For the first time this season, the Kenosha Kingfish have a winning streak.
Matt Padre hit a tie-breaking two-out single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring Nate Thomas and RJ Pearson to key Kenosha’s 6-4 Northwoods League victory Tuesday night against the Traverse City Pit Spitters at Simmons Field.
With Monday’s 6-2 defeat of Traverse City, Kenosha swept the two-game series to improve to 3-5 with its first two-game winning streak of the season.
Traverse City dropped to 4-4.
The Kingfish got out to an early 4-1 lead by plating four runs in the bottom of the third.
Ethan Owens scored Joey Scaffidi with a ground-rule double, Tremper graduate Mitchell Buban drove in Padre with a groundout and Nogalski plated Owens with a one-out base hit. With two outs and the bases loaded, Charles Middleton singled in Nogalski for the fourth run of the inning.
But Traverse City tied the game with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
The tying run came off another Tremper graduate, Keith Kutzler, but Kutzler worked around a leadoff error in the top of the eighth to put himself in line for the win.
The Kingfish delivered for him, as Kutzler improved to 1-2.
Thomas walked and Pearson singled with nobody out, bringing on Garrett Simmons in relief.
After Simmons struck out Middleton, Ryan Knernschield was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Austin Pfeifer pinch-hit for Scaffidi, but Simmons fanned Pfeifer on three pitches for the second out.
Padre, however, worked the count to 3-1 and slapped a two-run single off Simmons (0-1) to put the Kingfish ahead.
Patrick Tomfohrde then worked a perfect ninth for his second save.
Ben Stephens started for the Kingfish, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits with five walks and six strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision.
Kenosha begins a four-game road trip, starting with a pair of games against the Kokomo (Ind.) Jackrabbits at 6:05 p.m. both tonight and Thursday.