Brad Allen strikes out 9 for first win of 2014

SOUTH BEND, IN ( - The South Bend Silver Hawks (3-4) offense woke up from its early season slumber in time to take home a dominating 8-1 victory over the Beloit Snappers (4-3) on Thursday night at Four Winds Field. Brad Allen (1-0) recovered from a rough start to the game to pitch a sterling 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball for the win. Right fielder Colin Bray led the offense with a single, a triple, and two RBIs while third baseman Joe Munoz added two hits and two runs scored.

South Bend, the Class-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, struck back with four runs in the bottom of the first. Shortstop Andrew Velazquez led off the inning with a triple to the left-center field wall. Westbrook followed with a grounder to third. Velazquez held but third baseman Michael Soto's throw was wide of first and Velazquez came home on the E-5 as Westbrook scampered over to second. Left fielder Stryker Trahan bounced back from his five-strikeout game the previous night with an RBI single to left that gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead. After Trahan advanced to second on a groundout, Munoz singled to right to put runners at the corners with one out. Catcher Jose Queliz drove home the third run of the inning with a groundout to third base that scored Trahan and advanced Munoz to second. Bray followed with an RBI triple to the wall in left-center that gave the Hawks the 4-1 lead after one inning of play.

The first-inning runs were all that the Hawks needed as the Snappers offense could not get anything going against Allen. After allowing the first four hitters to reach base, he allowed just three more base runners. Allen struck out nine Snappers in his 5 1/3 innings.