Nats Battle Lombard
The West Allis Nationals traveled to Lombard Illinois on Saturday for a DH vs the first place Orioles.
The Nats led each game late, but Lombard rallied each time, downing the Natties by scores of 8-5 and 5-4.
In game one the Nationals took advantage of uncharacteristic defensive miscues by Lombard and some timely hits to plate 4 runs in the third inning in claiming a 4-3 advantage. That lead was 5-4 after 4.5 innings, but Lombard erupted to 4 runs in that frame to put the game away.
Jonah Meidl and John Keane led the offense with two hits a piece.
Game two progressed similarly. After Lombard plated the games first run, the Nationals responded with one of their own. John Keane tripled and scored on a ground out by Jonah Meidl. The Nationals added single tallies in the fifth, sixth, and seventh to take a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom half. John Keane was instrumental in two of the scoring innings, doubling and scoring in the fifth and singling in Max Widmar, who'd previously singled, in the sixth.
Jim Jungbauer had held Lombard to two hits and one run going into the last half of the seventh and appeared to have the victory in hand with two outs, but Lombard's 9 hitter lined one to the gap in right center that caromed off the glove of Meidl to keep Lombard alive. The next hitter lined a two strike single to left to tie the game 4-4. Lombard then won the game in the 8th on a walk off single.
The Nationals are back home at Kuenn Field in West Allis next Thursday and Friday with games against Sheboygan and Pewaukee respectively. Both contests are set to begin at 7:30pm.