The first-place Windy City Thunderbolts dropped a heartbreaker to the Lake Erie Crushers on Monday night. The Thunderbolts fell into a hole early and they were unable to bring themselves back out of it. The ended up losing 10-5.
The Crushers jumped onto the Thunderbolts early on, in the very first inning. The Thunderbolts pitcher walked three batters in a row and then allowed a runner to score on a wild pitch.
The Thunderbolts managed to come back in the bottom of the first. Two Thunderbolts’ batters hit singles to start off their half of the inning. A third base hit brought a runner home. The Thunderbolts even managed to walk the bases loaded, but the final batter hit into a double-play to end the inning and prevent the Thunderbolts from taking the lead.
The Crushers then scored three runs in the very next inning. From that point forward, it was all the Crushers and Windy City was unable to claw their way back.
The Thunderbolts starting pitcher, Matt Jernstad, ended up with the loss. The team ended up having to use eight pitchers to get through the game. Jernstad’s records is now 3-4.
The Windy City Thunderbolts are a professional minor league baseball team. They play in the independent Frontier League and they are not affiliated with a major league team. They have won back-to-back league championships in their history. Their first was in 2007 and they repeated in 2008. They are currently in first place in the Frontier League.