Nats Bounce Back with Victory over West Bend
The Natties turned the page quickly on a sour performance in Sheboygan Tuesday night, downing the West Bend 7Up 15 -5 in an important Wisconsin State League/Langsdorf Nite League divisional contest.
The game shaped up early to be a low scoring pitchers duel, with West Bend starting Tyler Thicke and West Allis starting Jimmy Jungbauer.
That changed quickly, though, as West Bend's defensive lapses allowed West Allis to score 4 unearned runs in the second inning. Compounding the early hole was the fact the Thicke's pitch count climbed quickly and he was forced to exit after only 4 innings of work.
The Nats added 3 more in the fifth and the team entered the latter innings with a comfortable 8-1 lead.
West Bend wouldn't go easily, however. Jungbauer appeared to be in cruise control after getting a popout to start the bottom half of the 7th, but West Bend took advantage of some inopportune wildness and a couple of well placed knocks to post four runs and draw back to 8-5.
West Allis responded with 3 runs in the eighth and 4 in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Jungbauer earned the win with 7 strong innings and 10 strikeouts. Newcomer Drew Worth shut the door, striking out 6 in the final two innings.
Curt Pryal led the offense with 3 hits and 3 RBI's. Chad Tindall reached base 5 times and scored 3 runs.
Next up are the Pewaukee Muskies in Langdorf Nite League Action on Thursday at Kuenn Field at Rainbow Park in West Allis. First Pitch is set for 7:30pm.