The Beloit Snappers clearly did not want their season to end this way. Coming into play on Monday night they were one game away from heading to the Midwest League Championship. All they had to do was get past the Quad Cities River Bandits. The Snappers would stumble out of the gate. By the middle of the 3rd inning the Snappers were down 5-0.
The early runs would prove to be difficult to overcome, but that did not stop the Snappers from trying. They would tack on 1 run in each of the 3rd and 5th innings. In the 3rd Sam Roberts homered to right field. In the 5th, back to back doubles by Brett Vertigan and Nick Rickles would add another.
By the time the Snappers would show their offensive prowess it was too little too late. Down 9-2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning the Snappers would put up a 3 spot on the River Bandits. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases with no outs. Matt Olson would draw a walk to score Aaron Shipman. Renato Nunez would follow with a sacrifice fly. The third run would come on a RBI single by Brett Vertigan driving in Chris Bostick.
Despite losing the series the Beloit Snappers enjoyed a very successful season in their 1st year as an Oakland Athletics affiliate. Their overall record was 77-62 and they won their division for the first half. Congrats to the Beloit Snappers for a great season!