FISHKILL – It was a long time coming, almost two weeks to be exact, and fitting that the Renegades first win in 12 games came at home, on Champions Night.
The Renegades jumped out to an early lead and did what they couldn’t do in their 11 previous tries, they kept the lead, topping the West Virginia Black Bears 7-4.
West Virginia wasted no time and got on the board in the first inning. With two outs, catcher Deon Sstafford singled and scored on an RBI single to center by Dylan Busby.
Hudson Valley came back with a big three-run second. Catcher Zac Law led off with a line drive double down the left field line. He went to third after Rafelin Lorenzo singled to left, and scored on an Isaac Benard fly out to left. Matt Eureste tripled down the right field line to drive in another run. Eureste scored on a Bill Pujols single to right to make it 3-1 after two innings of play.
West Virginia kept it close, scoring two runs in the 4th, making it a 4-3 game in favor of the Renegades.
But the ‘Gades exploded for another three runs in the fifth inning when Lorenzo drilled a three run homer over the left field fence giving Hudson Valley a 7-3 lead. The Black Bears scored one more time, but the Renegades bullpen held strong, giving Hudson Valley its first win since June 28th.
It was a great way to kick off a six game home stand, as the Renegades banged out seven hits and the bullpen pitched strong in relief. HVNN Sports Reporter JP Velez provides our video coverage for this one.
Hudson Valley continues its home stand tomorrow with right-hander Mikey York (1-1, 2.25 ERA) on the mound. Tickets can be purchased online at hvrenegades.com or by calling the ticket office at 845-838-0094.