An early 3-0 deficit put the Kenosha Kingfish in a tough spot Sunday afternoon at Simmons Field.
But a two-run answer by Kenosha in the sixth inning gave the Kingfish hope of a comeback.
Unfortunately, visiting Traverse City had other ideas.
Kenosha couldn’t push the tying run home in its final three at bats and dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to fall to 2-3 in the second half. Traverse City, which won the Northwoods League’s Great Lakes East title in the first half, improved to 5-0 in the second.
The win also was the Pit Spitters’ 16th straight, which tied a league record for the most consecutive victories.
Trailing 3-0, Kenosha got on the board on the strength of a two-run home run by San Diego State’s Mike Jarvis, his second of the season and the team’s seventh overall.
But that was it for Kenosha, as Traverse City reliever Kevin Hahn escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning. Evan Gates earned his third save with a perfect bottom of the ninth inning.
Jake Cosgrove had two of Kenosha’s six hits, while Ethan Owens, Brendan Hueth, Jarvis and Drew Dyer each had one.
Caleb Larson took the loss for the Kingfish, as he allowed one hit, one earned run, eight walks and struck out three in four innings. Traverse City starter Austin Shea earned his third win of the season, as he allowed four hits, two earned runs, one walk and struck out two.
The teams meet again tonight at Simmons Field at 7:05 p.m.