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Nationals Complete Perfect League Season

Posted by Steve Elliott at Aug 12, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The Nationals made league history today, completing the season with a perfect record. The local champions won all 20 of their regular season contests and all 4 of their playoff contests. The only blemish on the team's record was a June 4th loss the the State League Champion Sheboygan A's. This year's team joins three other Lewie's/Nationals teams in completing the season without a loss. The Lewie's squads of 1982 and 1983 went 15-0 and 18-0 respectively. The 1989 Nationals completed the season with a record of 22-0.
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Posted by Steve Elliott at Aug 11, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
It was a rematch of last year's Minor League Championship Series. Fritz' Dodgers were back for another shot at the league championship sporting a fine 15-1 mark. The Nationals, however, had other plans. Jimmy Dettman led the way in game 1. His two hit shutout was not only impressive, but necessary as the team was held to its lowest offensive output of the season. After a two run first inning the team was held scoreless. Dettman's fine mound work made that 2-0 lead stand as the squad took the opening game of the doubleheader. The Nationals jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning of game two. Chris Marks and Joe Reisinger contributed key knocks in the rally. Though two errors in the Dodgers' half of the inning led to three unearned runs, Nick Kibler never allowed the North Division champs to get any closer. After several more successful rallies, the Nationals emerged with a 15-7 victory and second consecutive Milwaukee County Championship. The Nationals will close out their season on Monday nite at Zirkel Field. Cream City stands between them and an unblemished regular season mark in league play. First pitch is at 8PM.
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Posted by Steve Elliott at Aug 7, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
In playoff action, the Nationals continued their strong play. While the offense was impressive, the pitching and defense were dominant. Jim Dettman pitched 6 shutout innings in route to a game one 8-2 victory. Leading the way on offense were Mike Czarnecki with three hits and Andy Butorac with a game-breaking three-run double. Nick Kibler met the challenge in game two. Allowing only 6 hits and striking out 5, Kibler shut down the White Sox and the team cruised to a 11-0 victory. The Nats posted tallies in each of game two's seven innings. Leading the offense was James Herkowski with 3 hits. Brian Gibson added two, including a homer. Mike Czarnecki, Alex Franson, and Joe Reisinger also contributed two knocks. The series sweep earns the Nationals a berth in the Milwaukee County Minor League Championship. The team will face Fritz' Dodgers in a best of three playoff series beginning Saturday August 11 at 6PM. All games will be played at Zirkel Field in McCarty Park.
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Bernie Brewer Accused/UPDATE

Posted by Steve Elliott at Aug 5, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
After making unwelcome advances toward the spouse of one of our veteran players, several members of West Allis' finest detained the famous rodent. At the advice of his attorney, Bernie offered, "No comment." Police insiders suggested that the oversize rat won't be spotted at Miller Park this spring. "It's a deeply troubling situation," stated one unnamed source. More on this shocking story as it develops. STORY UPDATE: June 20, 2001 All charges against the rodent have been dropped according to an unnamed source on the force. "Our patrolmen did a fine job of interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence. There was, however, and unfortunate event that occurred involving one of our canine handlers, his canine, and Mr. Brewer. I am not at liberty to comment on this ongoing investigation other than to say that Mr. Brewer should be able to resume his duties at Miller Park by early 2003." This reporter will continue to follow the developments in this story and update you as news becomes available. STORY UPDATE: August 6, 2001 Bernie continues his rehab, but his long term prognosis remains unclear. The D.A. has chosen not to file any charges against the canine handler due to a lack of evidence and dearth of witnesses to the alleged attack. The canine handler in hearing this responded accordingly. "I was confident that the West Allis Police Department do the right thing, and prove my innocence... uh, I mean, what I meant to say was that that given time, the criminal justice process would fail to unearth any proof of my guilt... uh, on further thought, my barrister suggests I say "no comment" You can print that and put that in your pipe and drink it. image
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Post Season Party Planned

Posted by Steve Elliott at Aug 3, 2001 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The date has been set for the team's annual post-season party and awards celebration, and for the first time, the event will include a golf outing. Those interested in golfing should meet at Doyne Golf Course (53rd and Wells) at 10AM August 26, 2001 (Sunday AM). Cost is $40.00 Those only interested in the Barbeque (catered by Rupena's) and Awards Ceremony should plan on being at Doyne by 2PM. Cost is $15.00. Any questions, contact Steve Elliott @ 327-2398 or 614-2398.