The Renegades (16-11) got their first walk-off win of the season; it was also their fourth consecutive victory and fourth straight win at home, both matching season-highs. The loss dropped the Scrappers (4-5) for the second straight game, although they led heading into the seventh and final frame.
Hudson Valley opened the scoring in the bottom of the second, with left fielder Joel Caminero getting aboard on a one-out single through the left side of the infield. A passed ball advanced Caminero to second base, and Reginatto dropped a soft liner into shallow right field for a single that scored him to give the Renegades the early 1-0 advantage.
Mahoning Valley answered in the top of the third. With one out, Joe Sever ripped a ball into the right-field corner. Sever stretched it from two bases to three when 'Gades right fielder Marty Gantt bobbled the ball and couldn't toss it in quickly enough. Charlie Valerio hit a ground ball to second that Felix Gonzalez mishandled, allowing Sever enough time to score and even up the tally at 1-1.
The teams stayed tied until the top of the sixth inning. Reliever Marcus Jensen (2-1) came on for the Renegades, trying to keep the score knotted up at one run apiece. Evan Frazar of the Scrappers had other plans, taking a 1-0 fastball deep over the left field fence and past the glove of Caminero to give Mahoning Valley the 2-1 lead late in the game.
The Renegades went quietly in the sixth, earning only a walk, and came up in the bottom of the seventh hoping for a late rally. Shortstop Ryan Dunn led off with a ball that took Frazar way back along the third base line, and Dunn beat the throw to first for a single. Tommy Coyle pinch-hit for Michael Williams, and worked a walk off Scrappers reliever Cody Penny (0-2), a former teammate of Coyle's at the University of North Carolina. Caminero dropped down a textbook sacrifice bunt on the third base line to advance Dunn and Coyle to third and second base, respectively. With one out, the Scrappers moved in the infield, but kept the outfield deep. Reginatto took advantage, lining the first pitch he saw through the 5-6 hole on the left side. Hunter Jones came up throwing to the plate, but Coyle was able to race home behind Dunn and score the winning run to give the 'Gades the 3-2 triumph.
Hudson Valley starter Jeff Ames threw four innings, allowing one run (unearned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out seven, matching his own season-high mark for Renegades pitchers. Jose Molina threw a perfect fifth inning of relief, fanning one batter. Jensen earned the win on two innings of relief action, allowing a run on a hit and a walk.
Scrappers starter Jake Sisco threw six strong innings, allowing only one run (unearned) on three hits and three walks against four strikeouts. Penny took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk over one-third of an inning.
The Renegades and Scrappers will play the second half of the doubleheader today at 4:05 p.m., with Reinaldo Lopez starting for Hudson Valley against Luis DeJesus for Mahoning Valley. Admission and parking are free for that game as well. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m., with Ben Gellman's pregame show starting at 3:50 p.m. on 1450 and 1370 AM WKIP, as well as online at HVRenegades.com.