Beloit Advances In Midwest League Playoff

The Beloit Snappers will head to the second round of the Midwest League playoffs thanks to some timely hitting on Thursday. After blowing a four-run lead, the Snappers had some extra-innings magic up their sleeve, as they scored a run in the bottom of the eleventh inning to seal the victory. The Snappers now get a day off before facing the winner of the Cedar Rapids/Clinton Series.

Once again the Snappers got some fine starting pitching, this time thanks to left-hander Tyler Robertson, who is having a breakout season in Beloit. The youngster pitched five scoreless innings, striking out an incredible 11 batters, while walking three. The bullpen blew the game for him, but his effort certainly will be remembered by Beloit fans for a while.

The Snappers got on the board in the first inning, when Joe Benson, who had a terrific game at the plate, led off with a single. After stealing second, Benson advanced to third on a Steven Singleton ground out. Singleton would go on to be the hero in this game.

Benson scored on a Rene Tosoni sacrifice fly, giving the Snappers an early 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, the Snappers struck again, this time after back-to-back singles by Greg Yersich and Danny Santiesteban. After a Matt Betsill strikeout, Garrett Olson singled to load the bases for Chris Cates. Cates would drive in Yersich on a fielding error by the Quad Cities second baseman.

In the fifth, Beloit would make it 4-0. Cates led off the inning with a groundout before Benson hit his first home run of the post-season. After a fly out, Tosoni walked, bringing up top prospect Chris Parmelee. Parmelee continued to feast on Quad Cities pitching, this time doubling to score Tosoni.

The drama would unfold in the 11th inning, after Quad Cities tied the game up to send the game into extras. After an Olson strikeout, Beloit got back-to-back singled from Daniel Berg and Benson. Steven Singleton would end the game in one swing, blasting a doubled to left to score Berg, and advance the Snappers deeper into the playoffs.

In the game, Benson collected three hits, including the home run, and Danny Santiesteban continued his hot hitting, collecting two more base hits. Garrett Olson also had two hits for the Snappers.

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