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The West Allis Nationals overcame injuries, employment conflicts, and the elements to secure a victory in their conference opener. Short several starters and playing in a steady drizzle, the Nats battled to a 15-7 victory. The second game of the scheduled DH was rained out. Please click on "2001 Schedule" for the complete story, stats, and line score.
Despite the poor weather, the Nats were able a substantial offensive performance in defeating Cream City 15-7. James Herkowski and Jake Koutnik had two hits each as the squad successfully began its title defense. Jim Dettmann overcame some early wildness to notch his second victory of the year.
The Nationals opened their 2001 campaign with victories over 3 different non-conference opponents. On Friday May 18, the Nationals were led by Nick Kibler and Mark Van Hart and defeated the Menasha Macs (41-9 in 2000)by a score of 6-4. Saturday Jimmy Dettmann was the star as the Nationals defeated the Clintonville A's 7-4. The Neopit Indians forfeited the third game as the Nationals posted a perfect 3-0 record on the trip. Please see our Stats and Record page for more details.
Nationals vs Menasha Macs: Friday 7:05 Nationals vs Clintonville A's: Saturday 1PM Nationals vs Neopit Indians: Saturday 3PM
Saturday afternoon a skeleton squad met to play the Dodgers in an exhibition tilt. Despite a dearth of manpower, the squad performed efficiently. The offense produced tallies in each of the games 6 innings in route to a 6-0 shutout. Chris Marks was the hitting star, maximizing his softball prowess by knocking in two baseball runs. Nick Kibler and Jim Dettmann were nearly unhittable on the mound. Each pitched three scoreless innings and mixed his pitches well. Most impressive was the team defense. Despite having only 7 men on the field in the last inning, Nick Radliff, James Herkowski, and Mark Van Hart combined for a 6-4-3 double play to secure the shutout victory. The Nationals open their Regular Season Schedule this Friday in Menasha. Game time is 7:15pm.