Thunder Baseball had a huge season in 2019. They were the 2019 USSSA AAA State Champions NS the 2019 USSSA AAA World Series Champions in games played in Orange Beach, Alabama.
The team captured the World Series by defeating every other team in their bracket, over a week long playing period only allowing 5 runs during the tournament. The championship game was a shut out with Thunder winning 12-0 against Louisiana.
It was nearly the most perfect season. They had taken a few weeks off and hit the practice fields hard, then the soggy months of rain hit and impeded their practices in January and February.
They finally got back on the diamond the first weekend of March traveling to Tupelo with only three practices under their belts and down a team member who was out with the flu.
Unsure of themselves they made it all the way to the championship game but got beat 6-5.
The loss inspired the players as one could hear them saying, “When do we play next?” to Coach Shea.
That was the last game before the pandemic hit.
The team that knows it is ready to play and has worked hard not for not months but years, now sidelined for who knows how long. Their new white uniforms hang in their closets waiting to see the dirt, their cleats placed neatly with their batting bags because no public parks are open for them to practice, and their smiles dwindling because they miss their fellow brothers on the field.
Baseball is more than just a bat and a ball, it is a family.