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The Nationals gained their first win of the year in improbable fashion Sunday. Trailing 5-0 in the seventh inning, the team rallied for eight runs and held on for an 8-5 victory over the Sheboygan A's in Sheboygan. After being stymied by A's ace, Mike Casper for six innings, the Nationals took advantage of his replacement. A combination of patience and timely power led to eight unanswered runs. Trevor Koepp's three run home run to left field opened the flood gates and Chris Marks' bases clearing double closed the scoring. Jim Dettman went all seven innings for the Nationals, walking 4 and striking out two. Dettman limited the potent A's offense to only 3 earned runs. The A's redeemed themselves in the nightcap with a 9-3 victory. The Nationals chased the A's starting pitcher in the third inning, taking a 3-2 lead. The A's, however, answered with two of their own and never looked back. The Nationals, now 1-4, open the regular season on Saturday night at Zirkel Field in McCarty Park. The first game of the DH begins at 6PM.
The Nationals wasted a strong effort by starting pitcher, Ben Banning, Friday night in Menasha. 4 defensive miscues and several mental errors contributed to the team's 7-3 loss. Banning held the Macs hitless for three innings and four in the game, but was doomed by unearned runs. The Macs tallied single unearned runs in the third and fifth innings before breaking the game open in the sixth. Eleven men went to the plate that inning, with 5 scoring on only three hits. The Nationals offense produced seven hits in the contest. Chris Marks led the way with two hits and James Herkowski knocked in two runs with an RBI double. The team travels to Manitowoc Saturday for a double dip against the Bandits. Tickets are still available
Shaky defense once again doomed the Nationals as they were swept by the Manitowoc Bandits Saturday, losing 5-2 and 5-4 in 9 innings. Despite outhitting the opposition for the third straight game, the team committed nine costly errors in the DH leading to 6 unearned runs by the Bandits. Wasted were strong outings by Joe Kissler and Tim Spata. Each pitcher was a hard luck loser, giving up only 2 earned runs in 6 and 8.3 innings, respectively. Offensive leaders on the day were Jim Dettman with three hits and two RBI, Mike Czarnecki with three hits, and James Herkowski with two hits-including his second RBI double of the road trip. The Nationals will be back at it again Sunday afternoon with a twinbill versus the Sheboygan A's. First pitch is slated for 1PM.
Today the Nationals will travel north in the team's traditional season opening road trip. This 2002 team faces a daunting task, playing an ambitious 5 game schedule in three days. This year's opponents, the Menasha Macs, Manitowoc Bandits, and Sheboygan A's all compete in the Wisconsin State League-generally regarded as the finest competition the state has to offer. Keep posted to this site for updated scores and results throughout the trip. Those interested in the "real" story must make the commitment to travel north and participate. You'll never know what you miss if you don't-for what happens on the road stays on the road.
The Nationals conclude their brief exhibition season with a game versus the Milwaukee Orioles on Saturday at Zirkel Field. The team will take the field to practice fundamentals at noon with the first pitch expected around 2PM. Anyone interested in trying out for the team is welcome to attend. THE TEAM WILL NOT PROVIDE BATTING TEES. IF NECESSARY, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN.