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Posted Jul 15/15 - 2016 8th Grade Thunder Tryouts!

WEST BEND THUNDER - 8th Grade Tryouts are coming up!!

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Posted Jul 15/15 - 2016 8th Grade Thunder Tryouts!

WEST BEND THUNDER - 8th Grade Tryouts are coming up!!

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Posted Sep 8/14 - West bend Thunder 7th Grade Tryouts Completed, Roster Announced!

The West Bend Thunder 7th Grade tryouts conculded this past Sunday.  While not everyone could make the team, it was a very competative tryout by all.  The 2015 Thunder Roster is as follows:

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Posted Aug 5/14 - Successful 2014 season

The 6th Grade Thunder would like to thank all of this year's sponsors for their support which helped make this year possible.  It was a challenging year with injury's on and off the field but it did not stop the kids from playing.  Entering play in the month of July we were fighting for first place when we suffered our first 4 game losing streak in two years.  We were in the games but unfortunately the ball is round and sometimes bounces in favor of your opponent.  None the less we ended the season in 4th place, 3 games out of first with an overall record of 19-12.  It was a successfull tournament season as we missed the semi finals in Germantown by the tie breaker, made the West Bend Father's Day Championship game as defending tournament champions taking 2nd place to very good Green Bay team and in The New Berlin Heat Tournament lost our semi-final game to Tournament Champions; Rally Baseball.  We are looking forward to next year and wish all of the kids success in their future endeavors no matter what they may be.

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Posted Jun 17/14 - Thunder take 2nd in Father's Day Tournament

The West Bend Thunder 6th Grade finished in 2nd place in the West Bend Little League Father's Day Tournament.  The Thunder pounded the West bend Bulldogs 10-0, highlighted by a Lukas Broske 3 run and a Joey pettit 2 run home runs.  On Sunday morning, the Thunder squeaked by 2-1 over Men. Falls Burgandy in a terrific defensive and well pitched game by both teams.  Gavin Hinckley got the win allowing no one to reach base during his strong two innings on the mound.  In the Championship game, the Thunder was all from the Green Bay Sluggers as the Thunder fell 12-3 to a terrific and talented Green Bay squad.  The Thunder are currently 13-4 on the season and have some important baseball yet to be played as they look to try and win a State League Championship!  The next Thunder game is Thursday at 7:45 at the West bend Little League fields.  The opponent will be a tough Germantown Blue team.  GO THUNDER!

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Posted Jun 6/14 - Ketter, Miller lead Thunder to victory!

It was one of those grind it out games for the Thunder but they did just enough, beating BOSS Blue 3-2.  With the win, the Thunder boys are riding a 6 game winning streak and are currently 9-2, 7-1 in league play.  The Thunder bats were quiet most of the night but the pitching of Joey Pettit and Gavin Hinckley was outstanding and the defense behind them was fantastic, committing zero errors, giving the Thunder a chance.  The key moment of the game occured in the bottom of the 5th with the Thunder trailing 2 to 1.  Noah Doedens reached on an error, and swiped second base.  After an out was recorded, Kevin Lemens took advantage of another break, advancing to first on a passed ball on strike three.  Doedens went to third and the Thunder had a chance.  Ketter, who singled sharply in his last at bat, executed a perfect suicide squeeze to score Doedens and tie the game at 2.  With Lemens at third, Jack Miller provided the huge lift the Thunder would need.  With two strikes, Miller sharply singled to center, scoring Lemens and the Thunder led 3-2.  Great pitching and defense held that lead and the Thunder walked away victorious.  The Thunder look to keep things rolling with a game Tuesday vs. Germantown Jaguars and then the big Fathers Day Tournament this weekend at the West Bend Little League Diamonds!

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Posted May 15/14 - Thunder win, improve to 2-0!

The West Bend Thunder 6th Grade improved to 2-0 with an impressive victory over a talented Oconomowoc 5 O's team 7-4 on Wednesday night in Oconomowoc.  Pitching and defense have been the point of emphasis and once again, the pitching and defense led the way.  Some outstanding late inning situational hitting didn't hurt either.  The visiting Thunder scored in the first inning as Joey Pettit led off with a booming double to left field.  C.J. Henschel struck out with Pettit stealing third and when the ball got passed the catcher, Pettit raced around and came all the way in to score with Henschel reaching first on the play.  After a steal of second and a passed ball put Henschel at third, Noah Doedens continued his impressive start to the year at the plate with a double to left center to plate Henschel and give the Thunder a 2-0 lead.  The 5 O's came right back with 2 unearned runs of their own in the bottom of the first and scored again in the 2nd for a 3-2 5 O's lead.  Another Pettit hit, and a bases loaded walk to Gavin Hinckley in the top of the 3rd, tied the game at 3-3.

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Posted May 8/14 - 2014 Thunder 6th Grade starts season with a victory!

Playing their first game of the season against a tough Sussex Red Jr. Chargers team, the Thunder 6th grade came away with a well earned 6-2 victory.  The Thunder parlayed outstanding pitching, terrific defense, and timely hitting into a win, with each and every Thunder player adding something to the win.  The Thunder took a early 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st as Reid Woods worked his way on with a 1 out walk.  C.J. Henschel followed with another walk and when Woods and Henschel completed a double steal, the Thunder had runners at 2nd and 3rd with two outs.  A clutch single by Noah Doedens got Woods home for the first run of the season.  After a 3 strikeout inning by starting pitcher Joey Pettit in the bottom of the first, the Thunder came back with a solo run in the top of the 2nd for a 2-0 lead.  Caden bast singled, swiped 2nd, and scored on a base hit by Jack Miller.

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Posted Aug 7/13 - WEST BEND THUNDER 6TH GRADE TRYOUTS SET FOR AUGUST 18TH!

The tryouts for the 6th Grade West Bend Thunder baseball team have been set.  Tryouts will be held at the West Bend little League Complex.

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Posted Jul 16/13 - Thunder continue to roll in the WSYBL!

Playing 3 games in 5 days, the West Bend Thunder 5th Grade team increased it's division lead in the WSYBL.  Last Thursday, the Thunder defeated the Germantown Gold team 12-1 in 5 innings.  Friday Night, three Thunder pitchers combined to throw the Thunder's 2nd no hitter of the season, defeating the Port Washington Pirates 8-1.  In a battle of division leaders on Monday, the Thunder defeated the Waukesha Blazer Black team 14-6.  The Thunder bats were alive and well, pounding out 15 hits to go along with 10 walks.  With the win, the Thunder improved to 20-10 overall, 13-4 in the WSYBL.  The Thunder play a key game Thursday night at the Menomonee Falls Burgandy Thursday Night at 6:00 PM.  A win would go a long way towards helping the Thunder in their quest to secure a Division Championship.  GO THUNDER!!!

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Posted Jul 1/13 - Cardiac Kids Do It Again!!!

It puts grey hairs on the coaching staff's heads and takes years off their lives but man it sure is fun!  Down by 4 runs heading into the bottom of the 7th, the West Bend Thunder came all the way back, again winning in their last at bats, this time 10-9 over the Brookfield Bulldogs.  In a game featuring the top 2 teams in their division and a game the Thunder had to win to stay in contention for first place, both teams left it on the field.  Brookfield and the Thunder pitchers combined to walk only 2 hitters all night, both by the Bulldogs.

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Posted Jun 29/13 - Thunder continue winning ways!

In a game that the Thunder team played at it's home field as the visitors after switching fields due to rain, the Thunder wasted some early offensive opportunities only to explode offensivley in the 6th, and cruise to a 13-7 victory over the Germantown Jr. Warhawks Blue.  In the top of the first, all 4 batters for the Thunder reached but 3 runners were wiped out on the bases.  Gavcin Hinckley scored the lone run in the first on an RBI single by Lukas Broske.  The Thunder would be held without a run for the next 2 innings while the Germantown team put up 2 runs off of starter Ayden Spykstra, taking the lead 2-1 after 3 innings.  The Thunder would tie it at 2 in the top of the 4th on a bases loaded groundout by Reid Woods that scored Joey Pettit, and take the lead in the top of the 5th when Caden Bast and Ayden Spykstra reached with a walk and single, both scoring on passed balls.

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Posted Jun 26/13 - Broske's Bomb Ingnites a Thunderous Rally!

It didn't look good for the Thunder 5th grade Tuesday night.  The Thunder were down and didn't have momentum.  With one swing of the bat, the Thunder got all the momentum they needed, winning 9-8 against a very good Sussex Hamilton Jr. Chargers White team.  With Lukas Broske on the mound, the Sussex team was able to take a 4 run lead on 4 hits and a walk.  Broske would go on to pitch 3 more innings, allowing only 1 single baserunner through the 4th inning.  The Thunder woulld tie it at 4-4 with 2 runs in each of the 1st and 3rd innings.  C.J.Henschel walked, swiped 2nd and scored on a Joey Pettit single.  Pettit would race to third on an errant pick off throw at 1st base, later scoring on a Broske single.  In the 3rd, Ayden Spykstra walked, swiped 2nd, and scored on a Kevin Lemens double.  When Henschel followed with an RBI double, the game was tied.

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Posted Jun 24/13 - Thunder Boys Win a Pair of Games!

In games played last week, the West Bend Thunder handcuffed the Muskego Warriors 5-1 and then crusied to victory 11-4 over the Slinger Owls on Sunday.  With the wins, the Thunder improved to 14 and 10 on the season.  In Thursday's game, pitching and defense set the tone for the game.  With both teams displaying strong pitching and defense, the offense did just enough to win the game.  Lukas Broske started on the mound and earned the win with 3 shutout innings for the Thunder.  It was the most dominant pitching performance on the season for Broske who allowed only 2 hits while walking no one.  Broske struck out 5 Warrior batters.  Ayden Spykstra followed up with 3 great innings as well, allowing 1 run on 1 hit and 1 walk.  Spykstra struck out 4 Warrior batters.  Joey Pettit came on to pitch a perfect 7th inning to secure the victory.  Offensivley, the Thunder were led by a 2-3 hitting performance by Gavin Hinckley and a 3-3 performance by Noah Doedens.  All told, the Thunder got 10 hits and 4 walks in the victory.

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Posted Jun 20/13 - Thunder battles but falls to Sussex White

The Thunder battled both the Sussex Jr. Hamilton Jr. Chargers White and themselves on Tuesday night as the Thunder lost 7-6.  On a night that the Thunder collected 11 hits, 4 walks, and reached base 3 times on Sussex errors, the offense could not come up with the decisive blow, allowing their own defensive miscues to in the end, cost them a victory.  The Thunder left the bases loaded 3 times in the loss.

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Posted Jun 17/13 - Thunder 5th grade start poorly, finish with a Championship!

It wasn't the start to the West Bend Father's Day Classic that the Thunder boys were looking for but the finish was fantastic as they came all the way back to win the Tournament Championship.  In pool play, the Thunder played below their expectations, falling to the Mequon Heat Red 6-4 and the Grafton Jr. Hawks 8-3.  The Thunder were lackluster in both games, playing well below their ability.  Fortunately, pool play was only for seedings for the single elimination portion of the 8 team Tournament.  The Thunder would be seeded 3rd and have to face a 2 seeded Tosa Titan team in the Quarter Finals.

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Posted Jun 10/13 - Thunder Place 2nd in Waukesha Walk Off Tournament

In the Sunday playoff version of the Waukesha Walk Off Tournament, the shorthanded West Bend Thunder beat the Milwaukee Hitmen 8-0 to advanced to the Championship where they were struck by lightning more than once in the first inning, eventually falling to the Lake Villa Lightning 15-4, good enough for a second place finish.

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Posted Jun 8/13 - Waukesha Walk Off lives up to it's name!

In the first two games of the Waukesha Walk Off Tournament in Waukesha, the West Bend Thunder helped the tournament live up to it's name.  In the first of two back to back games, the Thunder cruised to a 11-3 victory in a 4 inning victory over the Germantown Jaguars and then won a thriller in walk off fashion in the bottom of the 6th 3-2 over the Pleasant Prairie Predators.  With the victory, the Thunder earned the #1 seed in it's bracket heading into the Championship rounds on Sunday.

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Posted Jun 7/13 - Thunder continue their winning ways

With an opportunity to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since a difficult 1-5 start to the season, the Thunder wasted no time, scoring 2 times in the first and never looking back.  Excellent pitching, defense, and timely hitting were the key as the Thunder beat Boss Blue 9-4.  Joey Pettit was again outstanding on the mound pitching 3 innings of shut out ball.  The highlight was a pitcher to third to first double play to get out of a tight spot in the third.  Ayden Spykstra, Gavin Hinckley, and Sam Lemler pitched the final 4 innings of relief, allowing 4 runs, only 1 of them earned.

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Posted Jun 2/13 - Thunder continue to roll!

Playing a New Berlin Magic team that had lost only 1 League game in 7 chances was just the test the Thunder 5th grade team needed to see if the winning streak would stay alive.  After a solid 8-1 victory, the Thunder can officially say they have hit their stride.  Dominant pitching and outstanding base running proved to be the difference.  Ayden Spykstra started on the mound, getting the win while limiting the Magic to 1 run in three solid innings. Gavin Hinckely followed with his best pitching performance of the season, tossing 3 shut out innings.  Joey Pettit came on in the 7th to slam the door on the victory, allowing no runs after surrendering a lead off double.  The Thunder defense was alive and well, committing only one error in the game while turning in a very solid game behind their pitchers.

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Posted May 31/13 - Thunder starting to roll

Start playing good baseball, put the ball in play, and get on a run has been the theme the last week.  After the Thunder's 9-6 victory over the Sheboygan Diamonds the team is starting to feel good about themselves and each other.  With contributions offensivley throughout the lineup, the Thunder won their 2nd straight and 3rd in their last 4 games.  The Thunder wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring 4 runs in the top of the first.  Gavin Hinckley singled with one out and scored all the way from first on a Joey Pettit double.  Pettit then stoled third and scored on a passed ball during a Lukas Broske walk to make it 2-0.  Broske scored on a Sam Lemler single and Lemler then worked his way around the bases and scored on another passed ball for a 4-0 lead.  Pettit started on the mound and some sloppy defense allowed the Diamonds to score 2 times to cut the lead to 4-2.  The Thunder answered back with a run in the 2nd inning as Kevin Lemens lead off with a double and Caden Bast singled.  Lemens was thrown out at the plate  but Bast was able to score as Reid Woods hit the ball to the right side to drive him in for a 5-2 lead.

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Posted May 27/13 - Thunder slugged by Ocnonomowoc, bounce back nicely against Merton

Playing back to back games in a span of 11 hours, the Thunder 5th grade team was pounded by the Oconomowoc 5-0's Red 20-1 and then bounced back the next morning with a 7-5 9 inning victory over the Merton Mavericks.  An abundance of walks and timely hitting by the 5-0's lead to the Thunder falling behind early and a lack of patience at the plate and the lack of the timely hitting cursed the Thunder from coming back.

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Posted May 17/13 - Thunder start cold, lose to Sussex Red

Struggling once again in the early stages of the game, the Thunder started slow and could never crawl out of the hole, losing to the Sussex Hamilton Jr. Chargers Red team 10-4.  Behind 10-0, the Thunder picked up 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th.  Ayden Spykstra started the inning with a smash to the gap in left center field for a double.  After a Christian Ketter walk, Reid Woods lined a hit to right field to score Spykstra and the Thunder were on the board.  Back to back walks to Noah Doedens and Caden Bast helped plate a run and a great at bat by Jack Miller and outstanding base running by Woods plated another.  A passed ball plated the final run of the inning for the only scoring the Thunder would do on the night.  The inning ended with the bases loaded and a chance to turn the game around was narrowly missed.

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Posted May 11/13 - Thunder Walk Off a Winner!

In a game played in the cold Friday Night, the West Bend Thunder orchestrated a furious rally and walked off the field with a 6-5 victory over the Sheboygan Diamonds at the West Bend Little League Fields.  The game started as a pitching duel between the Diamonds and the Thunder.  Joey Pettit started and worked 3 strong innings allowing no runs and only one hit and no walks.  The score remained scoreless until the 4th inning when the Diamonds erupted for 4 runs off Gavin Hinckley to take the lead.  The Diamonds would add another tally in the top of the 6th to forge ahead 5-0. Ayden Spykstra struck out the final 2 batters in the 6th to prevent the lead from getting any larger and allow the Thunder a chance.

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Posted May 7/13 - Thunder lose opener

In the opener of the West Bend Thunder 5th Grade season, the Waukesha Hurricanes started fast and then held on to defeat the Thunder 9-5 in 6 innings.  After a slow and nervous start, the Thunder began to play solid, inspired baseball and crawled back into the game only to be slowed down by the game ending via the time limit.  After being down 8-1 after 2 innings, the Thunder managed to outscore the Hurricanes 4-1 the rest of the way.  Gavin Hinckley lead the way on the mound pitching a perfect 5th and 6th innings, retiring all 6 batters he faced in order.   At the plate, Aiden Spykstra and Caden Bast lead the way, each walking 3 times.  Aiden scored 2 of the Thunder runs to help support the Thunder offense.

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