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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

GAME 3: Thunder 6, New Hampshire 5

After two relatively brutal games to swatch (and, I'm sure, to play in given the conditions), the Thunder got their first win of the season Saturday night with an awesome walk-off single from Mason Williams in the bottom of the 9th inning. Here is the play:

 Williams now has four hits in his first three games of the season, which - small sample size or not - is definitely reason for optimism, especially considering how much he struggled in his time in Trenton last season. More than just the hits, his approach seems to be much better than it was last year, as he's been able to work some deep at-bats and, as was the case in his game-winner, battle back when he does fall behind in the count. Considering that his dad was a receiver for the New England Patriots, it seemed likely Mason was going to add some more strength as he developed, and he has certainly looked that way this season. Here he is talking about this season compared to last:

Another guy that had a good day was Rob Segedin, who went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. At Tuesday's media day, Segedin (who like your author went to Roll Wave) talked a lot about the improved flexibility and strength in his hips after two offseason surgeries. Here he is singling home Williams to tie the game in the 8th:

(Apparently his hips weren't quite flexible enough to avoid getting tagged out at second on this attempted double.)

Also of note: the Thunder got a big lift from New Hampshire reliever Randy Boone, who threw consecutive run-scoring wild pitches. Mason Williams was on base at the time, and Boone seemed particularly bother by his presence, so he kept throwing the ball to first. That, somehow, inspired a heckler to start calling him Daniel Boone, as in PITCH THE BALL, DANIEL BOONE. So, in a sense, that wildness was appropriate. Here is one of those plays:


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