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MWL: Williams' Pinch Hit Propels Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA A J.D. Williams pinch-hit, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning led the Kernels to a 4-2 win over the Beloit Snappers on Tuesday afternoon.

The Kernels (22-23) broke a tie and took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth with a pinch-hit, two-run single by Williams. Williams pulled his single down the right-field line, plating both Bo Altobelli and B.K. Santy. The Kernels loaded the bases with one out after Altobellis single, Santys double, and an intentional walk to Ivory Thomas. Williams, in his only plate appearance of the day, gave the Kernels their seventh win in their last at-bat on the season.

Todd Van Steensel pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save in two opportunities.

Alex Muren (1-1) recorded the win after going two innings in relief. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out three and walking none. Blake McMullen (0-1) took the loss for Beloit as he allowed two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings in relief.

Phenomenal starting pitching defined the ball game for the first six innings. Right-handed starters Kohl Stewart for Cedar Rapids and Lou Trivino for Beloit surrendered only four hits each through their six frames as both left with no-decisions. Stewart allowed one run on four hits while striking out three and walking one. Trivino allowed one run on four hits in his six innings. He struck out three and walked three.

The Kernels scored the first run of the game as Carlos Avila put the Kernels on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning with a two-out RBI-single to left field that brought Santy across the plate. The Snappers tied it up 1-1 in the top of the fourth after BJ Boyd came across on throwing error on a fielders choice off the bat of Tyler Marincov.

Beloit (19-25) tallied a run in the top of the seventh inning, taking a 2-1 advantage. Consecutive singles by Luis Baez and Sam Roberts put runners on the corners. Then, a sacrifice bunt by Jose Chavez pushed Baez across for the go-ahead run.

The Kernels quickly tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Kernels loaded the bases with nobody out after two singles and a hit batter. With two outs, Chad Christensen grounded to the left side and reached on a Beloit throwing error, allowing Thomas to score the tying run.

Brent Powers went 0.1 inning exiting after fielding a comebacker to the mound. He allowed one unearned run on two hits while striking out none and walking none.

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