Dateline: Dawes Hill Field
The Nats took the field for games 7 and 8 of their season trying to get back on track after a tough week last week. The weather was perfect (well perfect for the UK as it was moderately warm and sunny.
Marek started on the mound and looked sharp. He struck out two and after an infield single settled down and struck out the last batter. Bottom of the first and the Nats offense took charge. Hunter singled, Luke hit a long single to left. With one out, Marek drilled a shot to center for a clean double. Eli doubled to score Marek. Isaac walked and the Sox pitcher settled down and picked up a strikeout to end the inning. Bottom of the first and Marek struck out the first two. A walk and single put runners on at first and second but a strikeout ended the inning.
Top of the second and the Nationals offense went back to work. Hunter and Alex led off with walks. Alex singled to load the bases and Marek singled to score Hunter. Kenta hit a hard shot up the middle to score Hunter. Eli singled to score Alex. Isaac drilled a single to right to score Marek. Tommy singled to score Kenta and when the dust had settled the Nats had reached their limit of four runs. Bottom of the second and Marek struck out three batters on twelve pitches. After two it was 7-1 Nats.
The Nats picked up an insurance run in the third as Luke singled, Marke singled and Eli walked to load the bases. Isaac walked to score Luke. After the Nats pitcher settled down and got out of the inning. Bottom of the third, the first batter smashed a shot to center for an inside-the-park home run. Marek struck out the next batter. With one out there a long triple to center. The next batter popped up to the mound where Marek made a nice catch for out two and he wheeled and threw nicely to Isaac at third and it was almost a double play, but the runner got back safely. Marek settled down and struck out the last batter and the umpire ended the game due to time constraints. Final score Nats 8 White Sox 1.
Game 2 was all Nats and the offense continued. Ely was rock solid on the mound and Alex came on for the save. The Nats scored four in the first, four in the second and two in the third. Hunter scored twice with a single. Luke scored twice with two walks. Alex scored twice with a walk and a single. Marek scored after a long RBI single. Kenta scored three times on a walk and two singles. Eli had a walk, single and a double. Isaac walked three times and Tommy doubled. Final Score Nationals 10 White Sox 3.
Coach Grossman was available briefly after the game and said, “Well anytime you put 18 runs on the board, good things are going to happen. Marek, Eli, and Alex looked great on the mound. I’m looking forward to our games next week.”