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Published On: June 4th, 2019

KENOSHA, Wis. –  Matt Padre (Manhattan) delivered a go-ahead two out single in the eighth inning to help the Kenosha Kingfish earn their first sweep of the season, topping the Traverse City Pit Spitters by a final score of 6-4.

The Pit Spitters took an early 1-0 lead on a Kam Smith (Northern Illinois) RBI groundout to plate Hudson Byorick (Wofford) in the third inning.

The Kingfish responded with four runs in the bottom of the third. Kenosha tied the game when an Ethan Owens (Drury) fly ball bounced over the left field fence for a ground double that drove in Joey Scaffidi (Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Then Mitchell Buban (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) added another run with an RBI groundout. Zach Nogalski (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) lined a ball into left-center field give Kenosha its third run of the inning. Charles Middleton (Sierra) knocked in Nogalski with a two-out single that landed in front of the right fielder.

Traverse City cut its deficit to two at 4-2 in the fifth inning on Andrew Morrow’s (Michigan State) first RBI hit of the year.

Kingfish starting pitcher Ben Stephens (Eastern Illinois) worked around five walks to allow just two runs over five innings while striking out six.

The Pit Spitters added another run in the sixth inning on a Byorick sacrifice fly to make the score 4-3.

Traverse City tied the game up at four in the seventh inning on an Evan Maday (Hope) double down the left field line that scored Smith.

The Kingfish retook the lead in the eighth inning on a bases loaded two out RBI single by Padre to give Kenosha a 6-4 edge.

Patrick Tomfohrde locked down the save with a one-two-three ninth inning to give the Kingfish their first sweep of 2019.

Keith Kutzler (Wisconsin-Whitewater) earned his first win of the season, improving to 1-2. Garret Simmons (Ball State) took the loss for his first decision of 2019.

Kenosha will travel to Kokomo on Wednesday for the second time this season to take on the Jackrabbits at 7:05 EST. Sam Marhefke (Loras) will get the ball for the Kingfish.