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Snappers Split Doubleheader in Clinton

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Christopher Bostick went two-for-three with two RBIs as the
Beloit Snappers took out the Clinton LumberKings 10-3 in the second game of
a Midwest League doubleheader at Ashford University Field on Tuesday night.
Taylor Ard's walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning won game
one for Clinton, 1-0.
       
The split gives the Snappers a record of 21-16 and, combined with a loss by
Quad Cities, puts them in a tie for the Midwest League Western Division wild
card. The LumberKings remain one game under .500 at 18-19.

Starter Brent Powers was making his Beloit debut and was immediately tagged
by Clinton for three first inning runs. After a single and a walk to
lead-off, Patrick Kivlehan (1-3, 2 RBI) lined a two-run triple into center
and he came home to make the score 3-0 when the next batter grounded out.

Beloit chipped away at the lead over the next two innings, putting up single
runs in each frame. They scored in the second on a groundout by Ryan Mathews
(1-4, 3 RBI) and in the third on a double by Bostick (2-3, 2 RBI, run).

The Snappers took the lead for the first time all day in the fourth by
putting up three runs at the expense of reliever Richard White (1-1). Matt
Olson (2-4, RBI, 2 runs) ignited the rally with a lead-off double and John
Wooten singled and took second on a throw from left field. An ensuing double
by Mathews plated both runners for a 4-3 advantage and Bostick provided the
third double of the frame four batters later, allowing Mathews to dent home
plate as well.

While his offense got him the lead, Powers (1-0) settled down after the
first and threw up four zeroes from the second inning on. He finished his
outing by retiring the last nine men he faced in order.

In the seventh, Beloit's offense erupted for five runs and put the game on
ice. A Brett Vertigan double followed by an error put the first two men on
and Bruce Maxwell picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly. A single combined
with another error put two men in scoring position and a wild pitch let in
the Snappers' seventh run. Olson's RBI single tacked on another run and two
batters later, Sam Roberts pushed the lead to seven by cracking a two-run
double to left.

Relievers Ryan Dull and Tucker Healy each threw a scoreless inning to seal
the victory.

The first game played out as a total pitcher's duel, with both offenses
unable to get anything going. Rusty Shellhorn started the game for Clinton
and permitted one hit in four and two-thirds innings. After walks by
Shellhorn put two men on in the fifth, Matt Vedo (3-1) took over and escaped
the jam. He then proceeded to render Beloit's offense hitless for two and a
third innings, walking one and striking out two.

Meanwhile, the LumberKings' offense was having its own problems with the
Snappers' Austin House (0-3). For five innings, House threw no-hit ball
before a lead-off single in the fifth broke up the bid. House would finish
the day with two walks and four strikeouts.

The game remained scoreless into the bottom of the seventh and House was
still on the mound. With one out, Jody Lara walked and was pinch-run for by
Brock Hebert. Ard (1-2, RBI) then knocked in the winning run with a double
to right.

On Wednesday, the third game of this series will take place, with a start
time of 6:30pm. The probables for the game are RHP Raul Alcantara (5-1, 2.61
ERA) for Beloit and RHP Matt Anderson (1-3, 6.44 ERA) for Clinton.

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