Results - Spring 2014 (18AA) 


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Fateful 9th Inning Ends Championship Hopes

8/24/2014 - The Thunder jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings then gave up 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Starter Will Laughlin wasn't his usual sharp shelf as he gave up 4 hits, walked two and hit three batters. LHP Mike Alfinez relieved Laughlin after 2 1/3 IP and was dominant through the 8th inning - giving up only two hits while striking out 9 batters.

Anier Cartaya (2 RBI) and Louie Napoleon (2 RBI) led the 12 hit attack with three hits apiece. Chris Linsinbigler continued his hot hitting with a single and triple while Rudy Plasencia ripped a double. Eric Gormley singled and had an RBI sac fly, Eric Morales singled home a run, Greg Nicholson singled while Dennis Hernandez earned a RBI with a bases loaded walk. Chris Snyder also contributed with three walks, scoring twice as the Thunder held an 8-4 going into the 9th.

Unfortunately for the Thunder, the baseball gods did not favor them on this day as the Orioles scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th to steal the game away. The inning began with a single and two walks to load the bases. A pop out gave the Thunder a much needed out, but a bloop single followed which allowed one run to score. A fly ball to CF, which would have been the second out of the inning, somehow dropped allowing another run to score. With an 8-6 lead Alfinez struck out the next better in what should have been the third out of the game, and the start of a well deserved celebration - but the following batter singled home the tying runs then another bloop single brought home the winning run to stun those in attendance.

The Thunder will begin the offseason with a painful memory, but one that might fuel hard work as the team regroups and gets ready for the Fall Season which begins sometime in October.

** A special thank you is in order to those that sacrificed playing time for the team during the playoffs. Team players are hard to find nowadays in the "me, me me" world. Thank you again for your efforts and not complaining during what was most definitely a time of disappointment.






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Chasse Tosses 4 Hit Complete Game, Thunder Win South Division Quarterfinals

8/24/2014 - Paul Chasse allowed a run in the first inning, but was on cruise control the rest of the game as he scattered 4 hits and struck out nine in route to a complete game win.

The Thunder offense was firing on all cylinders as they combined for 15 hits. Eric Gormley and Eric Morales (RBI) led the assault with three hits apiece, while Louie Napoleon (2 RBI) and Chris Linsinbigler each singled twice. Chris Snyder, Anier Cartaya, Rudy Plasencia, Greg Nicholson and Dennis Hernandez (RBI) banged out singles as well, in what was a complete team effort win for the Thunder.

The win advanced the Thunder to an afternoon game against the division winning Orioles.






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Reds Nip Thunder In Final Regular Season Game

8/17/2014 - The Thunder dropped one game below .500 but luckily find themselves eligible for the playoffs next Sunday at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

With all four regular pitchers missing from today's game, the pitching was handled by position players - which of course led to multiple players playing out of position throughout the game. Needless to say, the situation at hand wasn't a pretty one today at Roger Dean Stadium (Field 3). However, despite the brutal heat and falling behind 7-1 through four innings, the Thunder didn't give up which is a great sign for any team, regardless of their circumstances.

Chris Linsinbigler. (RBI) singled three times to lead the offense today while Greg Nicholson (RBI) doubled and smashed a solo home run in the 5th inning. Eric Morales singled twice to tie Eric Gormley for team lead in hits with 23. Matt Rankin continues to hit the ball hard and things are starting to pay off as he smashed a double and knocked in two during a 3-run sixth inning. BJ smith added a single while Chris Snyder (groundout) and Lucas Scuteri (sac fly) picked up an RBI each.

Infielder Anier Cartaya tossed the first five innings and pitched well enough to win, but he was the victim of five defensive errors which allowed the Reds to score 10 run, with only 3 runs being earned. Lucas Scuteri, Matt Rankin and BJ Smith didn't allow the Reds to score over the last four innings; however, the Thunder offense didn't have much punch over the last two innings and their comeback fell short.

Playoffs begin next Sunday, 8/24/2014, at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL. The Thunder play at 9:30 AM and if they win, they will play again at 1:30 PM against either the Orioles or Padres - both of whom finished atop the division and earned a bye for the first round of the playoffs.






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Thunder Tame Rough Riders

8/10/2014 - The Thunder reached the .500 mark with a relatively easy win against the Rough Riders Sunday morning at Roger Dean Stadium, Cardinals Field 2 in Jupiter, Florida.

Paul Chasse (2 H, 11 K), newcomer Mike Alfinez (1 H, 4 K) and Louie Napoleon (0 H, 2 K) combined for a 3-hitter while striking out 17 Rough Riders. Although the Riders scored two runs (1 earned), the Thunder pitching staff didn't really face much offensive pressure from the last place Riders.

Chris Snyder found his stroke and led the 10-hit Thunder attack with two singles. Eric Gormley, Eric Morales (2 RBI), Rudy Plasencia, Matt Rankin, Greg Nicholson, Paul Chasse, Lucas Scuteri (RBI) and newcomer Mike Alfinez (RBI) each singled, while backstop Anthony Terrazi earned two RBI's on a fielders choice and bases loaded walk.

In a final tune-up game before the playoffs, the Thunder take on the Reds next Sunday morning at Roger Dean Stadium, Cardinals Field 5.






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Thunder Lose Second Game of Twin Bill

7/27/2014 - The Baseball Scheduling Gods found no mercy on the Thunder today, as they were forced to play the South division leading Padres in a morning game then the North division leading Leones in their afternoon game, in what was a stifling Florida heat. For the second time this season, the Leones beat the Thunder by 2 runs in another closely contested game between the teams.

The Thunder offense performed a bit better in their second game of the day as they banged out 10 hits. Unfortunately, timely hitting was again an issue as they stranded 12 base runners, 9 of those were left in scoring position. Louie Napoleon (RBI) and Denis Hernandez led the way with two singles each, while Lucas Scuteri, Anier Cartaya (RBI), Eric Morales (RBI), Rudy Plasencia, newcomer Matt Rankin and Chris Snyder added singles.

Newly acquired RHP Will Laughlin (6 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 3 K, 1 ER) pitched well enough to win, but was plagued by unearned runs and was tagged with the loss. Cody Manning pitched strong in relief, as the struck out 3 over the last two innings, but the damage had already been done and the Thunder weren't able to dig themselves out of their hole.

In order to have a change at post season play, the Thunder will have to win their remaining four games and get some help from other teams.

The team plays another doubleheader next Sunday in Lantana against the surging Glory Days and the hungry Rough Riders. First pitch is 9:30 AM.





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Padres Sneak By Thunder In Last Inning, Again

7/27/2014 - The previous game against the Padres, which was called after 6 innings due to darkness, saw 23 runs cross the plate including 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth as the Padres registered a walk-off win beating the Thunder 12-11. Today's game was tied through 8 innings but the Padres again tallied for two runs in the last inning to squeak out another late inning win.

RHP Paul Chasse (1-1) tossed a complete game gem, allowing only 1 earned run while striking out 7 and scattering six hits. Unfortunately the Thunder offense couldn't match Chasse's excellence, as they only registered 5 hits and stranded seven runners on base, six of which were left in scoring position.

Collecting hits for the Thunder were Eric Morales (two singles), Rudy Plasencia (single) Cody Manning (single) and Paul Chasse (single).





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Thunder Hold Off Sox

7/13/2014 - The Thunder led 10-4 through the first 7 innings, but 5 errors over the last two innings allowed the Sox to make this one appear closer than it really was.

For not throwing in some time, Jorge Diaz (2-0) did a stellar job as he scattered six hits and struck out six through 6 innings, while allowing only 1 earned run (4 total) for his second win of the season. Cody Manning pitched wonderfully as well over the last three innings, striking out four while giving up only 2 hits - but he was the victim of 5 errors over the last two innings which allowed 6 runs to score, with only 1 run being earned.

The Thunder offense returned to form with 10 hits, with Anier Cartaya (2 RBI) and Eric Morales (RBI) leading the way with two hits apiece. Rudy Plasencia (RBI), Greg Nicholson (2 RBI), Cody Manning and Lucas Scuteri (RBI) added singles, while birthday boy Eric Gormley (RBI) and Chris Linsinbigler smashed doubles. Denis Hernandez's walk and Linsinbigler's double, followed by RBI's from Eric Gormley and Anier Cartaya ended up being huge in the top of the 9th, as the Thunder defense imploded in the bottom of the 9th, allowing 4 unearned runs to score - which would have tied the game if not for the efforts in the top of the inning.

The Thunder have a bye week on 7/20/2014 but will be put to the test the following week when they play the Padres and Leones, both division leaders, in a doubleheader at the Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana, FL.





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Thunder Squeak By Rough Riders

6/29/2014 - From all reports this game had it all - a missing manager, a no-call no-show middle infielder, multiple umpire mistakes, heat stroke, a bad back, a third baseman pitching and defensive miscues. Simply another bizarre day on the diamond for the Thunder.


Offensively the Thunder were able to bang out 7 hits and score seven runs, which was luckily enough to beat the Rough Riders. Eric Gormley remained sizzling hot at the plate with a single and double, while winning pitcher Eric Morales had two hits as well, knocking in four. Cody Manning (2 RBI), BJ Smith and Rudy Plasencia added doubles.


RHP Tony Sergio started for the Thunder, but lasted only 2 and 1/3 innings due to a sore back. Third baseman Eric Morales did a fabulous job in relief, allowing only 1 run while striking out eight to earn the win.


The Thunder take on the Reds over the upcoming holiday weekend in a morning game at Roger Dean Stadium, Cardinals Field 5.





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Padres Nip Thunder

6/22/2014 - Darkness halted this late afternoon game after six innings at Dave Manzo Field.


The Padres won it on a throwing error with the bases loaded, two outs, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. Carlo Dominguez (3 RBI's, double), Brandon Swass, Greg Koutsis and Danny Moya (RBI) had two hits each. Eric Gandossy (RBI), Chris Saxton and Sawyer Ijams had one apiece. Saxton (2 IP, 1-0) won it in relief. Henry Wilson and Lee Doloff each went two innings.


For the Thunder, Chris Linsinbigler (double, RBI) and Eric Gormley had two hits each. Losing pitcher Cody Manning (0-3) and Greg Nicholson had a double and RBI apiece. Newcomer Denis Hernandez (RBI), Eric Morales (RBI) and Rudy Plasencia each singled, while Lucas Scuteri earned an RBI with a bases loaded walk.





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Habana Sugar Kings Clobber Thunder

6/1/2014 - The tides were turned in the second game of the two-team doubleheader though, as the high of the team's morning win quickly disappeared as the Habana Sugar Kings banged out fifteen hits and scored eleven runs in the first three innings to dominate the Thunder.


In addition to having only nine players for the second game, including one player with a severe hamstring pull, many Thunder players found themselves playing positions they weren't familiar with - including three players who tried their luck behind the plate and a shortstop on the mound. No excuses were made, and maximum effort was given, but the Thunder gave up seven hits, eleven runs, five walks, six past balls and made three errors during the first three innings of the game.


Additionally, the explosive Thunder offense observed in the first game of the day was no where to be found as the team had only six hits - three of which were from Eric Gormley (two singles, double, RBI). Cody Manning (RBI), Anier Cartaya and BJ Smith added singles, but it was no where near the capacity needed to combat the damage done in the first third of the game.


The team will re-group and take on Rough Riders (0-9) next Sunday in an afternoon game at Dyer Park, in Riviera Beach, FL.





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Thunder Trash Marlins

6/1/2014 - The first three innings sealed the fate for the visiting Marlins as their 6 errors combined with 11 Thunder hits provided eleven runs to be scored, which the Marlins were never able to overcome. During the 11 hit attack, Eric Gormley, Cody Manning (RBI), Anier Cartaya (3 RBI) and Greg Nicholson (3 RBI) all singled twice while Rudy Plasencia (RBI), Chris Snyder (RBI) and Lucas Scuteri singled. The Marlins settled down a bit after the early damage, allowing only four additional hits - but they did give up four more runs including a 3-run 6th inning fueled by four walks and a double by Greg Nicholson. The other three hits included a triple smashed by lead-off man Eric Gormley and singles by Eric Morales and newcomer Johnny Young.


RHP Jorge Diaz, helping the team out with a few regulars missing, filled in admirably on the mound and pitched well enough for the Thunder to win their fifth game of the season. Diaz scattered seven hits through 7 innings, struck out seven and allowed five earned runs for his first win in the NABA.





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No-Quit Thunder Beat Orioles

5/18/2014 - The Thunder scored three runs in the 9th and held off the Orioles in the bottom half of the inning to win their fourth game of the season.


Three early errors helped the Orioles take a 5-1 lead through four innings, but the Thunder had no quit in them as they battled each inning and eventually held a 7-5 edge heading into the 8th inning. Veteran RHP Tony Sergio battled all game and kept the Thunder in the game, but he was chased from the game in the bottom of the eighth after the first two batters reached on consecutive singles.


Orioles pitcher/first baseman Luis Maldonado greeted rookie Cameron Hood to the game by smashing a single to right field which allowed one run to score, cutting the Thunder lead to one. A wild pitch allowed the tying run to cross the plate, but Hood settled down after that to finish the inning. With a three run lead, Cody Manning pitched the ninth and gave up a run, but earned the save as he held off the Orioles, stranding two runners on base.


Anier Cartaya came up big - twice. In the 7th he knocked in two runs that gave the Thunder a one-run lead, then knocked in what ended up being the game winning runs (4 RBI) in the top of the 9th. Eric Morales (RBI) and Chris Linsinbigler singled twice, Greg Nicholson singled and doubled while BJ Smith, Rudy Plasencia and Lucas Scuteri (RBI) each singled. Cody Manning had an RBI on a ground out, while Chris Snyder (2 Runs) returned to the team and reached base three times as he walked twice and was hit by a pitch.


The team is off Memorial Day Weekend then resume action on June 1st against the Habana Sugar Kings in an afternoon game at Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana, FL.





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Thunder Hand Reds Win

5/4/2014 - The second game of the Thunder's doubleheader was much more messy, as the team committed 9 errors which led to an easy Reds victory. Starting pitcher Eric Gormley re-injured his shoulder but managed to gut out an inning. He was relieved by LHP Cody Manning (7 H, 4 K), who pitched well enough for the win, but errors plagued his pitching line as he allowed 6 runs, with only 2 earned. John Dolan tossed an inning after Manning, allowing an unearned run and Cameron Hood pitched after Dolan, allowing three runs, none of which were earned - in what was a frustrating day for Thunder pitchers.


The Thunder offense did manage 9 hits, including a two hit performance by Cameron Hood (RBI) and BJ Smith, as they each singled twice. Eric Gormley (RBI), John Dolan, Eric Morales, Cody Manning and Chris Linsinbigler each singled, but the Thunder offense left another 10 RISP, 16 total for the day - easily a small tribe.


The Thunder also lost OF/RHP John Dolan as he will graduate from college and return to NY to pursue his Master's Degree. As a player, "JP" will be missed offensively (.360 BA / .469 OBP / .520 SLG / .989 OBS, 4 doubles, 6 SB) and defensively, as he was easily one of the premier outfielders in the entire league. Aside from his physical skills, the team will miss his determination, his hustle and his "team first" mentality. Additionally, you'd be hard pressed to find a better human being than JP.


We wish you well on your journey JP, and hope the tides might push you back our way one day in the future. (Let's go Rangers!) Sorry, just had too.


The team is off for Mother's Day next weekend, but return to action on May 18th against the 5-1 Orioles.





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Thunder Lose Pitching Duel

5/4/2014 - The North division leaders Leones handed the Thunder their third loss of the season in a pitcher's duel on Sunday morning in Lantana, FL. R. Diaz earned a complete game victory as he shut out the Thunder, allowing only six hits while striking out six. RHP Tony Sergio was again not given any support from the offense, as he threw a complete game yielding only 2 unearned runs.


Offensively, Cody Manning and Rudy Plasencia each singled twice, while John Dolan doubled and Chris Linsinbigler singled. The Thunder did have opportunities to score, but Thunder hitters left 6 RISP - including the bottom of the 9th, when they left the tying and winning runs on 2nd and 3rd base.





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Thunder Offense Missing In Action 

4/27/2014 - The Thunder offense wasn't able to solve Marlins pitcher Alex Williams until the 7th inning, but by that time it was too late. Through six innings the Marlins held a 3-0 lead, with the Thunder scoring a run in the 7th and 8th inning. Unfortunately for the Thunder, the Marlins scored four in the 7th and two runs in the 8th and the 9th to ease any concern of a late inning comeback.


Defensively the Thunder made 5 errors, which definitely did not help, as the only way to combat Marlins pitcher Alex Williams on this day would have been a pitchers duel. Williams allowed six hits, but four came in the last 3 innings as he grew tired, and the Thunder really never mounted any type of offensive attack. On the day, Eric Gormley, John Dolan, Louie Napoleon and Greg Nicholson (RBI) singled while Anier Cartaya (RBI) and newcomer Cody Manning tripled in the lop sided game.


Tony Sergio pitched well through the first five innings, scattering four hits, but he was the victim of 3 unearned runs. Cody Manning, John Dolan and Eric Gormley finished out the pitching duties as the Thunder dropped to 3-2-1 on the season.


Next up for the Thunder - a doubleheader next Sunday against two very good teams - the Leones (5-1) and Reds (4-2) at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.





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Thunder Offense Stays Hot against the Dodgers  

4/13/2014 - The Thunder bats stayed hot in the second game of the doubleheader as they jumped out to a quick 10-1 lead, scoring four in the 1st, two in the 2nd and four more in the 3rd. Eric Gormley (RBI) and Eric Morales (RBI) were the hitting stars of the second game as they each ripped four singles. Rudy Plasencia (2 RBI) and Louie Napoleon (RBI) singled twice while Chris Linsinbigler and John Dolan each doubled in the 14 hit attack. 


RHP Tony Sergio picked up his first win of the year as he scattered 11 hits, struck out 6 and walked only 1 in 6 2/3 innings. Of the six runs scored, only three were earned as Sergio was the victim of a couple costly errors. John Dolan relieved Sergio, struck out the only batter he faced in the 7th then struck out two more in the 8th. Cameron Hood pitched a scoreless 9th allowing the Thunder to improve to 3-1-1. 


The team is off next Sunday for Easter then they take on the Marlins on 4/27 in an afternoon game at Roger Dean, Cardinals Field 2.





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Thunder Dominate Sugar Kings  

4/13/2014 - The Sugar Kings arrived at the field with only seven players and the game was delayed thirty minutes while the teams waited for an eighth player to arrive. The delay provided the Thunder with a 2 run head start, but it wasn't needed as the team scored 12 runs in the first inning on their way to a five inning run-rule victory. 


The Thunder offense exploded for 20 hits in five innings and Louie Napoleon (4 RBI) led the attack with four hits and was a homerun away from the cycle as he singled twice and had a double and triple. Anier Cartaya (RBI) banged out three hits of his own, while Eric Gormley (single, double, 2 RBI), John Dolan (two singles, 2 RBI), Eric Morales (two singles, RBI), Rudy Plasencia (single, double, 2 RBI), BJ Smith (two doubles, RBI) and Lucas Scuteri (two singles, RBI) had two hits apiece. Cameron Hood also contributed to the hit total with a double of his own. 


Paul Chasse (3 IP, 16 BF, 1 R, 5 H, 1 K, 3 BB) and Ignacio Yan (2 IP, 7 BF, 0 R, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB) pitched well for the Thunder, with Chasse earning the win in the shortened game. 





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Thunder Beat Mets, Register First Win  

4/6/2014 - It was a seesaw battle through six innings, but the Thunder offense scored five runs over the last three innings and picked up their first win of the season during an afternoon game at Santaluces Athletic Complex.


The Thunder offense banged out 10 hits on Sunday. Louie Napoleon (3 RBI) led the attack with two singles and a double. Eric Gormley (single, double) and John Dolan (two doubles, RBI) had two hits apiece while Eric Morales, Rudy Plasencia (RBI) and Chris Linsinbigler (2 HBP) each singled. The unselfish efforts of Dave King and Anthony Nunez are also worth mentioning, as they manufactured a run in the 6th inning. Cameron Hood reached on an infield error, Dave King laid down a nice sacrifice bunt, Hood advanced to third on a past ball and Anthony Nunez picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly.


Pitching duties were shared by four. RHP Eric Gormley (3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 K) started for the Thunder and pitched well as he knocked off some rust after not pitching for some time due to a shoulder injury. Gormley was the recipient of some bad luck as two of the runs scored on him were from a ball that took a wicked hop and bounced over the head of Louie Napoleon at shortstop - as the Thunder and Mets also battled horrid infield conditions as well. Newcomer Cameron Hood (2 IP, 3 K) followed Gormley and also pitched well for not throwing in some time. John Dolan (12 BF, 1 R, 3 H, 2 K, 1 ER) then tossed three innings after Hood to earn the win and veteran Louie Napoleon (1 IP, 2 K) picked up the save as he pitched a scoreless 9th inning.


Team endurance will be tested next week as the Thunder take on the Sugar Kings at 9:30 AM and the Dodgers at 1:30 PM at the Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana, FL.





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Thunder Tie Red Sox  

3/30/2014 - On cruise control through seven innings, the Thunder appeared set to win their first game of the season until the wheels came flying off in the 8th inning.


Tony Sergio started the game for the Thunder and did his part as he cruised through the first five innings, scattering three hits and striking out two as he left the game with a 1-0 lead. RHP Ignacio Yan entered the game in the 6th inning, escaped a bases loaded jam, breezed through the seventh but things went haywire for the Thunder in the 8th as the Red Sox scored 6 runs. Control problems on the mound, two costly errors and three timely hits helped fuel the inning, giving the Sox a 6-2 lead.


However, giving up wasn't in the forecast as the Thunder battled and scored 4 runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie things up. Anier Cartaya led off the eighth with a walk and John Dolan singled. Eric Morales walked the bases loaded then Louie Napoleon singled home Cartaya. Eric Gormley earned an RBI with a bases loaded walk and Dave King followed Gormley with a productive RBI ground out. Rudy Plasencia walked to load the bases again and BJ Smith (RBI) followed with a walk of his own, tying the game at six apiece.


John Dolan, who relieved Ignacio Yan in the 8th, shut the door on the Sox in the 9th allowing just one hit before retiring the side. The Thunder then tried their best to win the game - Anthony Nunez took one for the team and reached first base after being hit by a pitch. Anier Cartaya did his job and laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Nunez to second. John Dolan walked but the Thunder were unable to muster a hit to score Nunez and the three-hour time limit expired.


The Thunder face the Mets (2-0) next Sunday afternoon at Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana, FL.





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Thunder Lose Opener  

3/23/2014 - Despite striking out 15 hitters and giving up only 4 hits, the Thunder lost their home opener against the Orioles Sunday at the Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana, FL. 

Offensively the Thunder scored 9 runs on 9 hits. Newcomer Anthony Nunez led the attack with two singles and an RBI, while first time Thunder players Anier Cartaya, Yosvani Quesada (2 RBI), Lucas Scuteri (RBI) and Tony Sergio added singles. Veterans Louie Napoleon (RBI) and Rudy Plasencia each singled, but it wasn't enough as the team wasn't able to overcome 7 wild pitches/passed balls, and 5 hit batsmen and 14 walks issued by Thunder pitching.

The results of the game should not be an indication on how the Thunder season should progress, as the team is filled with talented players, most of them veterans in the league.

The team tries to bounce back against a talented Red Sox team this Sunday at 1:30 PM at Dyer Park. The Sox beat the Habana Sugar Kings 5-4 in their opener.