Nationals Nip A’s
Posted: June 2, 2011
A late-inning surge helped the West Allis Nationals defeat the Sheboygan A’s by a score of 4-2 Wednesday night at Wildwood Baseball Park.
A’s starter Eric Van Beck held the National’s scoreless through six innings, recording seven strikeouts and allowing only two hits. However, it would not be enough.
“I thought Eric did well,” said first-year Sheboygan manager Shaun Wegner. “He got himself in a couple of situations there where he had to battle out and he found a way to get out of it.”
The Nationals took their first lead of the game in the eighth inning on a double by Matt Soderlund.
Curt Pryal picked up the win for West Allis. He tossed seven innings and surrendered one run on four hits.
Sheboygan had Nationals’ reliever Rob Coe on the ropes late in the game, but timely defense forced the A’s to strand four runners in the final two innings.
Ryan Solberg and Ben Stanczyk each had an RBI for Sheboygan, while Soderlund had a pair of doubles for the Nationals.
The tough loss was an unfortunate beginning to Wegner’s managerial career, but the young skipper remained positive about his first experience at the helm.
“It was fun,” said Wegner. We had a few opportunities out there. A couple things went their way, a couple things didn’t go our way, but it was fun overall. It was a good first experience.”
Wegner and the A’s will have a chance to redeem themselves Thursday night when Sheboygan plays host to the Thiensville-Mequon Twins. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. at Wildwood Baseball Park.
W.A. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 – 4 10 4
Sheb. 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 2 5 2
2B: West Allis: Matt Soderlund (2). Sheboygan: Taylor Schwarz
WP: Curt Pryal
LP: Ryan Hamm
Save: Rob Coe
Story and Photo by Nathan Woelfel.
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