Beloit Snappers take over first place
BELOIT Matthew Koch was the hero Wednesday night for the Beloit Snappers.
With his team trailing 2-0 in the seventh, Koch hit a three-run homer to help the Snappers rally past the Quad Cities River Bandits, 4-2, in a Midwest League game at Pohlman Field.
The win put the Snappers (25-15) into sole possession of first place in the Western Division of the Midwest League. Wisconsin is one game behind.
David Hurlbut (2-0) picked up the win in relief. He retired all six batters he faced, including two strikeouts. Ryan O’Rourke picked up his second save with a scoreless ninth.
Koch’s home run was his first of the season, and came off reliever Brandon Creath (2-3).
Game two of the three-game series begins at 11 a.m. today.
BELOIT 4, CLINTON 2
Quad Cities 100 100 000—2 7 0
Beloit 000 000 31x—4 5 1
Hald, Creath (7), Miranda (7) and Castillo; Wheeler, Hurlbut (7), O’Rourke (9) and Koch.
Leading hitters—Walsh (QC) 2x4, Castillo (QC) 2x4. 2B—Rahmatulla (QC), Castillo (QC), Bryant (B). HR—Koch (B).
SO—Hald (QC) 5, Creath (QC) 1, Miranda (QC) 1, Wheeler (B) 5, Hurlbut (B) 2, O’Rourke (B) 1. BB—Hald 1, Creath 2.
W—Hurlbut (1-0). L—Creath (2-3). Save—O’Rourke (2).