Beloit Avoids Elimination, Forces Game Four

Benson scored twice in the game.

The Beloit Snappers were nine innings away from seeing their season end, but after exploding for eight runs in the first three innings, the Snappers forced a Game Four. Despite a bad outing by Cole Devries, the Snappers won the game 8-5, and could have the momentum in the series.

Down 2-0 in the series against West Michigan, the Beloit Snappers knew they would have to jump on the Whitecaps early and often, and the team did just that. The Snappers scored eight runs in the first three innings combined, leading to a 8-5 victory, and forcing a Game Four. If the Snappers can win again on Friday, they have a chance to take the series this weekend.

Two prospects who had tough seasons have been carrying the Snappers throughout the playoffs. Outfielders Joe Benson and Danny Santiesteban, both of whom did not hit close to .300 during the Regular Season, are both batting .300 or better, and they both fared in the victory on Thursday.

Benson, batting in the leadoff spot, had two hits, two runs, and a double, while Santiesteban had his third multi-hit game of the playoffs. Garrett Olson homered in the game, and Steve Singleton picked up two hits as well.

It was a total team effort, with seven prospects driving in runs, as they were able to pick up Cole Devries, who had maybe one of his worst starts of the 2007 season. Devries went only 4.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. The bullpen also bailed out Devries, finishing his game without allowing an earned run.

Danny Vais had his first win of the post-season, and Anthony Slama notched his third save.

Stat of the Day: Elizabethton hero Rene Tosoni has not missed a beat since being called up for the playoffs, and on Thursday he smacked his fourth double of the post season. Tosoni also notched his fifth RBI, and should be in the middle of the Beloit lineup next season.

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