BELOIT — The Beloit Snappers season began with mixed results Friday night: Specifically, a win and a loss.
The Snappers dropped a 4-0 decision in the opener of their doubleheader with the visiting Cedar Rapids Kernels, then came back with a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.
In the opener, Beloit was held to just three hits by a combination of Eduardo Del Rosario (six innings, two hit and Colton Davis (one inning, one hit).
Cedar Rapids scored three runs in the top of the second inning against Beloit starting pitcher Brendan Butler.
Lewin Diaz and Jaylin Davis opened the second with doubles to get the scoring started, and Mitchell Kranson made it three two-baggers in a row to plate Davis and make it 3-0.
Davis drove in another run, this one in the third inning, with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
Butler took the loss for the Snappers after allowing four runs (three earned) in 3 2-3 innings of work. Xavier Altamirano was terrific in relief, going 3 1-3 innings and allowing just two hits.
In game two, the Snappers’ Luis Barrera scored on a wild pitch for the game’s first run in the second inning. Another wild pitch, this one in the fourth inning, gave Beloit a 2-0 advantage.
Diaz tied the game in the fifth innings with a two-run double, but Kyle Nowlin singled to begin the seventh inning and scored all the way from first on the game-winning hit, a double by Miguel Mercedes.
Will Gilbert got the win for Beloit while Brian Anderson was saddled with the loss for Cedar Rapids.
The two teams will no head to Cedar Rapids, where they will face off Saturday at 5:05 p.m,