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The West Allis Nationals completed a difficult three game sweep this weekend, downing the Appleton Legends on Saturday by 4 - 1 and 4 - 1 scores and edging the Green Bay Storm on Sunday 6 - 5 in 10 innings.
In game one vs Appleton Curt Pryal kept the Legends off balance en route to a complete game victory. Pryal allowed only a first inning run on a blooper between short and center, keeping the squad in the game until the offense awoke for 4 runs in the fifth inning. Jake Erfourth's two run double over the Appleton CF's head was the key blow. Adam Karas followed with an RBI double of his own and Brian Huntzinger closed the scoring with an RBI single.
In game two vs Appleton the Nats continued to receive strong pitching, keeping the game close until the offense broke open a 1 - 1 deadlock with a three run seventh. Jimmy Jungbauer went 6 strong innings for his 40th career victory, allowing only one unearned run. Jack Wagoner struck out the side in the bottom half of the frame for the save. Jake Kolasinski had the key knock in the decisive seventh. After showing bunt on the first pitch, Kolasinski launched a two run double over the CF's head to score Danny Putnam and Brian Huntzinger, who had each singled to open the frame. CJ Putterman's third hit of the contest knocked in the the third and final run of the frame.
On Sunday the Nationals were down to nine active players, loosely defined. Despite the thin roster and self-induced performance compromising decisions made the night before, the squad mustered up just enough offense when it mattered to steal a late victory. Bobby Herrick started on the bump. In his longest outing in a Nationals uniform, Herrick went 5 plus innings and kept the game close. Jake Erfourth then came on and held Green Bay in check the rest of the way, earning his first Nationals victory with both his arm and his bat. Erfouth doubled early in the game and came around to score the team's second run. It was his late game heroics, that sent the Nationals home happy. With one out in the top of the 10th inning, Erfourth blasted a home run to left field to give the Nationals a 6-5 lead. He then closed out the victory on the bump, holding Green Bay in check in the bottom half of the frame.
This coming week the Nationals play three successive days. On Thursday they travel to Burlington for a league tilt against the Barons and on Friday night and Saturday morning, they take on the Kenosha Kings at historic Simmons Field.
The Nationals went on the road Saturday and accomplished a rare road sweep against the Barons at Beaumont Field winning by scores of 2-0 and 12-2.
The Nats prevailed in game one despite being held to just a single hit. In the fourth, Jimmy Jungbauer reached second on a two base error, advanced to third on a groundout by Sam Kohnke, and scored when Curt Pryal's ground ball to short was also misplayed. In the sixth, Jungbauer again reached on an error and later scored on a groundball hit by Jake Erfourth, which was also kicked.
Those runs proved to be enough for pitchers Hayden Krimmer and Sam Kohnke. Krimmer threw 5 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 7 for the win. Kohnke closed the game with 2 scoreless innings and 4 strikeouts, working out of bases loaded jams in both innings.
In game two, the Barons fielding woes continued. That, coupled with a resurgent offense, generated more than enough offense for the victory. Jake Kolasinski hit his first Nationals homer to tie the score at one and the team never looked back. Shey Smith ripped a two run single in the nine run fourth when the Nats put the Barons away.
Jimmy Jungbauer earned the victory in the slaughter-rule shortened game. Jungbauer threw five innings, allowing six hits while striking out four.
Next up are the Sheboygan A's at Aaron Field in Milwaukee on Thursday. First pitch is set for 7:30pm or minutes after completion of the game scheduled previously.
The West Allis Nationals erupted for 6 runs in the top of the first inning Thursday night en route to an 11-0 victory over the Genoa City Red Dogs.
Brian Huntzinger led off the contest with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. Matt Soderlund then delivered a safety to score Huntzinger with the contest's first run. With one out, Matt Richer, Mike Merritt, and Nick Schmiddlekofer hit consecutive singles, the latter two each plating a run, putting the Nats up 3-0. Curt Pryal then followed with a home run to left, plating Merritt and Schmiddlekofer and giving the Nats a 6-0 advantage.
Soderlund later knocked in two runs with a two out single in fourth and a one out single in the sixth to finish with 4 RBI on the night. Soderlund, Huntzinger, and Matt Ritcher led the way with 3 hits a piece and the Nats as a whole finished the evening with a season high 18 hits.
Mitch Lochen was equally effective as the offense on the mound. Lochen threw six scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits, while walking one and striking out five for his second victory of the young season. Jack Wagoner pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the 7 inning slaughter rule victory.
Next up for the Nationals are the Burlington Barons. The two teams will square off at Beaumont Field in Burlington on Sat for a Langsdorf League DH. Game one is set for a 5pm start.