Results - Spring 2018  


Thunder 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 6 11 1
Blades 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 11 1


WP:  Josh Mowrey   LP: Josh Rivera


Thunder Win 3rd Championship

8/26/2018 - The top two seeds battled Sunday morning at Roger Dean Stadium, with the Thunder doubling up the Blades to take home the championship. 


In the top of the third, Alex McEnaney, Shawn Chiaramonte and Henry Wilson had consecutive singles, while Mike DeLeeuw was intentionally walked. Wilson knocked in a run with his single and Eric Gormley tallied an RBI with a fielder's choice. The Blades answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, cutting the lead to 2-1.  


In the fifth, four Thunder hits, a walk and a crucial error allowed the T-Men to score four runs for a 6-2 lead. Eric Gormley doubled, while Eric Morales, Darren Hansen and Alex McEnaney each singled, with DeLeeuw earning another base-on-balls. With two outs, Roy Nino lined a ball to left field, but the fielder appeared to take his eyes off the ball too soon and the ball glanced off his mitt, allowing two runs to score. The Blades scored a run in the bottom of the 5th and 7th to cut the lead in half, but reliever Hunter Kyzar dashed any hopes of a comeback, tossing two scoreless innings to earn another save. 


Starter Josh Mowrey (7 IP, 32 BF, 11 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) won Player of The Game, as he tossed seven innings to earn the win. Lefty Hunter Kyzar (2 IP, 1 K) picked up his fourth and biggest save of the year, as he retired the only 6 batters he faced.


The team pumped out another double-digit hit day, with veteran Eric Morales leading the way with three singles and an RBI. Alex McEnaney helped set the table with two big singles, while Mike DeLeeuw and Eric Gormley (RBI) smashed doubles. Shawn Chiaramonte, Henry Wilson (RBI), Roy Nino and catcher Darren Hansen (RBI) each had a single apiece. 


This is the 3rd championship for the Thunder. The club won their first championship in their inaugural season playing as the Lookouts in the Spring of 2000, and their second in 2005 playing as the Rockhounds. Since, they earned League Runner Up 3 times as the Thunder until winning today's championship. 


Opening Day for the upcoming fall season is scheduled for October 14. It will be the club's 30th season competing in the league. 


Thank you everybody for a great season! 



Rowdy Boyz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x x 0 1 3
Thunder 0 3 2 0 0 6 1 x x 12 15 0


WP:  Josh Mowrey   LP: Ricky Ledezma

T-Men Advance, Mowrey Tosses 1 Hitter

8/19/2018 - The Thunder ended the Rowdy Boyz (3rd Seed) season Sunday morning at Jupiter with a 12-0 win. Josh Mowrey was magnificent in this one, as he tossed a complete game 1-hitter to advance the Thunder to the championship game next Sunday. 


Pitching was in fine hands Sunday morning, as Josh Mowrey spun a complete game one-hitter. A single in the third inning was the only blemish on Mowrey's stat sheet, as he walked none and struck out 6 through the seven inning run-rule game. Mowrey's 11th win of the season moves him into third place for all-time franchise wins. 


Henry Wilson (RBI) doubled and singled twice while Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) singled three times to pace the team's 15-hit effort. Jose Corea (RBI) singled and tripled while Eric Gormley (2 RBI) added two singles himself. Mike DeLeeuw hit what may have been the knockout blow in the 3rd inning, as he smashed a 2-run homerun over the left field wall to give the Thunder a 5-0 lead. Catcher Darren Hansen ripped two singles, while Roy Nino (2 RBI) and Eric Morales (RBI) added singles, with Chris Snyder picking up a RBI on a fielders choice.  


Darren Hansen led off the 7th inning with a single and advanced to third base after the ball rolled past the right fielder. Rowdy Boyz pitcher Tim Place got the next two batters out, stranding the "run-rule" run at third. But on Mike Ippolito's ground ball, the third baseman threw the ball a bit high to first base and Ippolito avoided the swipe tag, allowing Hansen to score and end the game. 


The team takes on the winner of the Blades (1) and Sugar Kings (4), in a morning championship game next Sunday at Roger Dean. 


Coaches' Note - Each season it takes a small army of players to make it through the regular season. This same army, and any reinforcements found, then shows up for the playoffs. It's at that time when the selflessness and "team first" attitude of players is put to the test. For those that only played defense, only hit or didn't get into the game - thank you, thank you, thank you. Trust me, I know how hard it was for you.  



Sugar Kings 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
Thunder 0 0 0 2 2 1 4 0 x 9 18 0


WP:  Josh Mowrey   LP: Jesus Ferrer

Mowrey Picks Up 10th Win

8/12/2018 - The Thunder ended the regular season with a win, and Josh Mowrey picked up his 10th win in the teams final tune-up before playing the Rowdy Boyz in the playoffs next Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL. 


The Thunder offense got things going in their second game of day, as they banged out 18 hits against the Sugar Kings, who will play the division winning Blades next Sunday in the playoffs.


Mowrey was Mowrey on the day. He scattered 7 hits through six innings, didn't walk anybody and left five stranded on the bases. Hunter Kyzar followed Mowrey, tossing three scoreless innings while giving up two hits. 


The offense was led by Jose Corea, as he ripped FIVE singles (5 for 5). Following his lead was Mike DeLeeuw, with two doubles, two walks and a single. Shawn Chiaramonte (2 RBI) singled and doubled, Eric Gormley singled and doubled, Matt Ziemak (RBI) singled twice and Henry Wilson (double, 2 RBI), Greg Nicholson (single), Roy Nino (single) and Jonathan Kiviat (single) had a hit apiece. 


The winners of next week playoff games play each other the following week for the Championship, which is also scheduled for Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL



Thunder 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 x x 3 6 2
Rowdy Boyz 1 0 4 0 0 0 x x x 5 7 2


WP:  Ricky Ledezma   LP: Lee Doloff

One Bad Inning

8/12/2018 - The Rowdy Boyz put up 4 runs in the 3rd inning, which is all they needed to knock off the Thunder Sunday morning at Santaluces. 


The game was a make-up from an earlier rained out game, and with only 7 innings scheduled, the T-Men were unable to mount a late inning comeback in this one. It was also the first game of the day for both teams, as the Thunder were scheduled to play the Sugar Kings in the afternoon, with the Boyz facing off against the Scores. 


The Thunder utilized five pitchers, with Lee Doloff taking the loss after a frustrating 3rd inning. Hurt by a couple flares that found holes, the Boyz were able to put four on the board and hold the lead for the remainder of the game. Justin Tworek tossed the first two, giving up an earned run. After Doloff, Jonathan Kiviat, Eric Morales and Mike Ippolito had a scoreless inning each to give the team a chance. 


Danny Moya led the team with two singles, while Jose Corea and Mike DeLeeuw (RBI) each doubled. Eric Morales and Darren Hansen added singles in the six-hit effort. 



Piranha 0 0 4 1 0 0 x x x 5 3 2
Thunder 0 0 3 0 2 x x x x 14 9 2


WP:  Jeff Tomlinson   LP: Mike Wassong

T-Men Complete Sweep

8/5/2018 - The Thunder trailed 5-4 until they broke loose with a 7-run bottom of the fourth to finish the sweep. They had nine hits, but Piranha hurlers issued ten walks, and there were a slew of passed balls or wild pitches. 


Henry Wilson (RBI) cranked a double and single. Eric Gormley had two hits; Darren Hansen (2 RBI's) and Danny Moya (RBI) both tripled. Keaton Ijams (2 RBI's) had a single, and Mike DeLeeuw and Jake Hadad one hit apiece. 


Justin Tworek pitched the first two for a no-decision. Jeff Tomlinson (2-0) went the last four for the win, despite issuing six walks. 


With the sweep, the Thunder clinched a playoff spot and will most likely be the #2 seed headed into the playoffs. 


The regular season ends next week with a final tune-up with a two-team doubleheader starting at 9:30 AM at Santaluces. 



Thunder 3 2 1 4 1 0 3 x x 14 9 1
Piranha 0 0 3 0 2 0 7 x x 12 19 5


WP:  Josh Mowrey   LP: Steven Hibbs

Thunder Hold Off Piranha

8/5/2018 - The Thunder swept the Piranha at the Santaluces Complex Sunday, but in the first one they, literally, held their opponents off through a 7-run seventh inning, in which the Piranha tallied eight of their 19 hits. 


The T-Men held a 14-5 lead going to the bottom of the 7th and final inning, and winning pitcher Josh Mowrey (9-2) took the huge inning to conserve pitching for the second game. He walked only one and struck out six. 


Although out hit 19-9, the Thunder took advantage of ten walks, two hit batters, a passed ball, wild pitch and five errors. Eric Morales was the only player with two hits, but seven others had one hit apiece. Eric Gormley, Mike DeLeeuw, Roy Nino and Chris Snyder all had RBI singles. Henry Wilson, Danny Moya and Tyler Weston added a single each. 



Blades 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 10 2
Thunder 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 1


WP:  Josh Rivera   LP: Josh Mowrey

Rivera Wins The Battle of Josh

7/15/2018 - The game could have gone either way as both pitching lines were similar, but the Blades won by a run to split the regular season series, giving Josh Rivera his 8th win of the season.


There is a reason why Josh Rivera and Thunder pitcher Josh Mowrey find themselves leading the league in Wins each season. They fill up the strike zone, rarley walk batters and have a knack for getting themselves out of trouble to limit damage. Today's game was no different, as neither pitcher walked a batter and both frustrated batters while navigating hairy situations.  


The Thunder struck first in the 4th when Chris Snyder scored on an RBI single by Alex McEnaney. The team thought they had a 2-0 lead after Keaton Ijams ripped a single, but after stealing second base, McEnaney was just nipped at home plate by an excellent throw from the Blades left fielder. 


In the 5th, after two quick outs, the Blades singled three times which allowed the tying run to score. They added another in the 7th, Mowrey's last inning, after a rare hit batter was allowed to reach base to extend the inning. 


Down a run, lefty Hunter Kyzar struck out two and fired two scoreless innings, giving the TMen a chance to tie or take the lead. However, after McEnaney reached on an error and was moved to second by a sac bunt by Keaton Ijams, Josh Rivera induced a pop up and ground out to earn a complete game win. 


Roy Nino, Henry Wilson and Chris Snyder had two singles each, with Snyder scoring the lone Thunder run. Jonathan Kiviat, Matt Ziemak, Alex McEnaney (RBI) and Keaton Ijams all had singles as well. 


The Thunder have four regular season games remaining, all against division rivals. Each game is big, as four teams are battling for three playoff spots. 



Angels 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 4
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 x 5 7 0


WP:  Josh Mowrey   LP: Thomas Mustakis

Late Push Gives Thunder 10th Win

7/8/2018 - Lefty Thomas Mustakis threw five shutout innings, but may have pitched one too many, as the TMen scored 3 in the sixth, and held their lead over the last three innings. 


Greg Nicholson paced the offense with three singles while Eric Gormley added two of his own, with both players combining for 5 of the 7 Thunder hits. Catcher Keaton Ijams ripped a single in the 5th, while Danny Moya singled home what ended up being the winning run in the sixth. 


Josh Mowrey (0 BB) improved to 8-1 on the season as he scattered seven hits across 7 innings, while striking out five and giving up an earned run. Hunter Kyzar entered the game in the 8th with a two run lead, and tossed two scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season. 


The TMen battle the division leading Blades next Sunday morning, in what might be a playoff preview.  



Mets 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 6 14 4
Thunder 0 3 0 2 3 1 0 1 x 10 15 7


WP:  Josh Mowrey   LP: Keesee

TMen Outlast Mets

7/1/2018 - The Thunder, despite multiple self inflicted wounds, outlasted the Mets at Santaluces to pick up their 9th win of the season. 


Josh Mowrey had to again throw a ton of extra pitches en route to his seventh win of the season, as the defense committed six of their 7 errors during his six inning performance. Mowrey had yet another game with no walks as he gave up four runs, with only 1 earned. Hunter Kyzar (14 BF, 2 BB, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER) tossed the final three frames, striking out six. 


Jake Hadad reached base three times via walk, while Roy Nino led the attack with two singles and a double, while knocking in three runs. Henry Wilson, Eric Gormley (RBI), Eric Morales (RBI), Danny Moya and Greg Nicholson each singled twice. With Darren Hansen (double) and Keaton Ijams (RBI) pitching in with a hit each. 


The Thunder remain in second place of the National Division, 1.5 games behind the Cuban Blades. The remaining six games will determine the four playoffs spots available, with five teams jockeying for position. The Thunder defense will need to tighten things up if they want a chance to make the playoffs and possibly win the franchise's third championship. 



D'Backs 0 0 3 0 3 0 2 x x 8 7 1
Thunder 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x x 1 3 3


WP:  Alex Pagano   LP: Darren Hansen

Pagano Too Strong for Thunder

6/24/2018 - The Diamondbacks earned a split behind Alex Pagano's 3-hit complete game in the seven inning finale.


Pagano ran his unbeaten record to 6-0. He walked six and struck out eleven. Keith Buck and Trenty Bellamy each had an RBI single, and Bellamy added a sacrifice fly for a second ribbie. KJ Ventry and Danny Laperna had RBI singles, Andrew Attaway had a two bagger, and Chris Alicea added a single. 


The only hits for the TMen were singles by Henry Wilson, Greg Nicholson and losing pitcher Darren Hansen. Hansen pitched the first three for the defeat, his first decision. Four others pitched for the Thunder - Jorge Diaz, Jonathan Kiviat , Eslavy Betancourt and Roy Nino. The Thunder-D'Backs split was the only one of the day, as five others ended in sweeps. 



Thunder 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 7 12 1
D'Backs 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 11 5


WP: Josh Mowrey    LP: Pat M Jr.

Mowrey Tosses Complete Game Win

6/24/2018 - The Thunder won the first game of their same-team doubleheader Sunday at the Santaluces Sports Complex, as Josh Mowrey picked up his 6th win of the season. 


Josh Mowrey (6-1) had perfect control on the day with no walks, and kept 11 hits well scattered while fanning two in a route-going outing. Henry Wilson led the Thunder offense with four hits, two runs batted in, three steals and three runs scored. Greg Nicholson (double, RBI) and Jake Hadad hit safely twice. Eric Morales (sac fly), Roy Nino (RBI) and Danny Moya (RBI) each had a hit, as did Eslavy Betancourt


Danny Laperna (2 RBI's), Sean McClaskie (double, RBI) and KJ Ventry had two hits each. Keith Buck, Brandon Lay and Kennie Silvestri each had a hit for the D'Backs. Pat McKelvey (2-2) took the defeat. He went 5 2/3 (7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K), with Silvestri tossing the last three and a third. 



Thunder 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 11 2
Angels 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2


WP: Josh Mowrey    LP: Jerry Randt

Thunder Nip Angels in Extra Innings

6/17/2018 - The T-Men left a small tribe on the bases, but pushed one across in the 10th inning to pick up their 7th win of the season.


A walk, balk and throwing error - all with two outs - gave the Thunder an extra inning win over the Angels Sunday morning at Seminole Palms Park. After the first two batters made outs in the top of the tenth inning, Eslavy Betancourt drew a walk off newcomer Jerry Randt and advanced to second on a balk. Henry Wilson hit a slow roller to shortstop and the hurried throw went in the dirt, got by the first baseman and allowed Betancourt to score what would turn out to be the winning run. 


The Thunder snapped a two game losing streak, while the first year Angels dropped their 9th straight without a win. However, this was as close as they have come to that elusive first victory. The Halos scored first on Reggie Cruz' sacrifice fly, plating an unearned run in the first inning off Thunder starter Lee Doloff (3 IP, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER - no decision). Josh Mowrey pitched the next seven, giving up only two hits, no runs, no walks and six strikeouts for his 5th win in six decisions. 


The Angels used three pitchers, the first two were lefties. Thomas Mustakis gave up one run on nine hits, walking two and striking out six. Cody Manning went three (1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K), and newcomer Randt (0-1) pitched the last two (1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, balk). 


The Thunder collected eleven hits to four for the Angels, but left 15 men on base, including nine in scoring position. Darren Hansen (double), Eric Morales and Eric Gormley had two hits each. Betancourt (RBI), Wilson, Mike Ippolito, Matt Ziemak and Jonathan Kiviat had one hit each. Mannning had two of the Angels' hits. Herb Robb Jr. and Ryan Gibbard had one hit each. 



Thunder 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 12 5
Scores 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 6 9 3


WP: Kenny Sharpe    LP: Hunter Kyzar

Scores Upset Thunder

6/10/2018 - The Scores played well, but another 5-error game cost the Thunder, leading to back-to-back loses as the first half of the spring/summer season was put in the books. 


The Scores, led by Vin Buoniconti's four hits, pulled off their biggest win of the season, walking off at Dyer Park and pulling within two games of the final National Division playoff spot at the halfway mark of the season. 


The Thunder had tied the game at 5 in the top of the 9th inning. In the bottom half, the Scores loaded the bases, and with two outs, Buoniconti smashed a ball into the hole that was stopped by the shorstop on a diving play, but the play couldn't be completed as Faustino Gonzalez scored the deciding run. 


Buoniconti had two doubles and two singles, with the game winning RBI. Brian Nowacyzk pitched 8 1/3 innings (5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K), but Kenny Sharpe ( 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K) got the vulture win, his first decision on the season. Chris Carney and John Costa both had RBI hits. Anthony Mele, Ron Long and Gonzalez had one hit apiece. 


For the Thunder, Eric Morales (RBI) and Keaton Ijams had three singles each. Eslavy Betancourt had a double and single, newcomer Jonathan Kiviat had two hits and a RBI, and Darren Hansen and Josh Mowrey had a hit each. Lee Doloff executed a RBI squeeze bunt in the top of the 9th that tied the score. On the same play, the catcher threw the ball into right field which allowed the tying run to score, but Josh Mowrey was thrown out at the plate trying to break the tie.  


Mowrey pitched seven innings (5 R, only one earned), but the loss went to reliever Hunter Kyzar, who gave up the winning run. The Scores win avenges a loss, by the same 6-5 score, to the Thunder on the spring league's opening week on March 25. The Thunder won that one in walkoff fashion as well, on an RBI double by Jorge Diaz



Thunder 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 2 9 16 5
Sugar Kings 2 1 4 1 1 2 0 0 x 11 18 3


WP: Jesus Ferrer    LP: Josh Mowrey

Late Comeback Falls Short     

6/3/2018 - The ageless Jesus Ferrer survived 13 hits through 8 innings, as the Sugar Kings outlasted the Thunder at Roger Dean Sunday afternoon. 


After nearly a month off due to holiday weekends and rain, the Thunder resumed action Sunday afternoon against division rival Cuban Sugar Kings. Starter Josh Mowrey didn't have his best stuff, but battled for 6 1/3 innings before being replaced by reliever Hunter Kyzar. Kyzar threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing the T-Men an opportunity to climb back into things. Unfortunately, the comeback effort fell short in the 9th with the tying runs on base, as the game ended on a line-out double play with runners on first and second.


Greg Nicholson (2 RBI) remained hot at the plate with a four-hit day, adding two singles and two doubles to his stat sheet, while leading the team with 14 hits on the season. Henry Wilson (single, triple), Jorge Diaz (two singles) and newcomer Darren Hansen (two singles) had two hits apiece.


Eric Gormley (2 RBI) had a single and two sac flies, with Eslavy Betancourt, Matt Ziemak and Roy Nino (RBI) adding a base knock each. Back from injury, Jake Hadad added an RBI single while Mike Ippolito singled in his season debut. Danny Moya helped the cause with a sac fly RBI, with Ivany Valdes picking up an RBI on a ground out. 


The team hopes to right the ship next week when they face the Scores in a morning game at Dyer Park. 


Thunder 0 0 0 1 2 x x x x 3 3 2
Tigres 2 0 1 0 0 x x x x 3 6 2


ND: Justin Weithorn    ND: Mike Melendez

Rain Leads to Tie     

5/6/2018 - The second game ended in a tie as rain halted play after five innings. 


The Tigres led 3-0 after three, but the Thunder scored one in the 4th and two more in the top of the 5th to earn the deadlock. Shaun Garceau tripled in one run, and Greg Nicholson drove in the other two. Both players had two hits. Lee Doloff laid down a sacrifice bunt to put two runners into scoring position in the 5th for Nicholson's game tying RBI's. OF Matt Ziemak tweaked both hamstrings, the third player hurt on the day. 


For the Tigres, Jorge Rivera had a double and a single, Alex Roberts had two singles and an RBI. Mike Melendez had an RBI single, and Nick Adames and newcomers Abraham DeJesus and Eric Lara had a hit each. 


Justin Weithorn (2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER) started for the Thunder, and Hunter Kyzer pitched three shutout innings in relief. Melendez pitched five for the Tigres, giving up four hits, three runs with two earned. 


The team has off for Mother's Day then resumes play 5/20 against the Piranha at Santaluces.



Tigres 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 x x 2 6 3
Thunder 0 3 0 0 0 0 x x x 3 5 1


W: Josh Mowrey    L: Angher Cespedes 

Miscues Help Thunder     

5/6/2018 - Josh Mowrey (4-0) pitched the complete game, fanned six and did not walk a batter as the Thunder nipped the Tigres in the first of two scheduled seven inning games at Santaluces. 


The TMen scored three in the second inning, aided by two Tigres' errors, and the Tigres got their two in the top of the fourth. Eric Gormley had two singles, Matt Ziemak had an RBI hit, and Eric Morales and Lee Doloff had singles. The team also lost Eric Morales and Danny Moya to leg injuries. 


Angher Cespedes (3-2) also went the route for the Tigres, giving up five hits, pitching to contact with no strikeouts while walking one. Jorge Rivera had a double and single for the Tigres. Cory shaver and Nick Adames had RBI singles, with Melvin Bruno, Mike Melendez and Eduardo Godines a hit each. 



Rowdy Boyz 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 9 5
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 5 8 3


W: Tim Place    L: Hunter Kyzar 

Thunder Lose Late    

4/29/2018 - It was a battle of unbeaten at Roger Dean, with a four hit 9th inning propelling the Rowdy Boyz to a come from behind win over the Thunder. The loss drops the T-Men into second place behind the Boyz in the National Division.  


The Rowdy Boyz jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first couple innings, as newcomer Jesus Pina battled some control problems as well as bad luck, as he walked three while giving up three seeing eye singles and 3 earned runs. Erick Abreu relieved Pina in the second inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Abreu induced a ground ball and struck out two, limiting the damage to one run. On the day, Abreu struck out 6 through his three innings of work. Josh Mowrey (3-0) followed Abreu, and allowed only 1 hit through three, lowering his season ERA to 1.75, and a solid 1.13 WHIP. Abreu and Mowrey pitched great, as they allowed the Thunder to climb back into the game, and eventually the lead. But after a 1-2-3 eighth inning by lefty Hunter Kyzar, the Boyz managed four hits and 3 runs in the top of the 9th, as they took back the lead. The Thunder went quietly in the bottom of the ninth, sticking Kyzar with the loss.   


Tim Place threw well against the Thunder, keeping hitters a little off balance as he scattered 8 hits in his complete game performance. Contact wasn't a problem for the T-Men, as they only struck out four times, but they just couldn't get things going. Henry Wilson (single, double, 2 RBI) and Greg Nicholson (two singles) led the team with two hits apiece, while Eric Gormley, Danny Moya, Eric Morales and Keaton Ijams added singles. 


SS Jimmy Efre played in his last regular season game of the season, as he's off to help coach the New Jersey Jackals in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball league (CANAM). Good luck Jimmy!


The Thunder play in their second doubleheader of the season next Sunday at Santaluces. It's a twinbill against the Los Tigres. Game starts at 9:30 AM on field 2. 


Thunder 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 7 11 4
Blades 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 6 13 4


W: Josh Mowrey    L: O. Pedraza 

5-Run 8th Fuels Comeback   

4/22/2018 - The Blades Josh Rivera did his thing as he frustrated Thunder hitters, tossing seven strong innings and departing the game with what seemed to be an unsurmountable 6-2 lead. However, eager for a change, the T-Men rudely welcomed the Blades relievers to the game, scoring 5 in the 8th, as they completed the comeback and then held on for their fifth win of the season. 


Rivera scattered six hits through 7 innings, induced 14 outs on ground balls and struck out three while walking nobody. Raiko Ramos entered the game in the top of the 8th inning and was chased after three consecutive singles by Luis Tavarez, Shaun Garceau and Shawn Chiaramonte, who knocked in Tavarez. With runners at 1st and 2nd, Ramos was relieved by thier catcher, former Tigres player Osvaldo Pedraza.


Hammering Hank Wilson welcomed Pedraza to the mound by smashing a double to deep left-center field, which scored Garceau and Chiaramonte. Eric Gormley then tied the game with a double of his own, which easily scored the speedy Wilson. Gormley advanced to third after an infield error, then scored what would end up being the winning run, off a fielder's choice game winning RBI by Eric Morales


Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) paced the Thunder with two singles and a double, while Eric Gormley (2 RBI, single, double) followed suit with two hits of his own. Matt Ziemak and Henry Wilson (2 RBI) added doubles while Jimmy Efre, Greg Nicholson, Luis Tavarez and Shaun Garceau each singled. The versatile Josh Mowrey helped the team crawl back into things with a sacrifice bunt in the 6th, which allowed Chiaramonte to single home Ziemak, who had doubled earlier in the inning. 


RHP Shaun Garceau returned to action after taking most of the fall season off. Garceau was rusty and struggled a bit with his command, but battled for 3 2/3 innings and kept the game within a reach, leaving with a 2-run deficit in the 4th inning. Newcomer Justin Weithorn relieved Garceau with runners at 1st and 2nd base, and escaped trouble by getting the only batter he faced to ground out which ended the inning. Weithorn (2 IP, 9 BF, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 unearned run) threw well in his debut, but will have to cut down on his walks as he progresses through the season.


Josh Mowrey, who played 2B most of the game, pitched the last 3 1/3 innings to pick up his third win of the season. The veteran faced fifteen batters, allowed four hits, struck out three and walked nobody, allowing only an unearned run. 


The team returns to Roger Dean next week for a morning game against the red hot Rowdy Boyz. 



Thunder 2 4 3 0 4 3 x x x 16 18 5
Marlins 4 0 0 0 0 0 x x x 4 5 5


W: Jeff Tomlinson    L: Riley Otero 

Marlins SouthPawled  

4/15/2018 - The Thunder put up crooked numbers in all but one inning, out-hitting the Marlins 18-5, as they swept todays twinbill against the Marlins. The win puts the team at 4-0, tied with the Rowdy Boyz atop the National Division.  


The T-Men appeared a bit more prepared than the Marlins on the mound for their 16 inning day, as Thunder pitchers allowed only 5 hits through a shortened run-ruled game. Veteran LHP Jeff Tomlinson returned to the mound, having last pitched for the team during the Spring 2013 season. During that season, the gritty Tomlinson went undefeated (7-0) as he averaged a strikeout per inning, with a 1.41 ERA and 0.93 WHIP, while allowing batters a dismal .164 Batting Average.


Tomlinson (4 IP, 6 K) endured a shaky first inning which was fueled by three errors, then settled down and returned to form, as he tossed three scoreless innings to pick up the win. Lefty Hunter Kyzar had hoped to throw the last three innings, but the Thunder offense shortened his workload by scoring three runs in the 6th, pushing the team past the run-rule. But Kyzar  continued to shake off rust, as he tossed two scoreless innings while striking out three. 


Thunder hitters took advantage of a weakened Marlins pitching staff, as they banged out 18 hits. Eric Morales (two singles, triple, RBI), Keaton Ijams (three singles, 4 RBI) and Jorge Diaz (two singles, triple, 4 RBI) led the way with three hits each. Meanwhile, every other batter in the lineup helped out with a hit. Henry Wilson (RBI) doubled, while Shawn Chiaramonte, Eric Gormley, Jimmy Efre (RBI), Greg Nicholson (RBI), Jeff Tomlinson, Roy Nino, Matt Ziemak and Luis Tavarez each singled. 


The schedule heats up for the next few weeks, with the Thunder first battling the hit-happy Blades in a morning game at Roger Dean stadium next Sunday. 



Marlins 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 2 x 6 9 4
Thunder 0 7 2 5 0 1 0 x x 15 13 2


W: Josh Mowrey    L: Alex Hummer 


2nd Inning Sinks Fish

4/15/2018 - An explosive second inning for the Thunder (7 runs, five hits, a walk and two costly errors) was the difference in the morning game of the twinbill against the Marlins Sunday at Santaluces. 


Greg Nicholson led the Thunder attack with two triples, a single and 3 RBI's, as the T-Men out-hit the Marlins 13-9. Jimmy Efre singled and had an RBI double, while Roy Nino (RBI) and Eric Morales each singled twice, with Nino stealing home in the bottom of the third. Shawn Chiaramonte, Eric Gormely, Erick Abreu added RBI singles, while Matt Ziemak picked up two RBI's with a single in that busy 2nd inning. 


Josh Mowrey tossed the first six innings for his second win, as he scattered seven hits, struck out 7 and allowed only 1 earned run out of four. RHP Ivany Valdes struck out the side in the 7th inning, but had to leave in the 8th with an apparent elbow problem on his throwing arm. Erick Abreu struck out the only batter he faced in relief of Valdes. 


Windy conditions wreaked a little havoc on the field, but defensively the Thunder escaped with only 2 errors while the Marlins committed four. 



Thunder 2 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 9 9 3
Mets 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 2


W: Josh Mowrey    L: J. McNeely 


Mowrey Gets First Win

4/8/2018 - Josh Mowrey picked up his first win in a Thunder uniform Sunday afternoon, as the Thunder cruised to their second win in as many games. 


The team jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first, as Mets starter J. McNeely had control problems, walking four of the six batters he faced while hitting one. The Mets answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, produced solely on the legs of the speedy Wade Lashells, who beat out a throw to earn an infield hit. 


In the fourth, the Thunder added four runs off of reliever Kemonte Keesee, who had relieved McNeely in the first inning. Shawn Chiaramonte led off the inning with a drive to center field, which was mishandled, allowing him to reach second base. Henry Wilson singled, scoring Chiaramonte, then Wilson stole second. Wilson advanced to third after a single by Eric Gormley, then scored after a double by Jimmy Efre. Roy Nino added a single, which scored Gormley and Efre, which gave the Thunder a 6-1 lead. 


In the 7th inning, Ivany Valdes led off the inning with walk. Jorge Diaz, running for Valdes, then stole second base. Shawn Chiaramonte drove a ball deep to right center fielder, which was caught, and the tagging Diaz scored from second base allowing Chiaramonte to pick up a sacrifice fly RBI. Henry Wilson followed with a double then stole third base. Jimmy Efre then picked up his second RBI on the day with the second sac fly of the inning. Another run was added in the 9th when Shawn Chiaramonte slammed a triple, and was waved home when the throw from the outfield was mishandled by the cut off man. 


Josh Mowrey (19 BF, 1 BB, 1 K, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER) tossed the first five innings for the win. Hunter Kyzar hadn't faced live batters in some time, but he followed Mowrey and threw two scoreless innings, as he walked one and struck out 3 of the 7 batters faced. Jimmy Efre handled the last two innings of the game, and what was supposed to be a 1-2-3 9th inning turned into a 2 run (unearned) inning for the Mets thanks to a couple of Thunder miscues. 


The Thunder have their first two-team doubleheader of the season next week at Santaluces agains the Marlins (0-2), who were previously the Red Sox. 


Scores 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 7 3
Thunder 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 6 10 5


W: Jimmy Efre    L: Dupont 


Thunder Squeak By Scores

3/25/2018 - A revamped Scores team had the lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, but Jorge Diaz saved the day for a rusty Thunder team, as he smashed a walk-off double to right center field, which scored the tying and winning run. 


Veteran righty Josh Mowrey was solid in his season debut, tossing 8 1/3 innings for the Thunder. He faced 37 batters, battled five errors, struck out 6, scattered 7 hits, walked two and gave up 5 runs, with only 3 earned. In the top of the 9th, Jimmy Efre relieved Mowrey with one out, after a walk and hit batter. Efre got the last two outs without giving up a hit, and picked up a vulture win after facing only 4 batters. 


The game was tied at three through seven innings of play, until the Scores added runs in the 8th and 9th inning to take a 2-run lead. However, in the 9th, with two outs and runners on second and third, Roy Nino made a fabulous play in the hole to throw the runner out at first base, which avoided a further deficit and possible multi-run inning. 


In the bottom of the 9th, Henry Wilson led off the inning with a single. Wilson advanced to third base after Shawn Chiaramonte singled, who then stole second. Danny Moya ripped a ball up the middle, but the pitcher snared what would have been a game tying single and threw Moya out at first base.


With one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Keaton Ijams was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Ivany Valdes picked up an RBI with a fielder's choice when the first baseman tried to force Ijams out at second base, but the throw pulled the shortstop off the bag. Down a run, Jorge Diaz took matters into his own hands and slammed a walk-off double into right center field, which scored Shawn Chiaramonte and Keaton Ijams to end the game. Diaz also played fantastic defense, as he made two diving plays in right field.  


The league has off for Easter next Sunday, with play resuming on 4/8 with a 1:30 PM home game against the Mets (1-0) at Santaluces.