Birds drill Dodgers 11-1
Your NTX Thunderbirds avenged last year’s playoff loss to Dodger ace and ex-major leaguer Lance Broadway Thursday night, running away with a 11-1 win.
Brent Smerczynski outdueled the Dodger fireballer on the mound for the “W” giving a complete game, 3 hit effort while racking up 7 more strikeouts on the night. The win runs Smerczynski’s record to 4-1 on the season.
The offense jumped jumped out quick and never looked back against the Dodger starting pitcher. Brian Synatzske led off with a double, follwed by a Smerczynkski single. After a John Menth walk, Brad Bode got the birds on the board with a RBI groundout followed by a Rob Carroll 2-run laser of a double to make it 3-0 and the Tbirds wouldn’t look back adding single runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th before slamming the door shut with 3 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th.
The offense was led by Synatzske and Ryan Karonka each going 2-2 with a walk.. Other Tbirds getting at least one hit on the night include: Smerczynski, Carroll, Ron Short, and Jeff Whanger.
The 4-2 birds are off next week, but return to action Monday Aug. 3 for a 7pm contest against the Mustangs at First Baptist Academy.