Results - Fall 2018  


Tigres 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 7 15 0
Thunder 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 4


LP: Josh Mowrey WP: Mike Melendez  

Tigres Beat Thunder For Title

2/24/2019 - The Thunder had their chances, but the offense couldn't come up with big hits and the Tigres eventually pulled away for their 18th title in the league's last season as an affiliate of the National Adult Baseball Association (NABA). 


The Tigres and Thunder had great battles during the regular season, with the Thunder holding a 2-1 advantage and the #1 seed heading into the playoffs. However, the Tigres evened the season record with the most important win of all, as they blew open a tight contest late in the game for the championship. 


The T-Men appeared to have starter Mike Melendez on the ropes early, but they were unable to muster a timely hit and stranded five on the bases over the first two innings, having to settle for two runs. Leadoff man Eric Gormley (RBI) went 5 for 5, including a one-out triple in the fourth inning. However, Gormley never scored on the day, as the 2,3 and 4 hitters frustratingly went 2 for 14. 


In addition to Gormley's five hits, veteran Greg Nicholson singled three times while Shawn Chiaramonte singled twice. Mike DeLeeuw doubled home a run and Hank Wilson chipped in with single of his own. 


Starter Josh Mowrey (6-1) finished the season with another fine effort, but was the recepient of some bad luck as he picked up his first loss of the season. Early in the game Mowrey made some good pitches, but multiple duck farts fell in the outfield which allowed the Tigres to pick up two runs early. Later, tied at two in the 7th with two outs, the Tigres had a base hit to left field which was fielded by Alex McEnaney. McEnaney was deep, but he unleashed an awesome throw to home, which arrived with the runner only half way to home. Unfortunately, the one hopper couldn't be handled, allowing the Tigres to score two runs. Of the five runs scored on Mowrey, only 2 were earned as the Thunder defense committed four errors while the Tigres played clean defensively. 


Closer Hunter Kyzar relieved Mowrey in the 8th, then chaos ensued as the T-Men fell apart. Unexpected bunts and two errors allowed two more unearned runs to score, putting the game out of reach for the final inning. 


Despite the loss, the team had a great season and the majority of the roster is expected to return for the spring season, which begins March 24. 


Thank you to everybody for your efforts during the season and your sacrifices during the playoffs! 




Diamondbacks 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 2 9 13 5
Thunder 0 4 0 0 3 1 1 5 X 14 17 2


WP: Josh Mowrey S: Hunter Kyzar  

Thunder Advance to Championship Game

2/17/2019 - It was an offensive battle Sunday morning at the Santaluces Sports Complex, as the T-Men outslugged the Diamondbacks. The Thunder will battle the Tigres next Sunday morning as they chase their fourth championship. 


Offense was the name of the game in this one, as the teams combined for a whopping 30 hits, including homeruns by Sean McClaskie (Diamondbacks) and Shawn Chiaramonte (Thunder). Josh Mowrey picked up the win (7 IP, 3 K, 7 R) and Hunter Kyzar (2 IP, 2 K, 2 R) earned the save. 


Setting the pace for the offense and getting three hits each were, Greg Nicholson (two singles, triple, RBI), Tyler Weston (three singles, 2 RBI) and Shawn Chiaramonte (two singles, homerun, 2 RBI). Mike DeLeeuw (two singles) and Jimmy Efre (single, double, 2 RBI) followed close behind with two hits apiece, while Eric Gormley (RBI), Hank Wilson (triple, 2RBI), Darren Hansen (single, 2 RBI) and Jose Corea (single, RBI) had one hit. 


The team will try to win back-to-back championships as they will host the division rival Los Tigres this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM, at the Santaluces Sports Complex. 



Thunder 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 6 9 3
Piranha 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 3 X 7 10 6


LP: Jimmy Efre  

Regular Season Ends

2/10/2019 - The game Sunday morning didn't mean much as both teams clinched playoff spots, but the Piranha won the seesaw battle with a late surge. It was a final tune-up for the Thunder as they try to defend their Championship starting next Sunday against the Diamondbacks.  


Hunter Kyzar and Josh Mowrey got some work in after both throwing Thursday night. They each tossed three innings and left the game tied at 4 through six innings. Tyler Weston (INF) knocked off some rust and returned to the mound after many years. Weston tossed a clean 7th inning but walked the first two batters in the 8th, and was relieved by Jimmy Efre. The Piranha pushed the winning run across during the inning, tagging Efre with the tough luck loss. 


Offensively, Hank Wilson singled twice to lead the T-Men. Darren Hansen (2 RBI) smacked a double that scored one, and Mike DeLeeuw, Eric Gormley, Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI), Jimmy Efre, Jose Corea and Chris Snyder each added singles. Unfortunately for the Thunder, timely hits escaped them as they left 15 runners on base, ten of which were in scoring position. 


The Thunder will play either the Diamondbacks or Beach Bums at 9:30 AM next Sunday at Santaluces. 



Thunder 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 2
Beach Bums 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 7 4


WP: Rick Schnur LP: Darren Hansen  

Bums Nip Thunder

2/7/2019 - History was made Thursday evening, as the Thunder played in their first regular season nightgame - ever. Unfortunately, the Beach Bums won on a walk-off bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth, which kept their playoffs hopes alive. 


The Thunder banged out five hits and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but they wouldn't score again as RHP Joey Housey (7 IP, 6 H, 13 K, 3 R) rebounded from a sluggish first inning start and limited the T-Men to just one base hit through the next six innings. Veteran Rick Schnur tossed the last two, striking out three, as he picked up the win. 


After five scoreless innings by Hunter Kyzar and Josh Mowrey, Keaton Ijams was the unlucky recipient of three Thunder errors in the 6th inning, which paved the way for 3 runs and a tied game. Darren Hansen tossed the last three innings, but he may have run out of steam during his third inning of relief. In the 9th, Hansens walked a batter, gave up two singles and with the bases loaded, walked in the winning run via a questionable ball 4 call. 


Clinching the division the previous week allowed the team to play this one a bit unsually. The Thunder batted 12 players while Keaton Ijams (INF) and Darren Hansen (C) were granted access to the mound.


The team plays their final regular season game against the Piranha Sunday morning at the Santaluces Sports Complex. The Piranha are battling for playoff positioning while the Thunder will use the game as a final tune-up before the playoffs.      




D'Backs 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 2
Thunder 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 X 4 8 1


WP: Jimmy Efre  

Thunder Win Division

2/3/2019 - The T-Men beat the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon at the Santaluces Sports Complex. In doing so, they clinched first place in their division.


For the second time this season, Jimmy Efre (35 BF, 1 BB, 5 K, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER) tossed a complete game victory against the good hitting Diamondbacks. Efre improved to 2-0 on the season, and helped the Thunder win the division title and secure the #1 seed for the playoffs. 


Tied at 1, the Thunder put a three-spot up in the fourth inning. During the inning, Shawn Chiaramonte, Tyler Weston (RBI), Daniel Hansen (RBI) and Henry Wilson (RBI) each singled, while Jimmy Efre doubled and Chris Snyder earned a walk. For Efre, the double was one of three hits, as he singled two other times, while Weston had a two-hit day himself, singling twice while picking up 2 RBI's. 


The Thunder play their first night game this Thursday against the Beach Bums at Santaluces. 





Tigres 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 3
Thunder 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 X 5 8 3


WP: Josh Mowrey S: Hunter Kyzar  

T-Men Break Tie in 8th, Beat Tigres

1/13/2019 - Darren Hansen knocked in the go-ahead and an insurance run with a double in the bottom of the 8th, and Hunter Kyzar shut the door in the 9th to earn his third save of the season. 


Both teams scored some unearned runs early then the game remained tied into the 8th inning. In the bottom of the inning, Henry Wilson singled then Mike DeLeeuw walked. A ground out by Eric Gormley advanced the runners to second and third then Darren Hansen cleared the bases, ripping a double down the left field line. 


On the day, the Thunder had eight hits. Mike DeLeeuw (2 RBI) had two singles, Darren Hansen (2 RBI) had a single and double, while Henry Wilson, Shawn Chiaramonte, Greg Nicholson and Roy Nino added singles. 


Pitching was again in good hands, as Josh Mowrey (32 BF, 1 BB, 3 K, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER) hurled 8 strong innings en route to his 5th win of the season. Hunter Kyzar picked up his third save, as he struck out two of the four batters faced in the 9th inning. 


The Thunder take on the surging Beach Bums, who are trying to sneak into the final playoff spot, next Sunday morning as the league resumes play at the Santaluces Sports Complex. 



Diamondbacks 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 14 2
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 X 5 7 1


WP: Jimmy Efre  LP: Austin P. 

Efre Tosses Complete Game Win

1/6/2019 - The Diamondbacks outhit the Thunder, but Jimmy Efre skillfully navigated through a couple sticky situations to pick up the victory. 


There was no score through five innings Sunday morning at Dyer Park, then the Diamondbacks put up 3 in the top of the 6th. In the inning, the D'Backs took advantage of a hit batter while tallying five of their fourteen hits. They would have scored a fourth run if not for Henry Wilson, who made a perfect throw from CF to nail a runner at the plate. 


The Thunder pulled within a run in the bottom of the 6th, scoring two runs of their own, then took the lead in the 7th as they scored three times. Greg Nicholson knocked in both runs in the bottom of the 6th, while Darren Hansen (2 RBI) and Henry Wilson (RBI) batted in the three runs in the 7th. 


Jimmy Efre regrouped after the 6th inning, giving up no runs over the last three innings to secure the win. Efre walked none and struck out 8 while allowing fourteen hits over nine innings. He did a great job of limiting damage in the 6th, and a masterful job of stranding seven runners in scoring position.


The Thunder offense struggled a bit again, but timely hits helped fuel the win. Henry Wilson (RBI) and Shawn Chiaramonte each singled twice, while Darren Hansen (2 RBI), Greg Nicholson (2 RBI) and Roy Nino chipped in with singles. Additionally, Eric Gormley, Jimmy Efre and Chris Snyder showed patience at the plate, as they each walked twice. 


Four games remain for the fall season, with an afternoon tilt against the Tigres up next at Seminole Palms on January 13, 2019. 


Blades 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 6 9 3
Thunder 0 0 2 0 2 1 1 1 X 7 14 6


WP: Hunter Kyzar  LP: Josh Rivera 

Nicholson & Gormley Rescue Defense

12/30/2018 - Greg Nicholson and Eric Gormley came to the rescue with big hits in the bottom of the 7th and 8th inning to save the day, as defensive rust from the holiday break wreaked havoc on the Thunder defense. 


Starter Josh Mowrey (4-0) was doing his usual thing Sunday morning as he navigated through both friendly and enemy fire, all while holding a 5-1 lead heading into the 7th inning. Unfortunately for Mowrey, three hits and two errors allowed the Blades to tie the game, keeping his fifth win of the season on hold. 


With the game tied at 5 in the 7th, Jimmy Efre ripped a double then scored when Greg Nicholson smashed a triple. Unfortunately, the lead was given away in the 8th as the Blades leveraged an error and balk to tie the game. However, the never-quit Thunder answered with a run in the bottom of the 8th. Matt Ziemak reached on an infield single then scored after Eric Gormley wallopped a double off the center field fence. 


Hunter Kyzar tossed the 8th and 9th innings, picking up his fourth win of the season. He struck out four and yielded a single and an unearned run. 


The offense out-hit the Baldes 14-9 with four Thunder players picking up multi-hit games. Jimmy Efre (single, double, triple, 2 RBI) and Darren Hansen (two singles, double, RBI) each had three hits, with Efre a homerun away from hitting for the cycle. Alex McEnaney singled twice and knocked in a run, while Eric Gormley singled and doubled home the winning run. Greg Nicholson (2 RBI), Chris Snyder, Hunter Kyzar and Matt Ziemak chipped in with singles. 


The win was also a milestone, as manager Mike Soulen earned his 300th league victory. 


Next up, a morning title against the Diamondbacks at Dyer Park on January 6th. 



Piranha 0 3 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 8 12 1
Thunder 2 0 2 3 0 0 0 2 X 9 10 3


WP: Hunter Kyzar  S: Jimmy Efre  LP: Mike Wassong 

Hansen's 4 RBI's Lead The Way

12/16/2018 - Darren Hansen (two singles, triple) knocked in four to help the Thunder remain in 1st place as the team nipped the Piranha 9-8 Sunday morning at Park Vista. 


Hansen had help on his big day as Mike DeLeeuw (RBI) singled twice while Chris Snyder singled and ripped a double to lead off the 8th, sparking a 2-run inning that put the Thunder ahead for good. Jimmy Efre (RBI), Jose Corea and Greg Nicholson added singles, while Tyler Weston picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the third.   


Hunter Kyzar (3-0-2) not only battled a good hitting Piranha team, but also a muddy mound and a tight strike zone as he earned his third win of the season. Kyzar struck out 9 but uncharacteristically walked five while allowing ten hits. Jimmy Efre then handled the 9th inning, picking up his first save of the season. 


The Thunder will enjoy a two week holiday break before returning to action December 30th at Dyer Park, for a morning game against the Blades. 


Beach Bums 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 4
Thunder 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 X 4 10 3


WP: Josh Mowrey  S: Hunter Kyzar  LP: Finch 


Mowrey Picks Up 4th Win 

12/9/2018 -  The Thunder doubled-up the Beach Bums Sunday morning at Park Vista, picking up their sixth win while holding onto first place in the division, midway through the fall season. 


Josh Mowrey (4-0) struck out two, walked none, scattered six hits over six innings and escaped a couple hairy situations to limit the Bums to one run. Hunter Kyzar (2-0-2) tossed the last three innings, giving up an unearned run while striking out two as he earned his second save of the season. 


Tyler Weston (RBI) and Danny Moya (RBI) singled twice, but Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) led the offense with two singles and a double. Jose Corea, Henry Wilson and Chris Snyder each singled, with Snyder adding a sacrifice bunt. Mike DeLeeuw almost took the team lead with homers, but his 6th inning blast was called foul by the home plate umpire, so DeLeeuw settled for a walk on the next pitch. 


The T-Men battle the Piranha next Sunday morning at Park Vista before their holiday break. 


Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 6 2
Los Tigres 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 3


WP: Hunter Kyzar      LP: Angher Cespedes 

9th Inning Run Captures Win 

12/2/2018 -  The Tigres held a 2-0 advantage through five until the T-Men knotted things up in the 7th, pushed across the winning run in the top of the 9th, and escaped danger in the bottom of the inning for their 5th win of the season. 


Shawn Chiaramonte smashed a single to start the game, but the rest of the Thunder offense didn't follow his lead, as they were held hitless over the next four innings. But down two, the T-Men rallied with five hits over the last four innings as they tied the game in the 7th then took the lead in the top of the 9th.


Tyler Weston (RBI) singled twice, Mike DeLeeuw ripped a double, and Henry Wilson and Roy Nino (RBI) had a single apiece. Keaton Ijams helped the cause with a sacrifice bunt in the game tying 7th inning. 


Josh Mowrey was Josh Mowrey, tossing the first five innings allowing only 1 earned run while keeping the Tigres off balance and the Thunder in the game. Bryce Hill came out strong and fired a 1-2-3 sixth inning, as he struck out two of the three batters he faced, but was relieved by Hunter Kyzar in the 7th after issuing a single and a questionable walk. Kyzar did a great job and escaped the inning with no runs as he retired the first three batters he faced, then followed with a 1-2-3 eighth. 


In the bottom of 9th, Mike DeLeeuw showed off his defensive prowess as he dove and caught a line drive in right field. The ball would have been foul, but retiring the leadoff batter turned out to be huge, as the next two batters singled. Kyzar induced a fly ball to left field for the second out, but on a subsequent pickoff play to first, the ball was mishandled and the tying run at 2B advanced to third. Luckily the error didn't hurt, as Kyzar induced another fly ball which ended the game. 


The Thunder return to action 12/9 at Park Vista (West Boynton), in a morning tilt against the Beach Bums. 



Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 8 5
Diamondbacks 2 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 x 8 12 0


WP: Mike M.      LP: Bryce Hill

Thunder Flat 

11/18/2018 -  The offense was held to eight hits while five of the Diamondbacks runs were unearned due to another rough defensive effort, as the Thunder dropped into a 3-way tie for first place. 


You ever watch one of those games where everything seems to fall in favor of one team? Then you know how it was watching this one, as every duck-fart hit and error went against the Thunder. It's not a knock against the DBacks, they are a fine team, but it was uncanny watching the timing of plays unfold. Almost comical. But every team faces similar situations throughout a season. It just stinks that this one had to linger through the Thanksgiving break.


But alas, there were bright moments in the game. Mike DeLeeuw ripped a line-drive homerun to left field in the 8th, finishing the day with two hits. Eric Gormley continued his hot hitting with another two hits, while Jimmy Efre knocked off more rust with two of his own. Greg Nicholson and Henry Wilson chipped in with singles, but the 8 hits just weren't enough. 


Bryce Hill, Josh Mowrey and Hunter Kyzar all saw action on the mound. The good hitting Diamondback club struck out only 4 times, while tallying 12 hits and 8 runs, with only 3 earned. As a note, Kyzar retired all three batters he faced in his one inning of work. 


The T-Men embark on an important 3-game stretch before the Christmas Holiday break, as they take on the Los Tigres, Bums then Piranha. 


Blades 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 1
Thunder 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 4


WP: Josh Mowrey     S: Hunter Kyzar

T-Men Nip Blades 

11/11/2018 -  The Thunder scored early, left a small tribe stranded on the bases, but were able to hold off the Blades to pick up their 4th win of the season. 


Josh Mowrey improved to 3-0, striking out five while scattering six hits over 7 innings, and Hunter Kyzar tossed the last two innings to earn the save, striking out three. 


It was a weird game for both sides. The first three innings were rough for the Blades, as their pitching walked 8, hit 2 batters while their defense issued four passed balls. During this time, Thunder hitters couldn't come up with timely hits to extend their lead and possibly put the game out of reach. On the day, the T-Men left 12 men stranded.


Eric Gormley singled to extend his season hit total to 10, which leads the team. Tyler Weston stayed in hot pursuit with a single as well, trailing Gormley by three. Four others singled - Henry Wilson, Mike DeLeeuw, Darren Hansen (RBI) and Keaton Ijams.  


The offense hopes to get back on track next Sunday, in a morning game against the Diamondbacks, at West Boynton (Park Vista). 



Thunder 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 13 4
Piranha 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 5 11 3


WP: Josh Mowrey     LP: Alex Hummer

Extra Frame Needed 

11/4/2018 - The Thunder outhit the Piranha and needed an extra inning to secure their third win of the season, while handing the Piranha their first loss of the fall season. 


Errors again plagued the Thunder Sunday morning at Seminole Palms Park, as only 2 of the 5 runs scored by the Piranha were earned. Luckily the offense covered the damage by banging out 13 hits, including three big ones in extra innings. 


Eric Gormley led the way with four hits - a double, three singles and 3 RBI's. Gormley's boat buddy, Shawn Chiaramonte, added two singles while Henry Wilson, Darren Hansen, Jimmy Efre (3 RBI), Roy Nino, second boat buddy Greg Nicholson (RBI), Tyler Weston and Chris Snyder each singled. Wilson, Gormley and Efre each singled in the 10th, helping to push across what would be the game winning runs. 


Rookie Bryce Hill struck out 4 of the 9 batters he faced, as he walked one, gave up one hit and was the victim of an unearned run through two innings. Veteran Josh Mowrey took things over in the 3rd and tossed the next 8 innings, to include the 10th inning to earn the win. Mowrey didn't have his best stuff after a couple weeks away, but he still struck out 7 and allowed only 2 earned runs. 


The win brings manager Mike Soulen five victories away from his 300th win in the league. 


The T-Men take on the Blades next Sunday in another morning game at Seminole Palms Park. 




Thunder 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 8 10 3
Beach Bums 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 5


WP: Hunter Kyzar     LP: Nicholas Argento

Strong Finish Propels Thunder

10/29/2018 - The game against the Beach Bums remained tied at two through six innings, but the T-Men pushed two across in the 7th, then with the bases loaded, Eric Gormley sealed the deal with a bases clearing double in the 8th to give the Thunder their second win of the young fall season. 


Typically used to finish games, Hunter Kyzar (1 earned run) started the game and tossed an impressive 7 innings against a good hitting Bums team. He struck out 7 and gave up only two hits before tiring in the 8th. After walking the first two batters faced in the eighth, Jimmy Efre relieved Kyzar and gave up no hits or walks while retiring the last six batters he faced to ensure the win. 


Shawn Chiaramonte (3 R) walloped doubles in his first two at-bats, both nearly leaving the park while Eric Gormley (3 RBI, 2 R) singled and smashed a double to lead the offense. Jose Corea, Jimmy Efre (RBI), Tyler Weston (RBI), Chris Snyder (RBI), Danny Moya (RBI) and Matt Ziemak each singled, and Hunter Kyzar helped earning three walks while scoring a run. 


Game 4 is against the undefeated Piranha in a morning game at Seminole Palms Park on November 4. 




Tigres 3 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 10 11 4
Thunder 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 8 13 5


WP: Angher Cespedes     LP: Bryce Hill

Comeback Falls Short

10/21/2018 - A six-run sixth inning fueled by four errors and bad luck put the Los Tigres up 10-3. However, the Thunder battled scoring three in the 8th, then 2 more in the bottom of the 9th, but the comeback fell short with back-to-back strikeouts with the bases loaded. 


The fatefull 6th inning was a page directly from the Bad News Bears playbook, with a sprinkling of a crappy baseball field. Four of the team's five errors were committed during the sixth. In addition to the errors, two sure-out balls dropped in the outfield due to sun/vision problems. Not painful enough for you? Then let's add two whacky plays made possible only by the good folks taking care of Dave Manzo Field. In what most likely would have been an inning-ending double-play ball, a ball hit initially toward second base off the bat, hit the unusually high infield grass cut in front of the plate, popping the ball up into the air, which was fielded by the Thunder SS who luckily got an out at 1B. In another fun play, a throw from the OF hit the high infield grass cut and bounced in a completely different direction, allowing runners to advance and score. 


However, with all the miscues and field challenges, the T-Men never gave up and made no excuses. The team scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th, cutting the lead to four runs, then continued their comeback effort in the 9th by scoring two more. Down two runs, with bases loaded and one out, the energetic comeback was thwarted when veteran Wilson Ciprian buckled down and struck out the last two batters faced. 


The Thunder out-hit the Tigres 13 to 11, but just gave up too many unearned runs. Outfielder Alex McEnaney led the offense with three singles, followed by Greg Nicholson and Darren Hansen, who each singled twice. Tyler Weston remained hot at the plate with a single and double, while driving in three runs. Early in the game, Henry Wilson cleared the bases with a double, picking up three RBI's with the swing, which at the time brought the team within a run of the Tigres. Eric Gormley, Shawn Chiaramonte and Jimmy Efre added singles. 


First year man Bryce Hill was tagged with the loss after walking two and giving up two hits and three runs in the first and only inning pitched. Josh Mowrey (3 K, 3 ER) followed Hill and kept the Tigres off balance, giving up only one run until the horrific 6th inning. Hunter Kyzar struck out four over the last three innings, keeping the Tigres off the board, allowing the Thunder a chance to mount a comeback. 


Next up - a morning game at Santaluces next Sunday against the Beach Bums. 


Thunder 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 2 0 10 17 5
Blades 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 8 0


WP:  Josh Mowrey   LP: Josh Rivera

Thunder Win Season Opener

10/14/2018 - In a rematch of the championship game, the T-Men beat the blades 10-5 in their season opener at Santaluces Sports Complex. Josh Mowrey picked up his first win of the season, while Darren Hansen hit his first homerun. 


Five Thunder errors were luckily washed away as the offense picked up the defense, banging out 17 hits, with eight players having two hits apiece. Greg Nicholson, Chris Snyder, Tyler Weston, Danny Moya and Eric Gormley (RBI) each singled twice, while Henry Wilson and Jimmy Efre (RBI) singled and doubled. Keaton Ijams singled and had 2 RBI's, but the heavy hitter of the day was catcher Darren Hansen. Hansen ripped an RBI double in the first inning, then added two more RBI's in the 8th inning with a two-run homerun. 


Working his way back from injury, newcomer Bryce Hill got some work in early, as he tossed the first inning. Hill struck out the first two batters he faced, walked a batter then induced a ground out to end the inning. Championship game MVP Josh Mowrey tossed the next five innings, giving up only one unearned run while striking out four. Last year's Saves leader Hunter Kyzar threw the last three innings. Kyzar struck out 3 and uncharacteristically walked one, giving up four runs. However, he was the victim of three errors, so only one of the runs was earned. 


The team plays the Los Tigres next Sunday at 1:00 PM, at Dave Manzo Field in Lake Worth.