Johnny Mac Thunder roars at Gopher Classic


With just 12 players on its roster last weekend at the Gopher Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., Johnny Mac Thunder won three of five games, including Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Challengers of West St. Paul, Minn.

“We had a good tournament,” Johnny Mac head coach Adam York said. “We currently are playing with 12 players on this trip, so to go 3-2 in five games was pretty good.”

The Thunder (14-15, 8-3 St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association) got a solid performance on the mound from starting pitcher Bobby McArthor, who gave up six runs on seven hits in six innings. McArthor walked four batters and struck out three for his second win of the season.

“Bobby did really well,” York said. “His arm was throbbing the day before and we ended up icing it up really good. Today he went out there and really went after hitters, and I thought that he pitched really well.”

Johnny Mac left fielder Nick Montero scorched the Challengers with a three-hit performance that included three RBIs and three runs scored. Montero also stole four bases against the West St. Paul defense.

“Nick’s been very consistent at the plate,” York said. “He makes a lot of contact at the plate which makes him a good leadoff hitter.”

Infielder Cory Royer also had a three-hit showing with one run scored.

“Cory performed very well tonight as well as the tournament,” York said. “He (was ill) earlier in the year and was out for about four weeks. But since then, he’s been on fire at the plate.”

The Johnny Mac team plays today — July 16 — in the first round of the SLABA Tournament with pairings and playing times to be determined after press time.