Traverse City Pit Spitters Rally to Win Northwoods League Championship in 9th Inning Thriller

TRAVERSE CITY – A historic inaugural and record-setting season for the Traverse City Pit Spitters came full circle Friday in the Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series.

Facing the Eau Claire Express in the one-game, winner-take-all contest, the Pit Spitters scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a 3-2 victory.

A Riley Bertram bunt single with no outs got the rally started in the ninth as Nick Powell came home to tie the game on an error by pitcher Brandon Dieter. Two outs later, Adam Proctor crossed the plate for the game-winning run after an error by the third basemen on an Andrew Morrow grounder to third.

“I had a feeling the whole game one of the phrases we’ve thrown around in our dugout and locker room is winners always find a way if you are a true winner and that’s your mindset. You’ll always find a way,” Pit Spitters manager John Rebandt said. “These guys bought into it and never felt like they were out of the fight and tonight was icing on the cake for that. It’s been an unbelievable summer. I’m so grateful. I feel so blessed. These guys have been absolutely incredible and the emotions are through the roof.”

Mario Camilletti led the way at the plate for the Pit Spitters, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Kevin Hahn was stellar in relief to earn the win, allowing six hits while striking out six over the final six innings.

Winners of the Great Lakes East Division and Great Lakes Divisional championship, Traverse City fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first on Sam Kohnle’s two-run single to left field.

The Pit Spitters finally cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth on a Morrow sacrifice fly that drove in Bertram.

Traverse City rewrote the Northwoods League record book this season, eclipsing a 12-year-old record with 18 consecutive wins and tying the league’s regular season win mark with 52.

The Pit Spitters wrap up their season at 56-20.

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