Snappers win opener
CLINTON, IOWA A wild pitch proved to be the difference Wednesday night for the Beloit Snappers.
Adam Pettersen scored the go-ahead run on Stephon Shackleford's wild pitch in the top of the ninth, and Eddie Rosario followed with an RBI groundout as Beloit opened up the Midwest League playoffs with an 8-6 win over the Clinton LumberKings.
Beloit can win the best-of-three series tonight with a win at home. Game three, if necessary, would be Friday night at Pohlman Field.
Rosario was the hitting star, collecting three hits while driving in three runs.
Beloit won despite three home runs by Clinton, including two from Dillon Hazlett.
Tyler Duffey picked up the win in relief, while Mason Melotakis earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
Tonight's game starts at 6:30 at Pohlman Field.
SNAPPERS 8, CLINTON 6
Beloit (ab-r-h-rbi)—Roberts, rf, 2-2-0-0; Lin, lf/cf, 4-2-2-0; Rosario, cf/2b, 5-0-3-3; Sano, 3b/1b, 5-0-1-1; Vargas, 1b, 4-1-2-0; Williams, pr/lf, 0-1-0-0; Leachman, dh, 3-0-3-0; Wickens, ss, 3-0-1-1; Koch, c, 3-0-0-1; Pettersen, 2b/3b, 3-2-1-0. Totals: 32-8-13-6.
Clinton (ab-r-h-rbi)—Hazlett, 2b, 5-2-2-2; Austin, cf, 5-1-2-0; Paolini, dh, 5-0-3-0; Choi, 1b, 5-1-1-1; Morla, 3b, 5-1-2-1; Blash, rf, 3-1-1-0; Dowd, c, 4-0-1-0; Pimentel, lf, 4-0-0-0; Brito, ss, 3-0-1-1; Rivers, ph, 1-0-0-0; Brady, ss, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 40-6-13-5.
Beloit 011 010 212—8
Clinton 210 110 010—6
E—Pettersen, Pimentel. DP—BEL 1, CL 2. LOB—BEL 5, CL 10. 2B—Lin, Rosario, Vargas, Morla, Choi. HR—Hazlett 2, Morla. S—Wickens, Lin, Leachman, Roberts. SF—Koch.
WP—Wheeler, Shore, Shackleford 2. HBP—by Shore (Roberts).