(8/6/14) Wappingers Falls, NY- The Hudson Valley Renegades love the month of August. They remain perfect this month after a 6-2 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Wednesday evening. The win brings their record to 37-15 overall and a remarkable 20-3 at home.
Braxton Lee led off the bottom of the first inning with a sharp single to left-field. He then swiped second and scored on wild throw to center-field. Lee's speed on the bases gave the Renegades an early 1-0 lead.
After Williamsport tied the game in the top of the third inning, Hudson Valley regained the lead in the bottom half. Wilmer Dominguez sparked a rally with a single to right-field, before reaching third to set up runners on the corners for Jace Conrad. Conrad put his team back in front for good, ripping a single to left and scoring Dominguez to give the Renegades a 2-1 lead.
Hudson Valley widened the gap in the fourth inning. Grant Kay continued his dominance at the plate, roping a single to left-field and advancing to second on a Bralin Jackson walk. Both runners moved up ninety feet on a wild pitch by Crosscutter starting pitcher Feliberto Sanchez. Clayton Henning then brought home Kay on an RBI ground out with Jackson moving to third. Leopoldo Correa capped the rally, driving home Jackson and increasing the Hudson Valley lead to 4-1.
Hudson Valley starter Chris Pike earned his second victory of the 2014 campaign, throwing the first five frames, scattering five hits and an impressive six strikeouts.
After Williamsport added a run in the top of the sixth, Grant Kay matched the run in the bottom half of the frame. Kay reached on a fielding error and moved to third on a Bralin Jackson single. He later scored the Renegades fifth run on Henning's second RBI grounder to make the score 5-2.
Hudson Valley padded their lead in seventh, loading the bases for Bralin Jackson, who would drive in Jace Conrad to push the Hudson Valley lead to 6-2. Conrad finished the day 2-5 at the dish with an RBI and a run scored.
A combination of four Hudson Valley pitchers helped shut the door in the Renegades' 37th win. Darren Fischer allowed a single run in his lone inning on the bump. He was followed by Eli Echarry, who fanned two batters in his one inning of work. New York native Ryan Pennell struck out the side in the 8th to help preserve the Hudson Valley lead, and Gerardo Reyes pitched a spotless top of the 9th inning. He struck out two and did not allow a base runner to help Hudson Valley pick up their 20th home victory.
Join us at Dutchess Stadium tonight for an evening dedicated to the small and big businesses of the Hudson Valley, along with the families that have helped make the Renegades successful. Presented by the Anderson Center for Autism. The Renegades host the Williamsport Crosscutters in game two of a six game homestead. Great seats are still available! For tickets and more information visit HVrenegades.com or call (845) 838-0094.
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