The Coastal Bend Thunder's home debut ended with a fireworks show.
But for the Thunder, who came off their first roadtrip with only one win to three losses, their most important fireworks came from the bat of third baseman Leivi Ventura. With the game knotted-up at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning, the big right-handed batter nailed a towering three-run blast over the left-centerfield fence.
Ventura, once a member of the Yankees' organization, lifted Coastal Bend (2-3) to a 7-4 win over the Edinburg Roadrunners Monday evening at Fairgrounds Field. More importantly, he recorded the team's first homerun in their homefield and propelled the first-year team to a victory in its first home game of the 2009 United Baseball League campaign.
In the fourth inning, Ventura lined a base hit that scored speedy outfielder Dustin Smith. Catcher Kevin Butler helped ice the win with an RBI single in the fifth.
Coastal Bend began the game with a two-run first inning. The two runs were driven in by Mike Gross.
The offense provided by Ventura and company gave starting pitcher Toro Trevino all the support he needed in Monday night's outing. The former Ray High School standout, who helped the Texans to the Class 5A regional semifinals in 2001, surrendered four hits and four runs through seven innings of work.
Behind him, the Thunder were charged with four errors.
Trevino was relieved by Benny Cepeda in the eighth inning, and Ferdin Tejeda closed the game in the ninth.
The crowd for Monday's game totaled 3,784.