Snappers win 3rd straight in 12 innings

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CLINTON, Iowa - The Beloit Snappers picked a wild way to win their third straight game Monday night.

The Snappers took down Clinton 11-9 in 12 innings in a game that was finished on the mound by Beloit infielder Nick Ward.

The two teams combined for 20 runs, 20 hits, 14 walks and six errors in a game that lasted 4:46.

It looked as though Beloit was headed to an easy win when it took a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. But the LumberKings scored three times in the fifth and twice more in the seventh to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

After both teams were held scoreless in the 10th, the Snappers vaulted ahead in the 11th on an RBI single from Anthony Churlin, a bases loaded walk to John Jones and another RBI single, this time from Michael Woodworth.

Clinton responded with three runs of its own to send the game into the 12th.

Jones struck again in the 12th, cracking a three-run double to make it 11-8. After Bubba Hollins, son of former big league player Dave Hollins, hit an RBI double, Ward retired Thomas Jones to end the game.

Ward ended up pitching the final 1 1-3 innings for the Snappers, picking up his first win in the process.

Jhenderson Hurtado started for Beloit and allowed three runs in 4 2-3 innings of work. Just three of the nine runs the Snappers allowed were earned.

• CHURLIN HONORED: On Monday, Churlin earned ML\WL PLayer of the Week honors for the week of July 29-Aug. 4. It was the first for any Snapper player this season.

Churlin had a .542 batting average over that stretch in route to a 7-game hitting streak. He went 13-for-24 with a double, two homers, nine RBI, seven runs scored and three walks.

• UP NEXT: Beloit will go for the rare four-game sweep Tuesday when the two teams meet at 6:30 p.m.

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