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FARMINGTON — Coming into the Connie Mack World Series, Danville manager Don Johns was unsure how his young pitching staff would handle the setting.

His pitchers proved they were ready for the challenge as three of them combined to shutout the South Troy Dodgers 2-0, eliminating the North Atlantic Regional champions on Wednesday afternoon at Ricketts Park.

Jacob Knight, Kyle Graham and Noah Bremer allowed five Dodger hits while striking out seven and walking only one on the way to the victory.

"We were just trying to let our defense play and be consistent," Johns said. "We've got young guys, and we pieced it together. I told the coaches that if we don't win today, there is no tomorrow, so we'll just do what we've got to do to keep on winning."

Danville Hoots’ Ryan Anderson rounds third base on Wednesday to score the second run against South Troy in Game 13 of the Connie Mack World Series at
Danville Hoots' Ryan Anderson rounds third base on Wednesday to score the second run against South Troy in Game 13 of the Connie Mack World Series at the Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

South Troy rarely threatened to score against the West Regional champs out of California, putting only three runners in scoring position all game and never reaching third base.

Dodgers' head coach Kevin Rogers said his team had a few chances but could never come up with a timely hit.

"We had the right guys up in the right spots with guys on. We just didn't do it today," he said. "Hats off to them. Their pitchers kept us off balance."

Danville opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Tim Susnara slapped a single to right field with the bases loaded, scoring Nick Moroney from third base and giving the Hoots the 1-0 lead.

Susnara entered the game without a hit in the tournament and said it was good to finally see the ball drop for him.

"I'd been hitting the ball hard, but it's just been right at guys," said the Oregon commit, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 31st round this year.

After the first, the teams traded zeros on the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Hoots added an insurance run.

Ryan Anderson reached on an error to lead off the inning and then came around to score three batters later on a single by Ryan Weisenberg to put Danville up 2-0.

Johns inserted Weisenberg, who went 2-for-3 in the win, into the lineup after he put together a good at bat against Strike Zone in a pinch hitting role on Sunday.

"We started thinking after the second or the third inning that we weren't going to get any more runs," Johns said. "We just had to scratch it out at the end. We got a key base hit from Ryan Weisenberg, who was the (designated hitter), and was sort of my guess at the end of the day because he was swinging the bat well."

Marcus Failing recovered from a rough outing in the Dodgers' Saturday opener against D-BAT Leach and threw well in the loss, allowing two unearned runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers' best opportunities came in the third, fourth and fifth innings. In all three situations, the team had a runner on second base with two outs, but in each spot, the Hoots' pitchers struck out the South Troy hitter to escape the jam.

Rogers said it was disappointing to exit at this point in the tournament, but after picking up a pair of wins and expecting to return eight players next season, it gives his New York team something to look forward to next summer.

"We're going to work hard in the offseason and do what we can to get back here," the Dodgers coach said.

Danville will be in action in the semifinals. They will face D-BAT Gallegos in the 5:30 p.m. game today.

"We've got all kinds of pitching left. Is it the quality of a Midland or a D-BAT pitching staff? I don't know," Johns said. "I know they have quality guys. We have quality guys, but they are young, and they're going to be on a big stage. But you get to the final four of the Connie Mack World Series. I couldn't be happier."

Joshua Perry is the sports editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.