Results - Spring 2015 (18AA) 


 

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Thunder Fight Hard But Run Out Of Steam

8/23/2015 - The extra frames in the morning game against the Sugar Kings would end up costing the Thunder a chance at the AA Championship game.

Battling an elbow injury, Austin Steiger pitched through pain and somehow kept the game in reach for the Thunder as the team trailed by only a run after the first five innings. The team would tie the game at 6 in the 7th inning when Eric Gormley singled then scored after Eric Morales destroyed a ball to deep center field. Wanting nothing to do with another tied game, the Thunder scored two in the top of the 8th to take a 2-run lead. In the inning, Rudy Plasencia, Alex McEnaney and Dargel Gomez (RBI) singled while Chris Snyder knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Unfortunately for the Thunder, with five outs to go and a 2-run lead - the long day finally caught up to the pitching staff. Ethan Root and Tony Sergio, both of whom had thrown in the first game, tried valiantly to push the Thunder into the championship game, but their efforts were thwarted by walks, a wild pitch, an error and two timely hits by the Mets. By the time the 8th inning was over, starter Austin Steiger had reentered the game and the Mets had taken a 3 run lead.

The Mets went on to win the division after a 1-2-3 ninth inning, but the Thunder left nothing on the field as they banged out 13 hits during the game. Leading the way was game 1 hero Alex McEnaney (RBI), who led the team with three hits, all singles. Eric Gormley (two singles), Eric Morales (single, double, RBI), Rudy Plasencia (two singles) and Dargel Gomez (two singles, 2 RBI) each had two hits apiece, while Chris Snyder (RBI) and Nick Camacho added singles.

For those interested, the AA (Mets v Athletics) and AAA (Manatees v Los Tigres) Championship Games are being played on Sunday, August 30 at 9:30 AM at Roger Dean Stadium, fields 2 and 3.

The fall season is right around the corner, and will begin either October 11 or October 18, depending on field availability.

 

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McEnaney and Nicholson Come Up Big In Semi-Finals

8/23/2015 - It was a nail-biter Sunday morning at the Santaluces Sports Complex as the Sugar Kings and Thunder met in the AA National League Semi-Finals.

The Sugar Kings went to work quickly as they scored twice in the top of the first against RHP Tony Sergio (7-3) to take a quick 2-0 lead. However the Thunder answered with one of their own in the bottom of the inning thanks to the legs of leadoff man Eric Gormley. Gormley singled, stole second then took third as the catcher's throw bounced into center field. Eric Morales followed with a single which easily scored Gormley

The Thunder added two more in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead. Alex McEnaney singled then Dargel Gomez hit a ball deep into the hole between SS and 3B. Gomez had the throw beat but the throw from the SS sailed over the first baseman's head and runners advanced to second and third. Eric Gormley then ripped a single up the middle, scoring both runs.

In the 4th, with two outs, BJ Smith singled then Chris Snyder reached base on an error. Alex McEnaney singled home Smith and gave the Thunder a 4-2 lead until the sixth inning when the Sugar Kings added a run off Tony Sergio, who was then relieved by lefty Ethan Root. The Kings scored again in the 7th to tie the game, which it would remain until the bottom of the 12th.

Alex McEnaney (5 K, 4 H) took the mound in the 8th inning and kept the Thunder in the game as he tossed five scoreless innings. McEnaney was rewarded for his hard work with a win as the Thunder finally broke through with a run in the bottom of the 12th. Eric Gormley led off the inning with a single then advanced to second as the third baseman booted a ground ball hit by Morales. Greg Nicholson then smashed a line drive down the left field line for the game winning hit, as Gormley came around and easily scored.

The win advanced the Thunder to an afternoon game against the Mets, who had beaten the Islanders in their morning game.

 

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Thunder Limping Toward Playoffs

8/9/2015 - The Sugar Kings made quick work of the Thunder Sunday afternoon, beating them 11-2 at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

Nine players out of seventeen showed Sunday afternoon for the Thunder, as injuries and schedule conflicts made for a frustrating day against the Sugar Kings - a possible first round playoff match-up. Matters were made worse when starter Eric Gormley lasted only two batters (arm weakness) and Eric Morales (quad) pulled up lame while running to first base, forcing coach Soulen to play some defense.

Austin Steiger led the Thunder offense with three singles while Alex McEnaney and Ethan Root each singled twice. Eric Gormley ripped a double while Dargel Gomez singled. Eric Morales knocked in his team leading 19th RBI on a fielders choice in the first inning.

Tony Sergio, Ethan Root and Eric Morales handled the pitching after Gormley, but the Thunder just committed too many errors and couldn't get much going offensively after scoring twice in the first inning.

The regular season comes to end this Sunday against Team USA. The Thunder have already secured a playoff spot, but would like to head into the post season on a winning note.

 

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Sergio Tosses Complete Game, Thunder Win

8/2/2015 - The Thunder won a close one this morning at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, edging the Glory Days 3-1.

Veteran hurler Tony Sergio threw a six-hit complete game while striking out three with zero walks. The Glory Days registered two of their six hits in the first and scored once, but didn't really get much going the rest of the game. Sergio's solid pitching performance brought his record to 7-3 on the season with a team leading 3.12 ERA.

The Thunder answered the Glory Days by manufacturing a run of their own in the bottom half of the first inning. Eric Gormley led the inning off with a walk then stole second. Gormley advanced to third on a ground out by Anier Cartaya then scored on an RBI ground out by Eric Morales. In the second inning, Rudy Plasencia led off the inning with a single and advanced to second when catcher Dargel Gomez walked. Plasencia stole third and scored on what ended up being the winning run and RBI via a fielders choice by Chris Snyder. The team tacked on an insurance run in the 7th as Eric Morales singled and eventually scored on a single by Rudy Plasencia.

On the day, Plasencia (RBI) led the offense with three singles while Eric Morales (RBI) singled twice. Austin Steiger, Louie Napoleon and Eric Gormley pitched in with singles.

The Thunder have clinched a playoff spot so the remaining two games will determine playoff seeding, as the team can end up with either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th seed. Next weeks afternoon game at the Santaluces Sports Complex is against the Sugar Kings (9-7-2), a potential first round playoff match up.

 

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Timely Hitting Eludes Thunder

7/26/2015 - A couple weeks ago the Islanders beat the Thunder thanks to a big 5th inning. History repeated itself today when the Islanders put up 3 runs in the 5th to take a 4-0 lead, and cruised to a 5-2 win.

Starter Austin Steiger must have thought he was starring in a remake of Groundhog Day this morning. Similar to the previous meeting against the Islander two weeks ago, he took a one run deficit into the 5th inning, but again didn't make it out of the 5th, lasting only 4 1/3 innings. Steiger unraveled quickly as he hit a batter, gave up three hits, a sacrifice fly they hit another batter before being relieved by John Dolan. Dolan induced an inning ending double play to limit further damage, but the 3 runs scored gave the Islanders a 4-0 lead. Dolan (1 2/3 IP, 5 BF, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 H, 0 R) returned to the mound and tossed a scoreless 6th inning which was followed by a scoreless 7th by Alex McEnaney (1 IP, 6 BF, 1 BB, 2 H, 2 K, 0 R). Lefty Jason Moody pitched the 8th and yielded only 1 hit, but an error cost him an unearned run.

Eric Gormley (RBI, single, triple), John Dolan (two singles), Greg Nicholson (two singles) and Rudy Plasencia (two singles) led the Thunder offense with two hits apiece. Alex McEnaney, Austin Steiger and Eric Morales added singles, but the team couldn't come up with any timely hits to help their cause, stranding 10 runners on base.

Three regular season games remain, to include a match-up against the Glory Days next Sunday morning at Dyer Park in Riviera Beach, FL.

 

 

 

 

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Thunder Edge Mets

7/19/2015 - The second game of the two-team doubleheader saw a reversal of fortunes as Thunder pitching combined to 4-hit the division leading Mets.

Eric Gormley threw for only the second time this season but pitched well as he reacllimated himself to the mound. Gormley (3 BB, 1 K, 2 H) tossed the first four innings, giving up only two unearned runs. LHP Jason Moody took over in the 5th inning and did a fabulous job, shutting the Mets down for five innings which earned him his second win of the season. Moody didn't walk anybody and allowed only two hits.

Gormley (2 RBI, SB) continued his hot hitting and led the Thunder offense with three singles. Outfielder Chris Snyder followed suit with two singles of his own, while Eric Morales, Rudy Plasencia (RBI), Jason Moody, Alex McEnaney, Dargel Gomez and Austin Steiger (RBI) each added singles.

With the game tied 2-2 in the 8th inning, former Thunder player Cody Manning took the mound for the Mets after a solid pitching performance by Josh Rivera. Manning gave up a single, walked the next three batters and threw three wild pitches, one of them allowing the eventual winning run to score. Manning was pulled after the third walk, but he would be charged with two more runs as Eric Gormley singled home two to put the game out of reach.

The Thunder take on the surging Islanders in a division match-up Sunday morning at Dyer Park in Riviera Beach, FL.

 

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Orioles Throttle Thunder

7/19/2015 - Giving up 15 hits usually leads to a loss. Adding 10 walks and horribly timed errors usually leads to a lopsided game, which was the case Sunday morning against the Orioles.

RHP Tony Sergio (6-3) lasted only 3 1/3 innings as he was unable to get loose, which the Orioles took full advantage of as they scored 10 early runs and never looked back. Third baseman Eric Morales took one for the team and followed Sergio, tossing three while shortstop Louie Napoleon relieved Morales and threw 2/3 of the final inning, as the game expired in the 8th inning due to the 3-hour time limit.

For the Thunder, Eric Gormley was the hot hitter with two singles and a double. Gormley also swiped three more bags and is quickly approaching the franchise leader in stolen bases. Louie Napoleon (RBI) and first baseman Jason Moody each singled twice while Eric Morales and Rudy Plasencia doubled home runs.

 

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Dreadful 5th Inning Costs Thunder

7/12/2015 - The Islanders brought their sticks to the field and outhit the Thunder 14-7, to include a six-hit fifth inning where they scored six runs.

Starter Austin Steiger (24 BF, 0 BB, 6 K, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER) tossed the first 4 1/3 innings and entered the fifth inning trailing only 2-1, but after giving up a single and getting an out, the next two batters tripled and singled which ended Steiger's day. Veteran Tony Sergio relieved Steiger but the Islanders banged out three hits against him, a total of six hits for the inning and six runs, to take a 8-1 lead. Sergio (6 K) pitched three scoreless innings after the 5th, scattering only 2 additional hits while Matt Delay pitched a scoreless 9th giving the Thunder a chance to crawl back into the game.

Unfortunately the Thunder offense was a bit sluggish after their two week break, and managed only seven hits. Lead off man Eric Gormley accounted for two of those hits, singling twice and driving in a run. Jason Moody was the other offensive leader with a single and a triple smashed to deep right-center field. John Briggs added a beautiful bunt single, while Eric Morales and Greg Nicholson (RBI) each singled.

Six games remain on the season, with a huge challenge next Sunday as the Thunder play a make-up game against the Orioles at 9:30 AM then take on the division leading Mets in a 1:30 PM game. Both games will be played at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

 

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Thunder Lose Another Close One

6/21/2015 - The Thunder tried to rally in the 9th inning but they couldn't overcome six errors and 7 men stranded in scoring position, as the Blades dealt the team their 3rd loss of the season Sunday afternoon at Dave Manzo Field in Lake Worth, FL.

Matt Delay (RBI), BJ Smith (2 RBI) and Chris Snyder accounted for 6 of the team's 10 hits as they each singled twice. Eric Gormley, Eric Morales and Greg Nicholson added singles, while Alex McEnaney ripped a double down the left field line in the 9th. Trailing 4-3, Snyder followed McEnaney with his second single of the day to right field, but McEnaney was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Snyder had taken second on the throw to plate, keeping the tying run in scoring position, but the next batter flew out to left field to end the game. In hindsight, coach Soulen admitted it was a mistake sending McEnaney and hopes the team can pick him up next Sunday.

Despite not getting timely hitting early in the game, some did come in the last few innings. In the 6th, trailing 3-0, BJ Smith stepped to the plate with runners at second and third and ripped a single to right field, scoring both Eric Gormley and Matt Delay, who had singled earlier in the inning. Then in the 8th, Eric Gormely reached on a single then stole second. With two outs, Matt Delay singled to left field, scoring Gormley and tying the game at 3.

Veteran RHP Tony Sergio tossed the first 6 innings for the Thunder. He scattered 8 hits and struck out 1, but he was the victim of 5 errors and was charged with 3 runs, with only 1 being earned. Matt Delay came on in the 7th and threw three strong innings as he struck out 5 and gave up only 2 hits. However, he was the tough-luck loser giving up a run in the 9th on a contraversial call at third base. Blades hitter D. Barr walked then stole second. The next batter flew out then Barr took off for third on the next pitch. Barr's foot appeared to slide into the tag of third baseman Austin Steiger, but Barr was called safe. Delay struck out the next batter then lead off man M. Perez (4 hits) drove a ball down the left field line, but the flight of the ball was misread by the Thunder outfielder and it dropped for a double, allowing Barr to score what would be the winning run.

The Thunder will regroup then take on the Orioles next Sunday in an afternoon game at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

 

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Sox Nip Thunder 2-1

6/14/2015 - The Thunder offense sputtered a bit again, collecting only 5 hits, as the "game of the week" between division leaders went to the American League leading Red Sox.

Tony Sergio (6-2) started on the hill for the Thunder and tossed the first four innings. Sergio gave up five hits and a run, and pitched out of trouble a couple innings, stranding four runners in scoring position. Newcomer Matt Delay followed Sergio and pitched the final five innings. Delay scattered four hits, struck out three while allowing one run.

In the 4th, the Sox started the inning off with back to back singles, then advanced the runners to second and third via a sacrifice bunt. Sergio got the next batter to ground out to first for the second out, but the runner at third headed home. The throw to the plate beat the runner, but was a bit up the line, which allowed the runner to avoid the tag and score.

The Red Sox scored their second run in the 6th inning. They led the inning off with a walk and stole second. Delay struck out the next batter then induced a ground ball out to second base, which moved the lead off walk to third. A dribbler to the shortstop that barely made it past the pitcher allowed the batter to reach first safely, and the eventual game winning run scored.

Down 2-0 in the 7th and with two outs, catcher Dargel Gomez reached first base when he was hit by a pitch. Rudy Plasencia ran for Gomez and Matt Delay stepped into the batters box for his first Thunder at-bat. Delay didn't waste much time in the box, as he smashed a double to right-center field, which allowed Plasencia to score from first. Unfortunately for the Thunder, they stranded Delay at second and were unable to tie the game.

In the 8th, again with two outs, John Briggs was hit by a pitch and eventually took second on a wild pitch. Briggs read a pitch in the dirt and took some aggressive steps toward third, and got stuck a bit too far off the bag. The catcher appeared to make a throw toward second and Briggs took off toward third. The speedy Briggs would have made it easily; however, the catcher ended up firing the ball to the pitcher who tossed the ball to third for the easy inning ending out.

The Thunder return to action next Sunday, June 21st, in an afternoon game against a solid Blades team.

 

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Thunder Back On Track, Beat Cyclones

6/7/2015 -  A focused, yet relaxed Thunder team quietly took care of business and remained a top their division, holding a one game lead over the Mets, as they downed the Cyclones today 6-2.

RHP Austin Steiger started on the mound for the Thunder and earned his second win of the season. Steiger tossed six strong innings as he scattered three hits and struck out 10, with 2 unearned runs. Ethan Root (4 K, 2 H) entered the game in the 7th inning with a one run lead and earned a save as he pitched three scoreless innings.

The Thunder offense struggled a bit with timely hitting and stranded a small city on the bases, but managed to hold a 3-2 lead through eight. The team got some breathing room in the top of the 9th as they scored three times. Austin Steiger led off the inning with a double then Jason Moody reached on an error, which allowed Steiger to advance to third. Moody stole second then Tony Sergio singled home Steiger, with Moody scoring right behind him as Sergio's hit went under the left fielders glove. Eric Morales then doubled home Sergio who had reached second base on the outfield error, giving the Thunder a 4 run cushion.

Rudy Plascencia singled twice, collecting two of the Thunder's 11 hits. Others involved in the offense were Eric Gormley (double), Eric Morales (double), Louie "I finally have double-digit plate appearances" Napoleon (single), catcher Dargel Gomez (single), Nick Camacho (RBI single), Austin Steiger (double), Jason Moody (single), Ethan Root (single) and Tony Sergio (RBI single).

Battle of Division Leaders - The Thunder schedule kicks up a notch next week as they take on the 9-1 Red Sox, in a morning game on Field 5 at Roger Dean Stadium.

 

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Reds Hand Thunder First Loss

5/31/2015 -  A lethargic Thunder squad lost their first game of the season today in the morning game at Dave Manzo Field in Lake Worth, FL.

After two quick outs in the first, the Reds hit back to back singles then a harmless fly ball to left field was misplayed, which allowed two runs to score. The following batter grounded out to end any further damage, but the inning was definitely foreshadowing of events to come.

The Reds added another run in the 3rd to take a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, the Thunder would strand five runners in scoring position over the next few innings until they cut the deficit to one in the fifth inning. In the 5th, Jason Moody doubled then advanced to third on a single by Austin Steiger. Newcomer John Briggs hit into a Fielders Choice, with Steiger out at second, but the ball was hit hard to the third baseman and Moody was unable to score. However, Moody scored on a wild pitch while Briggs went from first to third on the same play, and eventually scored on a throwing error.

The Thunder tied it up in the sixth inning when Eric Morales (hit by pitch) eventually scored on a single by Dargel Gomez. Unfortunately for the Thunder, the tie would only last two innings as the Reds scored 4 in the 7th and two more in the 8th to propel themselves to a 9-4 win.

Tony Sergio scattered 7 hits through six innings and pitched well, but he was chased from the game in the 7th inning after giving up a lead off single and a walk. Austin Steiger relieved Sergio, but a perfectly executed hit-and-run, a sac fly, three hits, and a pop up that dropped between the infield and the outfield were a recipe for disaster as the Reds scored four runs in the inning. The Reds added two more in the ninth but despite being down by six, the Thunder tried to rally as they banged out three hits in a row to score one, but the Reds settled down and retired the next three batters to finish things.

Offensively, Eric Morales, Greg Nicholson, Rudy Plasencia (RBI) and catcher Dargel Gomez (RBI) each singled twice. Newcomer John Briggs and Austin Steiger singled while Jason Moody doubled.

The Thunder will regroup and take on and improved Cyclones team next Sunday in a morning game at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

 

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Thunder Handle Athletics

5/17/2015 -  After a week off for Mother's Day, the Thunder came out swinging against the Athletics and put up 7 runs in the first two innings and never looked back as they won 10-4.

Tony Sergio won his sixth game of the season as he struck out five and scattered 7 hits through seven innings. Sergio started the 8th inning, but he was running on fumes, walked the first batter and was lifted for Austin Steiger. Steiger fought off some rust as he walked two and allowed three hits, but he was as cool as a cucumber and escaped bases loaded jams in both the 8th and 9th inning, yielding no runs.

RHP Josh Mowery (2-1) had a rough welcome to the game, as the Thunder banged out 9 hits in two innings while taking a 7-1 lead. Mowery settled down after that, allowing only 1 hit over the next four innings then two more in the 7th, but defensive breakdowns allowed three more runs to cross the plate.

Eric Gormley (single, triple), Anier Cartaya (single, double, 2 RBI) and Rudy Plasencia (two singles, RBI) each had two hits a piece. Gormley's triple was a smash to deep left-center field to lead off the game, in which he scored after sliding into third as the throw from the shortstop sailed past the third baseman and catcher - which energized the Thunder bench. Eric Morales (RBI), Dargel Gomez (RBI), Chris Snyder, Nick Camacho and Austin Steiger (RBI) added singles. In the 7th, Rudy Plasencia reached second on a throwing error by the third baseman. BJ Smith walked to the plate and appeared to be mumbling something to himself under his breath, then proceeded to hammer a pitch to deep right-center field, doubling home Plasencia. Smith wouldn't comment on what was said to reporters after the game, but spectators behind the plate swore they heard Smith mumbling "it's clobbering time."

The Thunder are off next Sunday in observance of Memorial Day, then return to action on 5/31/15 against a solid Reds team in a morning game at Dave Manzo Field in Lake Worth, FL.

 

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Thunder Run-Rule Team USA

5/03/2015 -  The second game of the doubleheader didn't turn out much better for the struggling Team USA, as they were run-ruled in the sixth inning and lost 21-4.

More walks and errors haunted Team USA, but the Thunder again came up with timely hitting as they had 17 hits on the day. Greg "The Hit Man" Nicholson (3 RBI) had three more hits, giving him seven on the day, and Nick Camacho (RBI) had two singles and a double to lead the offense. Anier Cartaya (RBI), BJ Smith (2 RBI), Eric Morales (RBI), Dargel Gomez (2 RBI) and Alex McEnaney (RBI) had two singles each. Tony Sergio added an RBI single and winning pitcher Jason Moody picked up an RBI with a bases loaded walk in the first.

Lefty Jason Moody handled the pitching for the Thunder in the second game. He faced 25 batters, struck out 8, scattered 5 hits through six innings and gave up two earned runs. The game was called after the 6th inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Thunder players get to spend time with their mother's, wive's and families as the league has off for Mother's Day next Sunday. The team returns to action on May 17 in a morning game at the Santaluces Sports Complex against a tough Athletics team.

 

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Thunder Shut Out Team USA

5/03/2015 -  The Thunder were awarded a 2 run lead as a majority of Team USA players were late to the field. As it turned out, those two runs were the only ones needed as Tony Sergio struck out 7 and scattered two hits through five, picking up the win as the Thunder run-ruled Team USA after five innings. The win is the fifth on the season for Sergio.

While Sergio handled his duties on the mound, the offense took advantage of multiple walks, errors and timely hits to score 22 runs. Greg Nicholson (2 RBI) led the attack with four singles. Anier Cartaya (RBI), Eric Morales (3 RBI), Rudy Plasencia (2 RBI) and Nick Camacho each singled twice, while BJ Smith (RBI), Dargel Gomez (3 RBI), Jason Moody (2 RBI) and Austin Steiger (3 RBI) added singles.

 

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9-Run Sixth Inning Saves Thunder

4/26/2015 -  The Cyclones were in complete control through the first five innings, but their 5-0 lead was erased when the Thunder scored 9 in the bottom of the sixth.

Cyclones pitcher Abel F. was on cruise control through the first five innings as he worked the lower part of the strike zone and kept Thunder hitters off balance with good off speed pitches. Abel's only hit through the first five was a single by Greg Nicholson in the 5th. Everything was going perfectly for the Cyclones - broken bat singles, solid defense, a great running catch by the pitcher and a nice breeze on a beautiful sun-filled Florida day. Then the bottom half of the sixth inning came, and as kind as the baseball gods can be, they can easily unleash their wrath.

With two outs and no runs in, Tony Sergio smashed a double down the left field line to knock in Chris Snyder (walk) and Jason Moody (reached on FC). Lead-off man Eric Gormley hit a hard ground ball towards third base, but the fielder bobbled it, allowing Gormley to reach safely. Anier Cartaya (2 RBI), Eric Morales and Louie Napoleon (RBI) followed with singles. Greg Nicholson was hit by a pitch then Rudy Plasencia kept the inning going with an RBI single. The Cyclones made a pitching change, but Dargel Gomez's fly ball to center field was dropped and the eighth and ninth runs scored. With a 9-5 lead, Chris Snyder added a single in the bottom of the 7th while BJ Smith and Jason Moody walked to load the bases. But the Cyclones escaped additional damage as the Thunder lined into a double play to end the threat.

RHP Austin Steiger returned to action after some discomfort in his throwing arm last weekend. Steiger battled with command for most of the game but only walked one batter. He struck out 4 (18 K's on the year) and allowed 3 earned runs through 5 1/3 IP. Tony Sergio relieved Steiger in the top of the 6th, then tossed two scoreless innings to earn his 4th win of the season.

The team takes on Team USA (0-6) next Sunday in a double-header at Roger Dean, Field 5 in Jupiter, Florida.

 

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Mental & Physical Errors Almost Cost Thunder

4/19/2015 -  In the 7-inning game 2 of the twin bill, the Thunder not only battled a hungry Cyclones team, they battled the heat, injuries, cramps, mental mistakes and four errors - all of which helped the Cyclones keep this one close.

The Thunder jumped out to a 5-2 lead through two, but the Cyclones knocked in 4 runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. They added another run in the 5th and held a two-run lead, but the Thunder tied it with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Both teams went scoreless in the 6th, then with a runner on second with one out in the 7th, the Cyclones inexplicable tried to steal third base but catcher Dargel Gomez gunned down the runner and RHP Tony Sergio struck out the next batter to stop the threat.

In the bottom of the 7th, Eric Morales (non-runner) led off with a walk and Anier Cartaya took his place at first base. Cartaya stole second, Greg Nicholson walked amd Dargel Gomez reached on an infield error to load the bases. With the infield in, the Cyclones uncorked a wild pitch which allowed Cartaya to score the winning run. The anti-climatic win pushed the team to 4-0-1 on the season.

Kletus Stubblefield continued right where he left off from the first game, on the mound to start the second game. He threw 3 2/3 innings, struck out 3, scattered 4 hits but was the victim of defensive mistakes as he gave up 5 runs, with only one being earned. Tony Sergio (2 K, 2 H, 0 ER) relieved Stubblefield and gave up two unearned runs, but picked up his second win of the day as the Thunder were able to push one across in the last frame.

Anier Cartaya (two singles, RBI), Dargel Gomez (two singles, 2 RBI) and Tony Sergio (single, double) led the Thunder attack with two hits apiece. Austin Steiger, Nick Camacho added singles while Greg Nicholson (RBI) smashed a double. Eric Gormley helped the cause with a sac fly RBI.

The teams don't get a break from one another, as the Thunder take on the Cyclones again next Sunday in a single morning game at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

 

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Thunder Run-Rule Cyclones

4/19/2015 -  With the game tied 2-2 through four, the Thunder scored 4 times in the fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead. Eric Gormley (single), Anier Cartaya (single) Eric Morales (double, 2 RBI), Greg Nicholson (double, RBI) and Jason Moody (double, RBI) did the heavy lifting in the inning. The team then added 7 more when they exploded in the 8th inning, essentially putting the game out of reach.

In the 8th, Greg Nicholson singled, Nick Camacho (2 RBI) singled, Eric Gormley (2 RBI) ripped a double and Anier Cartaya added another RBI single. The bases were clogged up for most of the inning as a result of patient hitting by Kletus Stubblefield and Tony Sergio (RBI), who both walked while Dargel Gomez and Austin Steiger each reached base after being plunked.

Six Thunder hitters had multi-hit games - Eric Gormley (single, double, 2 RBI), Anier Cartaya (two singles, RBI), Greg Nicholson (three singles, double, RBI), Jason Moody (single, double, 2 RBI), BJ Smith (two singles) and Tony Sergio (single, single, RBI).

Despite not pitching in over a year, Jason Moody pitched well in his return to the mound. He tossed three innings, struck out 3 and gave up two hits. Iron man Tony Sergio, who was hurt running out a single in the first game, threw the next three innings, struck out five and scattered three hits to earn the victory. Kletus Stubblefield entered in the 7th inning in hopes of picking up a save, but that didn't happen due to the offensive explosion in the 8th inning. But Stubblefield struck out 3 and yielded one hit in two innings.

 

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Thunder Finish Strong, Beat Islanders

4/12/2015 -  The Thunder offense scored six times over the last two innings to earn their second win of the season, which was a total team effort.

RHP Kletus Stubblefield started for the Thunder, walked two and gave up 2 earned runs on two hits in the 1st, but settled down and threw two scoreless innings after, striking out 4. Austin Steiger (4 H, 8 K) followed Stubblefield and tossed four scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the 8th inning, as the Islanders scored five times and tied the game 7-7. The inning was fueled by a hit batter, a walk, 3 hits and an error. In hindsight, management may have left Steiger out there one inning too many. But the team rallied for three in the top of the ninth to give Steiger his first win, while Tony Sergio (2 K) earned his first save of the season, pitching a perfect 9th inning.

The Islanders held a 2-0 lead through the first four, but the Thunder offense awoke from their early game slumber and scored 4 in the fifth. Chris Snyder crushed a triple to lead off the inning then scored on a single by Nicholas Camacho. Camacho swiped second base then scored on the second triple of the inning, off the bat of BJ Smith. Smith scored on a single by starter Stubblefield, who eventually scored on a single by Anier Cartaya.

The Thunder scored three runs in the top of the 8th inning to take a 7-2 lead. Tony Sergio (single), Eric Gormley (double) and Anier Cartaya (on by error) reached base safely and scored, while Cartaya, Nicholson (double) and Eric Morales (sac fly) picked up RBI's. The Islanders tied it up in the bottom of the 8th, but the no quit Thunder scored 3 more runs in the top of the 9th. Jason Moody reached via an error then Chris Snyder and Nicholas Camaco each walked to load the bases. The go ahead run came on a passed ball, then BJ Smith (3 RBI on the day) ripped a single and knocked in two more insurance runs.

The team takes on the Cyclones (1-2) next Sunday in a doubleheader at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

 

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Thunder Run-Rule Sugar Kings

3/29/2015 - The Thunder jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two and never looked back as they run-ruled the Sugar Kings after 7 innings in a morning game at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

With 19 hits in six innings, the Thunder offense was running on full throttle this morning. Eric Morales continued his hot hitting and added four more singles and 4 RBI's to his early season softball-like totals. Greg Nicholson singled and doubled twice, knocking in 4 himself. Eric Gormley (RBI), Anier Cartaya, Nicholas Camacho and BJ Smith (RBI) each singled twice, while Austin Steiger knocked in three with a single and a double. First baseman Jason Moody and catcher Dargel Gomez each knocked in a run with singles.

Pitching was in good hands today as veteran Tony Sergio (1 K, 3 R, 0 ER) picked up his first win of the season as he scattered six hits through five innings, allowing only unearned runs. Austin Steiger relieved Sergio and tossed two scoreless innings while striking out two.

The team has off Easter Sunday (4/5) and returns to action on 4/12 against the Islanders at the Santaluces Sports Complex in Lantana, FL.

 

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Time Limit Expires, Thunder Tie

03/22/2015 - The Thunder fell behind early but clawed their way back into the game, scoring the tying run in the top of the 9th, then held the Mets scoreless in the bottom of the inning as time expired.

New team rules altered the starting line-up a bit and may have ruffled a few feathers, but the team pulled together and everybody gave maximum effort when their number was called. Veteran shortstop Louie Napoleon led the offense with four hits (two singles, two doubles), including a game tying RBI single in the top of the ninth. Eric Morales wasn't far behind with three hits of his own, all singles, including an RBI single in the 7th. Returning to the playing field after a 10 year hiatus and time in the Marines, Kletus Stubblefield (RBI) had two hits himself and pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning. Eric Gormley was back to his old ways as he smashed two singles and stole two bases, while newcomer Nicholas Camacho had a game tying RBI single in the 8th.

Five Thunder pitchers saw action for the opener. Veteran Tony Sergio (11 BF, 1 BB, 3 K, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER) started things off and pitched the first two innings. Returning to the hill after an arm injury, Eric Gormley (11 BF, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER) looked good as he tossed the next two innings. Gormley was relieved by Kletus Stubblefield (1 IP, 3 BF, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 H, 0 R) then newcomer Austin Steiger made his debut. Austin also threw well for not throwing in a game in some time, as he pitched two innings, faced ten batters, struck out four and gave up 1 hit. Lefty Ethan Root, returning to the team after earning his Masters in New York, tossed the final two innings and also looked sharp in his return. (2 IP, 9 BF, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER)

The team returns to action next Sunday morning against the Cuban Sugar Kings on field 1 at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

 

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