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Winning The Battle: Renegades walk off into first place

Hudson Valley dramatically defeats Jersey Shore behind late heroics
September 2, 2022

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (September 2, 2022) — Kyle Battle banged a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Hudson Valley Renegades back into first place with a 3-2 win over the Jersey Shore BlueClaws on Friday night at Dutchess Stadium. After Jonathan Hughes (0-4) walked Spencer Henson

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (September 2, 2022) — Kyle Battle banged a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Hudson Valley Renegades back into first place with a 3-2 win over the Jersey Shore BlueClaws on Friday night at Dutchess Stadium.

After Jonathan Hughes (0-4) walked Spencer Henson and Aaron Palenky to start the ninth inning, Battle lined a 2-1 pitch over center fielder Jared Carr's head to plate the winning run.

The Renegades pitching quartet of Edgar Barclay, Harold Cortijo, Nelson Alvarez, and Jack Neely combined to tally a season-high 19 strikeouts in the victory.

Hudson Valley jumped ahead in the bottom of the third against Jersey Shore starter Jordi Martinez. Battle doubled, stole third, and raced home on a sacrifice fly from Anthony Seigler to give the Renegades a 1-0 lead.

In his first start since April 28, Barclay tossed 3.1 shutout innings, allowing only two hits, walking one and striking out seven, lowering his season ERA to 1.88.

Kyle Battle walked it off for the Renegades on Friday night. Dave Janosz

The BlueClaws took the lead in the top of the sixth inning. Anthony Quirion laced an RBI double and Nick Matera grounded an RBI single off Alvarez to put Jersey Shore in front 2-1. The runs were charged to Cortijo, who struck out five over 2.1 strong innings out of the bullpen.

Hudson Valley pulled even in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and the bases empty, Eduardo Torrealba singled, stole second, and came around to score on a Seigler RBI double to tie the game at 2-2.

Alvarez and Neely kept the game even with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, walking one and striking out seven, setting the stage for Battle's heroics in the ninth. Neely (1-0) struck out three of the four battlers he faced in 1.1 innings in his High-A debut.

With a loss by the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Renegades moved back into first place in the South Atlantic League North Division, and have a 0.5-game lead with eight to play.

Hudson Valley continues its six-game series with Jersey Shore on Saturday night at Dutchess Stadium. RHP Blane Abeyta (5-7, 4.48) takes the ball for the Renegades, while the BlueClaws tab LHP Rafael Marcano (1-4, 6.11). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Coverage begins on the Renegades Baseball Network at 5:45.