Birds fly past Spirits in season opener
The Thunderbirds kicked off the 2019 season in a great way Thursday night beating the Spirits 8-5. The “W” was a team effort at the plate and on the mound as 8 different birds each collected hits. Brent Smerczynski, Brad Bode and Ron Short had doubles, while Brian Synatzske, Bodie Wilson, Fabian Mendive and Jody Nicewonger added hits as well. Smerczynski and Wilson shared duties on the mound. Newcomers John Menth, Bo Vaculik and Mac Henson held down the defense with Menth making a spectacular running catch in the gap to thwart a late Spirit rally.