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4/17/24 : Mid Day Baseball in Dunedin

Florida State League ( Low A )  - Clearwater 10 (7-4) Dunedin 1 (8-3)

Dunedin, FL - TD Ballpark

Summary :

An 11 AM game start - elementary education day at the ballpark in Dunedin.  The Threshers took the Jays to school in this one 🤓.

Aidan Miller singled in the third inning and scored on a double off the right center field wall by Jordan Viars.

Dakota Kotowski and Trent Farquhar reached base on walks in the fifth inning.  They scored when Aidan Miller smoked a double off the left field wall (104 mph exit velocity). Jordan Viars then hit a 346 foot home run (98 mph exit velocity) over the right field fence to plate two runs 👀.   Avery Owusu-Asiedu and Pierce Bennett walked.  Nikau Pouaka-Grego singled to score a run.  Luis Caicuto reached on a fielders choice.  Dakota Kotowski singled to score two runs.

The Threshers loaded the bases in the sixth on a single by Aidan Miller and two walks.  Pierce Bennett grounded into a 6-4-3 double play during which a run scored.

In the 8th Aidan Miller beat out an infield grounder to short for a hit, he went to third on a rocket single (109 mph off the bat) to right field by Jordan Viars.  Avery Owusu-Asiedu singled to score Miller.

Dunedin scored a run in the 8th on a triple followed by a wild pitch.

On The Hill : 1 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 11 K’s

Micah Ottenbreit was dominant - five no hit, no run innings - 2 BB, 6 K’s - 65 pitches - 39 strikes - showed four pitches (sinker - 91 to 95 mph, curve, slider and change up).  Great to see as the young man has battled his way back from TJ surgery - have always touted his stuff - days like today are exciting to see!  Micah is just 20 years old - was the 4th round draft selection of the 2021 draft out of high school in Michigan.

Jaydenn Estanista pitched two innings - 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - fastball touched 96 mph.  Paxton Thompson pitched two innings - 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s.

At Bat : 10 R, 14 H, 10 BB, 11 K’s

Aidan Miller (three singles & double) had four hits.  Jordan Viars had three hits (single,double & HR & 2 BB - three RBIs).  Lou Albrecht had three hits (singles) in his first game of the season and as a Thresher. Nikau Pouaka-Grego had two hits (singles).  Avery Owusu-Asiedu singled and drew three walks.  Every batter in the order reached base at least once.

Defensive Gems :

Shortstop Aidan Miller made a very athletic play on a ground ball in the third base hole during the fourth inning.  He fielded the ball and used a jump throw to nail the runner at first base.  He made another good play on a short hop in the seventh inning.  Has displayed all the tools to excel playing shortstop.

Center fielder Avery Owusu-Asiedu threw out a runner at the plate to end the 8th inning after fielding a ground ball single - it was an on target throw that catcher Lou Albrecht made a great snag on the short hop to easily tag the runner out 👀.

Did Ya Know 🤔 :

“SHARK BAIT (OOH HA HA): last night TJayy Walton became the first Thresher to homer in back-to-back games this season.  He is also the first Thresher to hit multiple home runs in 2024. Aidan Miller became the second with a solo homer in the seventh. Avery Owusu-Asiedu's homer was the first for him in 2024. Pierce Bennett had two hits for the third time this season. Devin Saltiban recorded his first multi-hit game of the season.” - Josh Sperber - Clearwater Threshers Broadcaster

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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