The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers returned home Saturday for their home opener, but found the Beloit Snappers to be extremely rude guests. Three hits and four RBI by Austin Beck paced the Sanppers offense, and Wyatt Marks tossed five outstanding innings as Beloit won 10-1.
It looked like Wisconsin starter Alec Bettinger would roll through the first, as he struck out the first two batters of the game. However, Logan Farrar kept the inning alive with a single and moved to second when Miguel Mercedes drew a walk. Jake Lumley followed with a single into left field that scored Farrar and it was 1-0.
In the second, the Snappers would extend their lead to two. Jack Meggs led off the inning by drawing a walk. Two batters later, Nick Allen laid down a perfect bunt to Timber Rattlers first baseman Pat McInerney. The first baseman tried to catch the speedy Allen, but his throw was wild, allowing Meggs to move into third. Austin Beck followed with a base hit up the middle that scored Meggs and it was 2-0.
Wisconsin responded in the bottom half of the inning. McInerney made up for his error by reaching on a pop fly to shallow right that was just out of the reach of the Beloit second baseman. He ran hard out of the box, reaching second with a double. A wild pitch moved McInerney to third and he scored on a base hit by Demi Orimoloye.
It was a one run game, but things would get brutal for the Timber Rattlers from there. In the third, the Beloit Snappers extending their lead to three. Three straight singles started the inning, as Trace Loehr drove home Lumley with the third hit of the inning. Two batters later, an intentional walk loaded the bases. A force out at the plate kept the bases loaded, but there were now two outs. It was just a two run game, but Beck delivered a two out single that drove home two to make it 5-1.
In the fifth, the Snappers added two more runs. Loehr led off with a single and moved to third when Meggs followed with a double. Two batters, Allen grounded to Trever Morrison at short, who fired home to gun Loehr at the plate. That made it runners at the corners with two down, but the third out proved to be elusive. Beck singled to right to score both runners to make it 6-1.
In the eighth, Beloit blew this game open. With one down, Lumley walked before Devencenzi singled. Braulio Ortiz then walked the next three batters, driving two runners across the plate to make it 8-1. A base hit by Allen brought home Loehr to make it an eight run lead.
In the ninth, the Beloit Snappers added one more run. Lumley walked with one down and Devencenzi and Loehr followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. A ground out by Meggs score Lumley to make it 10-1.
Austin Beck was one of three Beloit Snappers players who had 3 hits in the game. He was 3-6 with 4 RBI. Jordan Devencenzi was 3-4 with a run and 2 walks and Trace Loehr was 3-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Jake Lumley scored 3 runs and drove in a fourth.
Wyatt Marks (1-0) was brilliant on the hill, going 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, a run and no walks, while striking out 3. Bryce Conley pitched the final four innings for the Snappers, earning his first save of the season. He allowed a lone walk while striking out 4.
Jenri Montas tossed 2 shutout innings of relief for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Pat McInerney was 2-4 with a run and 2 doubles.
The final game of this two game set is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:05. Nelson Hernandez will go for the Timber Rattlers against Xavier Altamirano.
By Robert Pannier