LumberKings, Snappers split Beloit doubleheader

The Clinton LumberKings and the Beloit Snappers split their Friday doubleheader, with Clinton winning the first game 7-1 and Beloit winning the second game 5-1.

The biggest offensive blow of the first game came off the bat of LumberKings DH Chantz Mack, who hit a three-run triple that capped a five-run 6th inning.

Clinton LumberKings DH Chantz Mack bats in the 6th inning of Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader.

Clinton LumberKings DH Chantz Mack bats in the 6th inning of Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader.

RF Austin Wilson also drove in three runs for the LumberKings. One of those runs came on a solo homer in the 2nd inning.

Here is a photo of Wilson’s home run swing …

Austin Wilson HR swing

… and here is Wilson rounding third base after going deep:

Austin Wilson rounding 3B

All those runs were more than enough for the LumberKings, as SP Lars Huijer gave up only one run on three hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out four batters.

Clinton LumberKings SP Lars Huijer throws a pitch as Justin Seager plays first base behind him.

Clinton LumberKings SP Lars Huijer delivers a pitch as Justin Seager plays first base behind him.

The second game was a pitchers duel until the Snappers broke out their bats in the bottom half of the 6th inning. Highlights of that frame included a leadoff homer by 1B Ryan Mathews and SS Melvin Mercedes’ second triple of the game.

Snappers SS Melvin Mercedes breaks for home after LumberKings SP Seon Gi Kim threw a wild pitch. Mercedes scored.

Snappers SS Melvin Mercedes breaks for home after LumberKings SP Seon Gi Kim threw a wild pitch in the bottom of the 1st inning. Mercedes scored, giving Beloit a 1-0 lead.

Both starting pitchers had impressive outings, but neither got a decision. Snappers SP Junior Mendez gave up three hits and a walk in five scoreless innings. He struck out seven batters.

RHP Junior Mendez started Game 2 for the Beloit Snappers.

RHP Junior Mendez started Game 2 for the Beloit Snappers.

LumberKings SP Seon Gi Kim gave up one run on one hit — Mercedes tripled and scored on a wild pitch — without issuing a walk in five innings. He struck out two batters.

RHP Seon Gi Kim warms up in the bullpen before starting Game 2 for the LumberKings.

RHP Seon Gi Kim warms up in the bullpen before starting Game 2 for the Clinton LumberKings.

The announced attendance at Pohlman Field was 1,297.

*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

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