Beloit Loaded, Eyes Championship

The Beloit Snappers open up their 2007 Midwest League Playoff schedule on Wednesday, when they face former Twins Low-A affiliate Quad Cities. The Snappers added some talent to the roster for the Championship run, and have some aces to throw at the Swing starting on Wednesday. Alex Burnett gets the start for Beloit in Game One.

The Beloit Snappers will open the 2007 Midwest League Playoffs against the Quad Cities Swing on Wednesday, as they look to take home the league championship. To prepare for the upcoming series, the Snappers added some of the best that the Appalachian League has to offer, promoting Greg Yersich, Deibinson Romero, and Rene Tosoni from the Elizabethton Twins. The Snappers have won their last four games, and send Alex Burnett to the hill in Game one.

The Snappers won the Midwest League West title in the first half of the season to clinch a spot in the Midwest League playoffs, though they did not far as well in the second half. They only played .500 ball through the last 70 games of the season, but have the pitching to get it done in a three-game series.

If they can get past Quad Cities, then they should be in good shape.

The Snappers have won their last four games going into the playoffs, and the additions of some top offensive performers should help the team drive in runs. Romero, Yersich, and Tosoni were all Appalachian League All-Stars, and add instant pop to their lineup. The could have the same effect as Brian Dinkelman and Danny Valencia had to the Fort Myers lineup.

Though all were Apply League All-Stars, Tosoni is coming off a week to remember. He hit the game-winning home run in extra innings in Game One against Danville in the Appalachian League Championship Series, which they eventually won the next night.

Alex Burnett has been great for the Snappers this season, filling in as the staff ace when Jeff Manship was promoted to Fort Myers. This past week, he and Cole Devries were named co-Brodie Trophy Award winners, given to the top players on the Beloit Snappers each season. In total, Burnett went 9-8 for the Snappers, including an earned run average close to 3.00.

The team has fared quite well against the Snappers this season, posting a 9-4 record against the former Low-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The Swing are currently riding a seven-game losing streak, so the Snappers may have the Swing at the right time. The Swing went 40-30 in the second half.

In their last game, Beloit actually played against Quad Cities, and it did not take Romero long to get used to Midwest League pitching. The young infielder went 2-5 with a double, a run scored, and two runs batted in. Top prospect Joe Benson went 3-3, with a triple and two runs batted in during the team's 6-2 victory. Matt Fox earned his seventh win of the season.

Player to Watch: Chris Parmelee
Parmelee tore up the Swing this past season, posting a .424 batting average against them. In ten games, Parmelee drove in 12 runs, and smacked four home runs. In a season that was kind of a downer for the Twins 2006 first round draft choice, Parmelee feasted on the best pitching the Swing had to offer. He also slugged at a .848 clip.

The series begins on Wednesday, September 5. First pitch is slated for 6:30PM at Quad Cities. Games two and three will be played at Pohlman Field.

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