Class-A: Kane County Cougars 9 – Beloit Snappers 7 (F)
The Cougars plated two runs in the top of the ninth to break a 7-7 tie, topping the host Beloit Snappers by a 9-7 margin on Sunday night.
It was a one-out triple off the bat of Cael Brockmeyer that gave Kane County (53-27) the win on Sunday, scoring Shawon Dunston and Jacob Rogers. Dunston entered the game as a pinch-runner after Yasiel Balaguert singled to lead off the inning, advancing to scoring position on the walk to Rogers.
The Cougars offense scored early and often on Sunday, scoring three runs in the top of the second. David Bote hit an RBI double that was followed by an RBI single by Trey Martin and and run-scoring groundnut by Jacob Hannemann. However, the Snappers got all three runs right back thanks to a three-run home run by Philip Pohl in the bottom of the inning against starter Jen-Ho Tseng.
Tseng had a rough outing, allowing six runs in just 4 1/3 innings of work. He allowed two home runs, but even with the disappointing start Sunday, his earned run average on the season still sits at a respectable 3.22 ERA.
Kane County added three more runs between the third and fourth innings, thanks to a pair of home runs. Brockmeyer hit a two-run shot in the third and Hannemann added a solo shot in the fourth, giving the Cougars a 6-3 advantage that, once again, quickly dissipated.
Beloit (32-48) got two back in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double and Matt Chapman‘s first homer of the season – a solo shot in the fifth – tied the game at six apiece.
Both teams added a run in the eighth, which led to the Cougars’ two-run ninth. Hanneman went 2-for-5 in the win, collecting three RBIs. Brockmeyer, however, was the offensive star, going 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs to pace the Kane County offense.