Wappingers Falls, NY (7/28/14)-- The Hudson Valley Renegades continued their Dutchess Stadium dominance on Monday night, defeating the Vermont Lake Monsters 8-3. With the win, Hudson Valley improves to 31-13 overall and 19-3 at home.
Hunter Lockwood led the way for Hudson Valley at the plate, finishing 2-4 with a three-run home run. The homer is his 11th of the season, and brings his RBI total up to 35 in 2014.
After surrendering a run in the top of the first inning, the Renegades answered back with a four-run bottom half. Jace Conrad started the rally with a single, and Casey Gillaspie followed with a ground rule double to put runners on second and third. Conrad came into score four pitches later on a fielder's choice ground ball to short. Grant Kay continued the rally, roping a double to left-field that scored Gillaspie and Lockwood. Coty Blanchard completed the scoring with an RBI single that scored Kay and gave Hudson Valley a 4-1 lead after an inning of play.
Vermont scored two runs in the top of the second, cutting their deficit to one run. The Renegades responded with one more in the bottom of the second, taking a 5-3 lead. Bralin Jackson led off the inning with a double, and moved to third on an error in centerfield. Casey Gillaspie brought him the last 90 feet, as his groundball allowed Jackson to score Hudson Valley's fifth run of the game.
Nolan Gannon earned his fourth win of the season, going five innings on the hill. The righty pitched well and brought his record to 4-1 overall, with 38 strikeouts.
Hunter Lockwood provided the insurance for Hudson Valley in the 7th inning. Jace Conrad led off the frame with a single and Casey Gillaspie followed with a walk to put two runners on for Lockwood. He blasted his 8th Dutchess Stadium home run over the wall in center-field to increase the Hudson Valley lead to five runs.
Edgar Gomez and Gerardo Reyes teamed up for the final four innings, holding down the fort after Nolan Gannon. Gomez came on in the 6th, tossing two scoreless innings and striking out three. Reyes went on to close things out, throwing two scoreless innings to cap the Renegades 19th home win.
Notes: Join us tomorrow night at Dutchess Stadium for 'Pitch for Kids "Not a K", the race without the race. The Renegades complete their three game set with the Vermont Lake Monsters, with fireworks to follow. Specialty ticket packages are available. For more information on this game-day promotion, visit pitchforkids.org.
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