Pit Spitters swept by Kingfish

KENOSHA, Wis. — The Traverse City Pit Spitters were swept at the hands of the Kenosha Kingfish in Northwoods League play.

After falling 6-2 Monday, the Spitters lost 6-4 on Tuesday and fell back to .500 with a record of 4-4.

Starting pitcher Cade Heil only lasted three innings for TC, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits. All four runs came in the bottom of the third inning after the Pit Spitters briefly took a 1-0 lead as Hudson Byorick scored on a fielder's choice.

Traverse City fought back to tie the game at four with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but Pit Spitters reliever Chase Gearing walked the first two batters of the eighth, en route to giving up two runs.

Garrett Simmons replaced Gearing and almost escaped the frame. Simmons struck out his first batter before hitting the next. He punched out the third to create a two-out, bases-loaded situation. Matt Padre knocked a two-out, two-RBI single to give the Kingfish a 6-4 lead.

Simmons took the loss, despite not having any runs against his name. Keith Kutzler earned the win in two innings of relief for Kenosha, and Patrick Tomfohrde picked up a save.

The Pit Spitters were outhit 7-6 in the game, and no Traverse City player tallied more than one hit.

Kam Smith was 1-3 with two runs scored and a RBI. Andrew Morrow went 1-3 with a RBI. Evan Maday went 1-1 with a run scored and a RBI.

Senior Sports Reporter

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