Results - Spring 2019  


 

 

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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 10 0
Los Tigres 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 7 3

 

LP: Josh Mowrey

 

Tigres Nip T-Men in 11th to Capture Title

8/25/2019 -  Despite the outcome and the controversial call to end the game, the championship rematch between the Los Tigres and Thunder was an awesome game. 

 

Safe? Out? Doesn't matter what the fans and players think, even if there was video to review (we can't actually do that in our league, but there was some to review) and an honest disclosure after the game by somebody involved in the play. The call made by the umpire was safe in that fateful 11th inning, and the Tigres won their 19th Championship in walk-off fashion. 

 

Things were tied at zero through the first six innings, then the Tigres put up two in the bottom of the 7th. Their leadoff hitter reached on a single and appeared to be thrown out at second while trying to steal, but was called safe. Josh Mowrey struck out the next batter but then an inside out squib hit just made it over a leaping 3B and barely landed fair, then squirted into the outfield, which allowed the first run of the game to score from second base. The following batter smashed a double past the T'Men's centerfielder, giving the Tigres a 2-0 lead. 

 

Through 8 innings, the Thunder left ten runners on the bases, four of which were in scoring position, and ran themselves out of an inning. However, with their backs against the wall, Alex McEnaney led off the top of the 9th with a double and eventually scored on a single by Shawn Chiaramonte. Mike DeLeeuw then clobbered a double which scored Chiaramonte, tying the game. Things looked promising with a runner on second and only 1 out, but the Tigres pitcher ended the comeback, as he struck out the Thunder's 3 and 4 hitters. 

 

Unfortunately, the lack of timely hitting would loom large for the Thunder, as the Tigres would walk off with the win in the bottom of the 11th. After a leadoff walk and an infield pop-out, the Tigres singled which put runners at the corners with one out. The next batter hit a fly ball to mid center field which was caught by Mike DeLeeuw, and the runner at third tagged. DeLeeuw's throw beat the runner home and as catcher Darren Hansen went to tag the runner he planted his foot and flipped himself over Hansen. Hansen tug the runner in the chest mid-air, but the umpire inexplicably called the runner safe after landing on the plate, giving the Tigres a walk-off win. 

 

The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for Josh Mowrey, as he had just pitched his butt off for 10 2/3 innings. Mowrey struck out five Tigres hitters and scattered seven hits, while walking only two and allowing three earned runs. He finished the season 7-3 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, and led the team with 87.67 innings pitched. 

 

Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) scored once and led the team with three hits, all singles. Darren Hansen singled and doubled, while Mike DeLeeuw (RBI) doubled. Hansen (25 Hits, .391 Avg, .927 OPS), DeLeeuw (22 Hits, .361 Avg, 1.035 OPS) and Chiaramonte (20 Hits, .385 Avg, .975 OPS) were the top three hitters during the spring season. 

 

Eric Gormley, Greg Nicholson and Keaton Ijams each singled, while Alex McEnaney added a double. 

 

Defensively, the Thunder had it going today. Eric Gormley (1B), Tyler Weston (2B) and Alex McEnaney (RF) all made diving plays, while Keaton Ijams made a couple of great athletic plays at 3B.  

 

It was a total team effort this season, especially during the playoffs. As always, a special thanks goes out to the guys who sacrifice playing time whether at the plate or in the field. A special shout out to Matt Ziemak (ultimate team player) and assistant coach Lee Doloff, who both give a lot and ask for nothing in return. 

 

Thank you again to everybody, I am truly grateful for all of your efforts and enjoy spending my Sunday's with you.  

 

Now enough of this mushy stuff, get back to work. Fall season is slated to start first Sunday in October! 


 

 

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Thunder 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 10 1
Beach Bums 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

 

Mowrey Tosses Complete Game Gem

8/17/2019 - Josh Mowrey blanked the Beach Bums Sunday morning in the Thunder's playoff game at the Santaluces Sports Complex. The win sets up a rematch of last year's championship game against the Los Tigres. 

 

In the first inning, Mike DeLeeuw and Darren Hansen singled then advanced to second and third on a fielder's choice. A Bum error on a ground ball by Greg Nicholson gave the T-Men a 1-0 lead over veteran starter Rick Schnur. The Thunder managed two more runs in the 6th and 8th innings, as Darren Hansen scored on singles by Eric Gormley in both innings. The Thunder did have chances to put the game out of reach, but the Bums right fielder threw two T'Men out at home plate, which helped keep the game close. 

 

As always, pitching is the name of the game, and Josh Mowrey answered the call. Mowrey faced 33 batters, walked one, struck out five and scattered five hits in a dominant performance. Closer Hunter Kyzar called Mowrey's performance rude after having to ride the pine all game, but still shook hands and celebrated with the team. 

 

The Thunder battle the Los Tigres at the Santaluces Sports Complex on Sunday, August 25 at 10:30 AM. Last year's game was tied through six innings before the Tigres pulled away for their 18th championship. 


 

 

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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 1 6 13 3
Angels 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

T-Men 2-Hit Angels

8/11/2019 - John Richy and Josh Mowrey combined efforts for a two-hitter, as the Thunder won their final game of the regular season. 

 

Roy Nino, Matt Ziemak and Shawn Chiaramonte had multi-hit games for the Thunder. Nino (2 RBI) led the way with three singles while Ziemak and Chiaramonte singled twice. Mike DeLeeuw (2 RBI) and Eric Gormley ripped doubles, and Darren Hansen, Eric Morales, Rudy Plasencia and Lee Doloff each singled. 

 

John Richy tossed the first three innings. He struck out five and thanks to a spectacular diving play by 2B Roy Nino, gave up no hits. Josh Mowrey threw the next six innings to pick up the win. He struck out three and allowed two hits. 

 

The team heads into the playoffs with a five game winning streak, and will battle either the Beach Bums or Los Tigres next Sunday at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL. 


 

 

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Tigres 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 8 5
Thunder 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 x 7 11 3

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

Matt Ziemak To The Rescue 

7/21/2019 -   Both teams were a little short-handed after each team played the night before, but the Thunder ran the bases aggressively, outhit the Tigres 11-8 and took advantage of errors to knock off the defending champions. Matt Ziemak singled and scored three times, helping the team maintain third place as they battle for one of the four playoff spots.  

 

Starter Justin Weithorn pitched in a morning game at a local tournment before throwing the first four innings for the Thunder. Josh Mowrey threw the last five innings after throwing four innings in yesterday's game against the Diamondbacks. They did an excellent job of limiting the Tigres to three runs, with Mowrey picking up the win. 

 

Offensively, the Thunder took advantage of five Tigres errors, but also banged out 11 hits. Matt Ziemak led the way with three singles, while Eric Morales (RBI) and Mike DeLeeuw (2 RBI) followed suite with two singles each. Eric Gormley (2 RBI), Darren Hansen and Tyler Weston added singles, while Tyler Ziemak smashed a double.  


 

 

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Thunder 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 5 x 10 12 3
D'Backs 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 x 8 10 2

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

DeLeeuw Powers Offense 

7/20/2019 -   Mike DeLeeuw's (single, double, 3 RBI) two-run homerun in the 3rd and a shaky performance by the Diamondback's relievers helped the Thunder pull off a late win Saturday night at Santaluces. 

 

It was a back and forth game through the first seven innings, but with time soon to expire, and down a run in the 8th, the T-Men scored five runs in the top of the inning to take a 10-6 lead. 

 

In addition to his homerun in the 3rd, Mike DeLeeuw also doubled and singled while Eric Gormley and Rudy Plasencia each singled twice. Darren Hansen, Eric Morales (RBI), Keaton Ijams (RBI) and Matt Ziemak chipped in with singles, and Tyler Ziemak (RBI) ripped a double while scoring three of the T-Men's ten runs. 

 

Starter John Richy battled a tight zone early, but still struck out six in four innings while giving up two earned runs and three hits. Josh Mowrey was supposed to get the night off and pitch in tomorrow's game, but he answered the call (figuratively and literally), arrived at the field and pitched the last four innings to earn the win. 


 

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Thunder 1 0 3 0 2 0 4 x x 10 13 1
MVP 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 x x 3 10 3

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

Morales Leads Way With 3 Hits 

7/14/2019 -   Eric Morales had three hits while Josh Mowrey tossed a complete game to pick up his 3rd win of the season, as the Thunder beat Team MVP 10-3 in a time shortened 7 inning game. 

 

The Thunder hadn't played a game in three weeks thanks to rainy weather, but the team didn't waste much time getting back into the swing of things, as they banged out 13 hits. Eric Morales (RBI) singled three times while Mike DeLeeuw (RBI) and Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) each singled and double. Darren Hansen had two hits as well, both singles, while Eric Gormley (RBI), Stuart Machado and Greg Nicholson had singles. Matt Ziemak ripped a double and Tyler Weston helped with two base on balls. 

 

LHP Brian Dolan was scheduled to make the start, but injured his elbow during warm-ups. Josh Mowrey then started and threw a complete game, walking none, striking out six while allowing 3 runs. For Dolan, the injury is not new, as it's the same elbow injury that ended his playing time a few years ago. However, the team is hopeful a visit to the doctor reveals only a strain.  

 

With four weeks left in the regular season, three teams will be fighting for the final two playoff spots. The T-Men may hold their playoff fate in their own hands, as the next three of four games are against the other two teams battling for the final spots.  

 

Next weekend the Thunder will play a 6 PM game Saturday night against the Diamondbacks, sleep, then play the Los Tigres Sunday at 1 PM. 


 

 

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

 

WP: Josh Mowrey   S: John Richy

Nicholson & Mowrey Shine 

6/23/2019 -  The Thunder remained in third place as they beat the Piranha 4-1 Sunday morning at Seminole Palms Park in Royal Palm Beach, FL. 

 

Josh Mowrey struck out five, walked none and scattered four hits through 7 innings, allowing only an unearned run as he picked up his second win of the season. John Richy (16.80 K/G) faced eight batters, striking out 3 as he picked up his first save of the season. 

 

The Thunder took advantage of some Piranha miscues with some timley hitting early, as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. In the 1st, Stuart Machado picked up an RBI on a groundout to second, while Greg Nicholson singled home Mike DeLeeuw who reached via a walk. In the 2nd, Hunter Kyzar reached on an infield error then scored on a double by Tyler Weston. Eric Gormley singled in the 5th, stole second then scored on a throwing error by the third baseman. 

 

Greg Nicholson (RBI) led the way with a single and double, with Tyler Weston (RBI) ripping a double down the left field line. Gormley, Shawn Chiaramonte and Keaton Ijams each chipped in with singles.  


 

 

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Beach Bums 1 0 0 4 6 0 0 1 1 13 14 0
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 4

 

LP: Josh Mowrey

Bums Clobber T-Men 

6/6/2019 - The Bums scored ten runs in two innings and handed the Thunder their second loss in as many played. 

 

It seemed like a normal game through the first three innings, then the poop hit the fan in the 4th and 5th, when nothing went right for the T-Men. During those fateful two innings, the Thunder made three of their four errors and the Bums had nine of their thirteen hits. 

 

The Thunder managed nine hits on the day, but three players accounted for six of the nine, so the T-Men really never mounted much of an attack. Hunter Kyzar impressed as he smashed two triples, but as luck would have it, he wouldn't score a single run. Stuart Machado singled and doubled, Kyle Ballone singled twice, Mike DeLeeuw smashed a double and Greg Nicholson singled. In his season debut, and first at-bat of the season, newcomer Myles McKisic smashed a double off the left field wall. 

 

The Thunder will try to rebound next week against another division foe, the 2nd place Piranha. 


 

 

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

 

LP: John Richy

Errors Sink Thunder 

6/2/2019 - The T-Men committed two errors in the 6th inning resulting in two runs, which is all the Los Tigres needed for the win. 

 

Each team was missing some sticks, which seemed more unfortunate for the Thunder, as they were unable to take advantage of 6 walks issued uncharacteristically by the Tigres pitching staff. Mike DeLeeuw and Hunter Kyzar ripped doubles while Darren Hansen, Keaton Ijams and Eric Morales (RBI) each singled.   

 

Meanwhile, the defending champions took full advantage of six Thunder errors, including the most costly errors in the 6th, which handed the Tigres a victory. 

 

Josh Mowrey tossed the first five innings. He struck out 3, walked one, allowed two hits and gave up a run. John Richy (3 K, 0 BB) threw the last three innings and was the bad luck loser, as he was on the hill in the fateful 6th inning.  

 

Next Up -  A Thursday night game against the Beach Bums at Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL. 


 

 

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Thunder 4 7 7 0 5 x x x x 23 17 2
MVP 4 1 6 0 0 x x x X 11 4 6

 

WP: Hunter Kyzar

Mercifully, Time Expires 

5/21/2019 - Time expired after five innings, as Team MVP and the Thunder scored 34 runs in quite possibly the ugliest game played in the league over the last decade. 

 

There were multiple factors in play, but let's not make excuses, the game was ugly and nobody can unsee what they saw. A game recap won't be entered this week, just let your eyes focus on the following to see why time expiring was the best thing possible for everybody involved Tuesday night, especially the fans who wasted their time by staying and watching. Handwritten apologies should be sent to all. 

 

The teams combined for 20 walks, 6 hit batters, 8 errors, 8 wild pitches, 4 passed balls and a balk. 

 

With no other words available, the league has off Memorial Day Weekend and action resumes on June 2. 


 

 

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MVP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 4
Thunder 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 2 X 7 13 0

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

Mowrey Tosses Complete Game Shutout 

5/19/2019 - Josh Mowrey struck out five and scattered nine hits Sunday morning, as he blanked Team MVP for his first win of the season.  

 

If somebody would have said the Thunder would be 5-2-1 before Josh Mowrey would pick up his first win of the season, they would have been called crazy. But here we are, 9 games into the season, and Mowrey finally gets his elusive first win of the spring season. Mowrey tossed 9, faced 35 batters, walked nobody, struck out five and gave up nine hits and no runs.  

 

Defensively, the Thunder had their first clean game of the season while the offense tallied 13 hits for seven runs. Leading the way was Keaton Ijams (2 RBI) and Darren Hansen, who each singled three times. Shawn Chiaramonte (two singles) and Mike DeLeeuw (single, double) had two hits apiece, while Tyler Weston, Greg Nicholson (RBI) and Matt Ziemak chipped in with singles of their own. 

 

Team MVP and the Thunder play each other again under the lights on Tuesday at Santaluces.  


 

 

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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 4
Panthers 3 0 2 6 1 4 0 X X 7 11 4

 

LP: Hunter Kyzar

Panthers Handle Thunder 

5/8/2019 - Hits came far and few between for the Thunder Wednesday night at Santaluces, but the Panthers came ready to play and handled their business, beating the T-Men 7-1.  

 

Battling injury, lefty Hunter Kyzar (28 BF, 3 BB, 4 K, 9 H, 6 R) fought through four and two third innings, but was relieved by catcher Darren Hansen who tossed the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, while striking out two. This was the second game straight that position players were needed on the hill, and the loss was the first on the season for Kyzar. 

 

Panthers starter Chris Carney struck out five and scattered seven hits, enroute to a complete game victory. The only run scored by the Thunder's anemic offense came in the 8th. Eric Gormley singled, stole second and scored on a double by Hunter Kyzar. Otherwise, five other singles were scattered throughout the game by Mike DeLeeuw, Greg Nicholson, Tyler Weston, Rudy Plasencia and Matt Ziemak

 

The T-Men take on Team MVP next Sunday, a morning game at Santaluces. 


 

 

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Thunder 1 0 1 3 0 2 4 X X 11 10 1
D'Backs 3 0 2 6 1 4 0 X X 16 23 2

 

LP: Josh Mowrey

Shorthanded, T-Men Lose 1st Game 

5/5/2019 - When position players have to throw, you know things aren't going your way. That's the kind of day it was, as the D'Backs scored 16 runs in a time shortened seven inning game, handing the Thunder their first loss of the season.   

 

Starter Josh Mowrey didn't have his best stuff, but Diamondback hitters have to be given credit, as they did their best effort to put balls in play. Unfortunately for the Thunder, and Mowrey, it seemed every hit ball eluded the defense and found a home, no matter how hard or not so hard balls were hit. The D'Backs hammered out 14 hits in four innings, knocking Mowrey out of the game, then added nine more hits over the next three innings against position players. Ironically, the team finally scored for Mowrey as they put up 11 runs on ten hits, which most days gives you a win. But baseball can be a funny, or not so funny animal sometimes. 

 

Roy Nino knocked in two as he singled twice, while Eric Morales also singled twice while plating one. Hunter Kyzar crushed a triple that scored two, while Shawn Chiaramonte, Darren Hansen, Mike DeLeeuw (RBI), Tyler Ziemak (RBI) and Matt Ziemak (RBI) each singled. 

 

The Thunder will lick their wounds and try to regroup against the Panthers Wednesday night at Santaluces.  


 

 

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Thunder 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 2
Piranha 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 7 1

 

ND: Josh Mowrey

Thunder Tie After Extra Frame 

4/28/2019 - An error, a hanging change-up, a homerun, a controversial home run and a ton of runners left on base pretty much covers today's game, as the Thunder tied the Piranha through 10 innings.

 

Starter Josh Mowrey was on cruise control through the first five innings and would have escaped a three-run 6th inning if it weren't for a costly infield error. A single and a homerun hammered on a hanging change-up followed the error, which allowed the Piranha to take a 3-1 lead. On the day, Mowrey faced 30 batters, walked one, struck out two and allowed no earned runs.

 

A couple of innings later, the T-Men tied the game on a single by Darren Hansen and a controversial homerun by Mike DeLeeuw. While approaching third base on his homerun trot, the umpire signaled DeLeeuw back to second base and indicated a ground rule double. The umpires conversed and the ruling was changed to a homerun, which brought some arguing by Piranha players. With the game tied, righty Dylan Brammer was brought into the game and he tossed three clean innings, which included an extra frame. Brammer struck out 7 of the 10 batters, allowing the T-Men to maintain the tie. 

 

The Thunder had their chances, but don't seem to like scoring when Mowrey is on the mound. The team stranded eleven men on base, eight of which were in scoring position. Darren Hansen and Greg Nicholson singled twice, Mike DeLeeuw singled and homered to drive in two and Dylan Brammer and Eric Morales each singled. 

 

Next up, the Diamondbacks on May 5, 2019. 


 

 

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Bears 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
Thunder 1 0 4 0 0 2 0 1 x 8 13 1

 

WP: Dylan Brammer

Hansen (4 hits) Leads Way 

4/16/2019 - The Thunder offense banged out 13 hits, four of which came from Darren Hansen, and four pitchers held the Bears to five hits as the Thunder improved to 5-0 heading into Easter break. 

 

Darren Hansen (RBI) doubled and singled three times as he helped jump start the Thunder offense. Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) and Dylan Brammer followed suit with two hits each, with Brammer scoring three of the T'Men's eight runs. Mike DeLeeuw singled home two runs in a 4-run third inning, while Eric Gormley, Rudy Plasencia, Keaton Ijams and Matt Ziemak each singled. 

 

Pitching to hitters for the first time this season, Brandon Valentin tossed the first two innings, striking out two while allowing an unearned run. Jimmy Efre struck out five over three innings, allowing a run, while Dylan Brammer and Hunter Kyzar tossed two innings each. Kyzar struck out five batters a well, while Brammer struck out the six batters he faced, picking up his first win of the season. 

 

Something has to give after Easter break, as the Thunder battle the Piranha on April 28th at 1:00 PM. Both teams are 5-0, and the Piranha have been scoring runs by the boatload, averaging 9.4 runs per game. 


 

 

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Mets 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 9 2
Thunder 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 x 6 12 3

 

WP: Hunter Kyzar

 

 

Another Late Inning Victory

4/14/2019 - Timely hits elluded Thunder bats early in this one, as the T-Men stranded 9 runners in scoring position while leaving a total of twelve on base. However, the team scored one in the bottom of the 8th and held off the Mets to remain unbeaten early in the Spring season.

 

Starter Josh Mowrey tossed 6 strong innings as he struck out 9, scattered four hits, issued no free passes while allowing one 1 earned run out of three. Mowrey had a two run lead after finishing the 6th, but lost his chance for the win after the Mets scored two runs on reliever Hunter Kyzar in the 8th. Kyzar, working out the kinks on a new arm angle, struck out one while giving up five hits and two earned runs over three innings of work. 

 

Shawn Chiaramonte (3 RBI) won player of the game honors with a three-hit performance, including a two run bomb in the third, and the game winning double in the bottom of the 8th after Henry Wilson had advanced to second a stolen base. 

 

Tyler Weston (triple, single, RBI) and Tyler Ziemak (two singles, RBI) added two hits each, Darren Hansen doubled and Henry Wilson, Eric Gormley, Jimmy Efre and Keaton Ijams each singled. 

 

The team plays their first night game of the season on Tuesday the 16th at 6:45 PM against the Bears at the Santaluces Sports Complex. 


 

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Beach Bums 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 x 3 7 2

 

WP: Matt Sergey   S: Hunter Kyzar

 

Thunder Sneak Past Beach Bums

4/7/2019 - The T-Men won a battle of pitching staffs today as they scored late to sneak by the Bums at the Santaluces Sports Complex. 

 

Things seemed to happen in bunches today. In the first, the Bums jumped out to a 2-0 lead as the team tallied three of their four hits. Dylan Love and James Vaughan singled, then Jason Bryan smashed a double into the RF gap which scored both baserunners. 

 

Down two in the 7th, Mike DeLeeuw and Greg Nicholson singled then Tyler Weston walked to load the bases. Josh Mowrey (RBI) followed with a walk, scoring DeLeeuw, but relief pitcher Tyler Constable avoided further damage by striking out the next two batters. 

 

In the 8th, Shawn Chiaramonte led off the inning with a double down the left field line. He advanced to third on a hard hit single by Eric Gormley, then scored on a wild pitch by Constable. On the same wild pitch, the speedy Gormley hustled and advanced from first to third. Darren Hansen (RBI) singled home Gormley, which ended up being the winning run. 

 

Starter John Richy (4 IP, 18 BF, 0 BB, 8 K, 4 H, 2 R) tossed the first four innings in his final tune-up before joining the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Matt Sergey (4 IP, 12 BF, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 H, 0 R) pitched the next four innings and earned the win after the T-Men went ahead in the bottom of the 8th. Sergey is off to Indy Ball as well, and will be pitching for the High Point Rockers. Hunter Kyzar picked up his first save of the season, as he tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning. 

 

Up Next - a morning game against the Mets (2-0) next Sunday at Santaluces. 


 

 

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Bears 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 2 1 2
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 x 12 10 3

 

WP: Matt Sergey

 

T-Men Pull Away Late, Beat Bears

3/31/2019 - The Thunder pitching staff combined for a 1-hitter and struck out 21 batters in eight innings, as the team won back-to-back games to begin the Spring 2019 season. 

 

Don't let the score fool you, this game was tight through six innings with the Bears holding a 2-0 lead thanks to the efforts of starting pitcher Nick Argento, who struck out 7 while scattering five hits. But things fell apart quickly for the Bears in the 7th and 8th innings after Argento left the game, as the Thunder scored 12 runs thanks to five hits, two hit-batters, six walks and two wild pitches by three relief pitchers. There could have been more damage done, but the game ended in the bottom of the 8th inning as time expired, with the Thunder batting with bases loaded.  

 

Roy Nino (3 RBI), Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) and Rudy Plasencia (2 RBI) led the team with two hits each. Eric Gormley, Mike DeLeeuw, Greg Nicholson (RBI) and Eric Morales added singles. Tyler Weston and Josh Mowrey aided the cause with two walks each, while Matt Ziemak picked up an RBI on a ground out. 

 

RHP Josh Mowrey took the mound in his first action of the season and tossed the first three innings. Mowrey faced twelve batters, struck out six and didn't allow a hit in his first game, while allowing only an unearned run to score. John Richy tossed the 4th and 5th innings. Richy hit a batter and allowed a hit, but ended up striking out six of the nine batters he faced. Matt Sergey earned the win by handling the last three innings, as he struck out all 9 batters faced. The combined 21 strike-out effort is a Thunder record. 

 

The team battles the Beach Bums next Sunday morning at Santaluces. The Bums blanked the Diamondbacks 2-0 in today's action. 

 

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Thunder 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 5 8 1
Los Tigres 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 4 11 2

 

WP: Hunter Kyzar   

 

Thunder Win Opener, Nip Los Tigres

3/24/2019 - In a rematch of the fall championship game, the T-Men squeaked out a win to open their 31st season. 

 

The Thunder had eight hits in this one, but none were as loud as Forest Kimbrell's two-run homerun in the 4th inning, which platted Joey Rydzewski who had doubled earlier in the inning. Greg Nicholson singled and doubled, Eric Morales, Eric Gormley and Shawn Chiaramonte singled, while Kyle Peterson aided the cause with a double and a walk. Other offensive notables were Tyler Weston (RBI) who busted down the line to beat out a double play which allowed a run to score, and Roy Nino, who walked and laid down a textbook sacrafice bunt in the 9th, moving the eventual winning run to second base. 

 

On the mound, Jimmy Efre tossed 7 strong innings, as he struck out 4 and allowed three earned runs. He gave closer Hunter Kyzar a 4-3 lead, but the first batter Kyzar faced in the 8th laced a flat change-up over the left field fence to tie the game. The Thunder took the lead in the top of the 9th and Kyzar navigated a two-out bases loaded mess to pick up the win. 

 

Next up - a morning game on 3/31 at Santaluces against the newly formed Bears team. 

 

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