Renegades Start the Year 2-2 and have the Chicago Blue(s)

For the 8th time in team history and the 1st time since 2010, Boston would return to Bolingbrook and would open the year in a bracket with Wichita, St. Louis and one half of the Chicago Comet team.  Boston felt coming into this that the brackets were in their favor and there was a chance they could get to the championship game…or even take 3rd place.  The weekend started tough as a flight delay and an issue with the rental cars got the team into the hotel after midnight.  In extremely thick grass on a day that threatened rain the whole day the team would drag through the games on Saturday without much rest.  The Boston defense would pitch back-to-back shut outs beating Wichita 3-0 and St. Louis 9-0.  the Comets would then take the last game of the day 7-5.  On Sunday the Gades would get the other half of the Comets in the 3/4 game and would struggle and lose 10-6 after keeping the game close for 5 innings.  Joey Buizon would be a highlight for the team as he would be named 2nd on the All-offensive all-star team hitting .667 with a 10-15 performance and NO strike outs.  The strike-out feat is amazing since he is the Renegade all-time leader in strikeouts entering the 2013 season.

Game #1 Gades sleepwalk over Sonics 3-0

Spotter Jason Lenicheck makes a callAfter a flight delay, the renegades got roughly 5 hours of sleep and opened the 2013 season against the Wichita Sonics.  With storms threatening, Boston struggled with Wichita.  Larry Haile and Joey Buizon got the party started In the first inning.  But that would be it for a while.  For Wichita they would strike out 9 times in the game but they would play very good defense as the Renegades could not buy a break in the long grass.  It wasn’t till the 5th inning that Boston would plate a run to lock up the game.  On defense for Boston, Inky (left side) and Buizon (right side) would make all the stops up front and no ball put Into play would get by them.  This victory was just the 5th time in team history Boston’s defense would shut out its opponents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #2 The Firing Squads ammunition was silenced by Boston 9-0

Joe McCormick flies toward a baseThis was the first ever game between these two teams.  Right out of the gate, this game was different  than the 1st game of the day because balls were starting to get by the short fielders.  Larry Haile would make a stop on the first ball put Into play.  Boston would plate a pair of runs in the first as Joe McCormick and Wrong Way Buizon would go back to back.  This pair would go back to back again in the 2nd.  St. Luis would then begin to struggle as the whiffs started to build up.  Nine of the last 12 players up would strike out for St. Luis.  Boston had its best inning of the tournament in the 5th as they would plate 4 runs with 2 outs.  McCormick would score his third run of the game, Buizon would get his 4th run of the game and Aqil Sajjad and Rob Thayer would plate runs as well.  These runs by Aqil and Rob would prove to be the only runs scored in the tournament by a player hitting in the bottom of the line up.  This was the second consecutive shut out for the Bostion defense on the day and the 6th in team history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #3 Comets split squad has enough to take Gades 7-4 

13 year old Eric Rodriguez puts out Larry HaileThe winner of this game would make the championship game on Sunday.  The Renegades had never been in this position at this tournament and the energy level picked up despite the fact two coaches took a nap at the break.  Chicago was the host team of the tournament and has the biggest roster in the league.  Because there were 7 teams in the tourney, they split their team in half to round out 8 teams.  This was an even split, as opposed to creating an A and B team. This game was a close contest the entire way.  Both teams put the ball into play and both teams were playing defense.  Larry Haile made the defensive play of this game at third base.  In the second inning a rocket off the bat of Bernado Berrara took one hop and hit him in the chest as he tried to keep the ball in front of him.  He caught the ball off his chest as the Chicago crowd reacted with surprise at this amazing feat.  Beyond this, the Renegades could only score 2 runs in the first inning.  They got introduced to a 13 year old phenom named Erik Rodriguez.  Rodriguez would own this game as he made 9 stops on the day and took away all of the junk that came off the Boston Bats.  In fact, Ron Cochran would have his first ever game with zero strike outs as every ball was out Into play.  The trouble was that too many of them were not hit well enough.  Rodriguez would be named to the defensive all start team in the tournament.  Boston would be down 7-2 in the 6th inning before plating a pair to make it close.  Chicago would get at least one run from every spot in their batting order.  Boston would only get runs from the top three.  Another highlight of this game was the play of Joe McCormick playing Rover.  He made 4 stops in this game which is a Renegade record for stops by this position in a game.  The loss would pit the Gades against the other half of the Comets team in The 3/4 game on Sunday.

 

 

Game #4 Chicago split squad completes the sweep of Boston 10-6

Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 3.25.41 PMThe other half of the Comet team would get the Renegades in the game to decide 3rd place in the tournament.  This team was weakened when it lost a star player in Warren Richardson to a knee injury.  Boston had high hopes to pull out a victory after getting some sleep after the long travel day on Friday night.  The Boston Bruins were able to defeat the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals and this kept the Chicago fans quiet for the morning.  Pam Love would take the coin flip for the Renegades and win for the 4th time giving the Renegades the all-important home team.  Boston’s energy level was at an all-time high for the weekend.  Joey Buizon made the first stop of the game at left shorty on a ground ball by off the bat of Mike McGlashon.  Aqil Sajjad would make a play off the bat of one of the most feared hitters in the league, Big G (Giovanni Francese).  That brought up 2nd year player Bill Landrum, a big lefty handed hitter who launched a bomb into right field which Joe McCormick tracked down to rob him of a hit.  Joey Buizon would keep his hitting going and plate a run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Renegades a run.  The problem started in the second as Kilari Gritley who is normally a pull hitter was late on a pitch and hit a spinner down the first base line.  Inky ran over to the line but was unable to hear the ball as the speaker went face down in the grass at about 60 feet.  Girltey would score and this run would be huge as it ensured the top of the order would get up in this inning.  With two outs, they plated back-to-back runs to take a 3-1 lead.  This would be the theme of this game.  Both teams had strong top half of the line-ups.  The key would be whose bottom of the line-up would produce runs and who would make more stops in the field.  The answer to both of these questions was Chicago.  Through 5 innings the score was 7-5 and Boston was hanging in.  The 6th inning would spell death as the Comets #6 hitter, Juan Gonzalez would hit a ball toward Joey Buizon at left shorty and Buizon broke the wrong way on the call and was unable to make a clean play and the umpire ruled Gonzalez safe on a bang-bang play.  This helped Chicago get back to the top of their line-up where they were able to get Big G another run.  Boston was tight on defense and let up another run when Buizon and Evan Silver collided on a play and neither player picked up the ball as Yaral Harris plated a run and the comets cheered “Fatty- Fatty-Fatty” as the hefty Harris scored a big insurance run for the team.  This would be all the Comets needed.   In the end the Renegades top 3 hitters plated 6 runs and the Comets top 3 hitters plated the same.  The Comets bottom of the order scored 5 runs to the Renegades bottom half scoring zero.  Boston may have hit the ball better than Chicago, but the Renegade defense struggled on too many balls as Joey Buizon made 5 stops in 8 tries at Left shorty.  Evan Silver 1 stop in 5 tries at the mid field spot and Inky made 1 stop in 5 tries at the right shorty.  Boston let up too many runs inside 100 feet.  In the end, The Renegades would take 4th place and get a lesson in the importance of making every play count.

Please see our Results pages for full box scores on all of our games

Gades kick of 2013 Season in Bolingbrook, IL

Saturday, June 15, the Renegades will take the field in Bolingbrook, Illinois with high expectations!

The Gades have a deep history at this tournament as they played here from 2003-2007 and then again in 2009-2010.  The team has managed just 8 wins in 28 games.  Chicago has not been kind to the Renegades in the past as they went 2-2 in 2010 and 1-3 in 2009.  This year hopes to be different.  There are 8 teams in the tournament split into two brackets.  Every team will play 3 games on Saturday and then on Sunday each team will play a team from the other bracket to determine the seeding.   The host team has the biggest roster in the league and has split their team into two even groups to even out the brackets

Bracket A

  • Chicago Comets Red
  • Cleveland Scrappers
  • Indianapolis Thunder
  • RHI Extreme

Bracket B

  • Boston Renegades
  • Chicago Comets Blue
  • St. Louis Firing Squad
  • Wichita Sonics

Here is a breakdown of the games and opponents

Saturday 8:30 AM  Wichita Sonics

The Renegades have faced the Sonics twice in history.  The inaugural game was in 2009, in Stockton, CA in the final game of the World Series.  Right before the game started, the Wichita pitcher learned of a death in his family and left the field.  This left a Sonic team in pain for their teammate.  The game was no match as the Renegades rolled 13-3 but Wichita struck out 17 times in this match up.  The second match up was in 2011 and Boston played them in the first game of the World Series in Indianapolis.  Boston Rolled in this game 10-1 on their way to their highest World Series finish ever.  The Sonics finished 15th (out of 17 teams in the 2012 World Series).  They are 100% home grown and led by Kevin Burton who does it all for the team.  Burton plays, pitches and coaches.  He also has World Series experience as he played for many championships as a member of the Kansas All-Star team.  Burton led the Sonics with a .429 avg and 22 Defensive stops at the 2013 World Series.

Saturday 11:00 AM St. Louis Firing  Squad

The Firing Squad have been around for a few years but have never played in a tournament that the Renegades have been in.  This will be the first ever match up between these two teams.  The Firing Squad play most of their games against midwest opponents like Cleveland, Indy and Chicago.  In fact, they just beat Cleveland twice to take 3rd place in the 2013 Indianapolis Thunder Bash.  They have never taken part in the World Series but they have one player who the Renegades have faced in Richie Krussel.   As a member of the Lone Star Road Runners, Krussel played against Boston in 2012 and he scored once and made 3 stops in that contest.  His 13 runs and 22 stops ranked him 2nd on each category for the Road Runners.  The Firing Squad are fired up after beating Cleveland twice and are looking to continue that against the Renegades.

Saturday 2:30 Chicago Comets Blue

The Comets have split their team up evenly.  The Renegades have never beaten a Chicago Comet A team but the last few contests between these two teams have been close.  The Gades are a career 5-1 against the Comet B team.  They are 0-3 against the Comets entire team and they are 0-3 against the Comet A team.  The last two times the teams faced the games seemed closer than the score.  In 100 degree heat and a 4 hour contest, Chicago beat the Renegade 31-21 in the 2013 series.  The two teams also faced off in 2010 with Chicago coming out on top 9-5.  The last time these two teams played in Bolingbrook, the Comets beat the Renegades in extra innings 6-5 in front of a TV audience.  Could this be the year?  This Comet team has some Renegade killers in John Parker, Gilbert Ramos, Bernardo Berrera, Richie Schultz, Wally and Mike Grunze mixed in with a few rookies.

Sunday 8:00 TBD

Depending on the outcomes of the games. the Renegades will play a team from the other bracket win the same spot.  Here is a quick look at our history against these teams

  • Chicago Comets Red – We have never beaten a Comet team that was not a B team
  • Cleveland Scrappers – They finished 13th in the World Series in 2013.  The Gades are 6-5 all time in this match-up, winning 6 in a row with the last win a 17-11 win in the 2013 World Series
  • Indianpolis Thunder – They finished 7th in the 2013 World Series.  Boston is 3-9 lifetime.  This is a different team than the past  because many of the players left to start up the RHI Extreme.  The two squads have not faced off since 2010 when Indy won 15-8
  • RHI Extreme – They have become one of the top teams in the NBBA finishing 6th in the 2013 World Series.  The two teams have played once in 2011 as RHI was victorious 7-1.   Despite only one game played, most of this team played with the Indianapolis Thunder and there is plenty of history amongst the players

Boston is bringing 13 Renegades on this Trip

  1. Wrong Way Buizon looks good in pre season.  He has lost weight and has learned to wait on the pitch.  He has also learned a few new positions on the field
  2. Larry Haile – in 2012 he became a two way player and was the lead off hitter for most of the season.  His swing has improved and he is playing better defense than ever
  3. Sengil Inkiala returns to the field after missing most of 2012.  He brings a strong defensive ability to the field and has been working to improve his power at the plate
  4. Pam Love – She is our only rookie going and has quickly proven adept at defense and does have some pop in her bat with her fast pitch softball background
  5. Joe McCormick – This 2nd year player was a hamstring injury away from being an World Series All star last year.  He is healthy and better than  he was in 2012
  6. Joe Quintanilla has been working to play more defense and is making a huge effort to take the next step as a hitter
  7. Aqil Sajjad has been lifting weights and has found every year he is improving.  He is our hitting machine!
  8. Evan Silver will see his only action of 2013 here and is looking to have some healthy playing time as he played almost the entire 2012 World Series with a wrist injury that prevented him from swinging the bat
  9. Rob Thayer is in his 3rd year and he has benefited from some running coaching and is hoping to be an offensive presence this year
  10. Rob Weissman returns as the head coach for his 11th year
  11. Ron Cochran was one of the better pitchers in the 2012 World Series and is in his 8th year
  12. Justin Manjourides calls the left side and is in his 9th year
  13. Jason Lenicheck calls the right side and coaches our hitters and is in his 10th year