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The West Allis Nationals travelled to Lombard, IL on Saturday for a DH and were successful in avoiding the dreaded split as the Orioles swept the locals by scores of 13-1 and 7-1.
It was not the best day for the Nationals defense. That's all I'm goin say about that.
Since we're all about being positive in 2017, there were a number of takeaways that the team can build upon entering this week's season ending State Tournament in Sheboygan.
1. Nationals pitchers continued a positive trend of attacking the strike zone.
2. Huntz's sunscreen wasn't tainted like Mexican liquor this week. Full protection for his delication complexion.
3. High Life can be freed from its aluminum prison, releasing its tender nectar in a glass conduit.
4. No one met Karas at the top.
5. Only thing better than an O'Hare Oasis massage chair....well, Nationals, Inc. is still working on the prototype.
6. Tall Balls' ERA vs the Nationals is 27.00
7. We've confirmed that Lombard's sprinkler system is functioning and it tact. Thanks, 11.
8. We've confirmed #20's chirping can be suppressed by a surgical procedure.
9. Sodey and Schmiddle don't gut teammates and are the first to rise when an opponent is in crisis.
10. The van continues to handle exceptionally well.
Rained out last night in Sheboygan, the West Allis Nationals now begin their final push to close the 2017 regular season and start 2017 postseason play.
While the club's postseason tournament seeding has already been established, the team does have it sights set on winning regular season record. The squad sits at 15 league wins and has three chances to achieve that end. The first two won't be easy - a Sat DH at league leading Lombard. Lombard sits at 21-4 in league play. After that the team begins play in the Wisconsin Class A State Championship double elimination tournament. Game one is Wednesday August 2 at 7pm against Sheboygan. The outcome of that game will also be counted toward the regular season standings as a makeup for last night's rainout.
Win or lose against Sheboygan on Wednesday, the team will play again on Friday in Sheboygan at 9pm against either the Kenosha Kings or the DePere Dodgers.
What happens next is up for grabs. Depending on whether the team makes its journey through the winner's bracket or the loser's bracket, there's a variety of game time and game opponent scenarios that could occur. What is known is that all games will be in Sheboygan and if the team keeps winning games, they'll keep playing on Saturday and Sunday.
Other teams in the tournament - and possible opponents include the Pewaukee Muskies, Sussex Cardinals, West Bend 7Up and Clyman Canners. The Kewaskum A's were eliminated last night by West Bend in a play in game.
Stay tuned to this site, Facebook, the Wisconsin State League and the SEWBL sites and social media for updates and results.
The Nationals won't have an opportunity to atone for Wednesday's difficult 7-6 loss to Sheboygan in the opening game of the Wisconsin Class A State Baseball Championship Tournament. Rain in West Bend and Sheboygan forced the postponement all four games scheduled for Friday, including the Nats game scheduled for 9pm vs West Bend.
With only Saturday and Sunday remaining to complete the tournament at Sheboygan, it was decided that the double elimination tournament be compressed, knocking out the four teams that lost Wednesday night and proceeding forward with the four teams that won.
The revised schedule has Sheboygan playing Kenosha at 1130 on Sat and Pewaukee playing Sussex at 2pm. The losers of those games play at 430pm. Loser is eliminated. The winners of early Sat games play at 7pm.
On Sunday the winner of the 430pm Sat game plays the loser of the 7pm Sat game at noon. Loser of that game is eliminated. The two remaining teams then play for the championship at 230pm. A second game will be played at 5pm, if necessary.
The Nationals will conclude the 2017 season with a team get together on Sunday August 6 and begin looking toward their 43rd season in 2018.
Congratulations to the following Nationals on being nominated for All Wisconsin State League Honors:
Pitcher - Nick McLees
Catcher - Adam Cibulka
2B - Brian Huntzinger
Utility - Chase Scharnek
Outfield - Jonah Meidl
Newcomer/Rookie of the Year- Evan Spry
Please see attached ballot for all nominees.