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.
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Former Kenosha Twins President Bob Lee threw out the first pitch prior to Friday night’s Kenosha Kingfish game at Simmons Field. Lee was on hand with a number of Twins alumni, including Pat Mahomes, who was the featured guest.
Hopping at Simmons
Kenosha Kingfish’s Ethan Owens (top photo, right) is tagged out at first base by the Kokomo Jackrabbits’ Chase Hacker during Friday night’s Northwoods League game at Simmons Field. Kenosha starting pitcher Gabe Bierman (right) follows through on a pitch early in the game. Kenosha entered the contest looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The Kingfish rallied from a 4-2 deficit with two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth for a 5-4 victory. The teams are back in action tonight at Simmons Field at 6:05 p.m.
Mitchell Buban (13), Tremper grad, safe at second
Leap of faith
Former Tremper standout Mitchell Buban, right, looks back to the umpire during a double-play attempt Friday night in the Kenosha Kingfish’s Northwoods League game with visiting Kokomo at Simmons Field. The Kingfish rallied for a 5-4 victory.
Kingfish's Mike Jarvis hit by pitch
Kingfish pitcher Gabe Bierman
Kingfish's Ryan Knernschield
Mitchell Buban (13) airborne, Kokomo Evan Albrecht (right)
The Kingfish’s Ethan Owens does a backflip as the team warms up for a game against the Kalamazoo Growlers at Simmons Field on Wednesday.
Former Wilmot standout Kyle Gendron pitches for the Kingfish on Wednesday at Simmons Field.
Kingfish third baseman Roberto Peña fires to second during Northwoods League action Wednesday at Simmons Field.
The Kingfish’s Mitchell Buban, a former Tremper standout, jumps to avoid Growlers base runner Rudy Maxwell during a Northwoods League game Wednesday at Simmons Field.
The Kingfish’s Connor Mang grabs a foul ball for an out against Kalamazoo on Wednesday at Simmons Field.