Baseball: ThunderBolts roll past Frontier Greys 11-4
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media May 17, 2014 9:18PM
Updated: June 23, 2014 12:57PM
With much of its starting lineup returning from last season, the Windy City ThunderBolts brought in Ryan McIntyre and Max White to help round out the middle of the order.
The new additions put on a show Saturday night.
McIntyre went 4-for-4 and scored four times while White drove in four as the T-Bolts rolled to an 11-4 win over the Frontier Greys in front of 666 fans at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
“One through nine, we’ve got a good group of guys in this lineup,” White said. “We have a lot of experienced guys teaching us young bucks how to get going. We had 10 hits (Friday) and 12 (Saturday) so it’s going good.”
White, a rookie out of the University of Oklahoma, helped provide run support for Jake Fisher, who was White’s teammate with the Sooners.
After allowing single runs in the first and second, Fisher settled in to earn the win in his T-Bolts debut. He allowed two earned runs in six innings, striking out five and walking two.
“That was special for us,” White said. “He was the guy who kind of got me here, so it felt good to give him some support.”
After falling behind 2-0, the T-Bolts (2-0) scored eight unanswered runs, beginning with five in the second. White’s first professional hit, a two-run single, started the surge.
“It was a good feeling getting that out of the way,” White said. “I didn’t get great wood on it, but it was nice to get that first hit.”
With the bases loaded and one out in the third, Evan Button produced a sacrifice fly. The bases ended up clearing on the play to make it 5-0 after Greys third baseman Greg Bachman threw wildly to second in an attempt to catch Doug Joyce.
Ryan Soares doubled and scored on McIntyre’s single in the third and White singled home McIntyre.
McIntyre, who is 6-for-8 with six runs over two games, singled and scored on a base hit from Kyle Robinson (2-for-3) in the fifth and the T-Bolts scored three more in the eighth as White produced a sacrifice fly and Andrew Brauer a run-scoring double.
“We’ve got a good team here,” McIntyre said. “We can swing it for sure.”
Victor Larez, expected to be a stalwart in the T-Bolts rotation, made his debut out of the bullpen and worked the final two innings. He struck out four and allowed a solo home run to Jon Minucci.