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Rene Tosoni's pinch-hit RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday gave the Beloit Snappers a 2-0 victory over the Clinton LumberKings and a berth in the Midwest League Championship Series.
Steven Singleton led off the eighth with a single and Tosoni batted for Deibinson Romero. After two strikes, he hit a slider down the middle to right field to break a scoreless tie.
"It was pretty nervewracking," Tosoni said. "I came in to get a hit. I was telling myself, 'I can't get out.' I was trying to calm down; I guess I did."
Chris Parmelee followed with a single to plate Tosoni with an insurance run.
"I was looking into the dugout from third base and they were going nuts," Tosoni said. "Parmalee told me he was trying to get a sac fly to try and score me."
The 21-year-old designated hitter batted .301 in 63 with the Appalachian League-champion Elizabethton Twins before earning a promotion to Beloit.
"I'd have to say it was a pitchers' duel," he said. "Their pitching was strong, we couldn't get any runs off of them. We were trying to get [LumberKings starter Kasey] Kiker out of there as fast as possible."
The win moved the Snappers into the best-of-5 championship series against West Michigan, beginning Tuesday. Beloit is seeking its first title since 1993.
"We just have to come out, stay calm and keep our bats hot," Tosoni said.
Beloit reliever Aaron Craig (1-0) fanned Chad Tracy to end the eighth for the win. Anthony Slama pitched around a hit and struck out two in the ninth for his second playoff save.
Snappers starter Matthew Fox yielded three hits and three walks over five innings, striking out four.
Tracy and Mauro Gomez doubled and David Paisano singled and walked for Clinton.
LumberKings reliever Andrew Laughter (0-1) gave up two runs on three hits and a walk over 1 1/3 frames. Kiker blanked Beloit for 5 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and a walk while fanning six.
Michael Blinn is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.