Results - Spring 2017  


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Thunder 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 12 0
Beach Bums 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 6 10 3


W: Schnur     L: Chris Kirk


Bums Nip Thunder For Championship

9/17/2017 - The Cinderella story came to a painful end Sunday morning as the Bums won the game with a walk-off flare down the right field line.

Like most losses, one particular thing didn't doom the Thunder - it was a series of frustrating events that stopped the club from winning their 3rd Championship. In the end, the team just gave away too many runs.

The Bums took a 1-0 lead after one, but the Thunder answered with three runs in the 2nd, then another in the third as they knocked out starter Dylan Love and took a 4-1 lead.

Unfortunately for the Thunder, veteran Rick Schnur (game MVP) proceeded to shut the door on scoring after taking over for Love, to include pitching out of a bases loaded, no-out 4th inning. In watching the game, not scoring with the bases loaded appeared to be the turning point for the Bums as they added a run in the bottom of the 4th, and two more in the 5th to tie the game.

In the 7th, Bums lead-off man J. Delgado hit a high pop-up to a shallow right-center field. The ball landed between the outfielders after a communication error, then inexplicable nobody threw the ball in immediately and Delgado hustled into third base with a "triple." Garceau retired the next three batters, but Delgado ended up scoring the go-ahead run on a passed ball.

In the 9th, Louie Napoleon led the inning off by scorching a ball to the Bums third baseman, which couldn't be handled. Eric Gormley laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, then with two outs, Rudy Plasencia ripped a single to center field. It appeared Louie Napoleon was going to be out at the plate, but as the catcher started his motion to swipe-tag Napoleon, the ball popped out of his mitt and Napoleon gracefully scored the tying run.

Starter Shaun Garceau (8 IP, 33 BF, 0 BB, 11 K, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER) pitched a nice game and kept the Thunder in the game, overpowering hitters at key times. Lefty Chris Kirk took the hill in the bottom of the 9th inning. After a lead-off walk, Kirk induced back-to-back fly outs then with two outs, he fell behind lead-off man J. Delgado (double, triple and two runs scored) 2-0. The T-Men elected to walk Delgado and face Dylan Love. With two strikes, Love made a defensive swing and fought off a pitch which flared down the right field line. It dropped between three Thunder players and a foot from the line, and the lead-off walk scored the winning run from second base. A painful, slow-motion way to lose a game.

The game had an eerily similar tone to the Spring 2013 Championship game when the Thunder lost in another walk-off manor. In both games, the Thunder offense stranded ten runners, six of which were in scoring position. Oddly enough, in both games, the team couldn't find a big hit during bases loaded, no-out situations.

Offensively, five hitters had two-hits apiece. Jake Hadad (RBI), Louie Napoleon, Eric Gormley and Chris Snyder singled twice, while Rudy Plasencia (2 RBI) singled and doubled. Shaun Garceau and Greg Nicholson (RBI) added singles.

The fall season will open mid-October, with playoffs scheduled for February 2018.





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Thunder 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 7 3
Tigres 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 6


W: Chris Kirk     L: A. Cepedez


Thunder Upset Tigres in Extra Frames, Advance to Championship Game

8/27/2017 - In a true nail-biter, the Thunder nipped the Tigres in the 10th inning of their second game of the day at Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

The Thunder jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and chased starter Jackson Yedy (1/3 IP) out of the game. But in true championship form, the Tigres answered with 4 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead.

In the top of the 4th, the Thunder tied the score at four and until the 10th inning, both teams had chances to take a lead. For the Thunder, they stranded 6 men on base and they were unable to score when they had the bases loaded in the 7th inning. For the Tigres, 8 men were stranded and Kirk escaped a lead-off triple in the 5th, then bases loaded in the 8th.

In the top of the 10th, Shawn Chiaramonte led off the inning with single to left field. Roy Nino was hit by a pitch then Alan Carey dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Veteran Eric Morales had the biggest hit of the season, as he ripped a single that scored Chiaramonte which gave the Thunder a 5-4 lead.

On 100% will power (and who knows how much energy drinks), lefty Chris Kirk struck out the #2 hitter, got the third hitter to ground out then ended the game by striking out the clean-up hitter, who had three hits on the day.

At the dish, Shaun Garceau singled and doubled, while Eric Gormley (RBI), Rudy Plasencia and Ferdinand Rivera each singled, in addition to Chiaramonte and Morales. Chris Snyder helped as he earned an RBI on a bases loaded walk.

Another true team win? Darn close. 14 out of the 16 players got a chance at the plate, and most again had at least two at-bats.

The league has off Labor Day Weekend, but the Thunder return September 10th for the championship game against the second seed Beach Bums.




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Thunder 0 0 4 4 2 3 0 0 0 13 12 1
A's 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 4 11 4


W: Shaun Garceau     L: Josh Mowrey


Thunder Improve to 3-1 Against Athletics, Win Playoff Game

8/27/2017 - In the fourth meeting against the Athletics, the Thunder put up crooked numbers in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th inning while giving up only 4 runs, to advance to the semi-finals.

On the mound, Shaun Garceau struck out 12 through eight innings and scattered 9 hits to earn the win. He escaped some trouble, but was mostly in control in his longest outing of the season. Louie Napoleon handled the 9th and struck out 1 while walking none.

In this meeting, the Thunder banged out 12 hits and took advantage of 4 Athletic errors. Three players had two hits each - Jake Hadad (two singles, 2 RBI), Eric Gormley (single, double, 4 RBI) and Shawn "It finally didn't rain" Chiaramonte (two singles, RBI).

Ferdinand Rivera and Rudy Plasencia each doubled, Alan Carey (RBI) smashed a triple and Louie Napoleon (2 RBI), Shaun Garceau (RBI) and Anthony Siderio (RBI) added singles.

For the Thunder, it was a true "team win" as all 17 players were able to get an at-bat, with most of them batting at least twice.

The team advanced to a 1:30 PM match-up against the #1 seed Tigres.




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Thunder 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 x x 3 11 7
Bums 0 6 0 0 0 0 x x x 6 7 1


W: Noel Canete     L: Chris Kirk


Second Game, Different Team, Same Story

8/13/2017 - A win in their afternoon game against the Beach Bums would have helped ease the pain of their morning defeat, but the Thunder again shot themselves in the foot and may have closed the door on a playoff birth.

With a short break between games, LHP Chris Kirk stayed warm and started the second game for the Thunder. He had a quick 1-2-3 first inning then the wheels came off in the 2nd inning, as the defense committed 5 errors in the inning, which allowed 6 unearned runs to score. Kirk induced a routine ground ball that would have gotten the team out of the inning down only 2-1, but the grounder was mishandled and the flood gates opened, which also knocked Kirk out of the game.

Jake Hadad (two singles), Roy Nino (single, double), Louie Napoleon (two singles, RBI) and Shaun Garceau (two singles, RBI) led the Thunder with two hits apiece. Greg Nicholson, Rudy Plasencia added singles while Chris Kirk smashed a triple, as the team outhit the Bums 11-7.

Shaun Garceau relieved Kirk in the second inning to get an out, then pitched four scoreless innings to give the Thunder a chance. Garceau struck out 8 and scattered three hits.

The team is now 8-9 and to make the playoffs they must beat the Cubs next week and the A's have to lose to the Pirates. 





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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 5
Athletics 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 x 3 2 3


W: Josh Mowrey     L: Duane Cyr


Thunder Squander Opportunity, Lose to A's

8/13/2017 - The team had a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Athletics in the morning game of their doubleheader at Santaluces Sports Complex. Instead, the team allowed 3 unearned runs on 2 hits and committed 5 errors to hand the A's a win.

The Thunder outhit the A's 7-2 as Jason Russianoff, Eric Morales, Rudy Plasencia (RBI), Chris Snyder, Roy Nino and Chris Kirk singled, with Duane Cyr banging out a double and scoring the team's only run.

Pitching in his last game of the summer before returning to college, Duane Cyr again pitched well through five innings. Cyr struck out 7 and allowed only 1 hit, but all five errors happened during his effort and 3 unearned runs scored, tagging Cyr with the loss. Lefty Chris Kirk then tossed three scoreless innings to keep the game within reach, giving up only 1 hit and striking out two.

Unfortunately for the Thunder, and despite a never quit effort, the team was not able to come up with that allusive timely hit, as they left 9 men on base, 6 of which were in scoring position.





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Cerveceros 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 5
Thunder 0 2 3 3 1 1 1 1 x 12 12 0


W: Chris Kirk     L: Joe Acosta


Thunder Improve to 8-7

8/6/2017 - The Thunder scored in every inning but one Sunday morning at Roger Dean Stadium, as they beat the Cerveceros to climb a game over .500.

Thunder pitchers Duane Cyr (7 K, 2 H, 2 R), Chris Kirk (2 K, 0 H, 0 R), Shaun Garceau (3 K, 1 H, 0 R) and Matt Divine (1 IP, 3 K, 1 R) combined their efforts to strike out 15 batters while allowing only 3 hits. Kirk picked up his third win of the season while the defense played error-less baseball.

Offensively, Greg Nicholson (2 RBI) led the way for the Thunder with three singles, while Louie Napoleon added two singles of his own, knocking in one. Shaun Garceau (2 RBI) continued to show he is more than a solid addition to the pitching staff, as he singled, doubled and had a run scoring sacrifice fly.

Catcher Jason Russianoff knocked in three runs (single, ground out) while Jake Hadad, Rudy Plasencia and Eric Morales each singled. Chris Snyder (RBI) smashed a double and Chris Kirk manufactured a run with an RBI groundout.

With 3 games left in the season, next week's doubleheader against the Athletics and Beach Bums will determine if the Thunder will earn a spot in the playoffs.





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Athletics 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 x x 5 6 1
Thunder 1 1 0 4 1 0 x x x 7 3 6


W: Shaun Garceau     L: E. Deshields


Thunder Squeak Past A's, Sweep DH

7/23/2017 - The nightcap of the twin bill saw the Thunder take advantage of 9 walks with three timely hits, two sacrifice RBI fly outs and a useful RBI ground out. The DH sweep brought the team back into playoff contention with a .500 record.

The game was essentially won in the 4th inning when the Thunder took advantage of 4 walks with the help of two hits, which knocked out starter E. Deshields. It gave the team a 6-1 lead, which they narrowly held onto for the win.

RHP Shaun Garceau made his season debut and looked good as he knocked off some rust and won his first game of the season. Garceau struck out 6, walked 1 and scattered three hits through 5 innings while allowing 0 earned runs. Matt Divine struck out three over the last two innings while allowing 1 earned run. Due to errors, only 1 of the 7 runs scored by the Athletics was earned.

Patience was the name of the game on offense. While the A's pitching staff only gave up 3 hits, they walked nine batters, allowing the Thunder to manufacture runs without stringing together multiple hits. Alan Carey singled twice while Jason Russianoff (RBI) added a single of his own. Jake Hadad earned three walks, to include a bases loaded RBI walk, Ferdinand Rivera knocked in a run on a ground out, Roy Nino and Alex McEnaney earned RBI's with sacrifice fly's while Anthony Siderio earned an RBI via a bases loaded walk.

Doubleheader fun continues next Sunday with two 9 inning games against the Piranha and Beach Bums.





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Thunder 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 8 16 18 7
Athletics 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 7 12 5


W: Chris Kirk     L: Josh Mowery


It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

7/23/2017 - Josh Mowrey (7-2) looked to have things in control for the Athletics as the A's led 7-3 through seven innings. Then the Thunder scored 13 unanswered runs in the 8th and 9th inning to hand Mowrey his third loss of the season.

Down 4 runs in the 8th, the Thunder pushed across 5 runs to take the lead. In the inning, the team banged out 6 hits, including a bases clearing triple by Chris Kirk (3 RBI), who then scored on the same play when a cutoff man was missed. The Thunder added 7 hits and 8 runs in the 9th inning to pad their lead, with the final nail in the coffin coming from a grand slam by Duane Cyr.

Cyr (4 RBI, single, double, grand slam) and Ferdinand Rivera (three singles, 2 RBI) led the Thunder attack with three hits each. Five other players had two hits apiece - Eric Gormley a single and double, Chris Snyder two singles and 2 RBI's, Chris Kirk a single, triple and 3 RBI's, Roy Nino with two singles and Jason Russianoff with two singles and an RBI. Jake Hadad added a single, Alan Carey an RBI triple and Rudy Plasencia an RBI on a fielder's choice.

Thunder pitchers not only battled the Athletic's, but they also had to combat friendly fire as the defense had 7 errors, which led to 4 unearned runs. Duane Cyr took the brunt of the miscues, as he had to navigate through six of the errors. Cyr again threw well, striking out 6 through six innings, while allowing only two earned runs. Lefty Chris Kirk (2 K's, 0 BB, 1 ER) tossed the last three innings to earn his second win of the season.






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D'Backs 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 6 7 1
Thunder 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 5 6 5


W: Rob C.     L: Alan Carey


D'Backs Score Late, Nip Thunder

7/16/2017 - Things went terribly wrong for the Thunder in the top of the 9th inning. RHP Jorge Diaz hurt himself after two pitches, then the Diamondbacks scored 3 runs to erase a 5-3 lead.

Duane Cyr III (5 1/3 IP, 21 BF, 2 BB, 9 K, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER) had another strong start on the mound, striking out 9 in five and one-third innings. Jorge Diaz took over for Cyr and pitched well for 2 2/3 innings, but after the second pitch to the lead-off batter in the top of the 9th, Diaz walked off the mound toward the dugout in pain as he felt something give in his elbow. The injury allowed righty Alan Carey ample time to warm-up; however, it just wasn't his day as the Diamondbacks went on to score 3 runs to take the lead, which they held through the bottom of the inning for a painful Thunder loss.

The offense managed 6 hits and 5 runs against three Diamondback pitchers. Chris Snyder singled twice, while Jake Hadad, Eric Gormley (RBI), Greg Nicholson (RBI) and Alan Carey added singles. Jason Russianoff helped with an RBI ground out, while Alex McEnaney earned an RBI with a sacrifice fly.

With 8 games left and a 5-7 record, the Thunder are one game back of the final playoff spot. Wins left on the table early in the season are looming large right now, especially with back-to-back doubleheaders being played over the next two weeks. It's strongly believed the fate of the season lies with the team's upcoming doubleheader against the 7-3 Athletics.






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Thunder 1 1 0 0 0 3 2 x x 7 5 1
Pirates 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 x x 2 8 2


W: Jorge Diaz     L: Jose Pena


Thunder Score Early and Late to Beat Pirates

7/9/2017 - The Thunder offense was very efficient in their second game of the day, as they took advantage of five walks (3 of the walks scored) with 5 timely hits to score 5 runs, and added two more runs on Pirate errors.

Team hit leader Ferdinand Rivera (RBI) singled twice to lead the Thunder, while Eric Gormley and Rudy Plasencia (2 RBI) smashed timely doubles, and Alan Carey added a single. Helping the cause, Jason Russianoff "did his job" by advancing a runner from second to third to help score a run, while Eric Morales, Jorge Diaz and Kletus Stubblefield had RBI groundouts.

Veteran RHP Lee Doloff made a successful season debut, as he tossed the first two innings and left the team with a 2-1 advantage. Jorge Diaz struck out 3 and qualified for the win with two scoreless innings, while newcomer Sean Ouellette handled the last three innings of the 7-inning game. Ouellette faced 12 batters, gave up 3 hits, struck out three and only an unearned run scored during his efforts. On the day, Thunder pitchers walked only 1 batter while striking out six through 7 innings.

Next Up: A morning battle next Sunday with the Diamondbacks at the Santaluces Sports Complex.







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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Tigres 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 x 6 13 3


W: Jackson Yedy     L: Alan Carey


Jackson Yedy Dominates Thunder

7/9/2017 - The Thunder offense struggled again against the undefeated Tigres Sunday morning in their first game of their doubleheader at the Santaluces Sports Complex. RHP Jackson Yedy picked up his third win of the season as he tossed a 3-hit complete game shutout for the Tigres. Eric Gormley, Ferdinand Rivera and Levi Odle were the only Thunder hitters to punch something through the Tigres defense.

Meanwhile, RHP Duane Cyr III made a great season debut for the Thunder, throwing three scoreless innings to start off the game. Cyr walked one, gave up 2 hits and struck out four while facing 13 batters. Alan Carey followed Cyr and was pinned with the loss, as the Tigres pushed four runs across (2 earned) in 2 2/3 innings pitched, with Kletus Stubblefield (11 BF, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER) relieving Carey and finishing the game. Both Carey and Stubblefield pitched through injuries, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.







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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 7 2
Red Sox 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 x 8 13 1


W: Graham White     L: Matt Divine


Pitching Wins

7/2/2017 - The Red Sox pitching staff stifled Thunder hitters today as the team managed only 7 hits through eight innings, and fell from the 3rd seed to the 6th with the loss.

Veteran Will Laughlin tossed the first four innings without giving up a run, and kept Thunder hitters off balance, allowing only 3 hits while striking out one. Graham White finished the game for the Sox, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs, while striking out seven.

In contrast, the usually steady Matt Divine had a first inning to forget for the Thunder, as the Red Sox banged out 6 hits and scored 5 runs, to include a bases clearing triple. Divine regrouped and threw a scoreless 2nd inning, but the damage had been done. Recently acquired Chris Kirk followed Divine and tossed the last six innings. The Red Sox managed 6 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) off Kirk, while striking out four times. Neither pitcher walked a batter.

On the season, it seems the Thunder offense has been feast or famine. With seven hits today, 9 runners left on base and 7 of them left in scoring position, it appears famine struck again. Of the 7 hits, Rudy Plasencia had two of them, a single and a RBI double. Otherwise, Chris Snyder, Chris Kirk, Eric Morales, Jason Russianoff and Roy Nino (RBI) added singles.

Things do not get any easier for the Thunder, as they play a doubleheader next Sunday at Santaluces against the undefeated and division leading Tigres (9-0) and Pirates (8-0-1).







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Thunder 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 6 10 3
Blades 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 7 14 4


W: C. Jimenez     L: Kletus Stubblefield


Thunder Battle But Fall Short

6/25/2017 - Trailing 6-2 heading into the 9th, the Thunder took advantage of three hit batsmen, two timely singles and a throwing error when the Blades tried to end the game by turning two. Unfortunately for the Thunder, extra innings weren't in the cards as the Blades scored in the bottom half of the inning to win the game.

Five pitchers saw work today for the Thunder. Veteran Matt Divine tossed the first two innings, faced 7 batters and gave up a hit. Carlos Perez (2 IP, 13 BF, 0 BB, 1 K, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER) followed and continued to knock off rust with two innings of his own. Alan Carey then faced 11 batters over two innings, striking out two while giving up 3 hits and 2 runs (1 unearned). Kletus Stubblefield tossed two scoreless innings while giving up 3 hits, but ran into trouble in his third inning after the first two batters reached with singles in the bottom of the 9th inning. Louie Napoleon relieved Stubblefield and pitched to one batter, but Stubblefield was tagged with the loss when the Blades scored on a passed ball.

Rudy Plasencia led the offense with three hits, all singles, while driving in a run. The other multi-hit player was Chris Snyder, who singled twice. Louie Napoleon doubled, while Jake Hadad, Eric Gormley, Greg Nicholson and Alan Carey added singles.

Weather permitting, the Thunder plan on playing an afternoon game next Sunday against the Red Sox, at the practice fields at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL





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Thunder 3 3 2 4 1 0 0 3 x 16 17 6
Mets 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 x 8 7 5


W: Chris Kirk     L: Ryan Romero


Newcomers Help Take Down Mets

6/11/2017 - The Thunder banged out 17 hits today, and lefty Chris Kirk picked up his first win of the season, as the team improved to 4-3 on the young season.

Three players had multi-hit games. Eric Gormley was a home run away from the cycle as he led the offense with two singles, a double, a triple with four runs scored and 3 RBI's. Ferdinand Rivera (RBI) had three singles and Jake Hadad followed with two singles. Newcomer and winning pitcher Chris Kirk collected 5 RBI's on the day with a single and 3-run bomb in the 8th.

Eric Morales hit an RBI single for his new son Max, while RJ Cummins, Carlos Perez, Lee Doloff, Roy Nino and Alex McEnaney (RBI) each singled. Not to be left out of the fun, Rudy Plasencia picked up an RBI on a ground out while Chris Snyder earned an RBI on a bases loaded walk.

Defensively the game was a bit messy. Rain-outs and days off for holidays definitely had an impact on play today, with 11 total errors between the two clubs.

With multiple arms missing, a team ERA of 6.48, a team WHIP of 1.80 and multiple doubleheaders on the horizon, the team added three new arms to their arsenal. Newly acquired Chris Kirk (2 BB, 6 K, 4 H, 3 R) tossed the first five innings and left the game with a 13-3 lead. Alan Carey, returning to action from an arm injury, gave up a single during a scoreless 6th inning, while Carlos Perez struck out 1 and walked one for a scoreless 7th. Unfortunately for Perez, the error bug bit the team in the 8th, and things came a bit unraveled with the addition of a walk and two hit batters. The Mets managed only one hit off Perez, but five runs later (all unearned), Chris Kirk returned to the mound to get the last two outs of the game.

Each new pitcher hadn't pitched in some time, so it was a promising to see only 7 hits scattered through eight innings. (The time limit expired and the 9th inning wasn't played.)

On the injury front, catcher Jason Russianoff had to leave the game after the second inning due to a back injury which has been nagging him all season. He'll be re-evaluated this week and hopes to be back on the field in the near future.








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Banditos 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 0 1 8 13 6
Thunder 0 1 0 6 1 6 0 1 x 15 12 2


W: Anthony Siderio     L: Francisco Unzueto


Jake, Jake from State Farm

5/21/2017 - The Thunder evened their record at 3-3 this morning at Santaluces, with a 15-8 win over the Banditos.

Rookie Jake Hadad continued his torrid start of the season as he reached base during every plate appearance. Jake singled three times, walked twice, drove in 2 and scored twice as he sparked the Thunder offense. Infielders Roy Nino (RBI) and Ferdinand Rivera (2 RBI) had two singles apiece while teammates Eric Gormley (3 stolen bases), Jason Russianoff (RBI), Chris Snyder, RJ Cummins (RBI) and Anthony Siderio (3 RBI) all singled as well.

The three stolen bases by Gormley tied Jimmy Efre (50) as the all-time stolen base leader.

On the mound, Matt Divine started the game and tossed the first three innings. He faced 14 batters, walked 1, struck out two while giving up 4 hits and one earned run. He was followed by Anthony Siderio, who picked up his second win of the season. Siderio started out shaky, giving up a run in the 4th, settled down then was left in too long as the Banditos put forth their best inning, scoring five times in the 7th. RJ Cummins (2 1/3 IP, 12 BF, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER) relieved Siderio and essentially closed the door on any comeback.







thunder small 4-8 tigres small

Thunder 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 7 3
Kings 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 x 8 10 4


W: Y. Rodriguez     L: Anthony Siderio


Sugar Kings Double-Up Thunder

5/7/2017 - The Thunder were unable to climb out of an early 6-1 hole, and lost to the Sugar Kings 8-4 Sunday afternoon at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

For the second week in a row, a team has scored 6 quick runs against the Thunder, forcing the team to play catch-up early. If the team can't reverse this trend, it could make for a very long season.

Although the team had a few players missing, the Thunder did battle, but the offense had trouble making adjustments to Sugar Kings pitching. On the day, the Thunder managed only 7 hits and 2 walks, while striking out eight times. The team stranded eight men on base, half of which were left in scoring position.

Infielder Louie Napoleon, returning to action for the first time this season, led the team with two hits, as he singled, tripled and drove in two. Kletus Stubblefield doubled, while Eric Morales, Greg Nicholson, Jason Russianoff and Elias Meijas added singles. (Thanks for coming down from PSL to help us out Elias!)

RHP Anthony Siderio (1-1) took the loss today, as the Sugar Kings managed 7 hits, 2 walks and 6 runs (3 earned) through the first three innings. Matt Divine (2 IP, 8 BF, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 H, 0 R) tossed two shutout innings, while an ailing Kletus Stubblefield gave up two in the 6th inning. Louie Napoleon finished the last two, with 1 walk and 1 strikeout through eight batters.

The team has off for Mother's Day next week, then barring any rain-outs, will play every Sunday from May 21st through August 13th.






thunder small 4-13 tigres small

Tigres 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 13 15 1
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 6 3


W: Felix     L: Stubblefield


Tigres Beat Thunder

4/30/2017 - The Thunder stayed within striking distance, trailing 7-4 headed into the 9th. But the Tigres scored six in the top of the frame, shutting the door on a last inning Thunder comeback.

The game had a weird vibe from the start, as two errors helped the Tigres score 3 runs in the first, then after two quick outs in the 2nd, three more runs scored giving the defending champions an early 6-0 lead. The Thunder battled, scoring two runs in the 6th and 7th, and trailed by three headed into the final frame. However, any hope of a comeback was squashed after the Tigres scored a touchdown in the top of the 9th.

Although things mostly bounced the Tigres way throughout the game, the Thunder did turn their first triple play in franchise history. In the 7th, reliever Anthony Siderio inherited a bases loaded, no-out jam. The first batter he faced lined out to first baseman Ferdinand Rivera, who tagged first for the second out then threw to shortstop Roy Nino for the third out of the inning, catching the aggressive Tigres runners out of position.

Although they battled valiantly, Thunder pitching took one on the chin today. 6 walks (of the six batters walked, 3 scored while two more runs scored on bases loaded walks), 15 hits and 3 errors created the perfect recipe to keep the Tigres undefeated on the season.

The Thunder offense managed six hits and 4 walks of their own, but struck out 13 times. Infielder Roy Nino ripped two singles while Greg Nicholson and Ferdinand Rivera added singles of their own. Jake Hadad (RBI) and Kletus Stubblefield (2 RBI) each smashed doubles to left-center-field, while Eric Morales picked up an RBI from a ground-out in the 6th inning.

The team resumes action next Sunday, in an afternoon tilt against the Sugar Kings at the Santaluces Sports Complex.







thunder small 8-5 

Red Sox 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 5 6 1
Thunder 3 0 5 0 0 1 0 x x 8 18 4


W: Stubblefield     L: Chasse


18-Hit-Attack Propels Thunder Past Red Sox

4/9/2017 - The Thunder offense showed up at Santaluces today, as the team improved to 2-1 with a win over a solid Red Sox team.

In case coffee wasn't enough, the Thunder players jolted RHP Paul Chasse awake this morning by scoring 3 runs in the 1st, five in the 3rd and 17 hits over six innings. The damage could have been much worse, but Chasse navigated around 9 runners left on base, 5 of which were in scoring position.

10 out of the 11 batters in the Thunder lineup had a hit, with Ferdinand Rivera leading the way with three singles. Six other players had two hits apiece - Eric Morales (2 RBI), Rudy Plasencia (2 RBI), Jake Hadad (RBI), BJ Smith (RBI), Anthony Siderio (2 RBI) and Kletus Stubblefield. With RJ Cummins, Eric Gormley and Jason Russianoff adding singles.

Todd Huffman tossed the first three innings for the Thunder, as he continued to work himself back into pitching shape. He faced 14 batters, walked 3, gave up 2 hits and 2 earned runs. RHP Kletus Stubblefield (27 BF, 2 BB, 4 K, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER) was only scheduled to go three, but he felt great and pitched the last six innings to pick up his first victory of the season.

The team has off next Sunday for Easter, which is great news for those battling early season injuries: Ferdinand - hamstring and groin, Cummins - sore arm, Snyder - strained calf, Hadad - hamstring, Divine - forearm, Nino - hamstring. And after 6 innings of work today, Stubblefield - general soreness.

After the holiday break, the team returns to action in a big way, with a same-team (9/7) doubleheader on April 23rd against the Beach Bums.







thunder small 4-10 

Mets 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 2 0 10 14 3
Thunder 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 7 4



Thunder Lifeless, Lose to Mets

4/2/2017 - The Thunder dropped to 1-1 with an uninspiring effort against the Mets today at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

While the summer humidity rolled in, the energy level of the Thunder players appeared to roll out. "The team just seemed flat today," "and we couldn't get much going on offense" said manager Mike Soulen. He added, "And I think I let Tony Sergio down by letting him throw a second inning." Soulen was referring to the 5th inning where the Mets scored 5 runs, an inning after Sergio, who hadn't thrown in over a year, threw strong. "I have to try and set guys up for success, and I didn't," "this ones partially on me as well."

Mets veteran Ryan Romero tossed a complete game victory, and kept the Thunder hitters a little off balance all game, as he scattered 7 hits and struck out six. Of the seven hits, Greg Nicholson led the offense with two singles, with Eric Gormley, Ferdinand Rivera (RBI), Alex McEnaney and RJ Cummins adding one apiece. Chris Snyder had the only extra base hit of the day for the Thunder, when he doubled in the 4th inning, while BJ Smith and Kletus Stubblefield contributed with RBI sacrifice flies.

Another Thunder blast from the past, Todd Huffman, knocked off some rust and threw the first two innings. He experienced some early trouble and gave up two runs in the first inning, but struck out two in the second, with a 1-2-3 inning. Unfortunately for Huffman, he was charged with the loss but should be a good addition to the pitching staff moving forward. Matt Divine followed with an inning of work, then un-retired veteran Tony Sergio looked fabulous in his first inning, allowing only an error to reach base, while striking out one. But he was chased in his second inning of effort after three singles and a walk. Sergio admitted his legs were jello and the second inning was probably a bit much for his first time out.

Kletus Stubblefield relieved Sergio in the 5th, gave up a run, then tossed a scoreless 6th and 7th inning. RJ Cummins then made his season debut on the mound, and despite what the box score showed, pitched well for two innings.

The team needs to regroup, as they play a solid Red Sox team next Sunday morning, again at the Santaluces Sports Complex.






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Thunder Win Opener, Run-Rule Cerveceros

3/26/2017 - The Thunder scored 5 times in the first inning and never looked back, as they won their opener 19-2 in seven innings.

The season opened with a bang as the Thunder strung together three hits in a row to lead off the game. Eric Gormley smashed a triple, then Jason Russianoff (RBI) and Greg Nicholson followed with singles. Mixed together with a walk, a hit batsman and a couple of throwing errors, the Thunder quickly jumped ahead of the newly formed Cerveceros (Brewers).

The team scored runs in every inning except the 2nd, and had a commanding 11-2 lead headed into the top of the 7th. But then the wheels really came off for the Cerveceros, as they simply ran out of pitching and gave up eight more runs which eventually led to the run-rule victory.

Kletus Stubblefield led the 14-hit attack with three singles and 3 RBI's. Alex McEnaney (double, single, RBI) and Eric Gormley (triple, single, RBI) had two hits apiece, while Jason Russianoff, Greg Nicholson, Eric Morales, Chris Snyder (RBI), Roy Nino (RBI), Jake Hadad (RBI) and Anthony Siderio added singles.

After a 12 year hiatus, RHP Matt Divine dusted off his cleats and returned to the field to see what he had left in the tank. The last we saw Matt, he walked off the field as the MVP of the Championship game in the spring season of 2005 and rode off into the sunset. Sunday's return saw only an inning of work, but Matt struck out two and didn't give up any runs. The usual pinpoint control wasn't quite there with two walks, but overall it was a successful return to the field for NABA's version of The Professor.

Newcomer Anthony Siderio tossed next and picked up the win in the shortened game. Anthony (3 IP, 5 K, 4 BB, 1 ER) was also returning to the mound for the first time in years, and definitely looked more comfortable after a shaky first inning. On a it's-kinda-cool note, Manager Mike Soulen had coached Anthony in high school back in NJ, and also played summer ball with him. Small world!

Another pitcher knocking off rust? Yep, Kletus Stubblefield. Kletus hadn't pitched for a couple of years while he pursued a career in law enforcement, but he also fared well in his return, giving up only an unearned run while striking out 1 in two innings.

Defensively the Thunder looked solid in their opener, with the only blemish being a rushed throwing error. Otherwise, newcomers Ferdinand Rivera (SS/3B), Jake Hadad (OF/2B/SS), Roy Nino (2B/SS/3B), Anthony Siderio (P/3B/2B) and RJ Cummins (OF/SS/C/P) look to be solid additions.

Even smaller world? Ferdinand Rivera played ball with Eric Morales in Puerto Rico as kids growing up. Ferdinand recently retired from playing pro-ball in his country and moved 15 minutes away from Eric. #secondcoolstory