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Published On: June 4th, 2023

Kenosha Gives Up 11 Runs in First Five Frames, Gets Swept at Home

Kenosha, WI – The Kenosha Kingfish were blown out 13-1 by the Traverse City Pit Spitters at Historic Simmons Field Saturday night.

Kenosha has now lost three straight contests, while the 2021 Northwoods League Champions have won four of their last five.

The Kingfish starting pitching struggles continued, as they gave up a run in the opening frame to the Pit Spitters to make it a fifth straight game where their opponent had struck first.

Traverse City scored in each of the first five frames to jump out to an early 11-run lead, and by the sixth inning, Kenosha position player Trent Lawrence (Morton) was on the mound.

Kyle Hayes (Kirkwood CC) was one of several Pit Spitters to explode on offense. Hayes was 2-for-5 with a team-leading four RBI and a run.

Vytas Valincius (Illinois) had the only two hits for the ‘Fish; he went 2-for-4 with a triple and the lone run scored.

Michigan State University’s very own Nick Powers (1-0) got the win in his Northwoods League debut. Powers threw for five innings of one-run baseball while giving up just one hit and striking out three. 

Louisville’s Ben Wiegman (0-2) took the loss after allowing one run on two hits with a strikeout in just one inning of work. 

With the victory, Traverse City (5-1) holds sole possession of the lead in the Great Lakes East by one game over the Kalamazoo Growlers (4-2).

Kenosha (2-4) now sits alone at fifth place in the subdivision. 

The boys in blue will go on a two-game road trip to face off against the Battle Creek Battle Jacks (1-5).

First pitch for game one of the series will be at 5:05 PM CST on June 4.


The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, 300 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rockers as your favorite team.