Johnny Mac Thunder silenced in series

By STEPHEN GLOVER

It was a rough weekend for the Johnny Mac Thunder baseball team.

Not only did Johnny Mac go 0-2 in the National Amateur Baseball Federation’s Regional Tournament, but the Thunder also lost center fielder Kevin Mahler to a punctured lung.

“It wasn’t a good weekend,” Johnny Mac head coach Sean Worrall told the Call. “We didn’t play too well and we had Mahler get injured with a punctured lung.”

Mahler suffered his punctured lung in a collision with teammate Tyler Wiese during a 7-1 loss to Bloomington, Ill. Wiese accidentally kneed Mahler in the chest during the collision, which appeared to puncture Mahler’s lung.

The good news about Mahler’s injury is that it did not require surgery.

“After seeing that in the first game (of the tournament), the kids were kind of down,” Worrall said. “He (Mahler) doesn’t need surgery, but he’s going to be sore for the next few weeks.”

Johnny Mac starting pitcher Tom McVey took the loss as he finished the season with a 4-4 record.

“Tom threw well and he pitched well enough to win,” Worrall said. “We could tell that Bloomington was use to using wood bats and that really helped them out.”

The Thunder’s second loss of the tournament came at the hands of American National as Johnny Mac took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of a 6-1 loss.

“We came out and took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning,” Worrall said. “They (American National) got four unearned runs in the fourth and that really got us down.”

Johnny Mac starting pitcher Nick Wingbermuehle took his first loss of the season as he finished the 2006 campaign with a 4-1 record.

“Nick threw really well,” Worrall said. “The errors just killed us. He threw way more pitches than he should have.”