BATTLE CREEK — With a playoff spot already in tow, the Traverse City Pit Spitters had a little fun Tuesday.
The Pit Spitters used position players to pitch and even stole home in a 7-1 victory over the Battle Creek Bombers in Tuesday’s Northwoods League baseball game at Battle Creek’s C.O. Brown Stadium.
Traverse City (23-13) ends the season’s first half on a 10-game win streak and starts the second half Wednesday at home. TC won the first half Great Lakes East Division title by 2.5 games, securing a berth in the postseason that’s over a month away. Only the Madison Mallards (25-11) have a better record in the Northwoods League.
Kam Smith and Andrew Morrow played all nine positions during the game and Nick Powell stole home in the eighth inning.
Smith threw a scoreless seventh inning, allowing two hits and striking out one. Morrow followed with a 1-2-3 eighth inning, striking out one.
Christian Faust singled in Andrew Morrow, Jake Arnold followed with an RBI double to bring in Ryan Hampe and Faust came around on Drake Titus’ fielder’s choice in the second inning.
The Spitters tacked on single runs in the third (Hampe sacrifice fly), fifth (Faust RBI single) and sixth (Powell RBI single).
Conrad Voss started with four two-hit innings, striking out three. Garett Simmons, Jon Beuckelaere and Andrew Nelson each threw one scoreless frame. Simmons picked up the win.
Traverse City returns home Wednesday for a two-game set with the Lakeshore Chinooks (16-20), then hosts Battle Creek (13-22) on Friday and Saturday. Andrew Hoffmann (4-0, 0.95) draws the start for TC in Wednesday’s tilt, opposed by Lakeshore right-hander Grant Hartwig (1-0, 1.92).
University of Michigan players Riley Bertram and Joe Pace could make their Pit Spitters debuts Wednesday.