DAYTON, Ohio – The Beloit Snappers collected 16 hits on the way to a 9-5 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Friday night at Fifth Third Field. The Snappers avoided a sweep of the three-game series and snapped the Dragons three-game winning streak.
The Dragons trailed 1-0 before they erupted for three runs in the third inning. The rally started with a one out single by Reydel Medina, who stole second and scored on a double by Mitch Piatnik. Shane Mardirosian followed with a two-run home run to right field to give the Dragons a 3-1 lead. The homer by Mardirosian was his first of the season.
But Beloit responded with four runs in the fourth inning to regain the lead at 5-3. They added another run in the top of the sixth to make it 6-3. The Dragons scored in the bottom of the sixth to pull back within two, as Mardirosian doubled, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Tyler Stephenson’s two-out single to make it 6-4.
Beloit scored single runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to jump ahead 9-4. The Dragons closed out the scoring with a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Dragons starting pitcher Ty Boyles (2-5) suffered the loss. He worked six innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
The Dragons collected seven hits. Mardirosian led the offense with a homer and double along with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Piatnik had a double and three walks.
The Dragons (8-13, 29-62) remain home to open a new three-game series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (10-11, 44-47) at Fifth Third Field on Saturday at 7:07 p.m. Austin Orewiler (2-8, 3.52) will start for the Dragons against Wisconsin’s Zack Brown (0-1, 4.50).
Saturday and Sunday’s games will be televised on Dayton’s CW (Channel 26; Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 1013.