Bowling Green, KY – Facing an early 3-0 deficit, the Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-9, 58-39) rallied to take a 4-3 win on a walk-off home run for Ryan Dunn against the Beloit Snappers (17-11, 60-38) on Saturday evening. Dunn’s solo shot, his only hit of the game, ended a string of four unanswered Hot Rod runs to garner Bowling Green’s fifth straight win and its first game-ending home run of the season.
Beloit took an early lead and held on to the advantage through a busy third inning. Daniel Robertson put the Snappers ahead 1-0 when his single drove in Nick Rickles. Chris Bostick reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Brett Vertigan to score the next run. Bostick advanced to second after a Renato Nunez walk and later scored on a stolen base coupled with a wild pitch. The Hot Rods loaded the bases in the home half of the frame but were kept off the scoreboard by a double play.
Down 3-0, the Hot Rods capitalized on their next scoring opportunities to tie the game. Leonardo Reginatto hit a one-out triple in the fourth inning and came in with a double by Joey Rickard. In the fifth inning, two quick groundouts were followed by a Tyler Goeddel walk and a Tommy Coyle double that put the tying runs in scoring position. Luke Maile brought both runners in with his own double to tie the contest at 3-3.
Neither team broke through before the final half-inning. Jeff Ames and Jose Molina combined to pitch six scoreless and hitless innings to close Beloit’s offensive output. Bowling Green’s offense came close to breaking the tie in both the sixth and eighth innings. Reginatto’s lead-off triple in the sixth was negated by a strikeout and unassisted double play at third base. With two runners on and one out in the eighth, a Reginatto single led to a rare 7-2-6 inning-ending double play.
A back-and-forth bottom of the ninth ended with a walk-off blast. Rickard opened the inning with a single off incoming reliever Tyler Vail to start the inning. Beloit bounced back and wiped the bases
clean on a double play off the bat of Patrick Leonard. On the very next pitch, Dunn drove a fastball over the left field wall for the fourth Hot Rods walk-off victory this season.
The series with Beloit continues Sunday evening at 5:05 PM. The Hot Rods will send LHP Jordan Harrison (1-2, 4.08) to the mound, while the Snappers will counter with RHP Dakota Bacus (8-3, 4.04). Hank Fuerst and Chris Kleinhans-Schulz will open the coverage on the Forever Communications Pregame Show at 4:35 PM CDT on the Hot Rods Radio Network (1340 “The Ticket” WBGN-AM and 1340wbgn.com).
Sunday features an appearance from Batman and his BatLamborghini at Bowling Green Ballpark. As a part of the Smucker’s Uncrustables Fun Run, all kids will also have the opportunity to run the bases following the game for free. For more details and to secure your tickets, call the Hot Rods Ticket office at (270) 901-2121 or visit BGHotRods.com.