BURLINGTON, VT- Renegades pitchers Drew Strotman and Andrew Gist held Vermont to one hit, while right fielder Angel Perez and shortstop Taylor Walls each drove in two runs to lead the Renegades to a 6-0 win over the Lake Monsters Thursday night to claim the 2017 New York-Penn League Championship. The best of three series sweep gave the Tampa Bay Class A Short Season affiliate its third championship ring. The Renegades also won the New York Penn League Championships in 1999 and 2012.
Lake Monsters starting pitcher Parker Dunshee hadn’t allowed a single in 38.1 innings during the regular season. However, in the top of the second, he was blistered for five earned runs as Hudson Valley batted around and raced out to a 5-0 lead.
The Renegades added an insurance run in the eighth for a 6-0 lead.
In the ninth, Vermont had a runner at first with two away when Gist struck out the last batter to send the Renegades into celebration on the field.
Strotman (1-0) got the win after he allowed only three base runners over six innings of work. He gave up an infield single in the fourth. Strotman also walked a hitter and another reached on an error. The righthander finished with five strikeouts and held the Lake Monsters to one run on three hits over 22 innings and four appearances in 2017. After he left, Gist (1) recorded the save by tossing three no-hit innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Renegades had nine hits in the game. Walls went 3-3 with a homer and two singles. He also scored a run, in addition to his two RBI. Perez went 2-4 with two singles and a run, along with his two RBI. Third baseman Deion Tansel chipped in with a pair of singles to aid the Renegades’ cause.
Season tickets to the Hudson Valley Renegades 25th Anniversary 2018 season are already on sale. They can be purchased online at hvrenegades.com or by calling the ticket office at 845-838-0094.