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MWL: Kernels Blast Snappers, Win Series

Updated: Tuesday, May 27 2014, 11:00 PM CDT
BELOIT,
Wis. – The Kernels (24-28) scored a season-high 16 runs on 16 hits as they
smashed the Beloit Snappers 16-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Pohlman Field to take
the series. The teams were scoreless and only one hit was recorded through the
first four innings before the Kernels exploded for seven runs and eight hits in
the fifth inning, leading them to the win. 15 of the 16 hits on the day were
singles. The final hit of the game – an Ivory Thomas three-run home run in the
eighth inning - was the only extra-base hit for the Kernels.



Every
Kernels position player reached base as Mitch Garver paced the offense with
three hits and four runs batted in. Tanner Vavra also had three hits. Ryan
Walker reached base five times with two hits and three walks. The Kernels
return home on Wednesday night as they take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.





The Kernels and Snappers were both scoreless through four innings, with a Beloit
leadoff single in the first inning being the only hit. Derrick Penilla made the
start for the Kernels and went four innings, allowing the one hit while
striking out two and walking three for a no-decision.





The
Kernels offense sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth inning as they
exploded for seven runs to take a 7-0 advantage. The first eight batters
reached base before an out was recorded. Vavra picked up the Kernels first hit
when he singled into right, leading off the inning. Bo Altobelli followed by
blooping a single down the right field line. Engelb Vielma reached on a RBI
infield single that scored Vavra for the game’s first run. Walker then reached
on a bunt single that he pushed down the third base line, loading the bases.
J.D. Williams was hit by a pitch to bring in Altobelli. Chad Christensen came
up next and smashed a RBI single off of Snappers first baseman B.A. Vollmuth,
allowing Vielma to score and make the score 3-0. Garver then bounced a RBI
single through the left side to score Walker and put the Kernels up by four
runs. Bryan Haar reached on a RBI infield single that scored Williams. A high
throw by Snappers third baseman Luis Baez allowed Christensen to score and
moved Garver to third base, increasing the lead to 6-0. Garver came home on a
wild pitch by Beloit reliever Brent Powers to push the Kernels lead to 7-0. The
Kernels were done scoring in the inning, but Vavra recorded another single, his
second hit of the frame.





Beloit
(23-28) scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning, making the score
7-3. Ryan Matthews plated a pair with a two-run double, and Jaycob Brugman
singled in another.





The
Kernels responded by putting up three runs each in the sixth, seventh, and
eighth innings. In the sixth inning three straight walks to begin the inning
loaded the bases. Walker came home on Garver’s RBI single into left. Kanzler
plated Williams with a RBI single. Christensen crossed home with Vavra reached
on a RBI fielder’s choice when he beat out a potential double-play ball





With
the score 10-3, the three-run seventh inning made it 13-3. Again, everyone
batted as the Kernels sent nine men to the plate. Garver plated both Walker and
Williams, who had walked, with a two-run single. Christensen scored when
Kanzler reached on a RBI fielder’s choice.





Beloit
scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to make the score 13-5. Melvin
Mercedes walked and later scored on a wild pitch by Kernels reliever Brandon
Bixler. A RBI single by Tyler Marincov plated Mathews.





The
Kernels scored three more in the eighth inning on a pinch-hit, three-run home
run by Ivory Thomas to increase their lead to 16-5. Thomas pinch-hit for
Williams and smacked his second long-ball of the season over the wall in
left-center, scoring both Vielma and Walker. It was the Kernels only extra-base
hit of the game.





Bixler
(3-2) picked up the win for the Kernels. He went 2 2/3 innings and allowed five
runs on four hits while striking out two and walking three. Jared Wilson went
1/3 inning while Hudson Boyd went two scoreless and hitless innings to finish
the game.





Dylan
Covey (3-3) allowed six runs and five hits over four-plus innings. He struck
out two and walked three. Four Beloit pitchers combined to walk nine Kernels on
the day, the most for the Kernels on the season.



MWL: Kernels Blast Snappers, Win Series


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