But the Snappers chipped away at that lead over the next two innings. Renato Nunez scored on a sacrifice in the second. In the third, Chris Bostick drove in Brett Vertigan on a double to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Then, Beloit took the lead after a three-run fourth inning. It might’ve been more were it not for a spectacular Gaby Guerrero throw out. On what was surely an RBI double by Bostick to the right-field corner, Guerrero picked up the ball near the right-field corner as Vertigan rounded third base. Guerrero threw a 300-foot strike to catcher Tyler Marlette before Vertigan could start his slide, ending the inning in a tag out.
Offensively, though, the Lumberkings could not find their bats. Over the last six innings, Clinton managed only three runners on base. Beloit, meanwhile, distanced itself with five more runs in an error-filled seventh inning, ultimately winning 10-3.
It also brought Clinton back to a losing record.
“They shut us down after that first inning,” Menchaca said, adding that the team is still looking for its first sweep of the year. “We just kind of sat on (the lead) and couldn’t do much after that.”
The Lumberkings continue to host Beloit tonight and Thursday, both games starting at 6:30 p.m. at Ashford University Field.