The Beloit Snappers showed plenty of resiliency in their Game One win over the Clinton Lumber Kings. Down 2-0 going into the top of the seventh, the Snappers tied the game on a two-run homerun by Renato Nunez. The game remained tied until the ninth inning, when things became frenzied, to say the least.
In the top of the ninth, the Snappers surged ahead on a one-out solo homerun by Chris Bostick. Nunez followed with a walk and was later pinch-run for by Dayton Alexander. With two-outs, Alexander stole second and advanced to third on a wild throw. He would be able to trot home, when Nick Rickles followed with a two-out, two-run homer.
The insurance runs proved valuable, as the Snappers were unable to hold the lead in the bottom of the frame. Clinton began the inning with two singles off of closer Austin House. House would induce two consecutive ground-outs, the second of which would score a run. With two-outs, House allowed a double and a run-scoring wild pitch before inducing what appeared to be a game-ending ground-out. Bostick was unable to field the grounder, however, and the tying run came across the plate.
Beloit didn't waste any time mulling over the lost opportunity to win in regulation, however. Daniel Robertson led-off the 10th with a single and Matt Olson followed with a walk. John Wooten laid out a perfect bunt that went for a base-hit, loading the bases for Bostick. The second baseman quickly redeemed his ninth inning error, sending home three runs with a double. Rickles would single home Bostick later in the inning to give Beloit a 9-5 lead.
That lead would hold, as House had a relatively quiet 10th. He retired the first two batters quickly before allowing a solo homerun to Marcus Littlewood. House then closed the door by getting Zach Shank to ground out to third.
The Snappers had 11 hits, including three homeruns, and they walked four times. Much of the damage came from the seventh inning on, as they failed to score a run before that point. Bostick went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a homer and four RBI. Rickles had two hits and three RBI, while Wooten also added two hits.
Derek DeYoung got the start and he allowed one run on three hits in four innings. Vince Voiro allowed a run on two hits in two innings of relief before giving way to Nolan Sanburn, who tossed two scoreless innings. House would be charged with three earned runs (four total) in two innings of work, but he would be credited with the win.
Clinton's Victor Sanchez earned a tough-luck no-decision, lasting into the ninth inning. He allowed four runs in six hits in 8.1 innings of work.
Dylan Covey will get the start for Beloit on Thursday, as the Snappers aim to sweep their way to the second round.