Players aren't the only ones wearing gloves at Snappers game
BELOIT Attending Beloit Snapper games at Pohlman Field has always been a fan-friendly experience.
Whether it’s the occasional postgame fireworks displays or the clever on-field promotions, fans have been treated to a good show on and off the field.
Thanks to Mother Nature, there was nothing friendly about Thursday night’s home opener.
Michael Bolaski’s RBI single in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference in Burlington’s 4-3 Midwest League win, but weather was the real story.
Thanks to a steady drizzle and temperatures in the mid-30s, just 205 fans braved the elements to attend. By the middle of the fifth inning, the majority of them had left.
Beloit (2-5) rallied from an early 3-0 deficit but failed to score after the fifth inning.
“I thought (Dakota) Bacus did a fantastic job of holding them there and giving us a chance, but they made a couple of plays in the ninth,” Beloit manager Ryan Christenson said. “And then we had a chance to do something in the ninth but got doubled off.”
Christenson was not about to use the shoddy conditions as an excuse for his young team.
“We made it a point in spring training to not talk about the cold or what we might expect when we got up here,” Christenson. “It’s the same for both teams, and I just want our guys to have fun and not worry about something they have no control over.”
Burlington scored a run in the first and added two more in the fourth on Kyle Johnson’s two-run double. The Washington State graduate had three hits and scored once.
Beloit tied the game with three runs in the fifth. Christopher Bostick knocked in the first run with an RBI double and Brett Vertigan’s sacrifice fly cut the lead to 3-2. John Wooten’s RBI groundout eventually tied the game.
Bacus came on in the third inning in relief of starter Michael Ynoa and threw six solid innings. He struck out seven and made only one bad pitch that Johnson ripped for his double.
“Like I’ve said all along, pitching is going to be the strength of our team,” Christenson said. “We’re going to get a lot of good outings like you saw from Bacus tonight, our defense is going to be pretty good most of the time, and hopefully we can get some big knocks when we need them.
“We got the first two tonight, we just didn’t get that big hit when we needed it.”
Game two of the four-game series is scheduled for tonight.
BURLINGTON 4, BELOIT 3
Burlington 100 200 001—4 9 2
Beloit 000 030 000—3 7 0
Crowley, Scoggins (5), Sporner (8), Diaz (9) and Pohl; Ynoa, Bacus (3), Vail (9) and Martinez.
Leading hitters—K. Johnson (Bur) 3x4, Bolaski (Bur) 2x4, Vertigan (Bel) 2x3. 2B—K. Johnson (Bur), Bostick (Bel).
SO—Crowley (Bur) 3, Scoggins (Bur) 5, Diaz (Bur) 1, Ynoa (Bel) 1, Bacus (Bel) 7. BB—Scoggins 1, Ynoa 2, Bacus 1, Vail 2.
W—Sporner (1-0). L—Vail (0-1). S—Diaz (3).