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The Thunderbirds kicked off the playoffs in grand fashion drubbing the Knights 15-1 Thursday night. It was an offensive onslaught as 6 birds had multiple hits. Brian Synatzske, John Menth and Mac Hansen each had 3 hits while Brad Bode, Rob Carroll and Jody Nicewonger each had 2. Other birds collecting hits on the night include Brent Smerczynski, Ron Short, Bo Vaculik, Jeff Whanger and Brad Petty
Bodie Wilson was stellar on the mound going the distance to stay undefeated on the year. Wilson was in complete control by facing the minimum in 3 of the 6 innings and only 4 batters in 2 others while notching 6 strikeouts.
The birds return to action this Thursday against Modoc in the 2nd round at 9pm.
The Thunderbirds closed out the regular season Thursday night with a sound defeat of Modoc 9-2 at Reverchon Park. With the win, the birds set a new franchise record with 13 regular season wins and secured the #2 seed in the playoffs.
Four pitchers combined hold Modoc to 2 runs on the evening. Brent Smerczynski was the opener going the first 2 innings. John Menth picked up the win going the next two. Ron Short went 1 1/3 and the game was closed out by Brad Bode, picking up the final 2 outs in the 6th.
At the plate the birds were led by Brad Petty with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Rob Carroll was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored , Brian Synatzske had2 hits, Menth added 2 hits and 2 runs scored while Short was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and a run scored. Other T-birds collecting hits on the night included Smerczynski, Bode and Jody Nicewonger.
Please congratulate the 2019 Thunderbirds All-Stars who will be play this Sunday August 4 at 11am. The game will be held at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX.
The birds began a rough stretch of 5 games in 14 days in tough fashion dropping 10-9 decision to Modoc. The birds jumped out early scoring 8 runs in the top of the first inning. Modoc scored 5 to get right back in the game in the 3rd inning. Starter Brent Smerczynski walked the bases loaded then almost got out of the inning scoreless with a 1-2-3 play, but back to back 2out singles and an error gave Modoc their 5 runs and some life. The birds tacked on another run to make in 9-5 in the 5th, but Modoc dropped 5 more in the 6th to walk it off. The birds just couldn’t overcome 7 walks on the night.
Brad Bode and Jeff Whanger led the birds at the plate with 2 hits apiece, while John Menth, Bo Vaculik, Nathan Larmen, Brad Petty and Rob Carroll also added knocks.
The Birds look to jump right back in the win column Monday night at McInninsh when they take on the Royals at 9pm
The persistent T-bird offense stayed aggressive Thursday night downing the Royals 7-3. Line drives were hit all over the place the first 4 innings, but right at the Royal defenders. The birds scratched across a run in the 5th, 3 in the 6th and slammed the door shut with 3 in the 7th moving to 8-1 on the year and staying atop the league standings.
Brent Smerczynski picked up his 6th win of the year going 5 2/3 innings with 3 unearned runs and 5 Ks. Bodie Wilson earned his 2nd save of the year in dominant fashion striking out 3 of the 4 outs he recorded.
At the plate John Menth led the team with another stellar performance going 2-4 with a double, 2 RBIs a run scored while the other 2 outs were line drives right at the left fielder. Smerczynski, Bo Vaculik and Jeff Whanger added doubles on the night while Wilson was on base 4 times with a single, 2 walks and a HBP. Other T-birds collecting hits include Jody Nicewonger, Nathan Larmen, Brad Petty and MacLane Hansen.
Thunderbirds return to action this Thursday 7/18 at First Baptist for a rematch with Modoc.