Snappers stem ninth-inning rally
Justin Higley had a double and a solo home run, and Lou Trivino struck out eight Peoria Chiefs in six innings of work to help the Beloit Snappers win a Midwest League game 6-4 Monday.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, Higley led off with a double to right field, then Josh Ludy walked and Branden Cogswell reached on a bunt single. After a popout by Melvin Mercedes, Peoria first baseman Justin Ringo committed an error that allowed Higley and Ludy to score. Cogswell, having advanced to third on the error, scored on a wild pitch to give the Snappers a 3-1 advantage.
Beloit tacked on a pair of insurance runs it would need in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Mercedes and an RBI triple by Matt Chapman.
Peoria scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, but with two on and nobody out, the Snappers traded a run for two outs on a single by Cesar Valera.
Higley and Cogswell combined to throw a runner out at home, and the Snappers caught Cesar Valera between bases behind the out at the plate to complete a much-needed double play. Sam Bragg struck out C.J. McElroy two batters later to seal the win.
The teams meet again at 6:30 p.m. today.
BELOIT 6, PEORIA 4
Beloit 003 010 020—6 6 1
Peoria 100 100 002—4 11 1
Trivino, McCurry (7), Bragg (9) and Ludy; Reyes, Sabatino (7), Barraclough (8) and Bean.
Leading hitters—Higley (B) 2x4, Bean (P) 2x4, Pedroza (P) 3x4. 2B—Higley (B), Bryan (P), Bean (P), Pedroza (P) 2. 3B—Chapman (B). HR—Higley (B).
SO—Trivino 8, McCurry 2, Bragg 1, Reyes 10, Sabatino 1. BB—Trivino 1, Reyes 1, Barraclough 2.
W—Trivino (7-9). L—Reyes (6-7).