Results - Fall 2021  



Heat 0 0 0 0 0 x x x x 0 2 2
Thunder 9 0 0 2 4 x x x x 15 10 1


WP: Daniel Hansen


Mercy Rule Ends Game

10/17/2021 - The Thunder scored nine in the first, two in the fourth, and four more in the fifth to run-rule the first-year Heat team. 


Daniel Hansen and Kody Gardere combined efforts to 2-hit the Heat through five innings, with Hansen picking up his first win of the season. Hansen tossed three, walked two, struck out three, and gave up one hit. Gardere threw the last two innings, struck out three, and gave up an infield single. 



The fifteen runs in five innings were part offense (10 hits) and part gifts (12 BB, 7 WP) from the Heat pitching staff. That's not to take away from Thunder hitters working counts, but the sheer volume of walks in the game definitely aided the offensive outburst. 



Guy Bitchatcho scored a run, stole a base, and knocked in four runs with two singles. Keaton "Tomahawk" Ijams continued his hot start to the season with two more hits, knocking in three runs while swiping a bag. Leadoff man Eric Gormley added two hits himself, ripping a single and double, while scoring two runs, and his double was of the "walk-off" variety, as it pushed across the final run in the bottom of the 5th. Wisley Correa (RBI), Mike DeLeeuw (RBI), Ethan Root (RBI), and Louie Napoleon each singled. Darren Hansen walked all three of his plate appearances, and newcomer Josh Williams walked twice, scored twice, and scored the "winning" run.  



Flamingos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x x 1 6 5
Thunder 0 2 2 3 2 1 4 x x 14 17 2


WP: Kody Gardere


Thunder Clobber Flamingos

10/3/2021 - The T-Men needed only 7 innings to run-rule the Flamingos Sunday morning, as the team improved to 1-1 early in the Fall season. 


Five Thunder players had multi-hit games - Daniel Hansen (single, double, 2 RBI), Parker Danciu (two singles, 3 RBI), Luke O'Hara (two singles, 3 runs scored), Ethan Root (two singles, RBI), and Wisley Correa (single, double, 2 RBI). Newcomers Joel Perez (double, RBI) and Kody Gardere (triple, RBI) ripped extra-base hits in their debuts, while veterans Eric Gormley (RBI), Matt Ziemak, Shawn Chiaramonte, and Keaton Ijams helped the cause with singles. 



It was also a total team effort on the mound, as four Thunder pitchers saw action. Andrew Lappas (2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 H, 1 R) tossed the first two innings and gave up the only run allowed on the day. Evan Leiva pitched the next two innings, striking out three while giving up a hit. Kody Gardere handled the 5th and 6th innings, as he struck out two and gave up a single in route to his first win of the season. Closer Sam Bordner got some work in as well, as he struck out two of four batters faced in his season debut. 


The team takes on the Mets (0-2) next Sunday in an afternoon game at Dave Manzo field. 



D'Backs 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 9 3
Thunder 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1


LP: Louie Napoleon


36th Season Opener

9/26/2021 - The fall/winter season launched with the D'Backs beating the Thunder in their opener at the Santaluces Sports Complex. 


Lefty Ethan Root returned to the mound after six years and did an admirable job as he continues to work off rust. Root tossed 5 1/3 innings, struck out five, gave up four hits, allowed two earned runs, and left the game tied at two. Due to some absences, position players were then forced into action, as Louie Napoleon, Mike DeLeeuw, Wisley Correa, and Luke O'Hara took turns throwing, with Napoleon taking the loss. 


The team tallied six hits on the day, but overall the Thunder struggled at the plate and failed to mount much of an attack in their first game back from break. Matt Ziemak, Mike DeLeeuw (RBI), Greg Nicholson, and Ethan Root each singled. But the loudest hits came from Keaton Ijams, who ripped a triple down the right-field line, and Luke O'Hara, who hit an inside-the-park home run in the third inning. 


The team takes on a revamped Flamingos team next Sunday, who won their season opener 11-4 over the Heat.