Koch, Wheeler spark Beloit Snappers
BURLINGTON, IOWA The Beloit Snappers began a six-game road trip in impressive fashion Wednesday night.
Matt Koch doubled and homered to lead the Snappers to a 4-1 Midwest League win over the Burlington Bees.
Beloit took a 1-0 lead in the third before Koch and JaDamion Williams hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth to make it 4-0.
Jason Wheeler (12-4) picked up the victory, while Mason Melatokis earned his first save of the season.
Game two of the three-game series is tonight.
BELOIT 4, BURLINGTON 1
Beloit Snappers 001 300 000—4 8 0
Burlington Bees 000 000 100—1 7 0
Wheeler, Gallant ((7), Melotakis (7) and Rodriguez; Peters, Tyson (7), Mye (9) and Rickles.
Leading hitters—Koch (Bel) 2x4, Jamieson (Bur) 2x3, Muncy (Bur) 2x4. 2B—Koch (Bel), Jamieson (Bur), Kirkland (Bur). HR—Koch (Bel), Williams (Bel).
SO—Wheeler (Bel) 4, Gallant (Bel) 1, Melotakis (Bel) 3, Peters (Bur) 3, Tyson (Bur) 3, Mye (Bur) 2. BB—Wheeler 2, Gallant 2, Peters 4, Tyson 2.
W—Wheeler (12-4). L—Peters (0-4). S—Melotakis (1).