Nationals Sweep Oshkosh Giants
Nationals fathers in southeastern Wisconsin glowed with pride as their boys honored them with not one, but two, Wisconsin State League victories Sunday over Oshkosh by scores of 4-3 and 12-1.
Game one was a tight back-and-forth affair. The Nationals posted the games first tally in inning one on an RBI double by Matt Richer. The Giants responded with runs of their own in the fourth and sixth innings to take the lead. Shey Smith responded with an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score, but Oshkosh came right back with a run in the seventh to take back the lead. Not to be outdone, Kyle Kalkopf singled up the middle to score Nick Lingvay in the Nationals half of the inning to knot the game again at 3-3.
After reliever Tyler Frohwirth held the Giants scoreless in the eighth, the Nationals took advantage of an Oshkosh error that allowed Matt Richer to reach. Three batters later Shey Smith plated him to secure a hard-fought 4-3 victory.
Game two played out differently. The Nationals took advantage of the Oshkosh pitcher's early wildness to jump to a 5-0 first inning lead and never looked back. Offensive contributions came throughout the lineup; Shey Smith led the way with 3 RBI's. Nick Schmiddlekofer, Nick Lingvay, and Curt Pryal added two each. Chad Tindall earned the complete game victory, striking out 5 and walking none.
Next up for the Nationals are the Kenosha Kings in a Langsdorf Nite League and Wisconsin State League contest and Harvey Kuenn Field at Rainbow Park in West Allis on Thursday June 25 at 7:30pm.