Results - Spring 2020  


Nationals 4 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 10 13 0
Thunder 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 6 13 6


LP: Josh Mowrey


Errors Sink Thunder

8/30/2020 - A back-to-back championship was not in the cards Sunday morning at Showcase Field in Palm Beach Gardens, as the T-Men committed six errors while the Nationals played error-free baseball en-route to their first league championship.  


The Nationals came out swinging Sunday morning but the Thunder defense was not ready. The team committed multiple errors in the first three innings and allowed the Nationals to jump out to a 7-1 lead, which would turn into a 9-1 lead after the 6th thanks to a misread in the outfield. The Nats tacked on another run in the 9th, as ten runs were enough to knock off the top-seeded Thunder.


Veteran Josh Mowrey started on the mound for the Thunder and pitched well enough to limit the early damage to three runs, but errors combined with the hot-hitting Nationals was just too much, forcing a move to the bullpen after the 2nd inning and five runs scored. Erick Abreu (2 K) tossed the next four but ran into similar luck, as errors and a misread in the outfield cost him four runs. Anghel Cespedes (9 BF, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 H) followed Abreu, tossed two scoreless innings, then Dylan Brammer pitched the 9th, giving up a run thanks to a wild-pitch and sacrifice fly. 


The Thunder had a chance in the 1st inning to answer the Nats crooked number with one of their own but grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. The offense wasn't able to string much together until the 8th inning when they pushed across four runs. Dylan Brammer singled, Mike DeLeeuw walked, Brett Fick ripped a single scoring Brammer then Mike DeLeeuw scored on a wild pitch. Erick Abreu then smashed a double over the left fielder's head which scored Fick. Adriel Martinez pinch-ran for Abreu, stole third then scored on another wild pitch. In the 9th, Keaton Ijams led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a single by Eric Gormley then scored on a sac-fly by Dylan Brammer. Mike DeLeeuw hit a line drive to third base, who quickly doubled-off Gormley at first to end the comeback attempt.


The Thunder offense banged out 13 hits, but their efforts just weren't enough to overcome the defensive miscues. Brett Fick (RBI) led the Thunder offense with three hits, all singles. Eric Gormley, Dylan Brammer, Erick Abreu (double), and Keaton Ijams (double) each had two hits apiece, and Darren Hansen and Mikey Melendez chipped in with doubles. 


This was the fifth consecutive appearance in the championship game for the Thunder, as they have reached the championship game six out of the last seven seasons. With four championships and six runner-up appearances, the T-Men are eager to get the next season started in hopes of raising their fifth championship banner. 




D'Backs 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
Thunder 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 x 7 9 1


WP: Josh Mowrey


Mowrey + Fick = Win

8/23/2020 - Josh Mowrey tossed 7 strong innings and Brett Fick (2 RBI) hit what turned out to be the game-winning double in the 1st inning, helping the Thunder advance to the Championship game.


The Thunder took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and thanks to pitchers Josh Mowrey and Erick Abreu, the team never looked back as they cruised to a relatively stressless 7-1 win. Mowrey picked up his fourth win of the season, as he struck out five and scattered five hits through seven. Abreu tossed the last two innings, striking out two while giving up one hit.


In the 1st, Shawn Chiaramonte reached on an error and advanced to 2nd on a single by Mike DeLeeuw. Then with two outs, Brett Fick cleared the bases as he ripped a liner to left-field which one-hopped the fence, which gave the Thunder a 2-0 lead. Erick Abreu then reached on a throwing error, which also allowed Fick to score from 2nd.


With two outs in the 6th, Greg Nicholson and Brett Fick singled, then scored on a bases-clearing double by Erick Abreu. The team added two more runs in the 7th - Daniel Hansen led off with a walk, pinch-runner Adriel Martinez stole second then scored on a single by Dylan Brammer. Mike DeLeeuw drove in Brammer with a single of his own, which seemed to empty the air out of the D'Backs dugout. 


The Thunder will battle the Delray Nationals next Sunday morning for the championship at the newly league acquired Showcase Field in Palm Beach Gardens.



Thunder 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 15 1
Piranha 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 5 9 5


WP: Erick Abreu


Thunder Blow Lead, Win in 10th

8/16/2020 - After the Piranha tied the game in the bottom of the 9th, the T-Men scored thrice in the 10th then Erick Abreu struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to pick up the win. The Thunder finished the shortened spring campaign undefeated, their 3rd undefeated season in franchise history, earning the #1 seed in the playoffs.


Only 1 of the 12 Thunder batters went hitless, as the team banged out 15 hits on the day. But tied at five heading into the top of the 10th, the biggest and loudest hits were heard. Jorian Rivera led off the inning with a double down the left-field line, then scored on a double by Keaton Ijams. Ijams then scored on a single by Lee Doloff who was replaced on the bases by Adriel Martinez. Alex Pagano then singled home the speedy Martinez, putting the team ahead for good.


Josh Mowrey tossed the first five innings and left the game with a 4-1 lead. Lee Doloff made his season debut and pitched well, but a couple of duck farts and two hits including a double that scored two ended the debut after a third of an inning. Erick Abreu relieved Doloff, struck out the next two batters to end the threat, but gave up the lead in the 9th after a leadoff double scored. Abreu then tossed the 10th with a 3 run lead and struck out the side for the win.


The team takes on the Diamondbacks in the playoffs next weekend at Seminole Palms Park.



Thunder 0 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 15 2
Mets 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 9 3


WP: Josh Mowrey


Abreu & DeLeeuw Lead Way

7/26/2020 - The Thunder scored early and avoided a ninth-inning comeback attempt, as Erick Abreu (3 hits, 2 RBI) and Mike DeLeeuw (2 doubles, 3 RBI) paced the offense, as the team improved to 7-0. 


Luis Jimenez started on the mound for the Thunder, and despite striking out two batters in the 1st, Jimenez ran into a little trouble as the Mets scored twice via three hits, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and a throwing error. Unphased by events, Jimenez bounced back and finished his work, tossing a scoreless 2nd. Veteran Josh Mowrey then took the mound in the 3rd and picked up his third win in this abbreviated summer season. Mowrey allowed a run, struck out two and scattered three hits over four innings. Mikey Melendez (2 IP, 9 BF, 4 K) and Erick Abreu (1 IP, 6 BF, 3 K) then handled the last three innings.


Erick Abreu's three hits (two singles, double, 2 RBI) pushed him back on top as the season hit leader with ten hits through seven games. Luckily for those chasing him, Abreu will miss the next game which will give guys a chance to catch up. Meanwhile, Mike DeLeeuw's (3 RBI) assault on baseballs continued with two more doubles, as six of his eight hits on the season have gone for extra bases.


Bosom Buddies Shawn Chiaramonte and Eric Gormley each singled twice, with Chiaramonte picking up his fourth RBI of the season, while Gormley finally pushed past The Mendoza Line. Matt Ziemak and Greg Nicholson knocked in runs with singles in the 3rd, with Mikey Melendez, Darren Hansen, and Chris Young collecting singles as well. Newcomer Eudy Pina was hit by a pitch his first at-bat, then clobbered a double off the left-field fence in the 5th, which would normally have left the park if not for a stiff breeze. Welcome to the team Eudy!




Thunder 4 0 0 2 3 3 0 0 0 12 13 4
Athletics 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 9 14 5


WP: Josh Mowrey


T-Men Hang On, Beat Bums

7/19/2020 - Down 12-3, the Beach Bums didn't give up and kept battling, scoring six runs over the last three frames, but it wasn't enough as the Thunder hung on for the win.


The stat line for both teams was similar but the Thunder had six more walks than the Bums, which appeared to be the difference as each of those walks scored. Additionally, five Thunder batters had multi-hit games - Mike DeLeeuw (two singles), Shawn Chiaramonte (two singles, 2 RBI), Brett Fick (single, double, 2 RBI), Chris Young (two singles, 3 RBI), and Anghel Cespedes (single, double, RBI). Meanwhile, Matt Ziemak's hitting streak increased to 5 games after singling in the second inning. Pitchers Josh Mowrey and Nector Ramirez aided the effort with a single each.


Josh Mowrey (28 BF, 0 BB, 6 K, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER) picked up his second win of the season after tossing 6, and left the Thunder in good shape with a 12-3 lead. Mowrey almost pulled a John Kruk after getting his first hit of the season, but the Beach Bums wouldn't give him the ball for his retirement, so the Thunder extended his contract 10 years. Anghel Cespedes (3 R) tossed the next two, while Nector Ramirez (3 R) tossed the 9th. 


The team remains undefeated at the mid-season mark, and take on the Mets next Sunday afternoon at Santaluces.



Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 7 1
Athletics 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1


WP: Mikey Melendez    S: Dylan Brammer


DeLeeuw's Dinger Saves Thunder

7/5/2020 - For a third time in five games, Thunder pitching allowed just 3 hits while Mike DeLeeuw hit his first home run of the season, helping the team remain undefeated in a low scoring game Sunday morning at Dyer Park. 


The Athletics' pitching staff escaped a bases-loaded first inning, then kept Thunder batters off-balance while scattering singles to six hitters. Matt Ziemak, Erick Abreu, Shawn Chiaramonte, Eric Gormley, Mikey Melendez, and Greg Nicholson had a base-knock each, while Mike DeLeeuw clobbered an opposite-field, game-winning, 3-run home run in the 6th inning. 


Mikey Melendez (5 IP, 6 K, 3 H, 1 R) made his first start and found a nice rhythm to earn his first win of the season. Ivan Pineyro kept the A's quiet, tossing three shutout innings, striking out 5, which moved him into the team lead with 14 strikeouts in just 7 innings pitched. Dylan Brammer struck out the side in the 9th to earn his first save.  


The team takes on a good-hitting Diamondbacks team next Sunday, in an afternoon game at the Santaluces Sports Complex.  




Panthers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 7 12 4
Thunder 0 1 3 2 2 2 0 0 X 10 7 1


WP: Josh Mowrey  S: Mikey Melendez


Mowrey Becomes Franchise Leader In Wins

7/2/2020 - The Panthers came out swinging Thursday night at Santaluces and out-hit the Thunder, but the T-Men played a slightly cleaner game and took advantage of 6 walks and two costly wild pitches, to improve to 4-0. 


In only his second game of the season, veteran hurler Josh Mowrey (5 K) admittedly wasn't as sharp as normal, but nonetheless battled and limited the Panthers to two runs through five innings to pick up his first win of the season. The win was relevant in Thunder history, as Mowrey passed Brian Holden to become the franchise leader in wins. Congrats Josh!  


Ivan Pineyro (5 K) followed Mowrey and tossed two scoreless innings, leaving the bullpen in good shape with a 10-2 lead. Unfortunately, Luis Jimenez had some control problems and was lifted after facing six batters. Luis Lopez relieved Jimenez and got the final two outs of the 8th inning, but the Panthers scored five times, pulling within 3 runs. Lopez was scheduled to throw the 9th, but he pulled up lame on the basepaths with an apparent hamstring injury, so Mikey Melendez was thrust into action on short notice. Melendez walked a couple of batters but got the final three outs via strikeout to earn the save. 


In other news, Darren Hansen FINALLY got a hit (two in fact), as he singled twice and drove in two. Mikey Melendez (RBI) and Dylan Brammer (RBI) both smashed triples, while Mike DeLeeuw (2 RBI) and Shawn Chiaramonte stroked doubles. Greg Nicholson had the only other hit, a single in the 6th. 


A rematch against the Athletics is set to take place on Sunday morning at Dyer Park.   



Thunder 0 0 0 4 1 3 2 0 0 10 13 0
Gators 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3


WP: Anghel Cespedes


Cespedes Deals, Thunder 1-Hit Gators

6/30/2020 - The T-Men improved to 3-0 early in this abbreviated spring/summer season, as the team again put up double-digits in the hit column, while Anghel Cespedes and the bullpen limited the Gators to one hit. 


Anghel Cespedes hurled 5 strong innings, striking out 4, while only allowing a solo home run in the 5th, to earn his second win of the season. The bullpen followed by tossing four scoreless innings, with Nector Ramirez (2 K), Luis Jimenez (K), Dylan Brammer (2 K), and Erick Abreu (2 K) throwing an inning each. 


Matt Ziemak (RBI) continued his hot hitting with three more singles, followed by Greg "The Hitman" Nicholson, who knocked in four with two singles and a double. Dylan Brammer ripped two singles of his own while scoring three times from the leadoff spot. Mikey Melendez wisely listened to his coach and roped a double down the right-field line, while Anghel Cespedes helped his own cause smashing a double over the left fielders head. Shawn Chiaramonte and Daniel Hansen had RBI singles, and Erick Abreu added to his hit total with another single. Abreu and Matt Ziemak lead the team with 6 hits, while Abreu leads the team with a video-game-like .750 batting average through three games.


For entertainment purposes, Darren Hansen is still hitless on the season. 


The Thunder need to physically rebound quickly, as they play the Panthers (1-0) on Thursday night.  



Athletics 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 8
Thunder 2 1 3 0 3 0 3 1 x 13 16 2


WP: Ivan Pineyro


Pitching Staff 3-Hits A's

6/24/2020 - The Thunder offense exploded for 16 hits while the pitching staff combined for a 3-hitter, as the T-Men spoiled the A's season opener Wednesday night at Santaluces. 


Matt Ziemak rebounded from a rough first game as he singled thrice and knocked in a run. Mike DeLeeuw showed off his warning track power by doubling and scoring twice, and Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) got back on track himself as he singled and doubled. Three other players followed suit with two hits each - Ivan Pineyro (2 singles, RBI), Dylan Brammer (singled, double), and Roberto "Erick Abreu" Clemente. Abreu knocked in a run and singled twice, and continues to lead the team with five hits through two games. Adriel Martinez (2 RBI), Keaton Ijams and Anghel Cespedes (RBI) each chipped in with singles as well. 


Cespedes (5 K), Ivan Pineyro (4 K), Mikey Melendez (3 K), Dylan Brammer (2 K) and Luis Jimenez combined their efforts to 3-hit the A's, while striking out 14. The Athletics managed two runs, but neither were earned, as a couple Thunder miscues ruined the chance for a shutout. 


Next up - a Tuesday night game on 6/30 against the newly created Gators at Santaluces. 




Thunder 0 0 0 6 0 2 3 x x 11 7 2
Marlins 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 x x 7 3 3


WP: Anghel Cespedes  S: Josh Mowrey


Thunder Win Summer Opener

6/21/2020 - Down by a run in the 5th, the T-Men scored two in the 6th and three in the 7th to pull away from the Marlins and win their Summer opener Sunday morning at Seminole Palms Park. 


The good - baseball was back. The bad - it was hotter than hell. The ugly - players were rusty after the long layoff. The later shined through as the teams combined for 19 walks, 22 strikeouts, 12 wild pitches, 5 errors, and only 10 hits. Miscues turned the game into an excruciatingly slow-moving game, which mercifully ended after 7 innings thanks to the 3-hour time limit. Did we mention it was hot as hell? 


Erick Abreu was the star on offense, singling three times while knocking in a run with the hardest-hit ball of the day. Eric Gormley singled, walked, and scored twice while Greg Nicholson knocked in a run with a single, and also scored twice. Mikey Melendez (RBI) ripped a line-drive single down the right-field line and Keaton Ijams knocked in two with a single in the 4th. Big Mike (DeLeeuw) scored twice and drove in a run on a fielders-choice and veteran Matt Ziemak helped the cause with an RBI sac fly. 


John Richy (4 K's) tossed the first three innings before packing his car and driving to Milwaukee. His season with the Milwaukee Milkmen begins July 3. Luis Jimenez (2 K's) tossed next but he ran into some trouble after getting two outs and was relieved by Chris Young. Young gave up a single before striking out the next batter, ending a messy 4th inning which saw the Marlins score five times. Young was relieved by Anghel Cespedes (3 K's) in the 5th after a throwing error and wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score, with Cespedes shutting down any additional threat by stranding a runner on base. Cespedes tossed a scoreless 6th inning and picked up the win as the Thunder took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Mowrey then spun a 1-2-3 seventh inning and earned a save as time expired. 


The T-Men take on the Athletics on Wednesday night (6/24), at the Santaluces Sports Complex, field 3 at 6:45 PM.