The Queen City Crush played the Midwest Nationals to start the four-game series on Sunday, June 26th.
Josh Buxton (Strafford, MO) took the mound to start the game for the Crush. Pitching around a couple of singles, the Nats offense gained an early two-run lead in the first. Tanner Lumley (Fair Grove, MO) started the Crush offense with a single to centerfield. Alec Boldt (North Liberty, IA) backed it up with another centerfield single to put two runners on. A ground ball double play ended the first with the Nationals leading 2-0.
Two quick outs from Buxton start the top of the second but the Nationals managed to gain four more runs for a 6-0 lead. Gabe Falcone (Sellersburg, IN) drew a walk to begin the second to bring Nathan Weatherly (Kiln, MS) to the plate. Weatherly hit a single to left field and Jayden Tarbet (Springfield, MO) followed with another walk to load the bases. The inning ended with the Crush unable to capitalize on runners getting into scoring position.
Buxton started the inning on a strikeout, but the Nats offense heats up to score 3 more runs in the inning making the score 10-0. Isaac Miller (Madison, WV) hit a leadoff double to start the bottom of the third. Lumley followed with a walk, bringing Boldt up to bat. Boldt hit an infield single to third base beating out the throw to first. The third ends on a double play and the Crush remained scoreless.
Levi Loughridge (Rolla, MO) came in for an inning of relief and goes three-up three-down to hold the Nationals to end the top of the fourth. A quick inning for the Crush in the bottom half moved into the fifth. Wyatt Keplar (Neosho, MO) came in to close in the fifth and held the Nationals scoreless. Crush offense started with a two-out walk drawn by Miller in the bottom of the sixth. Lumley backed it up with a single up the middle, but the Crush couldn't get anymore going, remining scoreless. The Nats tacked on one extra run for the in the top of the sixth inning which would be enough to close out the game 10-0.
The Crush will play the Nationals again Monday, June 28th at 4:30.