The early-season struggles continued Sunday afternoon at Simmons Field for the Kenosha Kingfish.

Kenosha dropped both games of a Northwoods League doubleheader to the Kalamazoo Growlers, starting with a 4-3 decision in the opener and ending the day with a 7-4 setback in the nightcap.

The first game was rescheduled from a rainout Saturday.

Kenosha (1-5) fell behind, 3-0, in the top of the first inning in the opener before it plated two runs in the bottom of the frame.

Joey Scaffidi was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to chase home Nate Thomas with the first run, followed by a walk to Ryan Knernschield that scored Thomas.

That’s how things stayed until the top of the sixth inning when Kalamazoo scored once. Kenosha pulled within a run in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Brian Vance that scored Thomas, but the Kingfish stranded the tying run at third as the game ended.

Kenosha starting pitcher Caleb Larson took the loss, as he allowed two hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out two in one inning of work.

A six-run top of the second inning by Kalamazoo in Game 2 proved to be more than enough offense for the Growlers.

Kenosha cut the deficit to 6-2 with single rallies in the fourth and fifth innings, and after Kalamazoo scored once in the top of the sixth, the Kingfish answered with two more, but couldn’t get any closer.

Knernschield singled home Thomas with Kenosha’s first run, followed by a single by Thomas that scored Tremper graduate Mitchell Buban in the fifth.

An error by the Kalamazoo third baseman on a ball hit by Buban accounted for both Kenosha runs in the sixth inning.

Thomas led the way with two hits, a run scored and an RBI, followed by Knernschield (hit, RBI) and Buban (hit, run).

Nate Seprosky took the loss for Kenosha, as he allowed three hits, three earned runs and four walks in two innings.

Kenosha begins a two-game home stand to open the week tonight against the Traverse City Pit Spitters, beginning at 6:35 p.m. at Simmons Field.

Dan Truttschel