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The West Allis Nationals beat the rival Kenosha Kings on Thursday night at Simmons Field Kenosha 7-0 behind a solid outing from Jim Jungbauer. Jungbauer allowed only 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7 in the complete game shutout victory. The win moves the Nats closer toward the upper tier of the Wisconsin State League.
The offense proved steady on Thursday, scoring at least one run in six of seven innings. Matt Richer led the way with 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 steals and an RBI. Kyle Kalkopf also had a big night with 3 hits and 2 RBI's.
The Nationals will spend this coming weekend in Sheboygan, playing neutral site games against the DePere Dodgers (Sat 10am), Addison, IL Braves (Sun 1pm) and Lombard, IL Orioles (Sun 3pm) before finally heading back home for a Wednesday July 13 clash against the Sheboygan A's.
The West Allis Nationals have been nothing if not consistent this season. Once again the team squared off for a DH against a Wisconsin State League opponent and once again the team split a DH, losing game one 11-5 before taking the nightcap by a score of 6-4.
The Nats fell into an early hole in game one and were never able to recover. Matt Richer led the offense with 2 hits including a double and 2 RBI. Brian Huntzinger, playing on a bad wheel, added a hit and 2 RBI.
Game two's results were more pleasing for those who consider themselves fans of the squad/club/posse/cult. Tom Starck battled 7 innings with his command, but made big pitches when it mattered to earn the W. Kyle Kalkopf, Matt Richer, Aaron Goecks, and Curt Pryal all had multiple hit games for the locals. Richer and Pryal each knocked in two runs.
Next week is busy with a game Thursday night in Kenosha versus the Kings, Saturday morning in Sheboygan versus the DePere Dodgers, and a Sunday afternoon twinbill in Sheboygan versus the Addison, IL Braves and the Lombard, IL Orioles.
The West Allis Nationals and Oshkosh Giants split a DH on Saturday afternoon and Kuenn Field in West Allis. Oshkosh took game one, 7-3 and the Nationals took the nightcap, 11-1.
Game one was tight until Oshkosh broke the game open with a 4 run fifth, chasing starter Aaron Woods. The Nationals registered nine hits in the affair, led by Kyle Kalkopf and John Keane with 2 each, but left runners in scoring position in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Max Widmar's solo blast to CF was the offensive highlight.
In the second game, the Nationals jumped to a 3-0 lead after one inning and 7-0 after two and never looked back. Max Widmar led the offense with 4 hits, including a triple, and 3 RBI. Curt Pryal, Matt Richer, and Jonah Meidl had 2 hits each; Pryal and Alex Elliott had 2 RBI.
Next up are the Sheboygan A's in Sheboygan at 7:30pm Thursday June 30.
The West Allis Nationals played a crisp game Thursday night in downing the visiting Sheboygan A's by a score of 4-2 at Harvey Kuenn Field in West Allis.
The locals scored first with a single tally in the third inning. Jonah Meidl doubled and scored on an RBI single by Matt Richer.
After the A's matched that run with one of their own in the fourth, the Nationals posted 2 more. With two outs Shey Smith was hit by a pitch. Aaron Goecks then drew a walk and Ben Carpenter and John Keane both followed with RBI singles.
The Nationals closed their scoring in the sixth. After a Aaron Goecks walk, Ben Carpenter doubled him to third and John Keane followed with an RBI single.
Aaron Woods started on the mound and went a strong five innings, allowing only one run on two hits while striking out three. John Keane pitched the final four to earn the save. Keane also allowed only one run on three hits while striking out three.
Next up for the Nationals are the Pewaukee Muskies at Keunn Field on Friday night. First pitch is set for 7:30pm.