Beloit Memorial 8, Verona 4
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning on a RBI single from senior Tyler Stone. The Purple Knights took the lead in top half of the 3rd inning scoring three runs. They added another run in the top of the 4th inning to push their lead to 4-1. The Wildcats battled back in the bottom half of the frame scoring two runs. Stone again had a RBI single and sophomore Connor Volker scored on a passed ball. The Purple Knights broke the game open with three runs in the top of the 6th to extend their lead to 7-4, and tacked on another insurance run in the top of the 7th. The Wildcats pushed one run across in the bottom of the 7th when junior Jake Armstrong scored on a RBI single from senior Derek Witte. Senior Nick Phillips started on the mound and worked 5 2/3 innings. He allowed six earned runs while scattering 10 hits. He struck out two batters and walked one. Senior Lucas Kirch worked the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing only one unearned run.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 1-3 overall and 1-3 in Big 8 Conference play. The Wildcats host Madison East tonight, game time is 5:00 pm at “The Chuck.”