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Curt Pryal homered and threw six shutout innings to earn the win as the West Allis Nationals opened the 2015 season with a 5-1 win over the two-time defending Land-O-Lakes Grand Champion Pewaukee Muskies.
The game was the first in the inaugural season of the Langsdorf Night League. Also competing will be the Kenosha Kings, Sheboygan A's, and West Bend 7 Up.
Next up for the Nationals are the Menasha Macs of the Northeastern League. Game will be played in Menasha and first pitch is planned for 7:30pm.
#1 Jeff Lewiston 1976-1985
#2 Gary T. Meyer 1986-1996
#3 Jeffrey J. Neibauer 1977-1990
#4 Robert Kleinschmidt 1985-1994
#6 Brad Sterling 1988-2000
#7 Harvey Kuenn 1979-1990
#9 Bill Beres 1978-1986
#12 Steve Hluchnik 1988-1998
#14 Dave Glaser 1982-1996
#16 Jim Kaebisch 1976-1977, 1982-1988
#21 Alex Franson 1994-2007
#25 Steve Elliott 1987 - Present
#26 Dave Kuhnke 1980-1994
#41 James Herkowski 1996-2010
#71 Chris Tentoni 2006 - Present
The West Allis Nationals Board of Directors is pleased to announce three new inductees into the team's Hall of Fame.
#41 James Herkowski - Lifetime .371 average over 15 seasons. All Time Leader - Hits - 322. All Time Leader - Runs Scored - 215. All Time Leader - RBI - 219. All Time Leader - Doubles - 65.
#21 Alex Franson - Lifetime .325 average over 14 seasons as a player, and later as a player/manager. #2 All Time - Hits - 276. #2 All Time - Runs Scored - 208. #2 All Time - RBI 178. #2 All Time - Doubles - 53.
#71 Tentoni - First-ever elected for off-the-field contributions benefitting the franchise.
Congratulations to these gentlemen and Tentoni for their achievements. The formal induction ceremony/celebration will be held in a dimly lit parking lot after a Nationals game this summer.
The West Allis Nationals rallied late Saturday night to defeat the Northern Illinois Legends 4-1 at Harvey Kuenn Field in West Allis.
Adam Karas drew a walk with the Nats down 1-0 with 2 outs in the seventh to start the rally. With Karas moving on an 0-1 pitch, Brian Huntzinger blooped a ball in the devil's triangle, fair, behind first base. When Northern Illinois' second baseman failed to make the running catch, Karas aggressively continued home and score the Nats first run on a close play at the plate. After drawing a walk, Matt Richer and Brian Huntzinger executed a delayed double steal to perfection. Richer extended his lead at first until drawing a throw and then got himself caught in a rundown. Huntzinger broke for the plate at an opportune time and narrowly beat the throw to give the Nats their first lead, 2-0. Shey Smith then stepped up and launched a two strike, two run homer to left field to break the game open, 4-1.
That was more than enough for Nats starter Jimmy Jungbauer. Jungbauer shut the Legends down in order in the eighth and extricated himself from a small jam in the ninth to top off complete game victory. Jungbauer was dominant on this night, allowing only 1 run on 6 hits while walking one and striking out a season high 14 batters.
Next up for the Nationals are the juggernaut Sheboygan A's. The Nats travel to Sheboygan on Monday night for another playoff elimination game, with the winner earning the right to compete against the 7 time defending champion Kenosha Kings in a three game series.