Results - Fall 2014 (18AA) 


 

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Thunder Flat, Bounced From Playoffs

1/25/2015 - The Athletics offense was in high gear from the very start of the today's quarterfinal match-up, scoring early and often as they throttled the Thunder and bounced them from the playoffs.

Earlier this season the A's and Thunder had an offensive battle as the teams combined for 31 hits, with the Athletics pulling away in the last inning for a 10-6 win. Today's meeting was no different as the A's banged out 15 hits, but the Thunder bats couldn't keep pace and eventually submitted to the 12-Run-Rule in the bottom of the seventh.

Pitchers Tony Sergio and Will Laughlin battled as hard as they could, but it seemed nothing was going to quiet the A's offense today. Paul Chasse, who pitched for the Thunder in previous seasons, did his job for the Athletics as he struck out five, scattered six hits and allowed only one run through six innings.

At the plate, catcher Jason Russianoff (.353) singled twice while Eric Gormley (.354) and Rudy Plasencia (.425) each singled and ended up tied as the team leaders for hits on the season. Chris Snyder (.372) singled as well, and came just one hit from tying Gormley and Plasencia. Infielder Greg Nicholson (.344), who enjoyed a nice season at the plate a well, also singled.

The Spring Season is slated to begin mid to late March.

 

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Thunder Win Final Two Games

1/18/2015 - The Thunder were awarded 9-0 and 7-0 forfeit wins Sunday due to the Hurricanes folding earlier in the season. The team will battle the top seeded Athletics Sunday morning in the quarterfinals at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

 

 

 

 

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Thunder Run-Rule Rough Riders

1/11/2015 - Will Laughlin tossed a 5-inning no hitter, and the offense banged out 12 hits to shut out the Rough Riders 17-0 Sunday afternoon at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

In the second annual end-of-the-season reunion, RHP Will Laughlin returned to the team for the playoff push, struck out 3 and tossed a five inning complete game no hitter. Laughlin mixed things up well and kept batters off balance for most of the game.

Meanwhile, the Thunder offense took full advantage of their final warm up game before the post season, as they showed patience (9 walks) and swung the bat well (12 hits). Five of the team's nine batters had two hits apiece. Leading the way was Eric Gormley - he smashed a double and triple and knocked in seven, while Rudy Plasencia (RBI), Chris Snyder, Alex McEnaney (3 RBI) and skipper Mike Soulen (3 RBI) each singled twice. Greg Nicholson (RBI) roped a double and BJ Smith (RBI) a single.

The Thunder will earn two forfeit wins next Sunday from the Hurricanes, who folded in recent weeks, and will end the regular season with a 9-5 record, good for fourth place in the South Division.

The quarterfinals will be held at 9:30 AM on January 25th at the Santaluces Sports Complex. The Thunder will visit whoever finishes as the #1 seed.

 

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Red Sox Pound Thunder

1/4/2015 - The Red Sox out-slugged the Thunder today at a windy Bert Winters Park, as the Sox remained a game back of the Marlins for the top seed in the South Division.

On most days 16 hits would almost always propel a team to victory. Unfortunately for the Thunder, the hot hitting Red Sox brought their lumber and banged out 20 hits of their own, making this day "one of those days" in the crazy game of baseball. Unusual field conditions (high outfield grass) and weather conditions aside (strong wind out to left), the Thunder just didn't come up with the clutch hits they needed as they left a small tribe on the bases.

Eric Gormley (4 RBI) ripped four singles and tied Rudy Plasencia as the team leader(s) in hits. Chris Snyder (RBI) smashed a solo home run in the 8th inning and collected two additional singles. BJ Smith singled and doubled, Jorge Diaz singled twice and Eric Morales, Tony Sergio, Rudy Plasencia, Greg Nicholson (RBI) and Alex McEnaney (RBI) each singled.

The Red Sox were relentless against starter Tony Sergio, who lasted only 2 innings. Despite the majority of their hitters falling behind two strikes, balls put in play found a hole or soft spot in the outfield defense as the team racked up 12 hits in the first two innings. Alex McEnaney relieved Sergio and tossed two scoreless innings, but was probably left out an inning too long (fatigue) as the Sox scored six runs in the 5th inning, three of which were earned. RHP Jorge Diaz returned to the team and pitched well, giving up two hits over three innings with no runs scored.

The Thunder play their last regular season game next Sunday against the Rough Riders in a 1:30 PM match-up at Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

 

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Thunder Fry Marlins

12/21/2014 - Hitting was contagious Sunday afternoon, as the Thunder banged out 15 hits to hand the Marlins their first loss of the season.

Three hits, three walks and two Marlin errors helped the Thunder put up 7 runs in the first inning off starter Alex Williams. The team didn't let up, as they added eight more runs over the rest of the game and were really in the drivers seat for the entire game.

Nine of the ten batters in the Thunder lineup had hits. Leading the way was Rudy Plasencia - he ripped two singles and smashed two doubles which knocked in four runs. Catcher Denis Hernadez (2 RBI) followed Plasencia's lead with three singles of his own, while Chris Snyder continued his second half resurgence with two more singles. Outfielder Matt Rankin singled in the first then took the team lead on home runs, as he hit a two-run bomb in the 4th inning. Anier Cartaya doubled, while Eric Gormley, Eric Morales, BJ Smith (RBI) and Alex McEnaney (RBI) each singled.

Also equal to the task of taking on the first place Marlins was RHP Tony Sergio. The crafty veteran struck out two, scattered nine hits through nine innings and allowed only 4 earned runs. Hitting a wall and throwing on fumes the last couple of innings, Sergio gritted it out to toss his first complete game of the season.

The team is off 12/28, but resume action on 1/4 against the Red Sox in a morning game at Bert Winters Park in Juno Beach, FL.

 

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Thunder Beat Islanders, Secure Playoff Spot

12/14/2014 - Despite missing three players and having their manager play first base, the Thunder handed the Islanders their 9th loss of the season and secured the final playoff position in the South Division.

Offensively, Chris Snyder (two singles, 3 runs scored), BJ Smith (single, triple, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored) and Eric Morales (two singles, run scored) led the Thunder with two hits apiece. Anier Cartaya smacked a double in the 6th inning, while Greg Nicholson (2 RBI) and manager Mike Soulen (2 RBI) each singled.

Tony Sergio (1 ER) earned his second win of the season as he struck out 9 and scattered five hits through seven innings. Infielder Eric Morales relieved Sergio and tossed the last two innings, yielding two runs.

The Thunder take on the undefeated Marlins next week in the afternoon game at Dyer Park in Riviera Beach, FL.

 

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12/7/2014 - With 7 players unavailable to play, the Thunder were forced to forfeit their game against the Athletics Sunday afternoon.

With the forfeit, the Thunder sit at 4-4 on the fall season and hold a 2 game lead on the final playoff spot in the South Division.

 

 

 

 

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Close Game Gets Away From Thunder

11/30/2014 - On a windy day at Little Fenway in Delray Beach, it was a tight one through six but the Red Sox scored 8 runs over the last three innings to pull away for their sixth win.

In the first, RHP Tony Sergio took a shot off of his plant foot on a hard hit come-backer by Carlos E, which allowed a run to score for an early 1-0 lead. Sergio toughed it out to stay in the game and pitched into the 6th inning. Trailing 4-3, Sergio got a quick out, hit a batter then a second out on a force-out at 2nd base. The next batter doubled and with runners on 2nd and 3rd, Sergio was lifted for lefty Mike Alfinez. Alfinez hit the first batter he faced to load the bases but induced an inning ending ground ball to keep the Thunder within a run.

Fueled by a misplayed ball in the outfield, the Sox scored two more runs in the 7th inning, giving them a 6-3 lead. The Thunder scratched back and scored two runs late in the game, but what should have been a 6-5 loss turned into a 12-5 loss as the team played horrific defense in the top of the 9th inning, committing 4 errors in the frame.

There were a few hard hit atom balls for the Thunder offense, but overall the bats were caught in what must have been a lingering Turkey Coma, as the team was out-hit 16-8. First baseman Chris Snyder (single, double) led the team with two hits. The other six hits were singles by Eric Morales (RBI), Greg Nicholson, Anier Cartaya, Reol Alvarez, BJ Smith and Mike Alfinez. Matt Rankin and Anier Cartaya added RBI sac flies, while Louie Napoleon and Eric Morales both earned RBI's off of bases loaded walks.

The schedule does not get any easier as the team takes on the 6-1 Athletics next week in a morning game at Lake Lytal in West Palm Beach, FL.

 

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Thunder Rally But Fall Short in 9th

11/23/2014 - The Reds came ready to play and jumped out to a 6-0 lead after five. The Thunder crawled their way back into the game, tying it with 4 in the 9th, but lost when the Reds pushed one across in the bottom of the inning.

It didn't matter which pitcher the Thunder threw on Sunday, the Reds offense was in high gear and scored on each pitcher that took the mound. Fighting flu-like symptoms, Mike Alfinez (3-0) started the game and fared well through 4 innings, but he may have pitched one too many as the Reds scored 4 runs in the 5th, knocking him out of the game. Veteran Louie Napoleon relieved Alfinez and tossed the next two innings, giving up 4 (3 earned) and Matt Rankin knocked some dust off his wing and threw the last inning and a third. Rankin pitched well and showed off a nasty curve ball, but with two outs in the 9th a bloop single knocked in the winning run and Rankin was charged with the loss.

The Thunder offense may have been thinking prematurely about their upcoming Turkey Day feasts, as the bats were uncharacteristically quiet early in the game as they managed only 1 hit through five innings. But they switched gears nicely and banged out 12 hits over the last 4 innings of the game in a valiant comeback effort.

Greg Nicholson (2 RBI) led the way with 3 singles while Louie Napoleon and Rudy Plasencia (2 RBI) each singled twice. Chris Snyder (RBI), Alex McEnaney (RBI), Mike Alfinez, Matt Rankin (RBI) and Eric Morales also singled on the day, and lead off man Eric Gormley (AKA GormStorm) smashed a solo home run in the 6th, deep to center field.

The team battles the Red Sox (5-2) in a division match-up next Sunday at Little Fenway at Miller Park in Delray Beach.

 

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Pitching + Defense + 2-Run Bomb = Win

11/16/2014 - Infielder Reol Alvarez smashed a 2-Run Home Run deep over the Little Fenway Monster in the 8th inning to give the Thunder the edge they needed to knock off the undefeated Leones in Delray Beach Sunday morning.

Tony Sergio pitched 6th scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the 7th. L. Martinez led off with a double and H. Rivera followed with a fly out to left field. H. Gerena knocked in Martinez with a double of his own then J. Resendiz walked. With runners on first and second, Mike Alfinez relieved Sergio and did a stellar job inducing an inning ending double play to limit further damage as the Leones took a 1-0 lead.

The Thunder tried to answer in the bottom of the inning, but with runners on 2nd and 3rd and no outs, Leones starting pitcher Joshua Rivera danced out of danger three times and escaped without yielding a run. But pressure continued in the 8th as Rudy Plasencia singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jason Russianoff. With one out, Reol Alvarez dropped the hammer on a hanging curve ball and deposited it deep over the "Monster" in left field, giving the Thunder a 2-1 lead. Alex McEnaney singled after Alvarez, which knocked Rivera out of the game. BJ Smith hit a double to left-center field which scored a hustling McEnaney from first, providing the Thunder a 3-1 lead heading into the 9th.

The Leones didn't go quietly into the night, as they were able to get runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. But lefty Mike Alfinez got J. Resendiz to hit into a game ending double play. Both Thunder pitchers pitched great, with Alfinez earning his 3rd win. Meanwhile, the Thunder defense played exceptionally well as they put together an error-less game.

The team travels to the small confines of Dyer Park next Sunday for an afternoon game against the 3-3 Reds.

 

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Mike Alfinez Tosses 8 Strong, Thunder Withstand Shaky 9th For Third Win

11/2/2014 - LHP Mike Alfinez (1 R) struck out 8 and scattered nine hits over eight innings as the Thunder improved to 3-1 on the Fall Season.

Patience was the game plan today for the Thunder offense as they faced former teammate Cody Manning, and patience paid off as Manning walked 10 through 6 2/3 innings and was pulled with the Thunder holding a 9-1 lead. However, the game may have been much different if not for the walks, as Manning struck out 7 and gave up only four hits.

Good plate discipline was accompanied by timely hitting and a blast from the past. Rudy Plasencia (two singles, 2 RBI) and catcher Denis Hernandez (single, triple, RBI) led the team with two hits apiece. Matt Rankin knocked in a run with a double while Greg Nicholson picked up two RBI's with a single in the 7th inning off Mets reliever McManus. Mike Alfinez helped his cause with a single, Alex McEnaney earned an RBI with a bases loaded walk and Chris Snyder and Eric Gormley walked twice. John Dolan (2 RBI, 2 HBP) made a cameo appearance while visiting from New York and provided the blast from the past as he smashed a solo home run over the right field fence in the ninth inning.

In trouble only one time during the second inning, lefty Mike Alfinez pitched very well over eight innings to earn the win. Alex McEnaney, returning to the mound after a year and a half hiatus, entered the game in the ninth with a 11-1 lead but struggled with location as he walked three and gave up four hits. Two Thunder errors helped fuel the shaky ninth, but with two runners on and the tying run at the plate, McEnaney got R. Romero to pop out and end the improbable come-from-behind Mets effort.

Tournaments in the area leave the league without fields next week, so the Thunder return to action on November 16 against the North Division leaders Leones (4-0) in a morning game at Dave Manzo Field (at Dick Brown Park) in Lake Worth, FL.

 

 

 

 

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Thunder Lose Tightly Contested Game

10/26/2014 - The A's and Thunder battled today as the teams combined for 31 hits, but the Athletics pulled away with a 3-run ninth inning as they handed the Thunder their first loss of the fall season 6-10.

The Thunder offense continued their strong start, banging out 15 hits with Eric Gormley (RBI) leading the way with four singles. Jason Russianoff collected three singles and knocked in a run while Matt Rankin (RBI) singled and clobbered a solo homerun in the sixth inning to deep left field. Eric Morales (RBI) and Chris Snyder singled twice while Louie Napoleon and Greg Nicholson added singles.

RHP Tony Sergio and LHP Mike Alfinez battled the strong A's offense, each giving up eight hits and five runs (7 runs were earned) with Sergio taking the loss.

The team will try to regroup against the Mets (0-3) next Sunday in a 1:30 PM game at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

 

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Thunder Offense Carries Team To 2-0 Start

10/19/2014 - Strong hitting continued as the Thunder banged out 17 hits against veteran Jesus Ferrer, as the team won their second straight Sunday afternoon at Santaluces Sports Complex.

Tony Sergio (4 K, 4 H) and Mike Alfinez (5 K, 2 H) pitched brilliantly again and combined for the 6-hit victory, with Mike Alfinez picking up the win. Aside from a messy fifth inning (3 hits, 2 errors, 5 unearned runs), Thunder pitchers were in complete control of the game, and have not given up an earned run this season.

For the first couple of innings the offense played right into the hands of the crafty Sugar Kings veteran, as Ferrer recorded two strikeouts and four ground outs. But the Thunder quickly adjusted their approach and banged out 16 hits over the final seven innings, putting crooked numbers on the scoreboard three times.

Anier Cartaya (2 RBI), Matt Rankin (RBI) and Denis Hernandez (RBI) led the team with three singles apiece. Eric Gormley and Rudy Plasencia knocked in a run each, as they singled and smashed triples. Eric Morales (RBI) and Alex McEnaney singled, while Chris Snyder and BJ Smith (2 RBI) each doubled.

The team has a tough battle next Sunday against the Athletics (formerly the Padres) in a morning game at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

 

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Sergio Sharp In Return, Thunder Run-Rule Team USA to Win Opener

10/12/2014 - RHP Tony Sergio (back) looked sharp in his return to the team as the Thunder won an easy one over first year club Team USA Sunday morning at Seminole Palms Park.

Sergio, who missed time last season with a back injury, struck out two and scattered 3 hits over four innings. Lefty Mike Alfinez tossed a scoreless 5th while striking out one, as the pitchers combined their efforts for the shutout victory.

The Thunder took advantage of 10 walks and various miscues by Team USA defense, as they tallied 9 timely hits against the newcomers. Anier Cartaya was locked in and led the team with three hits, all singles, while collecting two RBI's. Rudy Plasencia followed Cartaya's lead as he smashed a double over the left fielder's head in the first inning, which plated two, and later singled home another run.

Catcher Jason Russianoff returned to the team after winning a championship last season with the Glory Days, and collected three RBI's himself with a single and bases loaded walk. Eric Gormley doubled and scored four times, while Matt Rankin (2 runs scored) and Greg Nicholson (RBI) added singles.

Additionally, Eric Morales (RBI fielders choice), Alex McEnaney (walk, stolen base and run scored), Chris Snyder (RBI from a bases loaded walk) and BJ Smith (two walks, two runs scored) helped the Thunder cause with great at-bats.

The Thunder defense played error-free baseball on Sunday, with Greg Nicholson earning points with two diving plays at third base.

The team travels to the Santaluces Sports Complex next Sunday for an afternoon tilt against the Cuban Sugar Kings.

 

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