Nats Sweep IL Squads on Sunday to finish 4-0 in State League Challenge
The Nationals defeated Addison, IL 9-2, followed by a dramatic 7-6 victory over first place Lombard, IL to complete a successful weekend of games in Sheboygan.
Cody Griebling started and went the distance in game 1 vs Addison, striking out 12. Kyle Kalkopf led the offense with 2 doubles and 5 RBI.
Game two was a back and forth affair. Lombard jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Nationals responded with 4 runs of their own. Lombard later tied the game at 4, but Max Widmar hit an opposite field homer in the fifth to give the Nats the lead. Lombard responded with a 2 run homer in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead. After a quiet sixth, the Nats rallied in the bottom of the 7th. Ben Carpenter reached on an error to lead off and Jonah Meidl followed with a single. With one out, Max Widmar singled to left, his fourth hit of the game, to tie the score at 6. A Shey Smith flyout advanced runners to second and third with two outs bringing Aaron Goecks to the plate. With two strikes, and after fighting off a few pitches, Goecks hit a squibber off the end of the bat to no man's land on the third base side of the hill, scoring Meidl with the winning run. With the victory the Nats moved into 3rd place in the WSL.
Next up for the Nats are the second place Sheboygan A's on Wednesday night at Kuenn Field in West Allis. First pitch is set for 7:30pm.