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South Bend Shells Snappers for First Home Win

April 11, 2014


The South Bend Silver Hawks (3-4) offense woke up from its early season slumber in time to take home a dominating 8-1 victory over the Beloit Snappers (4-3) on Thursday night at Four Winds Field. Brad Allen (1-0) recovered from a rough start to the game to pitch a sterling 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball for the win. Right fielder Colin Bray led the offense with a single, a triple, and two RBIs while third baseman Joe Munoz added two hits and two runs scored.


Beloit, the Class-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, looked to pick up where they left off in the first two games of the series as they took an immediate 1-0 lead when the first four batters of the game reached base. Center fielder Boog Powell led off with a bunt single to third base on the first pitch of the game from Allen. Second baseman Chih-Fang Pan followed with a double to the right field wall. Powell was initially held at third but came home to score when second baseman Jamie Westbrook dropped the throw from the outfield. Allen proceeded to walk the next two hitters, earning a visit to the mound from pitching Coach Doug Bochtler. The visit settled down Allen as he struck out the next three hitters to strand the bases loaded and keep the Snappers to just one run.


South Bend, the Class-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, struck back with four runs in the bottom of the first. Shortstop Andrew Velazquez led off the inning with a triple to the left-center field wall. Westbrook followed with a grounder to third. Velazquez held but third baseman Michael Soto's throw was wide of first and Velazquez came home on the E-5 as Westbrook scampered over to second. Left fielder Stryker Trahan bounced back from his five-strikeout game the previous night with an RBI single to left that gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead. After Trahan advanced to second on a groundout, Munoz singled to right to put runners at the corners with one out. Catcher Jose Queliz drove home the third run of the inning with a groundout to third base that scored Trahan and advanced Munoz to second. Bray followed with an RBI triple to the wall in left-center that gave the Hawks the 4-1 lead after one inning of play.


The first-inning runs were all that the Hawks needed as the Snappers offense could not get anything going against Allen. After allowing the first four hitters to reach base, he allowed just three more base runners. Allen struck out nine Snappers in his 5 1/3 innings.


The Silver Hawks added three more runs in the third and fourth innings. With one out in the bottom of the third, Munoz beat out a high chopper to third for an infield single. Queliz singled up the middle sending Munoz around to third. Then as Powell could not field the ball cleanly in center field, Munoz headed for home. Powell recovered to throw Queliz out trying to advance to second but the run scored and the Hawks had a 5-1 lead.


In the bottom of the fourth, center fielder Breland Almadova led off with an infield single to third before stealing second. After designated hitter Josh Parr walked, Velazquez loaded the bases with a single to right. A passed ball advanced all three runners one base and extended the lead to 6-1 as Almadova crossed the plate. After Westbrook struck out swinging, Trahan hit a sacrifice fly to right off of the just-entered Stuart Pudenz for South Bend's 7th run of the game. Snappers starter Lou Trivino (0-2) had a rough night but was not helped by his defense as Trivino went 3 1/3 innings and allowed 7 runs, with only two of them being earned.


The Hawks scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Queliz doubled to right with one out and Bray followed with a fly ball single to left just over the head of the third baseman that scored Queliz. The Hawks bullpen took over from there as Jose Jose, J.R. Bradley, and Daniel Gibson combined to throw 3 2/3 shutout innings and allowed just two hitters to reach base. South Bend pitching continued to bamboozle hitters as Hawks' hurlers struck out double-digit batters for the fourth time in seven games this season.


The Hawks will face the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Class-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, in a three-game series at Four Winds Field beginning on Friday night. First pitch is slated for 7:35pm. Victor Diaz (0-0, 3.00 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for the Timber Rattlers while Adam Miller (1-0, 0.00 ERA) gets the ball for the Silver Hawks. It's time once again for Friday Night Fireworks at Four Winds Field as there will be a fireworks spectacular after the game. There is still time for fans to get their Hawks magnet schedules as they will be given away to the first thousand fans through the gates.

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