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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.
Nationals Sweep Oshkosh Giants
Nationals fathers in southeastern Wisconsin glowed with pride as their boys honored them with not one, but two, Wisconsin State League victories Sunday over Oshkosh by scores of 4-3 and 12-1.
Game one was a tight back-and-forth affair. The Nationals posted the games first tally in inning one on an RBI double by Matt Richer. The Giants responded with runs of their own in the fourth and sixth innings to take the lead. Shey Smith responded with an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score, but Oshkosh came right back with a run in the seventh to take back the lead. Not to be outdone, Kyle Kalkopf singled up the middle to score Nick Lingvay in the Nationals half of the inning to knot the game again at 3-3.
After reliever Tyler Frohwirth held the Giants scoreless in the eighth, the Nationals took advantage of an Oshkosh error that allowed Matt Richer to reach. Three batters later Shey Smith plated him to secure a hard-fought 4-3 victory.
Game two played out differently. The Nationals took advantage of the Oshkosh pitcher's early wildness to jump to a 5-0 first inning lead and never looked back. Offensive contributions came throughout the lineup; Shey Smith led the way with 3 RBI's. Nick Schmiddlekofer, Nick Lingvay, and Curt Pryal added two each. Chad Tindall earned the complete game victory, striking out 5 and walking none.
Next up for the Nationals are the Kenosha Kings in a Langsdorf Nite League and Wisconsin State League contest and Harvey Kuenn Field at Rainbow Park in West Allis on Thursday June 25 at 7:30pm.
Nats Down Sheboygan
The Nationals were finally back on the field Thursday night after games lost due to weather. Though not exceptionally sharp offensively, the team was efficient in capitalizing on scoring opportunities in a 5-3 win over the Sheboygan A's. The victory left the Nationals atop the Wisconsin State League's North Division at 4-1 as well as the Langsdorf Nite League at 6-2. Sheboygan dropped to 4-6 and 3-3 respectively.
Sheboygan got on the board first with a run in the second but the Nationals matched that on an RBI double by Curt Pryal. The Nationals pushed across three more in the third inning on Nick Lingvay's bases loaded walk and Adam Karas' two out, two run RBI single. A run in the sixth closed the scoring for the Nationals. Kyle Kalkopf singled home Nick Lingvay with two outs.
Cody Griebling made his first start on the mound for the Nationals, going 7 strong innings and striking out 7 to earn the win. Tyler Frohwirth threw the final two frames for the save.
Next up for the Nationals are important Wisconsin State League North Division games versus the Oshkosh Giants. The two teams will square off on Sunday for a DH at Aaron Field in Milwaukee. First pitch is set for 1pm.
Pewaukee Downs Nationals
Pewaukee jumped to an early 4-0 lead and withstood a number of Nationals comeback attempts en route to a 7-5 victory Wednesday night at Harvey Kuenn Field in West Allis. The victory upped the Muskies Nite League record to 2-2; the Nationals fell to 5-2.
Despite a number of well hit balls, the Nationals were held to 5 hits on the night. Key blows included Brian Huntzinger's 2 out RBI single in the second to put the Nationals on the board, and Jimmy Jungbauer and Paul Archambault's RBI singles in a 2 run sixth that narrowed the deficit to 7-5.
Curt Pryal went the first 4 plus innings and took the loss. The Nationals bullpen on Tom Starck, Tyler Frohwirth, and Cody Griebling limited the Muskies to 3 hits and two unearned runs the rest of the way, striking out 7.
Next up for the Nationals are the Addison Braves in a Wisconsin State League matchup on Sunday. The teams will play a DH at Kuenn Field. First game begins at 2pm.