Beloit 3 at South Bend 4
W: W. Spottiswood (3-3, 2.27); L: S. Arias (5-5, 3.50)
HR: SOU: J. Batten (1).
It's almost to the point where if they can get through a game without anyone getting hurt, you have to consider it a victory. However, despite a tied game in the 7th, the Beloit Snappers lost in 10 innings Thursday to the South Bend Silverhawks.
Santos Arias took the loss, working out of the bullpen, perhaps to make room for Shooter Hunt in the rotation. Steve Hirschfield took the start working 6.1 innings.
Mark Dolnec singled off South Bend's Tom Layne in the top of the 2nd, followed Allan de San Miguel's line drive to left. Andrew Schmiesing reached on a force attempt, but a throwing error by shortstop Matthew Oxendine allowed Dolenc to score for the first Snappers run.
Joseph Batten homered in the bottom of the third to put the Silverhawks on the board.
In the bottom of the fifth, Jimmy Principe walked and Oxendine doubled to plate him, putting the Silverhawks on top.
Jeff Dietz replaced Layne in the 7th and after Dolenc lined out, hit de San Miguel with a pitch. Schmiesing reached on a fielding error. Jeanfred Brito came in as a pinch runner for Dirty, and Estarlin De Los Santos ground into a force out that moved Brito to 3rd and took out Schmiesing at second. De Lo then stole 2nd and a Ben Revere single plated the pair.
Oxendine would single off Hirschfeld in the bottom of the 7th and Batten followed suite. That would finish it for Hirschfeld, as Charles Nolte came in, looking for the final two outs in the inning. Collin Cowgill singled off the newcomer however, plating Oxendine to tie up the contest.
Martin would take over for Nolte and work the 8th, giving way to Arias with one out in the ninth. In the tenth, Arias would walk Chance Wheeless, and a bunt single by Elijah Rumle moved him to 3nd. A sac-bunt saw Wheeless to 3rd, and one out later, Oxendine singled to bring him in for the game winning run.
Revere was 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs, and Dolence was 2-for-4 with a run. Dirty was 1-for-2 at the plate, having the only other hit in the game for the Snappers.
The final game of the series is Friday at 7:30 pm as Silverbend looks for a sweep at Coveleski Stadium.
Greeneville 1 at Elizabethton 6
W: D. Osterbrock (3-2, 3.12); L: H. Villar (1-3, 4.24)
A strong outing by Dan Osterbrock and a five-run sixth inning put the Elizabethton Twins back in the win column Thursday night as they downed the Greeneville Astros 6-1.
Osterbrock worked 7 innings, giving up only 1 hit and a pair of walks during that time, while fanning a dozen.
Nick Romero would get plunked by a pitch to start out the bottom of the sixth, then found himself crossing the plate after Jon Waltenbury tripled him in. Mike Harrington doubled to plate Waltenbury before Evan Bigley went down on strikes. The Astros would gring in Arcenio Leon to replace Henry Villar on the mound, and Leon gave up a single to Jeff Lanning to drive in Harrington. A balk by Leon and a pair of wild pitches moved Lanning around the diamond and saw him score before Danny Rams drew a walk. Adam Severino singled, and Rams advanced to 3rd on a fielding error by Devon Torrence. James Beresford would go down on strikes before a wild pitch plated Rams for the fifth run.
Romero lead off the bottom of the 7th with a line drive double, and Waltenbury advanced him with a single. After Harrington went down on strikes a wild pitch by Leon scored Romero. Bigley would be hit by a pitch and Lanning walk before Rams ground into a double play to end the inning.
Scott Blevins would work a scoreless eighth, giving way to Mark Hamburger in the ninth. Torrence would take a walk to start out the inning and after a fly out to Albert Cartwright, Almonte walked as well. Heinze would go down on strikes before Ebert Rosario singled to scored Torrence, ending the E-Twins shut out bid.
Jeff Lanning was 2-for-2 with a walk, a run and a RBI, while Romero was 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs. Sevarino went 2-for-4 while Waltenbury was 2-for-5 with a triple a run and a RBI. Harrington and Beresford were both 1-for-4 with doubles, Harrington with a run and a RBI as well, while Dominic De La Osa finished up 1-for-5, good for the one hit wonder of the game title.
The rubber match is Friday at 7:00 at Joe O'Brien Stadium. The E-Twins then host the Kingsport Mets for a three game series starting on Saturday.