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Nationals Clinch 2 Titles with Victory over West Bend
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.
Nationals Outlast Sheboygan
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.
Oshkosh Steals Victory from Nationals
The Nationals had Oshkosh down to their final strike on multiple occasions Thursday night, but couldn't close the door. A persistent Oshkosh team took advantage by scoring three in the ninth to tie the game and then ended it with a walk off homer in the tenth.
The loss leaves the Nationals atop the Wisconsin State League's North Division with an 8-3 record. Oshkosh improves to 3-8.
Next up are the Sheboygan A's Tuesday night in Sheboygan. A victory will move the Nationals very close to a North Division title and earn them a matchup in the Wisconsin State League Championship Series against the South Division Champion.
Nats Split with Lombard
The West Allis Nationals made their first-ever trip to Lombard, Illinois Saturday for a DH against the 10-time defending Wisconsin State League champion Orioles.
Game one was a tight affair, with each team flashing strong defense to stifle scoring opportunities. The Nationals ultimately prevailed 2-1 in nine innings, scoring the winning run on Kyle Kalkopf's bases-loaded RBI walk.
Curt Pryal pitched the first 6 innings, allowing only a first inning run after appearing to be out of the inning on a pick off at first base. Pryal allowed only 4 hits and struck out 6. Andy Arenson came on in relief of Pryal, allowing no hits and striking out 6 over the final 3 innings to earn the victory.
The Nationals had several scoring opportunities in game two but couldn't produce the clutch hit en route to a 4-0 loss. Curt Pryal and Shey Smith both hit ringing doubles to left but were left stranded in each inning; Nick Schmidlekofer led off another inning with a single and Jake Kolasinski reached on an error to put runners on first and second with no outs, but the bats weren't able to produce a tally.
Jimmy Jungbauer started on the bump before tiring in a long fourth inning and giving way to Bobby Herrick, who went the rest of the way.
Next up for the Nationals are off to meet the Oshkosh Giants in Oshkosh on Thursday in an important Wisconsin State League North Division affair. First pitch is set for 7:30pm.
Nationals Shut Out Kenosha
Cody Griebling through seven innings of one-hit ball and Shey Smith drove in two runs as the West Allis Nationals downed the Kenosha Kings 7-0 at Kuenn Field in West Allis. The victory pushed the Nationals' Wisconsin State League North Division leading record to 7-1 and Langsdorf Nite League leading record to 7-2. The Nationals are now 11-4 overall.
The Nationals broke open a scoreless affair with a four run third inning. Brian Huntzinger, Matt Richer, and Jake Kolasinski each knocked in runs as the team took advantage of two Kenosha errors.
Later, Shey Smith and Jonah Meidl each tripled home tallies to put the game out of reach.
The Nationals travel to Lombard on Saturday to play a Wisconsin State League DH vs the Lombard Orioles. Game one starts at 4pm.