wcthunderbolts.com


ThunderBolts split matinee doubleheader

(ROCHESTER, MI) – In a pair of one-run games, the ThunderBolts dropped game one on an Oakland County Cruiser walk-off hit before narrowly holding on in game two, 6-5.
 
The Bolts scored in the first inning of game one when Zach Aakhus’s single drove in Brandon Anderson. Their lead was quickly lost, though, as Oakland County scored once in each of the first three innings to take the 3-1 advantage.
 
The ThunderBolts fought back with a run in the fourth and one in the sixth. Michael Torres’s double drove in JT Restko for the second score and Restko’s sacrifice fly brought home Gilberto Mejia to even the score.
 
In the seventh, with Andrew Werner aiming for his league lead-tying 12th win, the leadoff man walked and the Bolts called on Ryan Quigley. After two more walks, one intentional, the bases were loaded for Kyle Manus. He lined one up the middle off the glove of Quigley, scoring Bobby Andrews to deliver a 4-3 win to the Cruisers.
 
Werner took the loss (11-5) while the win went to P.J. Sochi (3-0).
 
The Bolts got their revenge in game two. On the second to last day of the season, Mejia hit his first home run in the first inning. Once again, though, Oakland County responded with early runs. They scored twice in the first and twice more in the third off Tom Mueller to take the three-run lead.
 
Unconventionally, the Bolts came back using the longball. Restko’s two-run shot in the fourth brought them to within one and Nick Kuroczko’s solo homer gave the Bolts the lead in the sixth. They had previously tied the game in the fifth when Mejia doubled and Ryan Basham doubled him in. Basham, who sat out the first game, made a difference in game two.
 
Zach Pace tied the game once more in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single, but in the seventh, Zach Aakhus hit a one-out double before three straight walks put Windy City back on top.
 
Against Quigley in the bottom of the inning, the Cruisers put the winning run on, but with runners on second and third, Quigley struck out Mike Epping for the win.
 
Greg Johnson pitched the sixth inning for the win (2-0) and Donald Howell took the loss (2-1). It was Quigley’s first save. The loss for Oakland County drops Travers City’s wild card magic number to one.
 
The division champion ThunderBolts finish the season Sunday against the Cruisers at 1:00 CDT. Brent Solich (8-6) takes the mound against Kevin Asselin (9-3). The game can be heard on WXAV 88.3 fm and wxav.com. The playoffs begin Thursday at 7:05 at Standard Bank Stadium.


Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2024
2023
2022
2021
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008

Browse by Month »

May 2024
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008