Results - Fall 2021  



Gators 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 7 2
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 3



LP: Kody Gardere


Thunder Fall Short (Again), Gators Champions

2/27/2022 - For the second season in a row, the Thunder came up short in the championship game, as the Gators scored early and cruised to a 5-1 victory. 


Defensive miscues in the 2nd inning gave the Gators an early 3 run lead, which they held until the bottom of the 6th. Rookie Brendan Palmaccio walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Mike DeLeeuw, which brought the Thunder to within two runs. However, the Gators added runs in the 8th and 9th, dashing any hopes of a late Thunder comeback. In addition to some defensive blunders, the offense only managed six hits, two of which came from Wisley Correa, with DeLeeuw (RBI), Kody Gardere, Ethan Root, and Mike Ippolito each picking up singles. 


Starter Kody Gardere threw 8 strong innings but was the unlucky recipient of a playoff loss, the only blemish on his otherwise superb rookie season. (4-1-1, 43.33 IP, .154 BA, 53 K, 11.01 K/G, 0.42 ERA, and 0.83 WHIP) Gardere walked none, struck out seven, scattered four hits, and the four runs scored were all unearned. With Gardere out of gas, Guy Bitchatcho tossed the 9th, giving up a run while striking out two. 


Despite missing out on the club's 5th championship, the team had another solid season, finishing with an overall record of 11-4-2. 




Tribe 0 0 0 1 0 x x x x 1 4 6
Thunder 12 0 0 0 4 x x x x 16 11 1


WP: Evan Leiva


Thunder Advance to 12th Championship Game

2/20/2022 - In their second game of the day, the offense exploded for 12 runs in the first, Evan Leiva tossed five strong innings, and the Thunder were in control of this one the entire time as they run-ruled the Tribe after five innings.  


Evan Leiva faced 19 batters through five innings, walked one, struck out seven, gave up four hits, and allowed one earned run as he picked up his first win of the season. The lone Tribe run came in the 4th on a single by Matt Beuka, which scored Anthony Mele who had reached on a single earlier in the inning. 


The Tribe's nightmare first inning included five errors, two walks, and five Thunder hits. The fatal fifth inning included an error and four Thunder hits. Wisley Correa (single, double, 2 RBI), Mike DeLeeuw (single, triple, 2 RBI), and Matt Ziemak (two singles, RBI) led the attack with two hits each, while Eric Gormley, Darren Hansen, Erick Abreu (RBI), Greg Nicholson (RBI), and Gabe Hernandez (RBI) added a single each, for a total of 11 hits through five innings. 


The team will take on the Gators next Sunday at the Santaluces Sports Complex. The game will be the clubs 12th try at a championship, which they have won 4 times, while earning runner-up status 7 times. 




Flamingos 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 7 2
Thunder 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 x 5 8 4


WP: Kody Gardere


Gardere & Correa Carry T-Men Into Semi-Finals

2/20/2022 - Kody Gardere struck out 13 and allowed 2 earned runs in a complete game victory, and team hit leader Wisley Correa drove in three of the team's five runs to push the Thunder into the next round. 


Thanks to Mother Nature, it had been 22 days since the Thunder played its last game, and 29 days since the Flamingos played theirs. Needless to say, both teams were a bit rusty in this one. Rookie Kody Gardere battled a tight strike zone, a hamstring injury, defensive miscues, fatigue, and bull-dogged his way to a complete game victory. Gardere faced 39 batters, walked 4, struck out 13, gave up 7 hits, and 3 runs (2 earned) in a Herculean effort.


In the top of the 3rd, the Fighting Flamingos took a 1-0 lead after Eliakim Brown clobbered a triple, which scored starting pitcher Tyler Owens who had reached on a walk. In the bottom half of the inning, the Thunder answered and tied the game, as Keaton Ijams smashed a double to deep right center field, and later scored on a throwing error. In the 4th, Dawson Crooks doubled and also scored on a throwing error, giving the Flamingos a run advantage. The Thunder would take a 3-2 lead in the 5th after Eric Gormley (reached on error) and Darren Hansen (walk) scored on a bases clearing double by Wisley Correa. In the 6th, Brown reached base again via a walk, stole second, and scored on a single by Crooks, knotting the game at 3 runs apiece. In the 7th, pinch hitter Kody Gardere led off the inning with single, and reached third base when another pinch hitter, Gabe Herandez, doubled. Eric Gormley walked to load the bases, then Gardere scored on a wild pitch. Wisley Correa would push another run across with a ground out, and the Thunder wouldn't relinquish their lead as they advanced to the semi-final game.  





Nationals 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 8 10 2
Thunder 0 0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 8 14 8


ND: Darren Hansen, Erick Abreu, Kody Gardere


8 Errors Blow Golden Opportunity

1/30/2022 - With a chance to solidify the 4th and final seed in the "upper" division playoff bracket, Thunder pitchers watched as 7 unearned runs crossed the plate thanks to untimely defensive miscues.


Early 4 run leads were washed away twice in this one, as the Thunder could not get out of their own way Sunday morning at a chilly West Boynton / Park Vista field in Boynton Beach. In the bottom of the third, Eric Gormley, Darren Hansen, and Wisley Correa each singled, then Mike DeLeeuw knocked in Gormley with an RBI fielder's choice. Erick Abreu followed with a bases clearing single (groin) to deep left-center field, which gave the Thunder a 4-0 lead. In the top of the 4th, it seemed as if a 1-2-3 inning was in the works, but a harmless ground ball was booted by the infield, which led to a single, walk, double, double, walk, and a relief pitcher as the Nationals tied the game at four off of starter Darren Hansen


The Thunder would answer and score two in the bottom of the fourth (reached by error by Gardere, walk by Gormley, and back-to-back RBI singles by Correa and DeLeeuw), then two more in the bottom of the fifth (double by Nicholson, single by Ziemak, and a 2 RBI single by Ijams), and reclaim their four-run lead. However, two errors in the top of the 6th, to include the team allowing the tying run to steal home, allowed the Nats to score four more, deadlocking the game at 8 a-piece. Both teams had chances in the 8th, and the Nats had a man on third in the 9th with two outs, but Kody Gardere induced a fly ball to centerfield to end the threat. With two outs, and runners at first and second in the 8th, Nationals closer Dylan Brammer entered the game and ended things with a ground out. He then threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning (2 K's) to keep the score tied. 


Darren Hansen threw boogers for 3 2/3 innings, as he tried to keep National hitters off balance. After three scoreless innings, the Nats broke through after the fatal 2-out infield error, scoring four and knocking out Hansen. On the day, Hansen faced 21 batters, walked 3, allowed 6 hits, four runs, but none earned. Erick Abreu releived Hansen and continued knocking off rust. He threw 2 1/3, faced 11 batters, walked two, struck out one, allowed three hits, four runs, but only 1 earned. Kody Gardere continued his rookie of the year campaign, tossing three more scoreless innings. Gardere faced 12, struck out two, and gave up one hit. 


With the tie and losses from the Beach Bums and Gators, it seems anything can happen going into the final week of the season. 




Thunder 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 11 3
Angels 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 5


WP: Kody Gardere


Angels Held to 3 Hits

1/23/2022 - The Thunder picked up their 9th win of the season and remained in the hunt for a top four finish, and a chance to play in the "upper" division playoffs.  


Erick Abreu (2 IP), Evan Leiva (2 IP), Josh Mowrey (1 IP), and Kody Gardere (4 IP) combined efforts for the win this afternoon at Dyer Park. Collectively they struck out ten, gave up 3 hits, and allowed two unearned runs, with Gardere picking up his third win of the season. 


The windy and chilly weather didn't seem to slow down Mike DeLeeuw, as he continued his hot-hitting with two singles and a double. Eric Gormley singled twice and scored a run in the 3rd, while six other batters hepled with singles: Rookie Alex Elier, Wisley Correa, Kody Gardere, Keaton Ijams (2 RBI), Mike Ippolito, and Evan Leiva. 


Two games remain before playoffs. 




Thunder 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 5 6 2
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 4 2


WP: Darren Hansen


Kody Gardere Clobbers Home Winning Runs

1/9/2022 - Gardere tossed four scoreless innings, then ripped a triple down the right field line in the 8th, driving in the winning runs in another must-win for the Thunder. 


In the 5th, Mike DeLeeuw walked, reached third base on a single by veteran Greg Nicholson, then scored on a sacrifce fly by Keaton Ijams. However, the 1-0 lead was short lived as the Hurricanes answered with two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to take a one-run lead. The Thunder jumped ahead in the 7th after Eric Gormley (running for Darren Hansen) stole home, and Wisley Correa scored on a single by Ethan Root. But similar to the 5th, the T-Men made an error and allowed another unearned run to score and tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. In the 8th, Keaton Ijams reached on an error and Matt Ziemak followed with a single. Rookie Kody Gardere stepped to the plate and delivered the knockout blow, ripping a line-drive triple down the right field line which scored Ijams and Ziemak.


Four pitchers combined to 4-hit the Hurricanes, with all runs scoring via defensive miscues. Gardere continued his strong pitching with another four scoreless innings, while picking up three more strikeouts. Newcomer John Murphy struggled to find his release point, walked the first two batters in the 5th, and was relieved by Ethan Root. Root struck out five over the next three innings and kept the game tied at three. Darren Hansen battled through injuries to throw the last two innings, and picked up his second win of the season. 


The league takes its annual break for the Palm Beach Kickoff tournament next weekend, then the regular season resumes play on 1/23/22, with the Thunder playing an afternoon game against the Angels at Dyer Park.   



Thunder 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 5 14 0
Red Sox 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 2


WP: Josh Mowrey


DeLeeuw's Bat Paves Way for Thunder Win

1/2/2022 - The Thunder started the new year with a win thanks in part to Mike DeLeeuw, who doubled home what would end up being the winning run in the 6th inning.


In addition to his double, DeLeeuw added two singles and knocked in 2 runs, increasing his season RBI total to eight (8). Back in the groove of things, leadoff man Eric Gormley singled twice, scored once and swiped a bag. Both Darren Hansen (single, double) and Greg Nicholson (two singles) had two hits apiece, while Wisley Correa and Keaton Ijams (or his alien clone) doubled, and Matt Ziemak, Mike Ippolito, and Kody Gardere chipped in with singles.


The team played flawless defense behind Veteran Josh Mowrey, who picked up his third win of the season. Mowrey tossed seven, struck out 3, and allowed two runs, then Kody Gardere shut the door with two scoreless innings to earn his first save of his Thunder career. 


The Sox were admittedly down a couple people, but in a must-win-out situation, the team answered the call. The nail-biting end of a season continues next Sunday afternoon at West Boynton against the high-scoring Hurricanes. 


Gators 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 1 7 1
Thunder 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 x 2 7 2


WP: Darren Hansen


Hansen Doubles Twice, Picks Up Win on the Mound

12/19/2021 - It was a close one at Seminole Palms Sunday afternoon, but the Thunder squeaked past the Gators thanks to two strong pitching performances, solid defense, and a game-winning single in the fourth by Xavier Carbia. 


Kody Gardere tossed the first four innings for the Thunder but had to exit due to arm soreness. Gardere faced 17 batters, walked two, struck out six, gave up three hits, and the Gators scored one unearned run in the 1st. Darren Hansen threw the next four innings, faced 19 batters, walked two, struck out seven, gave up four hits, and didn't allow a run en route to his first win of the season. 


The big damage for the Thunder came in the fourth, as the team tallied four of their seven hits in the inning. Matt Ziemak walked, moved to third on a double by Darren Hansen, then scored on a RBI groundout by Greg Nicholson. With the game tied at 1 and Hansen on third, Xavier Carbia ripped a single in what would end up being the game-winning hit. Gabe Hernandez and Keaton Ijams followed with singles to load the bases, but Brendan Palmaccio's line drive was caught by first base, ending the T-Men's threat. 


On the day, Keaton Ijams continued his hot hitting with two more singles, Darren Hansen (RS) doubled twice, and Gabe Hernandez, Mike Ippolito, and Xavier Carbia (RBI) each singled. 


Up next - a battle against the top-seeded Red Sox (8-1-1) on January 2, 2022 at Dyer Park. 




Thunder 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 6
Bums 2 0 5 1 0 0 3 0 x 11 12 1


LP: Josh Mowrey


Thunder Lifeless

12/12/2021 - In what should have been a high-energy game, the Thunder played uninspiring baseball against the top-seeded Beach Bums, and fell to 5-3 with five games left in the fall season. 


Anytime a team has fewer hits than errors, and two starters arrive after game-time, you know things probably didn't go well. As was the case Sunday morning at West Boynton, as the Beach Bums beat the Thunder 11-2 to hold onto first place. In doing so, they continued their recent dominance of the T-Men, and may have pushed the Thunder out of contention for a playoff spot in the power 4. 


The lone bright spot Sunday was a two-run home run by Mike DeLeeuw (2 RBI) in the 4th inning, which knocked in Eric Gormley who had singled earlier in the inning. Other than Greg Nicholson's single, and Gabe Hernandez's double, the offense didn't muster much of an attack, and only had runners in scoring position in two other innings.  


In eight games, this is the third time the team has scored only two runs, the six errors brought the season total to 23, and the pitching staffs' ERA and WHIP continue to climb in the wrong direction. 


All is not lost, but if the team hopes to compete in the power 4 playoffs, the team most likely has to win out and hope for some help.  




Thunder 0 3 1 0 2 3 0 4 0 13 19 5
Sluggers 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 11 13 3


WP: Josh Mowrey


T-Men Outslug Sluggers

12/5/2021 - The Thunder and first-year Derby Sluggers combined for 32 hits and 24 runs, as the T-Men held on and improved to 5-2. 


Like most teams in the league during the holiday season, the Thunder and Derby Sluggers struggled for players, but each found enough and after a morning rain a slugfest ensued.


Leading the way for the Thunder (19 hits) was Eric Gormley (2 RBI) with three singles, a double, three runs, and Matt Ziemak, who scored once and knocked in two with three singles. Five other players had two hits apiece - Ethan Root (two singles, two runs, RBI), Keaton Ijams (two singles, run, SB), Kody Gardere (single, triple, run, 2 RBI), Chris Snyder (two singles, run, two RBI), and rookie Xavier Carbia (two singles, run). Gabriel Perez singled and scored a run, while Wisley Correa (RBI, R) singled and still leads the team with eleven hits. 


Josh Mowrey improved to 2-0 on the season, as he tossed a complete-game victory. Mowrey struck out 13, gave up five earned runs out of eleven runs scored, and the Sluggers lived up to their name as they banged out thirteen hits.   



D'Backs 0 6 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 12 13 4
Thunder 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 7


LP: Daniel Hansen


D'Backs Spank Thunder

11/28/2021 - The Diamondbacks easily beat the Thunder for the second time this season, dropping the T-Men out of the power four, from 4th to 6th place with seven games remaining in the abbreviated fall season. 


With players bailing after agreeing to play, a couple no-show/no-calls, and players on the IL, the last-minute scheduled game ended up being a horrible idea. With that said, nothing should be taken away from the D'Backs, as they simply played better in every aspect of the game and deserved the holiday weekend victory. The snakes put up crooked numbers in the 2nd and 5th, added another run in the 7th, and led 12-2 heading into the last two innings. Unfortunately, the Thunder offense didn't put up much of a fight, as two players accounted for 5 of the team's nine hits, and scoring opportunities were far and few between. 



Mid-Season Report


The Good - the team has a .314 batting average, a .813 OPS, and a .887 contact percentage. For the most part, we are putting the ball in play (which is huge in recreational baseball due to the higher probability of errors due to lack of defensive practice), runs scored and RBI's are scattered throughout the lineup, we walk more than we strikeout, and stolen bases are up, although not where they probably should be. 


The Bad - the team has a 4.41 ERA, a 1.49 WHIP, and 30 walks through 49 innings. Obviously, these numbers are not ideal.  


The IL - Mike DeLeeuw (hand) hurt himself in a recent tournament, and will miss some time as his hand heals. Shawn Chiaramonte is having hernia surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.


Other News - Daniel Hansen will also miss the rest of the season, as he'll be working in South Carolina until after the new year. It's bad timing, as Daniel made some adjustments at the plate, was putting the ball into play 94% of the time, led the team with three doubles, and finishes the season with career highs .313 BA and .868 OPS.   




Thunder 3 2 0 3 0 0 2 1 0 11 13 1
Tribe 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 3 3


WP: Kody Gardere


T-Men Score Early, Cruise to Victory

11/14/2021 - Wisley Correa collected four hits and Kody Gardere picked up his second win of the season, striking out 10 through 5 1/3 innings, as the Thunder improved to 4-1 on the fall season. 


Starter Evan Leiva (4 BF) struggled with control in this one, walking the first three batters, and allowing a double that cleared the bases. Andrew Lappas relieved Leiva and tossed three scoreless innings, striking out four of nine batters faced, while allowing no hits. Rookie Kody Gardere (2-0, 9.33 IP, 15 K, 14.46 K/G, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP) continued to shine for the Thunder in his first season. He took the mound after Lappas, threw three scoreless, and was thrust back into action after newcomer Jose Marquez lasted only 2/3 an inning with control problems. Gardere struck out 10 of 21 batters faced and gave up no runs en route to his second win of the season.  


Gardere also helped himself at the plate with two singles and two runs scored. But the offensive player of the week (no, there is no award for that) went to Wisley Correa, as he singled four times, scored twice, and drove in a run. Mike DeLeeuw (2 RBI) and Daniel Hansen (2 R) each doubled twice, while Shawn Chiaramonte, Eric Gormley, and Joey Fassett chipped in with singles. 


Next up, a morning game at West Boynton Beach against the 2-4-1 Sugar Kings. 



Thunder 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 2 6 9 0
Marlins 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 4 10 0


WP: Josh Mowrey


Thunder Score Late, Hold Off Marlins

10/31/2021 - Veteran hurler Josh Mowrey made his first start of the season and picked up his first win via a seven-inning performance. 


It was a good game Sunday afternoon at Dyer Park against the previously undefeated Marlins, as both teams had similar stat lines minus walks. The free passes were the difference in the game, as four of six walked batters scored for the Thunder. 


Offensively, Luke O'Hara (triple, single, HBP, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB) and Louie Napoleon (two singles, BB) led the team with two hits each. Wisley Correa, Greg Nicholson, and Keaton Ijams (2 RBI) each singled in a 3-run 7th inning, then Eric Gormley singled home a run in the 9th, while Daniel Hansen earned an RBI as well with a bases-loaded walk, giving the Thunder a 6-3 lead. 


Spring 2021 'King of The Hill' recipient Josh Mowrey (1-0) threw seven, struck out three, walked none, and gave up three earned runs while keeping the Marlins' hitters in check. Andrew Lappas earned his first save of the season, tossing two, striking out two, while giving up an earned run in the 9th before inducing a game-ending comebacker. 


The team will resume action in two weeks with an afternoon tilt against the rebranded Tribe (Panthers/Scores) at Dyer Park. 



Heat 0 0 0 0 0 x x x x 0 2 2
Thunder 9 0 0 2 4 x x x x 15 10 1


WP: Daniel Hansen


Mercy Rule Ends Game

10/17/2021 - The Thunder scored nine in the first, two in the fourth, and four more in the fifth to run-rule the first-year Heat team. 


Daniel Hansen and Kody Gardere combined efforts to 2-hit the Heat through five innings, with Hansen picking up his first win of the season. Hansen tossed three, walked two, struck out three, and gave up one hit. Gardere threw the last two innings, struck out three, and gave up an infield single. 


The fifteen runs in five innings were part offense (10 hits) and part gifts (12 BB, 7 WP) from the Heat pitching staff. That's not to take away from Thunder hitters working counts, but the sheer volume of walks in the game definitely aided the offensive outburst.  


Guy Bitchatcho scored a run, stole a base, and knocked in four runs with two singles. Keaton "Tomahawk" Ijams continued his hot start to the season with two more hits, knocking in three runs while swiping a bag. Leadoff man Eric Gormley added two hits himself, ripping a single and double, while scoring two runs, and his double was of the "walk-off" variety, as it pushed across the final run in the bottom of the 5th. Wisley Correa (RBI), Mike DeLeeuw (RBI), Ethan Root (RBI), and Louie Napoleon each singled. Darren Hansen walked all three of his plate appearances, and newcomer Josh Williams walked twice, scored twice, and scored the "winning" run.  



Flamingos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x x 1 6 5
Thunder 0 2 2 3 2 1 4 x x 14 17 2


WP: Kody Gardere


Thunder Clobber Flamingos

10/3/2021 - The T-Men needed only 7 innings to run-rule the Flamingos Sunday morning, as the team improved to 1-1 early in the Fall season. 


Five Thunder players had multi-hit games - Daniel Hansen (single, double, 2 RBI), Parker Danciu (two singles, 3 RBI), Luke O'Hara (two singles, 3 runs scored), Ethan Root (two singles, RBI), and Wisley Correa (single, double, 2 RBI). Newcomers Joel Perez (double, RBI) and Kody Gardere (triple, RBI) ripped extra-base hits in their debuts, while veterans Eric Gormley (RBI), Matt Ziemak, Shawn Chiaramonte, and Keaton Ijams helped the cause with singles.  


It was also a total team effort on the mound, as four Thunder pitchers saw action. Andrew Lappas (2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 H, 1 R) tossed the first two innings and gave up the only run allowed on the day. Evan Leiva pitched the next two innings, striking out three while giving up a hit. Kody Gardere handled the 5th and 6th innings, as he struck out two and gave up a single in route to his first win of the season. Closer Sam Bordner got some work in as well, as he struck out two of four batters faced in his season debut. 


The team takes on the Mets (0-2) next Sunday in an afternoon game at Dave Manzo field. 



D'Backs 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 9 3
Thunder 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1


LP: Louie Napoleon


36th Season Opener

9/26/2021 - The fall/winter season launched with the D'Backs beating the Thunder in their opener at the Santaluces Sports Complex. 


Lefty Ethan Root returned to the mound after six years and did an admirable job as he continues to work off rust. Root tossed 5 1/3 innings, struck out five, gave up four hits, allowed two earned runs, and left the game tied at two. Due to some absences, position players were then forced into action, as Louie Napoleon, Mike DeLeeuw, Wisley Correa, and Luke O'Hara took turns throwing, with Napoleon taking the loss. 


The team tallied six hits on the day, but overall the Thunder struggled at the plate and failed to mount much of an attack in their first game back from break. Matt Ziemak, Mike DeLeeuw (RBI), Greg Nicholson, and Ethan Root each singled. But the loudest hits came from Keaton Ijams, who ripped a triple down the right-field line, and Luke O'Hara, who hit an inside-the-park home run in the third inning. 


The team takes on a revamped Flamingos team next Sunday, who won their season opener 11-4 over the Heat.