Results - Spring 2021  


 

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Bums 2 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 9 14 0
Thunder 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

 

LP: Josh Mowrey

 

Thunder Fall Short, Bums Champions

8/22/2021 -  It looked like a high scoring, offensive battle from the beginning, as both teams scored twice in the first inning on seven combined hits. But unfortunately for the Thunder, they were one-and-done in this one, as the team only managed two hits the rest of the way. 

 

The Beach Bums came ready to play in this one and simply out-hit and out-pitched the T-Men. Dylan Love tossed a complete game win, as he walked four, struck out six and after a rocky first inning (4 hits), allowed only two hits the rest of the way. For veterans with the team in the spring season of 2017, the name Dylan Love should ring a painful bell as he knocked in the championship game winning run for the Bums in the bottom of the 9th with a flare down the right field line. So yes, it's now safe for Thunder players to refer to him as Dylan (bleeping) Love moving foward. 

 

Veteran Josh Mowrey (5 IP, 26 BF, 0 BB, 1 K, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER) started on the mound for the Thunder. The franchise win leader had typically pitched well against the Bums in the past, but he was off his game as Bums hitters punished his mistakes early and often, scoring in four of the fiving innings Mowrey pitched. Daniel Hansen tossed the 6th and 7th inning and allowed two runs on three hits and two hit batters. Mikey Melendez pitched the last two innings, striking out three while giving up one hit and no runs. 

 

In the 1st inning, Greg Nicholson singled but was erased when Wisley Correa hit into a doubleplay. With two outs, Darren Hansen singled and Mike DeLeeuw knocked him in with a double to left-center field. Mikey Melendez singled home DeLeeuw, tying the game at two, but there were only two other hits in the 6th inning, when Darren Hansen and Mikey Melendez each singled. 

 

The Thunder had a solid season, finishing the regular season 17-4-1. They simply didn't play their best game on the worst day possible. 


 

 

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Red Sox 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 x x 5 10 4
Thunder 3 0 8 0 0 2 4 x x 17 16 3

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

 

Third Time's A Charm

8/15/2021 -  The Red Sox beat the Thunder 5-4 and 10-8 during the regular season, but the T-Men scored early and often in this one and run-ruled the Sox 17-5 in seven innings, advancing to the Championship game against the Beach Bums. 

 

As you can see by the boxscore, both teams came out swinging and combined for 26 hits in 6 1/3 innings, but the 3rd inning was the back-breaker for the Sox. In the inning, the Thunder sent ten batters to the plate, had seven hits, scored eight runs, with the biggest damage coming via a solo homerun by Mike DeLeeuw, and a grand salami by catcher Darren Hansen. The inning was also the last inning starter Paul Chasse would throw. The Thunder would add on six more runs over the next four innings, with the knockout blow coming in the bottom of the 7th when Wisley Correa hit a "walk-off-game winning" three-run homerun that pushed across the 12th run-rule run. Say that 10 times fast.

 

The hitapalooza saw six players get multi-hit games: Greg Nicholson (two singles, two runs, RBI), Wisley Correa (single, double, HR, four runs, 4 RBI), Mike DeLeeuw (single, HR, two runs, RBI), Mikey Melendez (three singles, two runs, 2 RBI), Guy Bitchatcho (two singles, run, 2 RBI), and Freiberg Marin (two singles, run, RBI). As mentioned, Darren Hansen hit a grand slam in the 3rd, and Matt Ziemak had an RBI single in the 7th. 

 

Josh Mowrey went the distance on the mound, picking up his 6th win of the season. Mowrey walked one, struck out two, gave up ten hits, and the Sox scored five times with only two runs being earned. 

 

The team takes on a revamped Beach Bums team next Sunday for the Championship, who knocked off the defending champion Delray Nationals. Ex-minor leaguer Joey Housey's return to the team helped lead the Bums resurgence at the end of season, and helped them knock off the Nationals. A victory for the Thunder would be the 5th championship for the club.  


 

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Piranha 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 3 0 8 13 4
Thunder 2 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 1 9 13 6

 

WP: Daniel Hansen

 

Correa Knocks In Winning Run

8/8/2021 -  With the game tied at eight in the bottom of the ninth, team hit leader Wisley Correa hit a walk-off single, sending the Thunder into the playoffs with the taste of a come from behind win. 

 

In a final tune-up before the playoffs, the Thunder batted 15 players which allowed players to get at least two at bats, and team win leaders Josh Mowrey and Daniel Hansen split duties on the mound. With the team expected to bat nine in the playoffs with relatively no substitutions defensively, some players may have played in their last game of the spring season. 

 

Thirteen hits were spread among ten Thunder hitters, with Wisley Correa (3-4, 2 R, GW RBI), Mikey Melendez (2-3, R, RBI), and Mike DeLeeuw (1-3, 2 R, 3-Run HR) leading the way. Leadoff man Greg Nicholson walked twice, singled, and scored twice, Darren Hansen singled, scored, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Guy Bitchatcho knocked in a run with a single. Nathan Todd, Eric Gormley, and Matt Ziemak singled, while Matt Beuka reached base three times with a single and two walks. In the 9th, Eric Gormley led off the inning and reached second base on a throwing error by the third baseman. The Piranha pitcher struck out the next batter, then intentionally walked Keaton Ijams to give the team a chance to win the game on a double play. Greg Nicholson patiently walked and with the bases loaded, then Wisley Correa ripped a game winning line drive single down the left field line.  

 

Josh Mowrey struck out seven, scattered five hits, walked none through five innings, and allowed two unearned runs as he left the game with a one-run lead. Daniel Hansen threw the last four innings and picked up the win despite allowing six runs (3 earned) off of eight hits. The win ties Hansen with Mowrey for wins on the season. 

 

The Thunder finished the season as the #2 seed and will face their season nemisis, the Red Sox in the playoffs. Paul Chasse's Red Sox finished finished third and have beat the Thunder both times they have played this season. Weather permitting, the game is scheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2021, 1 PM at the Santaluces Sports Complex, Field 3. 


  

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Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4
Nationals 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 x 5 7 0

 

LP: Josh Mowrey

 

Nats Blank Thunder To Win Division

8/1/2021 -  Ex-minor leaguer Mike Murray tossed a complete game shutout Sunday morning, allowing just five hits, as the Nationals topped the Thunder to win the division. 

 

Murray kept Thunder batters off-balance, as he struck out ten, walked none, and scattered five hits across nine innings. Mike Deleeuw, Freiberg Marin, Keaton Ijams, Matt Beuka, and Matt Ziemak each singled, but the team really didn't mount much of an attack and looked a little flat after their bye week.  

 

Anthony Auletta tossed the first inning and struck out all three batters faced. It was Auletta's final game before returning to the New Jersey Jackals. Josh Mowrey threw the last seven innings, but an error-plagued inning erased what was a pitcher's duel. Instead of a 1-0 game, the Nationals took a commanding 5-0 lead after scoring four unearned runs in the 5th inning, and Mowrey's strong performance was wasted, which resulted in his third loss of the season. 

 

A regular-season final tune-up against the Piranha is on the books next Sunday.


  

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Thunder 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 13 4
Red Sox 0 2 2 2 0 0 4 0 x 10 15 3

 

LP: Josh Mowrey

 

All Good Things Come To An End

 

7/18/2021 -  The winning streak came to an end Sunday morning as the Red Sox knocked off the Thunder for a second time this season. 

 

A lot of things go into a winning streak - timely hitting, good pitching, lucky bounces, the schedule, good calls, makeshift lineups that work, etc. The Thunder won a few games with smoke, mirrors, and grit, but things finally caught up with them today at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

 

The stats looked similar for both teams on the day, but the difference in the game came down to ill-timed errors by the Thunder and a 2-run home run in the 7th by the Red Sox. Lefty Anthony Auletta returned to the team and tossed the first two innings. Auletta, working his way back from an injury, faced ten batters, struck out two, gave up four hits and two earned runs. It was the first time facing batters in a couple of months, but Auletta looked the part and threw easy. Josh Mowrey (33 BF, 1 BB, 3 K, 11 H, 8 R, 3 ER) threw the last six innings and again fell victim to the Mowrey Effect, as only three of the eight runs scored were earned. Mowrey pitched well enough to win but was the tough-luck loser as his season record fell to 5-2.    

 

Eric Gormley singled twice and clobbered a triple, as he knocked in a run, scored a run, and stole a base. Team hit leader Wisley Correa knocked in two with two singles, while Mikey Melendez (RBI) and Dylan Dankowski (RBI) each singled and ripped doubles. Mike DeLeeuw snuck a double in down the left-field line, and Guy Bitchatcho, Matt Beuka (RBI), and Ethan Root chipped in with singles. 

 

The entire league has a bye week next weekend, then play resumes on 8/1 with a game against the Nationals and a regular-season finale against the Piranha on 8/8. 


  

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Angels 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 x 5 8 9
Thunder 1 4 3 1 0 1 1 6 x 17 20 3

 

WP: Guy Bitchatcho

 

Winning Streak Reaches 15

 

7/11/2021 -  The Thunder scored in all but one inning Sunday afternoon, and eight of nine batters enjoyed a base hit on the day, as the team won its fifteenth consecutive game.  

 

After being held to just five hits the night before, the Thunder offense woke up in a big way Sunday afternoon at the Santaluces Sports Complex. Newcomers Nate Todd and Rich Westrop introduced themselves to the team with big days, as Todd singled and scored three times, knocked in two while Westrop singled and scored twice, doubled, hit a solo home run in the 7th inning, and knocked in five. Veteran Mike Deleeuw singled three times and scored four times while winning pitcher Guy Bitchatcho singled three times and scored twice. Catcher Keaton Ijams and Mikey Melendez (RBI) singled twice, Wisely Correa (RBI) singled and doubled, and Max Bleznak scored three times while knocking in a run with a single. 

 

Guy "Ohtani" Bitchatcho did it all today, as he pitched a complete-game win while helping the offense with three singles. Bitchatcho faced 34 batters through eight innings, walked two, struck out six, scattered eight hits, and gave up 5 runs, of which only 2 were earned. Bitchatcho was ready to throw the 9th, but the Thunder run-ruled the Angels after scoring six runs in the bottom of the 8th. 

 

The team heads into the home stretch of the season with hopes of another shot at the championship. The Thunder play the Red Sox on 7/18, have a bye on 7/25, play the Nationals on 8/1, the Piranha on 8/8 then begin playoffs on 8/15.  


  

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Sugar Kings 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Thunder 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

 

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

 

7/10/2021 -  The Thunder hung on to win a pitcher's duel Saturday night at Santaluces, as pitchers Sam Cornelius and Josh Mowrey combined efforts in a 2-1 nailbiter. 

 

In the 2nd inning, with two outs, Max Bleznak clobbered a double into right field which scored the hustling Keaton Ijams from first base. The Sugar Kings would tie the game in the fourth, but the Thunder answered by pushing a run across in the bottom of the inning. Matt Beuka had reached on a single, stole second base, then scored on a throwing error, giving the T-Men a 2-1 lead. In addition to Bleznak's double and Beuka's single, Freiberg Marin and Keaton Ijams singled, while Mike DeLeeuw picked up another double.

 

Sam Cornelius (19 BF, 1 BB, 1 K, 5 H, 1 ER) started for the Thunder and threw the first four innings. In what was most likely his last game of the season, Cornelius battled the contact-oriented Sugar Kings lineup and escaped big trouble in the 4th. The Kings singled four consecutive times in the inning, scored once but Cornelius was able to induce three ground balls after which allowed the defense to cut down a runner at the plate twice, then once at 3B to end the attack. 

 

Righty Josh Mowrey tossed the last five innings. Mowrey faced sixteen batters, struck out one, allowed one hit, and retired the side four of five innings pitched. The win pushed Mowrey's record to 5-1 on the season. 

 

The win is also the team's fourteenth in a row. Only playing once a week and continuously battling player's schedules with makeshift lineups, is a very respectable accomplishment that the team hopes to continue.  


  

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Thunder 6 6 0 2 2 2 0 x x 18 19 2
Gators 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 x x 9 10 4

 

WP: Mikey Melendez

 

T-Men Win Slugfest

 

7/4/2021 -  The Thunder came out swinging, scoring 12 runs over the first two innings, then cruised to an 18-9 win. Six of nine Thunder batters had multi-hit games, all nine players registered a hit, and the winning streak increased to thirteen. 

 

Holiday games are always a challenge, but a couple of blasts from the past came out on Sunday to help the Thunder avoid a forfeit. Ethan Root returned to the area after six years and made a big splash in his return to the team. Root (2 R, SB) had four hits and drove in four runs with a double and three singles. Veteran Chris Snyder answered a text message on Sunday morning and sweet-talked his wife into playing, allowing the Thunder to play with 9 instead of 8 players. Snyder scored a run, singled twice, and drove in three runs while handling second base. Greg Nicholson (2 R, 2 RBI, single, two doubles) and Matt Beuka (3 R, RBI, three singles, two walks) had three hits each, Wisely Correa (2 RBI) singled and doubled, and Mikey Melendez followed suit with two hits of his own, both singles, which drove in two runs. Mike DeLeeuw smashed a double, Eric Gormley drove in two runs with a walk and single, and Mad Max Bleznak singled and scored twice. 

 

Mikey Melendez didn't have his "A" stuff, but battled as always and earned his third win of the season. Melendez tossed six innings, struck out two and gave up nine runs, of which only four were earned. Mike DeLeeuw threw the 7th inning, struck out two, and the game was called due to time expiring. 

 

The Thunder plays Saturday night and Sunday afternoon next weekend, as they try to hold on to the top spot in the standings.  

 


  

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Thunder 0 0 0 1 2 0 8 0 2 13 19 2
Mets 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 0 2 9 11 3

 

WP: Sam Cornelius

 

Explosive 7th Inning Saves Streak

 

6/20/2021 -  Mikey Melendez was a one-man wrecking machine Sunday, knocking in four runs with four hits, and the team scored 8 in the 7th to pull away from the Mets Sunday afternoon. 

 

Although the Thunder have been lucky enough to experience three undefeated regular seasons during their 35-season history, winning streaks are always a fun thing to experience. After a wonky start to the season, the team has ripped off 12 straight wins to remain in 1st place as they try to hold off the Nationals, Marlins, and Red Sox. 

 

Not only did Mikey Melendez dominate at the plate, but he tossed the first five innings and left the game with a 3-2 lead. Melendez struck out 10 of 25 batters faced while allowing five hits and two earned runs. Facing hitters for the first time in months, Luis Jimenez entered the game in the 6th but lasted only 2/3 of an inning, as he ran into trouble after hitting and walking a batter, as he gave up two hits and two runs. Sam Cornelius relieved Jimenez and handled the last 3 1/3 innings, striking out three, while allowing four hits and five runs, of which only 1 was earned. 

 

The offense was sluggish for the first three innings, but the team snapped out of it and ended up with 19 hits on the day. As mentioned, Mikey Melendez knocked in four runs and scored three times, as he singled twice, tripled, and clobbered a 2-run home run in the top of the 9th. "Rookie" Wisley Correa continued his hot hitting, knocking in two with two singles and a double while scoring three times from the leadoff spot. Tyler Weston (RBI) made a guest appearance and singled three times, despite not having any plate appearances in about a year. Matt Beuka (RBI), Mike DeLeeuw (2 RBI), and Sam Cornelius(RBI) each singled and tripled. Keaton Ijams (RBI) and Daniel Hansen joined the fun as they each smashed doubles, and Max Bleznak reached base three times via a single and two walks. 

 

The team has a bye on 6/27, as no fields are available due to local tournaments and collegiate summer leagues, then resume action on 4th of July weekend. 


  

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D'Backs 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 3 8 2
Thunder 1 0 0 2 0 9 1 x x 13 11 2

 

WP: Daniel Hansen

 

T-Men Win 11th Straight Game

 

6/13/2021 -  The Thunder remained in 1st place after winning their 11th consecutive game, as Daniel Hansen picked up his 4th win of the season, and Freiberg Marin led the attack with three hits. 

 

With the game tied at three in the bottom of the 6th, the Thunder took advantage of three walks and an error and added five hits to break things open with a 9-run inning. On the day, Diamondback pitchers walked fourteen batters, otherwise, the game most likely would have been much tighter. Freiberg Marin (.364 BA) continued his offensive surge, singling twice and hitting a double while knocking in a run. Guy Bitchatcho remained in the hunt for the team Hitman award, as he knocked in a run and singled twice. Logan Napoleon knocked in two with a single, Matt Ziemak singled and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Greg Nicholson and Mikey Melendez (RBI) each singled. Darren Hansen scored twice and rocked a double to knock in a run. 

 

Daniel Hansen (6 IP) faced 28 batters, walked three, struck out four, allowed six hits, and three runs (two earned) en route to his 4th win of the season. Mikey Melendez followed Hansen and tossed two scoreless innings, and time expired after the top of the 8th. 

 

The Thunder take on the Mets on Father's Day, in an afternoon tilt next Sunday at Santaluces. 


  

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Bums 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 x x 2 7 3
Thunder 0 1 3 5 2 5 x x x 16 17 4

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

 

Thunder Run-Rule Bums

 

6/6/2021 -  Historically games between the Thunder and Beach Bums have been tight, but the Thunder offense ambushed the Bums early in this one, banging out 17 hits and scoring 16 runs, run-ruling the Bums in seven innings. 

 

Righty Josh Mowrey (27 BF, 5 K, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER) started on the mound for the Thunder, threw six innings, and won his 4th game of the season. Aside from a 3-hit fourth inning, Mowrey was in control and avoided high traffic innings. Sam Cornelius tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning, striking out two of three batters faced, but he couldn't get more work in as the game was called due to the league's run-rule. 

 

After a ho-hum offensive effort last week, the team came ready to play and as mentioned before, ambushed the Bums pitching staff early and often. Leadoff man Greg Nicholson (RBI, 3 R) set the tone with three singles and catcher Darren Hansen followed his lead, clobbering two doubles and a single while scoring twice and knocking in three runs. Mike DeLeeuw stayed hot, as he knocked in two with two singles, and the team hit leader Wisley Correa (3 R) singled and deposited his first home run of the season, a 3-run bomb, over the left-field fence in the 4th. Mikey Melendez was the other multi-hit player, as he singled twice and "did his job" with a sacrifice fly. Shawn Chiaramonte (3 RBI) walked twice and knocked in two with a hard-hit single in the 6th. Matt Ziemak (RBI), Keaton Ijams, Eric Gormley, and newcomer Matt Beuka (RBI) helped the cause with singles, and Guy Bitchatcho "did his job" with a sacrifice RBI fly in the 2nd. 

 

The Diamondbacks stand in the way of an eleven-game win streak next Sunday afternoon at Dyer Park. 


  

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Dodgers 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 x 5 13 4
Thunder 2 0 1 1 1 3 1 x x 9 9 1

 

WP: Mikey Melendez

 

9 In A Row

 

5/30/2021 -  The T-Men were outhit and played with overall low energy, but took advantage of miscues by the Dodgers, hanging onto 2nd place while winning their 9th in a row Sunday afternoon at Santaluces.

 

The team battled the heat, the Dodgers, and maybe a little holiday hangover Sunday afternoon, as energy levels seemed a bit lower than normal. On offense, veteran Keaton Ijams (RBI) and Guy "Hitman" Bitchatcho (RBI) accounted for just about half of the offense with two singles each. In the 3rd, father-son combo Tyler Ziemak and Matt Ziemak combined forces to push across a run, as Tyler clobbered a triple to lead off the inning, and Matt "did his job" with a sacrifice fly. Matt Ziemak (RBI), Mike DeLeeuw, Freiberg Marin, and Max Bleznak pitched in with singles, and the team took full advantage of miscues by the Dodgers (10 walks, 4 errors, and 5 wild pitches). 

 

Lefty Mikey Melendez (2-1, 0.61 ERA) started on the hill for the Thunder, struck out seven, and gave up two runs (one earned) through five innings to pick up the win. Sam Cornelius followed Melendez, tossing the 6th and 7th innings. However, a couple of walks and a couple of bloop hits led to a rough 7th, as the Dodgers pushed across three of their five runs to remain in striking distance. With the three-hour time limit closing in, Ivan Pineyro tossed a 1-2-3 8th inning, and the umpires called the game.  


  

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Thunder 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 2 9 12 2
Flamingos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 3

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

 

Correa & Marin Rake

 

5/27/2021 -  Rookies Wisley Correa and Freiberg Marin continue to shine in their first season with the Thunder, as each player had three hits on the night, leading the team to a 9-1 win over the Flamingos. 

 

Another rookie, Sam Cornelius (14.63 K/G), started on the mound for the T-Men, and tossed two scoreless innings as he struck out five of six batters faced. Veteran Josh Mowrey (3-1, 0.90 ERA) followed Cornelius and threw six scoreless innings, walking none and striking out five to earn his third win of the season. Darren Hansen handled the 9th inning, striking out one while allowing two hits and an earned run. 

 

The Thunder had runners on base all but one inning and banged out 12 hits. Both Wisley Correa (team hit leader) and Freiberg Marin (.320 BA) doubled and singled twice, while Max Bleznak (single, double) and Daniel Hansen (two singles, 2 RBI) also had multi-hit games. Matt Ziemak aided the cause, knocking in two with a double in the 5th, and Roy Glaum chipped in with a RBI single in the 8th. 

 

The team is on an 8 game winning streak and hope to continue their success Sunday afternoon against the first-year Dodgers. 


  

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Thunder 1 2 0 2 0 1 5 1 0 12 16 3
Athletics 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 14 1

 

WP: Josh Mowrey

 

T-Men Pull Away Late

 

5/23/2021 -  Six Thunder players had multi-hit games, and Josh Mowrey picked up his second win of the season, as the Thunder scored six runs in the final three frames to beat the Athletics. 

 

The Thunder offense came alive late in the game, as they tallied 10 of their 15 hits over the last four innings. Shawn "Paintman" Chiaramonte singled three times and knocked in two runs, while Greg Nicholson (RBI), Wisley Correa (RBI), Mikey Melendez (RBI), Keaton Ijams (RBI), and Mad Max Bleznak (RBI) each singled twice. Mike DeLeeuw ripped a double in the 7th which knocked in two runs, and Freiberg Marin chipped in with a single. Guy Bitchatcho walked twice, and Eric Gormley walked once to help create traffic on the bases, and Daniel Hansen knocked in a run on a groundout in the 4th inning. 

 

Hansen tossed the first two innings, faced nine batters, walked and struck out one, gave up two hits and two earned runs. Josh Mowrey (21 BF, 0 BB, 2 K, 4 H) then cruised through five innings, picking up the win while allowing an earned run, and Sam Cornelius handled the last two innings. Cornelius struck out four of the seven batters faced in his second game back on the hill. 

 

At the midway point of the season, the Thunder find themselves in 2nd place behind the Nationals.  


  

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Outsiders 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 9 16 3
Thunder 2 3 3 0 0 3 1 1 x 13 14 1

 

WP: Sam Cornelius

 

Thunder Climb Into 3rd Place

 

5/16/2021 -  The Outsiders scored 5 in the top of the first, but the T-Men answered with two in the bottom of the inning, then battled and won the slugfest as they moved into 3rd place behind the Nationals and Marlins. 

 

Guy Bitchatcho was thrown into action unexpectedly at the last minute and started on the mound for the Thunder. An error and two walks aided a 5-run first inning for the Outsiders, but Bitchatcho (1-0, 2.70 ERA) shook things off and kept fighting, tossing five and leaving the game tied through five. Sam Cornelius returned to the mound after a year and a half absence due to hip surgery and tossed the last four innings. Cornelius struck out four in his return, walked none, and gave up an earned run while picking up his first win of the season. 

 

Guy Bitchatcho (RBI) led the fight at the plate as well with three singles. Mike DeLeeuw (RBI) continued his hot hitting with two doubles, while Matt Ziemak (2 RBI) and Shawn Chiaramonte (2 RBI) each singled twice. Wisley Correa, Max Bleznak, Freiberg Marin (2 RBI), and Keaton Ijams (2 RBI) singled, and Luis Lopez hit a pinch-hit solo home run in the 8th inning. Eric Gormley walked and scored twice, and Mikey Melendez picked up an RBI on a groundout. 


  

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

 

WP: Daniel Hansen

 

Bleznak Singles, Ijam Doubles!

 

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

 

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

 

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


  

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

 

WP: Guy Bitchatcho S: Josh Mowrey

 

Eric Morales Retires A Winner

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


  

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

 

WP: Mikey Melendez

 

Thunder Run-Rule Marlins

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


  

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

 

WP: Daniel Hansen

 

T-Men Double-Up Piranha

 

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

 

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

 

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


  

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

 

WP: Josh Mowrey S: Ivan Pineyro

 

Chiaramonte Leads Way

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


  

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

 

LP: Mikey Melendez

 

Rain Gives Sugar Kings Win

 

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

 

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

 

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


  

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

 

ND: Daniel Hansen

 

Costly Errors Allow Nats To Tie

 

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

 

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

 

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


  

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

 

WP: Daniel Hansen S: Mikey Melendez

 

Thunder Hold On, Beat Angels

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


  

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

 

LP: Josh Mowrey

 

35th Season Opener

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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