Spitters Sweep the ‘Fish
Traverse City, MI – The Traverse City Pit Spitters win game two of the series against the Kenosha Kingfish, 4-3, in front of 3,311 fans at Turtle Creek Stadium. The Pit Spitters improve to 41-29 on the season and 19-16 in the second half.
Kenosha’s offense got it started in the top of the second inning with back-to-back singles from Joe Wike and Dan Laughery with two outs. Following an Owen Brock hit by pitch to load the bases, Nico Bermeo singled to center field scoring Wike and Laughery to give the Kingfish an early 2-0 lead. The Pit Spitters offense started in the bottom of the third as Alec Atkinson drew a lead off walk followed by a hit by pitch from Ethan Hyme. Andrew Mannelly singled to center field, scoring Atkinson and Hyme to tie the game at 2-2. Brock and Bermeo hit back-to-back singles to lead off the top of the fifth inning for the Kingfish. Giovany Lorenzo dropped a sacrifice bunt, to score Brock, giving the Kingfish a 3-2 lead. Despite the deficit, the Pit Spitters weren’t done yet. In the bottom of the ninth, as Devin Hukill and Hyme both were hit by a pitch. Evan Orzech then loaded the bases with a walk. Mannelly then drew a walk, bringing in Hukill to tie the game at 3-3. Colin Summerhill singled, scoring Camden Traficante to walk-off the Kingfish 4-3.
The Pit Spitters improve to 41-29 on the season and 19-16 in the second half, while the Kingfish drop to 29-41 overall and 12-25 in the second half. The Pit Spitters starting pitcher Josh Lanham threw five innings, giving up three runs on five hits striking out six. Hayden Brown threw two innings of scoreless relief, walking one and striking out three. Mitch Grannan threw the final two innings, striking out four, walking one and earning the win.
The Pit Spitters stay at Turtle Creek Stadium for game one of the series against the Rockford Rivets. First pitch is 7:05PM. Game one of the Great Lakes Division Playoffs is Sunday, August 13 at 5:05PM against the Kalamazoo Growlers at Turtle Creek Stadium. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.pitspitters.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Pit Spitters as your favorite team.
About the Traverse City Pit Spitters: The Traverse City Pit Spitters have been members of the Northwoods League since their inaugural season in 2019. The Pit Spitters have won two Northwoods League Championships and delivered their unique brand of FUN to hundreds of thousands of fans. The Pit Spitters share Managing Partners and principal ownership with the West Michigan Whitecaps, the High A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, based in Comstock Park, Michigan. The team’s home games are played in Traverse City’s favorite multi-purpose outdoor entertainment venue, Turtle Creek Stadium. For more information visit https://northwoodsleague.com/traverse-city-pit-spitters/ or contact Jacqueline Holm at 231-943-0100 Ext. 214/ email JacquelineH@pitspitters.com.
About the Northwoods League: The Traverse City Pit Spitters 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, over 325 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 watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.pitspitters.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Pit Spitters as your favorite team.