Charles Middleton had three hits, two runs and two RBI, and the Kenosha Kingfish scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to snap a 3-3 tie en route to a 7-3 Northwoods League road win over the Traverse City Pit Spitters on Saturday night.
Nate Thomas added two hits, walked three times and scored twice, while Ryan Knernschield also had two hits and scored once as the Kingfish (5-7) completed their four-game road trip to Kokomo (Ind.) and Traverse City (Mich.) with a 2-2 record.
After winning Friday’s game, 7-1, the Pit Spitters dropped to 5-7 and are tied with the Kingfish in the first-half Great Lakes East Division standings.
Kenosha returns to Simmons Field today when it hosts the Battle Creek Bombers at 4:05 p.m. to open a two-game set.
On Saturday, the Kingfish and Pit Spitters were tied 3-3 going into the top of the eighth when Kenosha started an uprising against Traverse City reliever Chase Gearring (0-1).
Zachary Nogalski led off with a single and advanced to second on Thomas’ walk.
After Matt Padre sacrificed the runners to second and third, Middleton lashed a 1-1 pitch for a two-run single to put the Kingfish ahead for good, 5-3.
Jon Beuckelaere relieved Gearring, and Knernschield greeted him with a double to right field. Middleton scored and Knernschield moved to third on an error by right fielder Daniel Head, and Ethan Owens’ sacrifice fly to center plated Knernschield for the inning’s final run.
The eighth-inning rally made a winner out of Kenosha reliever Matthew Plisko, who improved to 1-0.
Keith Kutzler, a Tremper graduate, started and went four innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Plisko then came in for a dominant relief appearance, firing three perfect innings from the fourth through the seventh. He struck out four.
After the Kingfish took the lead, former Wilmot standout Troy Hickey pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth, getting a key 4-3 double play after the first two Traverse City hitters reached.
After allowing a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, Tanner Fallon induced a pop out and a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.