TRAVERSE CITY — Make that 12 wins in a row and the first to begin the second half of the Northwoods League season for the Pit Spitters.
Traverse City (24-13) didn’t allow a single earned run in its 8-4 victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks at Pit Spitters Park on Wednesday.
Andrew Hoffmann improved to 5-0 on the mound this season, keeping his sterling ERA (0.81) in tact, thanks to all three runs scored against him being unearned.
Hoffman allowed five hits in five innings. He struck out one and walked one.
Hoffmann almost didn’t get the win, however. Lakeshore scored all three of its runs in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game 3-3.
If not for the response by Pit Spitters hitters in the bottom half a win may have been assigned elsewhere.
Traverse City scored two in the bottom of the fifth and three in the bottom of the sixth to create separation and earn the win.
Mario Camilletti scored when Andrew Morrow grounded into a fielder’s choice in the fifth, and Hudson Byorick scored on a two-out Jake Arnold double.
TC scored all three sixth-inning runs with two outs. The Chinooks quickly collected the first two outs of the inning, but Riley Bertram and Camilletti drew back-to-back walks, followed by a Byorick single and Morrow double.
Traverse City opened the scoring in the second inning with a bases-loaded walk by Adam Proctor and an RBI (fielder’s choice) for Daniel Head. Arnold scored on a sac fly by Head in the third.
Arnold was 3 for 4 in the game, and Camilletti, Byorick and Morrow each had two hits.
Jake Thompson led the Chinooks at the plate, going 3 for 5.
Garett Simmons, Kevin Hahn, Joe Pace and Evan Gates each worked a scoreless inning of relief in a relatively spotless effort from the bullpen.
The Pit Spitters already clinched a postseason berth by winning the Great Lakes East Division in the first half of the season. TC will host Lakeshore again Thursday.