League: Susquehanna Valley, postseason champion
Danville is just having one of those seasons. What seemed like just a dream some months ago has become a reality, and then some. The Susquehanna Valley League champions were trying to make a name for themselves in the PA Region 5 Tournament last week. Did they ever. They put up one of the most impressive offensive onslaughts across the state last week, pounding their fellow competitors on the way to their first regional title in twelve years. In 1988 the squad took home second place, before advancing to the Great Lakes Regional in Ohio. With the magical ride they’re on right now, it’s going to be tough to stop them from topping that performance.
Danville kicked off their state tournament hopes Saturday afternoon against a high-powered offense in Delaware Valley, the District 15 champions. The performance turned out tobe a precursor to what was in store for the rest of the competition, as Danville won a slugfest 14-11. Valley View, a representative from the District 11 league awaited them on the second day. They couldn’t stop Danville’s offense either, as they threw another crooked number on the scoreboard and topped them 13-6.
With a win in game eleven, the winners bracket final, Danville could punch their ticket to the championship round where they would be guaranteed a shot on the regional championship. They got their best pitching performance of the tournament, and jumped all over previously unbeaten Canton 11-1. Not only were they winning, but they were laying waste to the top teams the region had to offer.
The only other team in the tournament whose offense could compare to Danville’s was that of Greater Pittston. GP had made a name for themselves in the region, and on the state level, a couple of years ago and were looking to regain that stature. They took on Danville on Tuesday night and showed that if you’re going to beat them, you need to be able to put up a ton of runs. They did just that, beating Danville 12-10 and keeping their championship hopes alive.
Valley View ultimately ended Greater Pittston’s season ingame fourteen, setting up a winner take all rematch between Valley View and Danville. Despite Valley View’s best efforts, Danville’s offense could not be stopped again, as they stormed to a mercy rule eight inning victory, 16-6. They put up a staggering sixty-four runs in five games, which equals outto just a shade under thirteen per contest.
It’s evident how Danville will attempt to do some damage this week, they’re going to have to outhit teams. Their pitching has been alright, but will need to perform at another level to hold the top teams in the state in check. They’ll get at things bright and early Tuesday morning as they take on another team that many didn’t expect to be a regional champion, Pennridge. The teams will commence the tournament at about 9:30am, with the winner taking on the victor of the Millcreek/Spring City game.