Game Recaps

Bolts drop Game One Heartbreaker

Vinnie Scarduzio had three hits and two RBI in the Game One loss
The Windy City ThunderBolts presented by the Vee Pak Hawks took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 12th, but were unable to hold on as the River City Rascals took Game One of the West Division Series 7-6 in 12 innings.
River City got on the board in the second inning as Josh Banda lifted a three run homerun to right-centerfield for a 3-0 Rascals lead. Later in the inning, with Jo-Jo Batten on first, Chad Maddox drove a double into the left-center gap to bring home Batten and make it 4-0.
The ThunderBolts scored a run in the third inning as with two outs, Robert Perry singled home Gilberto Mejia, slicing the Rascals edge to 4-1. Another two out rally came through in the fourth as with runners on first and second, Dan Jordan went the other way, homering to right-center, tying the game at 4-4.
Robert Perry continued his hot hitting from the end of the regular season into the playoffs as leading off the fifth inning, Perry hit a towering homer to right to give Windy City their first lead of the playoffs at 5-4. The Rascals would get the run back an inning later as with two outs in the sixth, Scott Houin tripled home Jorge Gutierrez, tying the game at 5-5.
The game would remain tied into the 12th when with two outs and Bryan Cook on first base, Vinnie Scarduzio hit a ball high off the rightfield wall, scoring Cook for a 6-5 lead.
However, a win was not in the cards as the Rascals loaded up the bases before Jorge Gutierrez singled home a run to knot the game. Two batters later, Scott Houin drove a single to the warning track in center, to bring home the winning run for the Rascals win.
Jason Lowey (1-0) picked up the win while Dustin Pease (0-1) took the loss for Windy City.
Game Two of the series comes up on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Ross Stout (13-5, 2.94) starting for Windy City against Jake Laber (9-4, 4.48) for River City. The ThunderBolts first home playoff game will be on Friday at 7:05 p.m. where it will be Patriot Day at the Standard Bank Stadium. All local heroes (fire, police, active and retired military, Boy/Girl/Eagle/Cub Scouts) will be granted free admission to the game.  For game times, information or tickets, call 708-489-BALL or visit the team’s website at

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