Results - Spring 2021  



Flamingos 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 4 6 2
Thunder 3 0 1 0 5 2 0 0 x 11 13 2


WP: Daniel Hansen


Bleznak Singles, Ijam Doubles!

5/9/2021 -  A five-run fifth inning sealed the fate for the Flamingos Sunday morning at Santaluces, as the Thunder won their 5th game in a row and improved to 6-2-1 on the summer season.


With baserunners reaching every inning except one, the Thunder took advantage of 7 walks by 'Mingos pitching by ripping 13 hits to include a four-hit fifth inning that scored five to put the game out of reach. Mike DeLeeuw (double, triple, 2 R, 3 RBI), Brett "D1" Fick (two singles, 2 R, RBI), Darren Hansen (single, double, R, 2 RBI), and Guy Bitchatcho (two singles, RBI) each had two hits on the day. Matt Ziemak (2 R), Freiberg Marin (RBI), and Jose Oca (R, RBI) singled, while Keaton Ijams (R) clobbered a double down the left-field line. And nine games were a charm for Max Bleznak (2 SB), who got of the snide with a single in the 8th. Mad Max lives.


Daniel Hansen (6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) tossed six and two-thirds innings for his 3rd win of the season. Hansen struggled a bit with control at times, walking five batters, but balanced things out with 10 strikeouts. Newcomer Jose Oca relieved Hansen in the 7th and threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out 5 of the 8 batters he faced. 



Thunder 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 4 4
Bums 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 6 4


WP: Guy Bitchatcho S: Josh Mowrey


Eric Morales Retires A Winner

5/2/2021 -  Guy Bitchatcho and Josh Mowrey limited the Beach Bums to 4 hits, and the Thunder offense was able to push across just enough runs to send 24-season veteran Eric Morales into retirement on a winning note.


After giving up two in the 1st inning, the Thunder answered in the 2nd as Matt Ziemak (RBI) doubled home Mike DeLeeuw, who had reached on an outfield error. Freiberg Marin (double) then traded places with Ziemak, which tied the game at two. In the 4th, Brett Fick led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a ground ball, then stole third base. The throw eluded the third baseman and went into left field, which allowed Fick to score, giving the T-Men a 3-2 lead. The team would add a much-needed insurance run in the 6th, as Guy Bitchatcho finished pitching then grabbed a bat and singled to lead off the inning. Max Bleznak (running for Bitchatcho) advanced to second a ground ball, then while attempting to steal third base, the throw to the third baseman was again off target, allowing Bleznak to score.  


Guy Bitchatcho (5 IP, 22 BF, 4 BB, 1 K, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER) threw the first five innings, scattered three hits, and gave up two unearned runs en route to his first win of the season. Fresh off proposing to his soon-to-be-wife at the Grand Canyon, Josh Mowrey (4 IP, 16 BF, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER) tossed the last four innings to earn the save. Mowrey went 1-2-3 in each of his first three innings, but in the bottom of the 9th, the Thunder defense allowed the leadoff batter to reach on an error, which was followed by a single. With first and third and no outs, Mowrey induced a ground ball, but the throw drew the first baseman off the bag, and a run scored. Holding a one-run lead with no outs, the next two batters flew out, then the usually accurate Mowrey hit a batter to load the bases. But with two outs, Mowrey regrouped and struck out the last batter for the win. 


Relocating to Naples, FL to be closer to family, Eric Morales (12-year / 24-season veteran) wanted to play in one last game and officially retire from the Thunder in case he wasn't able to return and play again. Morales was a fixture in the clubhouse pre-Covid, but the pandemic robbed him of a year-and-a-half of baseball, as Morales felt playing was not worth the risk to his family. However, being fully vaccinated allowed Morales one more day in the sun on the Santaluces Fields, playing the game he has loved since childhood, before loading his last box and heading over to Naples later this week.


Called "Mini Pujols," (we actually never called him that) Morales retires as the team's all-time-hit-leader (409), and is also on top of the leaderboard for RBI's (215), Runs Scored (227), Doubles (55), and is tied for Triples (10). In addition to his offensive prowess, Morales was a vacuum at third base and was always eager to help behind the dish, on the mound, and anywhere else without a complaint. The talented, mild-mannered Morales was a tremendous competitor, awesome teammate, and loyal beyond loyal to a franchise that had some up and down years. 


We know all good things must come to an end, but it's never easy when the time comes. "Thank you for all of your help and effort through the years. You are a good human being, father, husband, and loyal teammate. You will be greatly missed." - Mike Soulen




Thunder 5 4 0 1 0 0 2 3 x 15 17 0
Marlins 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 x 2 6 2


WP: Mikey Melendez


Thunder Run-Rule Marlins

4/25/2021 -  The T-Men continued their good swinging in their second game of the day, scoring 9 runs in the first two innings, and six more the rest of the way, to run-rule the Marlins. 


6 Thunder players had multi-hit games. Wisley Correa (two singles, double), Brett Fick (two singles, double, 3 RBI), and Guy Bitchatcho (three singles, RBI) each had three hits, while Shawn Chiaramonte (single, double), Greg Nicholson (single, double, 2 RBI), and Mike DeLeeuw (single, home run, 3 RBI) had two hits each. DeLeeuw's home run happened in the 2nd inning, as he clobbered one to deep, left-center field.  Sam Cornelius ripped a single to drive in a run in the 1st, and Mikey Melendez joined the fun with a single in the 8th. Scoring may not have been so bad without some catching issues by the Marlins, but the team outhit the Marlins 17-6 and were in control of the game from the start. 


Mikey Melendez was on point today, striking out 7 while allowing only three hits (two bloopers) through six innings, as he earned his first win of the season. Ivan Pineyro tossed the last two innings to get some work in, as he struck out two of the ten batters he faced, then the game ended after the 8th inning due to the league run-rule.  


The team battles the Beach Bums next Sunday in a morning game at Santaluces.  



Piranha 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 2
Thunder 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 x 6 5 3


WP: Daniel Hansen


T-Men Double-Up Piranha

4/25/2021 -  The Thunder managed to score six runs over the first three innings, then starter Mike Wassong shut down the offense, not allowing a run the rest of the way. This gave the Piranha a chance to play catch-up, but the Thunder pitching staff held steady for the win. 


Daniel Hansen (6 IP, 29 BF, 5 BB, 1 K, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER) couldn't find a consistent release point in this one, as he struggled with command through six innings. However, the Piranha only managed one unearned run off Hansen in the 1st, which allowed him to pick up his team-leading second win of the season. Rookie Andrew Lappas took over in the 7th and tossed the final three innings. He faced 15 batters, gave up five hits and two runs (one earned), but kept the lead and earned his first save of the season. 


The Thunder came out swinging and swung the bats well in the first game of their two-team doubleheader, but the wind knocked down some deep fly balls, while some hard hits went straight to fielders. However, in the 2nd and 3rd inning, the team combined four of their five-team hits with two walks and two errors and pushed across six runs for an early lead. During that fateful two-inning-Piranha-killer, Guy Bitchatcho knocked in a run with a single, Shawn Chiaramonte earned an RBI with a bases-loaded walk, Wisley Correa knocked in two with a single, Greg Nicholson knocked in a run with a single, and Mike DeLeeuw singled and scored. The only other hit was a single in the 7th by Eric Gormley



Thunder 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 10 2
Scores 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 8


WP: Josh Mowrey S: Ivan Pineyro


Chiaramonte Leads Way

4/18/2021 -  Josh Mowrey earned his first win of the season, Ivan Pineyro earned his first save of the season, and deuces were wild for Shawn Chiaramonte, as he ripped two doubles and a single to lead the offense with three hits.


Josh Mowrey didn't have his "A" stuff, but the veteran hurler battled through six innings and left the game with a 2-1 lead. Mowrey faced 27 batters, walked one, struck out three, and allowed six hits and one unearned run. Ivan Pineyro threw three scoreless innings to earn the save, striking out two of the nine batters faced, while allowing only one hit. 


The top of the order was busy, as leadoff man Shawn Chiaramonte (2 doubles, single, RBI) and Wisley Correa (2 singles) had half of the team's hits. Mike DeLeeuw, Darren Hansen, Matt Ziemak (RBI), Keaton Ijams each singled, and Daniel Hansen doubled down the left-field line. The team took advantage of costly errors by the Scores, as the game easily could have ended in a 1-1 tie. 


The win was a nice bounceback from last week's disaster of a day. 



Sugar Kings 0 2 2 0 0 4 x x x 8 7 1
Thunder 3 0 0 2 0 0 x x x 5 8 2


LP: Mikey Melendez


Rain Gives Sugar Kings Win

4/11/2021 -  In the afternoon game of the Thunder's doubleheader, the T-Men held a 5-4 lead heading into the 6th inning. However, the Sugar Kings put up a 4-spot thanks to another costly error, and instead of winning 5-4, the Thunder lost the game when rain washed away the last three innings. 


Mikey Melendez knocked in two runs on two singles and was the only multi-hit player in the game. Wisley Correa (2 RBI), Keaton Ijams, Greg Nicholson, Mike Deleeuw, and Shawn Chiaramonte each singled, while Darren Hansen ripped a double. 


Newcomers Luke O'Hara and Andrew Lappas tossed the first 4 2/3 innings. O'Hara faced 11 batters, walked three, gave up two hits and two runs (1 unearned), while Lappas faced 13 batters, walked three, struck out one while giving up two hits and two earned runs. Lappas was relieved by Mikey Melendez in the 5th inning with runners at second and third, and induced a pop-up to first base to end the threat. Unfortunately for Melendez, an error in the 6th allowed the inning to extend with four fateful unearned runs, as he took the tough-luck loss. 



Thunder 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 4
Nationals 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 3


ND: Daniel Hansen


Costly Errors Allow Nats To Tie

4/11/2021 - In the morning game of the team's doubleheader, Daniel Hansen's stellar pitching performance against the top team in the league was all for not, as his defense let him down, allowing 6 unearned runs to cross the plate. 


With a 6-2 lead and two outs in the 5th, Hansen got a fly-ball to right field which should have ended the inning. Unfortunately for Hansen, the ball was misplayed and the Nats went on to score four more runs, tying the game at six. Hansen tossed 7 1/3 innings, scattered six hits, struck out one while allowing six runs, all unearned. Righty Noel Canete returned to the league and relieved Hansen in the 8th. Canete pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up a hit while striking out two, and kept the Nationals off the board allowing for a tie as time expired. 


Brett Fick (2 RBI) led the way with a double in the 3rd and a solo home run in the 5th. Mikey Melendez (two singles), Wisley Correa (two singles), and Greg Nicholson (2 RBI) had two hits apiece, while Mike DeLeeuw, Freiberg Marin, and Keaton Ijams (RBI) chipped in with singles. On the day, the Thunder offense outhit the Nationals 11-7. 



Angels 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 7 5
Thunder 3 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 X 9 9 2


WP: Daniel Hansen S: Mikey Melendez


Thunder Hold On, Beat Angels

3/28/2021 -  With a 7-3 lead heading into the 7th, the Angels scored three to pull within a run, before the T-Men pushed across two in the bottom of the inning. Mikey Melendez then slammed the door, striking out four through 2 1/3 IP, as he earned his first save of the season.  


Logan Napoleon (two singles, two runs, SB) and newcomer Wisley Correa (single, double, run) led the offense with two hits each. Gary Abramson singled to take the early team lead with hits, while rookie Sam Cornelius (RBI) and veteran Louie Napoleon (RBI) pushed across runs with singles. Brett Fick and Mikey Melendez both knocked in two runs with doubles while scoring a run each. 


Last season's Team MVP, Daniel Hansen, battled through 6 2/3 innings to earn his first win of the season. Hansen untypically walked three and hit a batter, while scattering seven hits and striking out three. Mikey Melendez relieved Hansen in the top of the 7th. He struck out four of the seven batters faced and did not allow a hit. 


The team has off Easter, then plays a double-header against the Nationals and Sugar Kings on April 11th at Santaluces. 



Red Sox 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 15 5
Thunder 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 12 3


LP: Josh Mowrey


35th Season Opener

3/21/2021 - The spring/summer season launched with the Red Sox nipping the Thunder in their opener at Dyer Park.  


Fresh off winning the Hitman (most hits) and Mr. Clutch (most RBI's) team awards for the fall 2020 season, Mike DeLeeuw (RBI) started off where he finished, ripping a double and two singles. Newcomer Gary Abramonson scored and knocked in a run, as he also had three hits (singles) in the game. Rookie Sam Cornelius, Guy Bitchatcho, Mikey Melendez, Keaton Ijams (RBI), Daniel Hansen, and Jorge Diaz (RBI) each singled, but it wasn't enough as Red Sox veteran hurler Paul Chasse limited damage throughout the game. 


Josh Mowrey tossed all nine innings for the T-Men. Mowrey avoided big innings and kept the Thunder in the game, but he was the victim of some costly errors (The Mowrey Effect), and similar to their last playoff game, the team could not come up with timely hitting when needed. 


The team will continue to knock off rust next week against the Angels in a morning game at Seminole Palms Park.