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On Wednesday night the Nationals travelled to West Bend to begin Pool play in the 24 team Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic tournament.
The Rubicon Red Sox, whom the Nationals have never before played, were first up and the Nationals prevailed 5-4. The Nationals jumped to an immediate lead in first when Matt Richer drove home Kyle Kalkopf. The team added two more in the third on consecutive knocks by Brian Huntzinger, Matt Richer, and Shey Smith. Smith and Richer teamed up again in the fifth; Richer singled and Smith doubled him home.
Curt Pryal threw five scoreless innings to earn the victory. He allowed no runs on two while striking out two. A two out rally in the bottom half of the seventh brought the Red Sox back to 5-4, but Adam Widder induced a weak ground ball for a force out and earned the save.
Next up in the WABC tourney are Monches Irish on Thursday night at 8:30pm in West Bend.
The West Allis Nationals enjoyed home cooking Saturday - literally and figuratively - after a long period on the road. Having completed road trips to Lombard, Illinois, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, and West Bend in the past 10 days the squad was back at familiar Harvey Kuenn Field in West Allis for a DH vs the Northern Illinois Legends. Those in attendance were treated to wins by scores of 1-0 and 8-0.
Game was was a crisply played affair. Offensive rallies were at a minimum so starting pitcher Jimmy Jungbauer maximized the one run he was provided in leading the team to victory. Jungbauer allowed only three hits and struck out nine in the complete game shutout victory. Jonah Meidl scored the game's only run, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Kalkopf after he had tripled to lead off the third inning.
Game two was equally tight until the Nationals offense woke up in the fifth inning. When the dust cleared the Nationals had plated 7 runs on 8 hits to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Brian Huntzinger, Matt Richer, Shey Smith, Nick Schmidlekofer, and Jake Kolasinski all had RBI knocks in the frame.
Chad Tindall pitched the first 5 innings for the victory, allowing only two hits while striking out four. Sam Mahar, in his Nationals debut pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Next up for the Nationals is the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic in West Bend. The team has three games in their pool - Wednesday vs Rubicon, Thursday vs Monches, and Saturday against the Milwaukee Beavers. Pool winners advance to the tournament semi-finals on Sunday.
The West Allis Nationals travelled to West Bend Thursday evening with an opportunity to clinch not only the Langsdorf Nite League Championship but also first place in Wisconsin State League Northern Division.
The team did not disappoint. Jumping early to a 5-0 lead, the team cruised to a 14-2 win over the host West Bend 7 Up. The Nationals now stand at 9-2 in the Langsdorf Nite League and 10-3 in the Wisconsin State League's Northern Division. With the victory, the team secured a berth in the Wisconsin State League best-of-three Championship Series July 24-27 against a to-be-determined Southern Division Champion.
After going down in order in the first inning, the Nationals strung together 5 straight knocks in the second to take a commanding 5-0 lead. A six run fourth made the score 11-3 and the Nationals closed out their scoring with a three run fifth.
Contributions came from up and down the lineup. 6 starters contributed at least 2 hits. Matt Richer led the offense with three RBI's.
Cody Griebling went the distance on the mound, allowing 6 hits in 7 innings while striking out 11.
Next up are the Northern Illinois Legends on Saturday in West Allis in a Wisconsin State League DH. First pitch is set for 1pm.
The trend of high scoring affairs in Sheboygan continued, though the outcome this time was different. The West Allis Nationals scored 4 in the ninth inning and held off a furious A's rally in the bottom half to prevail 9-8 in a critical Wisconsin State League Northern Division battle. The victory secured the Nationals place atop the North Division with a 9-3 record; Sheboygan fell to 10-7.
Many contributed to the victory in both small and large ways. Kyle Kalkopf, Nick Schmiddlekofer, and Max Widmar had 3 hits each. Widmar also knocked in 3 runs and collected his first Nationals victory with 3 plus innings of strong relief. Nick Lingvay had an important RBI knock in the sixth to keep the game tight; Shey Smith's RBI in ninth tied the game and Jake Kolasinski followed with an RBI to give the Nationals a 7-6 lead at the time.
Curt Pryal battled on the bump for the first 5 plus innings, creating the opportunity for the late game fireworks.
The Nationals are back at it Thursday night in another tough Wisconsin State League North Division battle against the West Bend 7 Up in West Bend. First pitch is set for 7:30pm.