Nats Sweep Northern Illinois
The West Allis Nationals enjoyed home cooking Saturday - literally and figuratively - after a long period on the road. Having completed road trips to Lombard, Illinois, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, and West Bend in the past 10 days the squad was back at familiar Harvey Kuenn Field in West Allis for a DH vs the Northern Illinois Legends. Those in attendance were treated to wins by scores of 1-0 and 8-0.
Game was was a crisply played affair. Offensive rallies were at a minimum so starting pitcher Jimmy Jungbauer maximized the one run he was provided in leading the team to victory. Jungbauer allowed only three hits and struck out nine in the complete game shutout victory. Jonah Meidl scored the game's only run, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Kalkopf after he had tripled to lead off the third inning.
Game two was equally tight until the Nationals offense woke up in the fifth inning. When the dust cleared the Nationals had plated 7 runs on 8 hits to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Brian Huntzinger, Matt Richer, Shey Smith, Nick Schmidlekofer, and Jake Kolasinski all had RBI knocks in the frame.
Chad Tindall pitched the first 5 innings for the victory, allowing only two hits while striking out four. Sam Mahar, in his Nationals debut pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Next up for the Nationals is the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic in West Bend. The team has three games in their pool - Wednesday vs Rubicon, Thursday vs Monches, and Saturday against the Milwaukee Beavers. Pool winners advance to the tournament semi-finals on Sunday.