CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings closed our their current home stand by defeating the Beloit Snappers 4-3 in 11 innings to make it a split of the 4-game series at Alliant Energy Field Friday night.

The LumberKings had to play catch up all night. The game was tied three times, at 1-1 in the second, 2-2 in the fourth and then 3-3 at the end of nine innings.

The LumberKings pulled the game out in the 11th inning when Matt Smith got a lead off single with a ball hit off the glove of second baseman Andrew Thompson, followed by a walk to John Mayberry and then they took advantage of three wild pitches in the inning putting runners on second and third with no outs.

Freddie Thon who had a solo homer in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-all came through with the winning RBI single to right center giving the LumberKings the big win in front of one of the largest crows to date, 4,427 fans on American Family Insurance night sponsored by Jim Voss and Joe Leonard.

Both teams had ten hits and each team had one error.

The LumberKings starter was Omar Poveda pitched seven innings, allowing only three runs on eight hit. Kevin Altman came on in the seventh and pitched three inning and allowed no runs on just one hit while Jose Marte, came on in the 10th and 11th inning and got the win as he allowed only two baserunners, one a hit and one walk.

The Snappers got a run in the third inning when Edward Ovalle walked and scored on an RBI double by catcher Allan De San Miguel.

The LumberKings came right back in the bottom of the third and tied the game when John Mayberry hit a one out triple to deep right field and then scored on a passed ball.

The Snappers got another run in the fourth inning when Ovalle led off with a single and scored on an infield ground out.

The Kings tied the game again in the bottom of the fourth with the home run over the right field fence by Thon, the only player to represent the LumberKings in the Midwest League All Star game that will take place in Davenport on June 20.

The lead didn’t last long as the Snappers regained the lead 3-2 in the top of the fifth as Terrence Patterson got his second hit of the night, a lead off single to right and then scored on a double by Paul Kelly.

The LumberKings had a good chance in the seventh inning when Truan Mehl got a two-out double but was left stranded at second as David Peterson struck out to end the inning.

Vallejo led off the eighth inning with a single to right and Smith laid down a sacrifice sending him to second and then scored the tying run on a RBI single by Mayberry.

The Snappers had a runner on third base with no outs in the top of the 10th inning when Marte got two batters to strike out and a fly out to left to get out of the inning.

The LumberKings head on the road to Peoria for a four game series tomorrow and then return home June 15th to close out the first half with a 4-game set with Burlington.

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