Ryan Court totaled four hits, two RBIs and scored twice for the South Bend Silver Hawks as they bested the Beloit Snappers 13-5 with 931 on hand at Pohlman Field in Midwest League action on Saturday afternoon.
This second consecutive defeat puts Beloit back below .500 with a record of 9-10. South Bend now has a mark of 13-6.
Kevin Medrano wasted no time in getting the Silver Hawks’ offense going. Facing starter Derek DeYoung (1-1), he led-off the game with a triple and scored on a subsequent single by Fidel Pena (3-6, RBI, 2 runs). Breland Almadova added two more to that total in the second with a rocket of a two-run homer, putting his team up 3-0.
John Wooten got a run for the Snappers with a solo homer, his third, in the second, only to see South Bend get it back when Brandon Drury knocked in Frazier Hall with a single. The Hawks then tallied single runs in the fifth and sixth on an RBI groundout by Hall and a run-scoring single by Court (4-5, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), respectively.
For the second straight night Beloit tried to mount a comeback, this time against South Bend starting pitcher Kyle Schepel (2-0). It began in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a double by Matt Olson (2-3, 2 RBI) that plated two. A single by Bruce Maxwell in the seventh also brought in a pair to make the score 6-5, but the Snappers couldn’t get any closer.
The Silver Hawks put the game out of reach with a six-run eighth. The big blow in the frame was a two-run double by Roidany Aguila that increased the lead to 10-5. A passed ball and a single by Almadova accounted for the last two runs of the rally and doubles in the ninth by Court and Alex Glenn closed out the scoring. Thomas Brendel put the finishing touches on the triumph by firing a perfect ninth.
On Sunday afternoon, the Snappers welcome the West Michigan Whitecaps for the start of a three game slate. RHP Kris Hall (1-0, 7.71 ERA) will throw for Beloit against RHP Endrys Briceno (0-1, 5.82 ERA) with the game scheduled to get underway at 2:00pm.