Doubleheader Sweep Keeps Nationals in Contention

Posted by Steve Elliott on Jul 06 2002 at 05:00PM PDT in 2019 Season
The Nationals offense picked up where it left off last week. Though the team did not match its record setting 31 run effort, it did reach double figures in each of its two victories Saturday night. In game one's 14-7 triumph, the fireworks began only after Lifetime Financial had jumped to a 6-1 lead. Leading the comeback effort was Jake Paige, who managed three safeties after the third inning. Jake Koutnik and James Herkowski added a pair of knocks as the team took advantage of Lifetime starter, Jim Downer's, wildness in and out of the strike zone. Game two was a bit easier as the team jumped to a 4-1 first inning lead en route to a 17-1 5 inning mercy rule thumping. Alex Franson led the way with 4 hits while Jake Koutnik had two triples. Trevor Koepp and red-hot Tim Spata added three hits each. Nick Kibler continued his dominance on the hill, limiting the opposition to 5 hits and one unearned run while striking out 7. The Nationals next face an improved McGuire's Cats squad on Sunday at Zirkel Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6PM.


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