a little bit.

“It’s one of those things. We’ve had such a great run … this is the game that puts it all back in perspective.”

The Rex (7-2) are now in an identical tie with Richmond (7-2) in the Central Division standings. Richmond’s game with Nashville on Saturday was suspended with the scored tied 3-3 in the 10th inning.

The Rex were the visiting team in the opener, a makeup of a rained out game originally scheduled to be played at Danville Stadium on Thursday.

Earley’s first double put the Rex up 1-0 in the first inning. Earley’s next two-bagger drove in a pair of runs, and combined with singles by Cole Vicars, Ray Hernandez, Kyle Kraemer and a pair of Dans’ errors, pushed the Rex up 5-0 in the top of the second inning.

A pair of RBI-doubles by Jared Huxtable and Austin Green saw Danville creep back within 5-3 after three innings.

Over the next three innings, Rex starting pitcher Alex Sachs settled down to allow no additional runs and just one hit, keeping his team ahead 5-3 through six innings.

The Rex added a pair of insurance tallies with two outs in the top of the seventh. Chris Carlson singled, preceding the first home run of the season by Alex Guthrie.

One pitch later, a brief rain shower caused a 15-minute delay, setting the stage for an uncomfortable bottom of the seventh inning, despite the Rex seemingly owning a comfortable 7-3 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Dorsett replaced Sachs, then walked four Dans’ batters and hit a fifth batter with a pitch — two walks coming with the bases loaded — before finally completing the 7-5 win.

The nightcap was “just one of those games,” according to manager Dorsett. “We were just flat that game. When you’re flat, it happens sometimes. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t rebound.”

After a pair of scoreless innings, the Dans — the visiting team this time — struck first for a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Tyler Brubaker led off with a single, stole second and scored on a one-out double by Miles Silverstein.

The Dans knocked Rex starting pitcher Clayton Hicks — who suffered his first loss after five straight victories — from the mound in the fifth inning. Three singles, a wild pitch, and a RBI-double by Alex Edward created three runs for the Dans to build a 4-0 advantage.

Danville tacked on three more runs in the seventh off Rex reliever Brennan Ragon, the big blow a two-run double by Bryan Haar who had three RBIs in the game.

The Rex generated just four hits, two singles by Kraemer, a double by Braden Kline and a single by Joel Licon. The only other baserunner was Kraemer, being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.

Their five baserunners came in five different innings, one being eliminated in a double play, the other four left on base.

Boersma, making just his third start of the season for the Dans, has still not allowed a run to score in 21 total innings.

The Rex travel to Chillicothe today for a 7:05 p.m. game.

“We’re going down [today] to play Chillicothe, they had the best record in the first half and they’re starting off [second half] really strong as well,” Dorsett said. “We beat ‘em here, we want to go down and beat ‘em there.”

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