Gades Season Ends
Renegades Bats Go Silent; Drop Championship to Spikes
STATE COLLEGE, PA - The Hudson Valley Renegades left four baserunners in scoring position as they fell to State College 2-1 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Monday night. With the loss, the Renegades are swept 2-0 in the best-of-three New York-Penn League Championship Series to end their season.
Hudson Valley got on the board first in the first, but also squandered a great chance to take control of the game as well. Second baseman Miles Mastrobuoni started the game with a triple to center. After a shallow fly out, first baseman Nate Lowe walked and third-baseman Jim Haley was hit with a pitch to load the bases with one out. Designated hitter Jose Rojas followed with an infield single to short to score Mastrobuoni and give the Renegades a 1-0 lead.
However the Renegades still had the bases loaded with only one out and a chance to put together a big inning. But Spikes starter Jared DeLorenzo got back-to-back strikeouts of rightfielder Angel Perez and catcher Chris Betts to hold Hudson Valley to only one run for the inning.
The game stayed that way until the second. Designated hitter Ryan McCarvel led off the inning with a walk by Hudson Valley starter Travis Ott. After an out, third baseman Danny Hudzina strode to the plate and smacked a two-run homer over the leftfield wall. It was Hudzina's first homer of the series and gave the Spikes a 2-1 lead.
The Renegades had a couple of other chances to tie and take the lead. In the third they got runners to first and second with one out, but DeLorenzo got back-to-back strikeouts of Rojas and Perez to end the threat. In the sixth, Rojas got to second with two out. However, Betts grounded weakly to second to end the inning.
That was really it for Hudson Valley as the best pitching staff for the regular season was outpitched in the two-game set with State College. After DeLorenzo departed after four innings, reliever Greg Tomchick (1-0) dominated the Renegades by tossing four scoreless innings of two-hit baseball while walking one in picking up the win. Closer Brady Bowen struck out the side swinging in the ninth to pick up the save and close out the championship for the Spikes.
Though he did not lose a game throughout the regular season, Ott (0-1) wound up taking the loss for the Renegades after he allowed two runs on two hits in four innings, while striking out five. Reliever Spencer Jones had a great night after Ott departed, firing four scoreless frames on one hit. He walked none and struck out three.
The Renegades had six hits, including a 2-4 performance by Mastrobuoni who tripled and scored the lone run of the game for Hudson Valley. He finished the series 4-8. Jose Rojas chipped in with a pair of singles and the lone RBI for the visitors.
The Spikes had only three hits, but two of them were from Hudzina whose homer proved to be the difference. He also doubled and drove in two runs.
The Hudson Valley Renegades finish their season with an overall 49-29 record between the regular and post-season.