On the field in 2017, the Beloit Snappers had countless memorable performances throughout the entire season. The Snappers will release a list of "17's Top 17" to reveal the best moments from the past season. This countdown will include entire games and snippets of the Snappers 36th season of professional baseball in Beloit.
Beginning the list with moments 15-17 are three attention-grabbing visitors that came to Pohlman Field in 2017.
15. Beloit native Cameron Roegner silences Snappers at Pohlman Field
When the Milwaukee Brewers drafted Beloit Memorial standout Cameron Roegner in 2016, speculation began to circle of when he would return to the mound that he pitched from many times as a member of the Purple Knights baseball team. Roegner was assigned to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Brewers Midwest League affiliate, out of spring training and calendars around Beloit were marked for their first visit to Pohlman Field in 2017.
Roegner was scheduled to pitch the second game of the four-game series against the Snappers, but rain erased the contest and forced a doubleheader the next day. Roegner got the starting assignment in game two and was spectacular in his homecoming start. He earned his fourth win of the year and threw six innings, allowed just one run on three hits, and fanned three Snappers. The first pitch he threw was a called strike to Mike Martin, and a large group of family and friends gave hefty cheers to flip the Snappers home crowd. After Roegner struck out Martin on three pitches, the roars grew louder and continued throughout his strong outing.
16. Top Pick Royce Lewis comes to Pohlman Field
It isn't every year that the No. 1 overall draft pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft reaches the Midwest League the same year of being drafted, but even more rare that Beloit fans get a first-hand and up-close look at that selection. The Minnesota Twins made Royce Lewis the first overall pick in the 2017 draft in June and elevated him to their Midwest League affiliate, Cedar Rapids, just six weeks after the 18-year-old inked a $6.725 million dollar pact, a record for a player drafted out of high school.
Cedar Rapids ended the 2017 regular season against the Snappers in Beloit, their first visit since the season began in April. Lewis went 0-for-6 in the series and did not play beyond his leadoff at-bat in game two as a precaution to a minor hamstring injury. However, that did not stop the droves of autograph seekers and Twins fans that flocked to the Stateline area to get a glimpse of the first No. 1 overall pick to play in Beloit since Carlos Correa (to Houston in 2012) with Quad Cities in 2013. The Snappers drew a total of 5,614 fans during the three-game series. Lewis even signed autographs for fans after the final game on Labor Day for about 15 minutes before the Kernels boarded the team bus back to Cedar Rapids as Pohlman Field closed its doors for the winter.
17. Snappers, Chiefs combine for 20 extra-base hits, a new Midwest League record
When one team sets a new league record, it is a memorable time no matter which side is on the good end of history. Snappers' pitching was on the wrong end of the slugfest with the Peoria Chiefs on August 4 by allowing a league-record 13 extra-base hits. However, Beloit's bats kept chugging after Peoria scored 10 times in the eighth inning to help set a new record for a combined 20 extra-base hits out of 36 total hits in the game.
The Snappers led the game 3-2 after seven innings before the Chiefs exploded for 10 runs in the eighth. In the bottom of the inning, Edwin Diaz launched a three-run homer and J.C. Rodriguez slugged a two-run bomb to narrow the wide gap. It became a close contest in the end. Beloit answered a ninth inning run by Peoria with a pair in the bottom of the ninth in the 13-10 final for the largest run total of the year in a Snappers game.
Peoria infielder Stefan Trosclair hit for the cycle in the game and scored three runs. He accomplished the feat in reverse order with three of his hits in the eighth inning and beyond. Trosclair put the Chiefs on the scoreboard with a home run to lead off the fourth inning, a leadoff triple and a double in the eighth, and a one-out single in the ninth.
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