TRAVERSE CITY — Strong pitching, patience at the plate and big innings led the Traverse City Pit Spitters to their 39th victory of the season in a 10-0 rout of visiting Kokomo at Pit Spitters Park on Tuesday.
Traverse City starting pitcher Pat Hohlfeld pitched seven innings of five-hit baseball without allowing a run, Pit Spitters batters walked 10 times compared to six hits and a four-run first inning and five-run fifth provided all the cushion Traverse City needed on Food Truck Night.
The Pit Spitters (39-16) chased Jackrabbits starter K.C. Bryan after scoring four runs on two hits and four walks in the opening frame.
Hudson Byorick and Mario Camilletti opened with back-to-back singles. Consecutive one-out walks scored Byorick, a sacrifice fly by Christian Faust scored Camilletti and another walk and a wild pitch drove in Andrew Morrow and Drake Titus.
Relief pitching did little to relieve Kokomo’s woes.
Mark Meyer replaced Bryan, and he allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits and four walks in three and one-third innings.
Titus picked up an RBI single in the fifth inning, and Adam Proctor jacked a two-run home run.
Camilletti finished 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored. Titus was 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBI. Proctor was 1 for 2 with a run and two RBI.
Will Buraconak and Andrew Nelson pitched two scoreless innings of relief to keep the shutout intact.