Defeating the Cudas for the first time this season, after nearly breaking the Cudas' 10-game winning streak on Wednesday with their second one-run loss to the FCSL's top team in five chances this season, the Altamonte Springs Snappers avenged their second one-run loss to the Cudas' in five matchups.
With the win, the Snappers head into the All-Star Break winning their last two games and now stand tied in third place with the Sanford River Rats, who they will play on Tuesday, July 17 at Sanford Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.
"If you hit the ball hard; make plays defensively, and don't leave a lot of runners on base you can see what happens,” Snappers head coach Chuck Stegall said. "We played well again tonight and it looks like we might be on a little roll."
By game's end, the Snappers outscored the Cudas 6-2, despite being out-hit by the Cudas 6-5. The Snappers pulled ahead early, with their first four hitters each scoring one run.
After an RBI single by left fielder Brett Smith (Florida) scored center fielder Jason Bush (Cumberland University) who lead off with a walk, designated hitter Ray Allen (Dartmouth) followed with a second-inning single to right and gave the Snappers a 1-0 lead.
"I feel more comfortable playing behind the plate and taking better swings as a result," Smith said.
Cudas' third baseman Alan Wright (Tennessee) solo shot through the trees in left leading to his first home run of the season and lifted the Cudas to tie the game 1-1. Wright scored again when his lead-off double cut the Snappers' lead to 4-2 in the seventh.
Spectacular Snappers defense in the fifth proved pivotal when Crane manned Clint Reynolds (South Alabama) at third after Bush's full extension grab in right center robbed Cuda's right fielder Corey Whiting (Rollins College) of extra bases.
The Snappers scored a run when shortstop Justin Yount (Murray State) knocked in his fifth RBI of the season while second baseman Gary Martoccio (Rollins College) and third baseman Steve Irvine (Eastern Oklahoma State College) added the other two other runs to cap off a three-run, three-hit sixth.
Smith returned a favor to Bush when he singled home an RBI, which scored Bush for the Snappers' third and final run in the sixth.
Leading off in the inning, Irvine walked, stole second and advanced to third on a Cudas' wild pitch. After a sacrifice RBI by second baseman Martoccio scored Irvine, his college teammate Mike Crane (Rollins College) tore a triple to right, scoring on a Bush RBI single. Smith's single later scored Bush to give the Snappers a 4-0 lead. Both Bush and Smith each played two RBIs, in addition to Yount, who singled.
Notching his first win of the season, Snappers' starter Brad Boob (Coker College) allowed one run in six innings as the bullpen stepped up with three innings of work with only one hit.
"It's kind of sad the break is coming because we have three days offs and start the new week with Sanford," Stegall said. "These guys are ready to play."
With four off days, the Snappers start the week against Sanford and end it with a road doubleheader at Pat Thomas Stadium with the second place Leesburg Lighting, whose rain out game against the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs will not count in the standings. In between, the Snappers play home games against Leesburg on Wednesday and Winter Park on Thursday.