KINGFISH

Kingfish left fielder Charles Middleton, left, attempts a diving catch while Brendan Hueth backs up the play in the first inning Friday at Simmons Field.

The Kenosha Kingfish did everything they could at Simmons Field to prevent the Traverse City Pit Spitters from setting the Northwoods League record for consecutive wins.

But the Pit Spitters would not be denied.

In a second straight one-run victory, Traverse City scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning Monday night courtesy of Adam Proctor’s three-run homer to erase a 2-0 deficit and edge the Kingfish, 3-2, for their NWL-record 17th consecutive victory.

Traverse City also won 3-2 on Sunday to tie the record.

Monday’s loss was especially hard for Kenosha, which dropped to 2-4 in the second half and 15-26 overall.

Starter Matthew Plisko delivered five sparkling shutout innings, limiting the Pit Spitters to two hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Tremper graduate Mitchell Buban reached on a fielder’s choice and scored in the bottom of the second, then Kenosha extended its lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Luke Stephenson led off with a single and eventually came around to score.

Kenosha’s Tanner Fallon kept the shutout intact by working a scoreless sixth and seventh, but Traverse City got to him in the eighth.

Colton Gordon replaced Fallon after a leadoff single, and Gordon struck out Ryan Hampe. But Jake Wilson worked a walk, then Proctor hit the game’s decisive blow to give the Pit Spitters the lead and put them on the brink of history.

Kevin Hahn, who worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam on Sunday, got the ball to start the bottom of the eighth and set down six Kingfish hitters in order to keep Traverse City’s remarkable streak intact.

Traverse City, the Great Lakes East Division first-half champion, improved to 6-0 in the second half and 29-13 overall.

Mike Johnson

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