Thursday was Hockey Night at Trenton Thunder Ballpark and the Trenton Thunder had a game that they would never like to see happen again. They fell to the Williamsport Crosscutters 29-3 The Thunder now fall to 26-33 on the season with this being one of their worst losses of the season. It was a special night for the fans with fireworks and Jersey native Ross Colton, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lighting, there to sign autographs for them.
Williamsport batted around two times in the first inning scoring 12 runs, 11 of which were unearned as Trenton committed four errors that inning. Starter Jose Ledesma even with the defense giving up so many errors, didn't have the command he needed as the Crosscutters continually jumped on the mistake pitches. In the first inning, 73 pitches were thrown and the stats sheets were filled up quickly.
As the game went on, Williamsport poured it on against as the Thunder kept making mistakes on defense and the Crosscutters took advantage. All the fans were restless as they booed during the game. Williamsport drew nine walks in the game while they changed their approach at the plate by swinging at early pitches. It was like a chain reaction as almost everyone who played got at least one hit for Williamsport.
Right fielder Connor Denning for Williamsport had an MVP-type game finishing with three home runs and six RBIs. Denning was locked in from the beginning and couldn't be stopped. Other players made huge contributions as well, but Denning's performance is one that he will never forget for sure. He should be getting calls from teams because Denning can do it all for Williamsport. He has a nice swing, runs the bases well, plays good defense and a patient hitter usually.
Trenton was on the wrong side of history giving up 29 runs, 26 hits and committing a total of eight errors This team didn't have it from the start for some reason and looked out of sync the whole game. The pitchers who came in after Ledesma didn't have command either as manager Jeff Manto had to use some of his position players to pitch where the Crosscutters were able to get more runs. The position players who pitched were Jeff Manto, Paul Coumoulos, Damien Yenzi and Kevin Saenz.
What's Next For The Trenton Thunder
Trenton Thunder goes on the road for a three-game weekend series against the Frederick Keys in Maryland.