Ryan Court went three for five with a homer, two RBIs and scored four times to help the South Bend Silver Hawks win a shootout with the Beloit Snappers, 16-10, in Midwest League action on Friday night at Pohlman Field with 483 in attendance.
The Snappers now find themselves back at the .500 mark at 9-9. The Silver Hawks up their record to 12-6.
The offensive fireworks began in the top of the first inning against Beloit starter Seth Streich (2-1) when a walk and two singles loaded the bases with nobody out. Court’s (3-5, HR, 2 RBIs, 4 runs) sacrifice fly drove in the first run, another came in on an error and an RBI single by Alex Glenn pushed across the third tally. Unfazed, the Snappers answered in the second thanks to Christopher Bostick’s (3-5, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 runs) second homer of the year, a three-run blast off pitcher Daniel Watts (3-0) to even the score.
That tie didn’t last long, though. South Bend loaded the bases again the very next inning and cashed in for four more, as RBI singles by Ronnie Freeman (3-6, 4 RBIs, run) and Kevin Medrano bookended a walk and a hit batsmen that forced in runs. The theme remained the same in the fourth for the Silver Hawks. They stacked the bags once again and Glenn socked a double down the right field line for two runs. A single by Freeman then plated another runner and a single by Pedro Ruiz did the same for an 11-3 lead.
Beloit proved resilient however, and mounted a comeback attempt. It began in the bottom of the fourth when Daniel Robertson (3-4, HR, 3 RBIs, 3 runs), making his Snappers debut, rocked one out to right-center for a two-run bomb. John Wooten followed with a round-tripper of his own, a solo shot, to make it a five run game.
When the Silver Hawks got a run back in the sixth on an RBI double by Ruiz, Beloit responded in the bottom half with three of their own, thanks to a Bostick RBI triple, an RBI single by Brett Vertigan and a groundout by Wooten that tallied Vertigan.
After the teams traded runs in the seventh, South Bend on Court’s homer, Beloit on a Robertson RBI double, the Snappers had a chance to tie or take the lead in the eighth. Trailing 13-10, they loaded the bases with one out, but pitcher R.J. Hively got Nick Rickles to line out and struck out pinch-hitter Sam Roberts to end the frame and leave the bases full.
South Bend tacked on three more in the top of the ninth to put the game away and Hively got the last three outs to end the very long night and pick up his fourth save.
The series finale on Saturday has the Snappers’ RHP Derek DeYoung (1-0, 3.09 ERA) matched against the Silver Hawks’ RHP Kyle Schepel (1-0, 1.50 ERA). The first pitch time is 2:00pm.