Nats Split two games in Marinette
The West Allis Nationals bounced back from a tough 6-4 opening game loss to Marinette with a hard-fought 5-2 ten inning victory over Menominee in the nightcap.
The Nats took an early 2-0 lead in game one with Chad Tindall and Nick Lingvay drawing bases loaded walks. Unfortunately, the bats couldn't build on the lead and Marinette hung close. The game turned in the fifth, with Marinette scoring 6 runs on a variety of well placed, if not well struck, balls. The Nats added single tallies in the sixth and seventh, but to no avail.
Game two featured an exceptional performance from reliever Bob Herrick, called into duty as a spot starter. Herrick went six plus innings allowing only five hits and striking out 6. Chad Tindall and Dan Putnam each threw 2 innings of relief, with Putnam earning the victory.
Matt Richer led the offense with three hits, including two doubles. Adam Karas hit the Nats first homer of the year and later drew a key walk and scored the team's 4 run.
Sunday at noon those left standing will play Marinette again. On the bump will be Nationals newcomer and hometown hero, Aaron Woods. He'll be matched up against his younger brother. Vegas hasn't issued a line on the game, but Nats gambling guru Kyle Kalkopf has indicated local bar bets are in favor the younger sibling on his home turf with umpires paid in full in advance.