The Traverse City Pit Spitters’ historic Northwoods League winning streak is over.
And it was the Kenosha Kingfish who put an end to it.
The Pit Spitters had won an NWL-record 18 games in a row entering Wednesday’s game against the Kingfish in Traverse City, Mich. — including wins over the Kingfish on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday by a combined 9-4 — but Kenosha used a six-run top of the fourth inning to key a 7-5 victory and end Traverse City’s streak.
The Kingfish improved to 3-5 in the second half and 16-27 overall, while the Pit Spitters — the Great Lakes East Division first-half champions — dropped to 7-1 and 30-14.
With Wednesday’s game — which included a rain delay — tied 1-1 after three innings, the Kingfish took advantage of two errors by the Pit Spitters in the fourth.
The first scored Zachary Nogalski, who reached on a out-single. The second scored both Lance Stephenson and Charles Middleton to make it 4-1.
Kevin Hueth’s groundout to first scored Jake Cosgrove, then Mike Jarvis blasted a two-run homer — his third of the season — to cap the inning and put the Kingfish ahead, 7-1.
The Pit Spitters kept the pressure on with 14 hits, but Kenosha was able to escape a tense bottom of the ninth.
With Kenosha leading 7-3, Jon-Anthony Caban came in to start the inning in relief of Tremper graduate Harry Orth.
Caban walked his first two hitters, prompting Kenosha to summon Nate Seprovsky from the bullpen.
Things went from bad to worse, as Seprovsky loaded the bases with a walk and gave up an RBI single to Riley Bertram. It was 7-4 with the bases loaded and still no outs, but Seprovsky buckled down to earn his first save.
First, he struck out Jake Arnold then got Drake Titus on a fielder’s choice that plated another run for the second out. Seprovsky then slammed the door by getting Hudson Byorick to pop to first.
Orth (2-2) got the win in relief of starter David Luethje. The UW-Oshkosh sophomore-to-be worked 31/3 innings, allowing one run (earned) on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Luethje lasted 42/3 innings and gave up two runs (both earned) on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Traverse City starter Chad Patrick (2-3) took the loss, though just two of the seven runs he surrendered were earned, as the Pit Spitters committed four errors.
Kenosha continues its trip to Michigan with a doubleheader against the Kalamazoo Growlers beginning at 4:05 p.m. today.