Renegades Ranked 8th for the 2014 World Series

Boston is putting some final tweaks together in its last two practices as the team departs on Monday, August 4th for the World Series of Beep Baseball in Rochester, Minnesota.  This will be the13th year the Renegades have appeared in a World Series and the 12th under Coach Rob Weissman.

It has been a year of challenges for the Renegades that started in the winter with Weissman getting hospitalized for more than 3 weeks and their pitcher, Ron Cochran having back problems that shelved him till May.  On top of this, the Renegades recruited four new players and four new volunteers that all needed to learn the game.  But the size and heart of this team can overcome and has marched forward. Weissman and Cochran have healed and the Gades have won 5 of the 6 contests they have played in this year.

Rank Team Renegades Record vs this team
1 Austin 2-3
2 Bayou City 0-3
3 RHI 0-2
4 Chicago 0-9
5 North Carolina 3-1
6 Indianapolis 3-9
7 Colorado 2-7
8 BOSTON
9 SouthWest 2-0
10 Long Island 14-11
11 Tyler 6-1
12 Atlanta 1-0
13 Minnesota 2-0
14 Athens 0-0
15 New Jersey 8-2
16 Columbus 0-0
17 Iowa 0-0
18 Wichita 3-0
19 Lone Star 1-0

Boston will start the Tournament on Tuesday with three games

Game #1 Vs Minnesota:  The two teams have played just twice.  Once in Chicago in 2010 where Boston won a Squeaker 7-5  and the last time in Iowa at the World Series to determine the #9 seed in 2012 when Boston won 18-8.  Steve Guerra is the captain of this team and he is the reason Weissman is in Beep baseball as the two went to college together.  Guerra also has probably played more games against Boston than any other player in the NBBA as he was with Long Island for years.  Their offense last year was run through Ben Goodrich who hit .444 and Matt McCoy who hit .323.  Evan Van Duyne is their star on defense as he made 36 stops and is 4-9 lifetime at the plate against Boston.

Game #2 Vs. Wichita:  These teams have faced off three times.  In 2009 the Renegades battled for the 9 seed and won 13-3.  In 2011, in Indianapolis, they faced off for the 1st game and Boston prevailed 10-1.  In the last contest in 2013, they faced each other in the first game of the day in Bolingbrook and Boston eked out a 3-0 victory.  The star player for Wichita is Kevin Burton who has announced that this will be his last year of play after 20 season.  Burton led the team with a .435 average in the 2013 series and was third with 9 defensive stops.  He represented 40% of the Sonics offense.  Defensively, Jonathan Akin and Josh Sisson made 19 and 18 stops.  Their offense should get a boost with the return of Charles Anderson who did not play in the series last year.

Game #3 Vs. RHI:  These two teams have faced off just twice with the last game being a 10-7 victory by RHI to knock Boston out of the double elimination bracket.  In that game, Boston fell behind 10-0 after two innings.  RHI has made some pick-ups this off season to help them take a shot at the title.  They went and got All-star Danny Foppiano from Austin and speedster, Nick Silver from St. Louis.  The Extreme has one of the deepest rosters in the league which will serve them well in a long week of games.  Demeil Wright led the team with a .595 Batting average  (22-37) but they had five players score at least 10 runs and they hit .418 as a team.  Defensively things were spread out as Clint Woodard made 31 stops and James Michaels made 25.  Three other players made double digit stops.  RHI is ranked 3rd in the Series and has a good shot to get to the championship game this year.

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Renegades Release DVD of Documentary on FOX TV

On Friday, July 18th the Renegades appeared on Fox TV on the 5:00 news Live to promote the release of the Documentary on DVD from Best Dog Ever Films.  Joey Buizon, Rob Weissman and Jack Clancy appeared on the show for 4 minutes to promote the sale of the DVD.  Orders can be placed on the Renegades Website

Click here to see the Live broadcast on Fox TV

 

Rob, Jack and Wrong Way pose in front of a sign saying Fox TVIn the Fox Studio, Bob Ward interviews Wrong Way, Rob and Jack

 

This film won an award for best Feature length Documentary and also played at the Baseball Hall of Fame.  

Association of Blind Citizens Releases Award-Winning

Documentary on DVD

Movie from Best Dog Ever Films Showcases the Boston Renegades, Celebrates the Passion, Action and Drama of Beep Baseball

BOSTON – July 18, 2014 – The Association of Blind Citizens (ABC), a not for profit organization, is proud to announce the release of an award-winning documentary about Beep Baseball (“Beep Ball”) for the home video market.

“The Renegades: A Beep Ball Story” from Best Dog Ever Films chronicles a season of the Boston Renegades, New England’s only Beep Ball team. Demonstrating the passion, action and drama of the sport, the movie won the “Best Independent Documentary” honor at the SNOB (Somewhat North Of Boston) Film Festival in November 2012, and was screened during the eighth annual Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival in September 2013.

Celebrating the abilities of blind and visually impaired athletes, the film features players hitting balls and diving headlong into bases. Beyond the games, it’s about the people and their stories. “The Renegades: A Beep Ball Story” looks at hope, heartache and what it means to play as a team. It also mixes in a fierce New York/Boston rivalry, an international World Series, the drama of a particular player’s hopes of making the team and a coach whose style can only be described as “tough love.”

Now on DVD, “The Renegades: A Beep Ball Story” is available in two formats, one of which includes an audio description for the blind and visually impaired community. To purchase the film ($20, plus $6 for shipping), learn more about Beep Ball and the Boston Renegades, please visit http://www.blindcitizens.org/renegades/buy-dvd/.

Beep Baseball is a game similar to baseball where a special beeping ball and buzzing bases are used to allow blind and visually impaired players to hit and run to the base. The Beep Ball emits a continuous sound and the bases are activated when the ball is hit. The bases also emit a locater tone so that a player can run toward the base. And like baseball, Beep Ball teams exist in many states, as well as internationally.

The Boston Renegades Beep Ball team is one of several activities operated by the ABC. This athletic program offers blind and legally blind players the chance to develop self-confidence, team-building skills and serves to educate the public regarding the abilities of blind and visually impaired people.

About The Association of Blind Citizens

The Association of Blind Citizens Inc., a not for profit organization, sponsors several innovative programs including adaptive recreational programs, a national Assistive Technology Fund, operates ABC Camp Pride, supports Braille literacy, produces internet programming for the blind community and develops accessible social and cultural events. For more information, please visit www.blindcitizens.org.

Renegades to take on Sullivan & Worcester LLP on 7/23

On Wednesday night, July 23rd, the Renegades will take on Sullivan and Worcester LLP in an exhibition game to raise money for the team’s season.  This Law firm came out to support the Gades in 2013 and we had a blast with them.  The night will start at 6:30 with a warm up and we hope to start the actual game around 7:15 and will play till its dark.  If you would like to come see this event, the game will be played at Filippello Arlington Street in Watertown, Mass.

A short video from last year’s event

 

To read about last years game see a story written by Nate Riccardi

 

 

 

We are the 2014 Beast of the East for the 4th time!

The bats awake as Boston beats Long island 16-10
The Renegades chalked up its worst strike out performance at the plate since 2005 in Long Island and the focus over the next few practices would be on offense. That plan did not go well when Danny Cotter took a line drive off his nose in batting practice sending him to the hospital. The man has guts and feels little pain. After getting a mask he was eager to lead the Renegades in this tournament and he had never been the number one pitcher on the mound in a Renegades win over Long Island. In the first inning, Boston started out hot as Larry Haile and Joe McCormick and Guy Zuccarello plated runs off Coter when Rookie Joe Yee strode to the plate facing Nick Chisholm, Boston’s third string pitcher who was making his first ever game appearance. After getting hit by a pitch in his second pitch of his career, Yee laced a line drive up the middle to give the Gades a 4 run advantage after a half inning. In the bottom frame, Nick Esposito would plate a run and Alex Barera would hit a bomb but would be called out running Into the Boston bench in a scary moment. This game was about offense. Boston was scoring up and down the line up and after four innings the score was 15-5 as Boston had a four run inning in the 4th that included Rob Thayer checking in with a run scoring grounder to the left side that got the Renegade bench in an uproar. The 5th inning would be the only inning the Renegades would not score and Long Island creeped back Into the picture highlighted by Lead off hitter Jose Dejesus scoring 4 runs in the contest. In the end, the Boston defense played better than Long Island and was able to make stops on the junk. Guy Zuccarello and Joe McCormick stopped 4 and 3 balls respectively, while Larry Haile made the defensive play of the game on a hard shot down the third base line from Matt Puvogel. Seven of the eight players who hit for Boston scored at least run. Joe McCormick plated four runs matching his total from the three games in Long Island just two weeks prior.

Wolfpack break the curse and hold on to win 6-5
a Boston win in this game would make them the Beast of the East. Things got off to a slow start for Boston as the first two hitters of the game would each strike out with just one foul ball amongst them. Was Dan Cotter fading before the Renegades eyes? In the bottom of the second Cotter had struck out three of four batters when rookie, Luis Soto sauntered to the dish. On the 4th pitch, he blasted a laser to left field and took off for first. He fell about ten feet before the base and crawled to it to record his first ever run and give Boston a short lived 1-0 lead. The Third inning was costly for Boston as the defense could not contain the Wolfpack bats as Scott Hogwood scored on a bomb into left field but John Margist and Randy George plated runs on weak hit balls that Zucarello and McCormick could not find in time and for the second time this year, Philly would hold a lead, this time 3-1. The strike outs would continue to pile up as Boston had 9 whiffs through 4 innings with the top two hitters in the line up holding five of those K’s. Coach Weissman was searching for answers and the pitching just seemed Inconsistent. Dan Cotter was missing his spots and the bats were silenced. In the top of the 6th Pennsylvania would get a back breaker as Casey Bahn would beat out Zuccarello to give the Wofpack a 6-1 lead. Coach Weissman had answers. One of them was Chisholm who was now pitching to more than just Joe Yee. Yee would lead off the bottom of the 6th with a deep shot to left and be put out by George. Off the bench came Aqil Sajjad to pinch hit and he delivered on a pop fly up the middle. Larry Haile then hit a hard grounder through the right side off Chisholm and the score was 6-3. Cotter took the mound again and McCormick hit a blast up the middle to pull within two runs. Pennsylvania would call a time out on the field to try to calm the defense that had held the Renegades in check all game till this point. Zuccarello would battle and on the 6th pitch after three foul balls would tag a laser up the middle for a 6-5 score. Next off the bench limped Sengil Inkiala who has seen more pitches from Dan Cotter than any Renegade in team history. These two have connected for a few big hits but not this time as Inky was stopped on a dribbler to Greg
Gontaryk and joe Yee would go down on strikes to end the game as Pennsylvania defeated Boston for the first time since 2008 by the score of 6-5. This would force Boston to need a win against New Jersey or have Pennsylvania lose for the Renegades to retain the Beast of the East title.

The Beepball gods shine on the Renegades in a critical moment as Boston beats NJ 8-7
New Jersey limped Into this game after allowing more than 20 runs to the Long Island Bombers and stood 0-5 in the Beast of the East…but they almost always play Boston tough. As the game started, New Jersey mentioned that the game needed to end by 5:30 for them to make transportation which was just about 90 minutes away. The bats stayed hot from that almost comeback against Pennsylvania as for the first time all day Boston went back-to- back-to back to start the game with Haile, McCormick and Zuccarello. Rob Dias checked in batting sixth in his first at bat of the day and hit a deep fly up the middle to give Boston a four run lead. Deshaun Widiner legged out a run In the top half of the second and in the third, the Renegade defense struggled as Steve Rutch and Rich Koppenjan played runs to make it 4-3 Boston. Rob Dias was the man again, getting the Gades a run on a grounder up the first base line to make it 5-3 after three. Sherlock Washington would cash in a run in the fourth but Aqil Sajjad would score a pair in the fourth and fifth innings and after five Boston led 8-4. it was past 5:30 and New Jersey was still playing their hearts out. Doug Winthrop led off with a blast to left that Joe Yee tracked down for his first career defensive stop. Guy Zucarello would make a play to get Steve Rutch and the Gades were one out from victory. Deshaun Widiner scored his second run of the game, Rich Koppenjan then made it 8-6 when Omar Atin stepped up hitting left handed for the first time all day down by two runs. Atin was 0-3 on the game and Boston knew his out would be huge to prevent lead off hitter, Sherlock Washington from getting to the plate. As Boston hurried to set the defense for a lefty shift, Atin put the ball in play while both spotters backs were turned away from the ball and before the defense was set. Weissman argued with the plate umpire the defense was not ready but his plea would not be heard and Washington strode to the plate as the potential tying run. Weissman was not happy about the lack of safety allowed on this play and out loud on the bench was overheard saying if there is a beep baseball god, Washington would strike out for the umpires lack of paying attention to the defensive spotters. The Beepball gods smiled upon the Renegades as Washington went down swinging and the Renegades held on to win 8-7 in another nail biter between these two teams. The win clinched the Beast of the East for Boston which finished at 5-1 with Pennnsylvanie second at 4-2, Long Island at 3-3 and New Jersey at 0-6. In 2015, the beast of the east title match will be in Boston..stay tuned to see if Boston can win for the fifth time.

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The Beast of the East concludes July 12 in Haddonfield, NJ

Four teams head to Haddonfield, New Jersey to determine who the best team on the East coast is. This is the second leg of a two leg tournament between Boston, Pennsylvania, Long Island and New Jersey. The Pennsylvania Wolfpack are the host of this leg.

Below are the standings and results of the games from Long Island

Team Record Vs Bos Vs PA Vs NJ Vs LI Defensive runs allowed
Boston 3-0 ——- 5-4 (Win) 9-5 (Win) 9-4 (Win) 13
Pennsylvania 2-1 5-4 (Loss) ——- 5-4 (Win) 12-6 (Win) 15
Long Island 1-2 9-4 (Loss) 12-6 (Loss) 14-3 (Win) ——- 24
New Jersey 0-3 9-5 (Loss) 5-4 (Loss) ——- 14-3 (Loss) 28

 

The tie breakers are as follows

The winner will be determined by the following rules

  • Team with the best overall record in the 6 games
  • If there is a tie
  • Tie breaker #1: head to head between teams tied
  • Tie breaker #2: Head to head in previous season including the World Series
  • Tie breaker #3: Lowest defensive runs allowed – head to head
  • Tie breaker #4 Lowest defensive runs allowed in entire Beast of the East

Right now the Renegades are in the driver seat with three wins. If we end up in a tie. The Renegades would move to tie breaker #2 and we were 1-0 against all three teams in 2013. Boston is looking to improve on its performance in Long Island

Boston is 11-3 lifetime in this tournament winning it in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The games will be played at the Crow’s Woods Soccer Complex located at901 East atlantic Avenue in Haddonfield, NJ. Games will be at 9:00am against Long Island, 11:30 against Pennsylvania and 2:00 against New Jersey

Renegades Sweep and take Long Island Classic for 6th time!

The 2014 season would open on Long Island for the Renegades…and for many people in the team this would be their first experience at a tournament. Three of the 11 players and 2 of the 8 coaches making the trip were seeing live game action for the first time. A challenging season for the Gades as their coach has been sick the entire season and there has been a large Influx of new people to the team to teach.

Renegades win in Extra Special way against the Pennsylvania Wolfpack

All of that was thrown away as the Renegades sent Kara Peters to win the coin toss and secure home field. The Renegades entered this match winning 17 of the 20 games played against Pennsylvania with the last loss coming in 2008. One of the story lines would be the lead off hitters for both teams. Scott Hogwood would lead off the game with a run scoring blast to left field to give Philly a short-lived lead. Larry Haile would match it with a lead off hard grounder down the third base line to knot the score at one. This run would move Larry Haile Into first place as the Renegade all-time run scorer. The troubles would begin for Boston as 6 of the next 7 hitters would go down on strikes for the Renegades before Aqil Sajjad would hit a line drive up the middle for a run scoring hit with two outs in the 3rd inning. That lead would be short lived again when Hogwood would plate his second run on another blast to left field. Once again, lead off hitter Larry Haile would answer and after four innings the Renegades led 3-2. In the bottom of the 5th, rookie Rob Dias came to the plate for the first time in his career. He had made two big defensive stops in this game entering in the top of the 4th on defense. He laced a rocket down the third base line when controversy would begin. On his way down the line, Coach Weissman saw that one of his coaches had turned their back and he screamed out her name twice to get her attention and avoid a collision between her and Dias who was going to be safe by a mile, but Philly Captain Greg Gontaryk said what Rob did was illegal and a debate ensued. After a 10 minute delay to look at the rule book, the umpire declared the play a do over….which resulted in a strike out….as Dias was stripped of his first career hit on a technicality. The Renegades still led by just one run. In the Top of the 6th, Mike Patterson lofted a fly ball to the center of the field where Rob Dias bumped the ball out of Joe Quintanilla’s hands and the game was tied as Scott Hogwood strode to the plate to score his third run of the game. Philly had pulled ahead 4-3 and had not led a game this late since 2008. Larry Haile led off the bottom frame with a hard grounder to the right side that was stopped by Tony Santiago. Joe McCormick who had struck out three times, hit a hard grounder down the third base line and was stopped by Mike Coughlin. Weissman decided it was time for a change as Joey Buizon was struggling on the day with three strike outs as well. Off the Bench came Evan Silver who would renter the game after leaving in the 4th inning. On the first pitch he hit a line drive down the 3rd base line and scored the tying run as the Renegade bench erupted in excitement. Entering extra innings, Tony Santiago would strike out to lead off the 7th then Patterson would be stopped in the middle of the field by rookie, Rob Dias who made his 3rd stop of the day when Philly hero Scott Hogwood came to the plate. Weissman called time out and decided to move Sengil Inkiala from the right shorty position to deep left field to help Joe Quintanilla cover the deep ball. Maybe Hogwood tried to do too much because he went down swinging. Who would lead off the 7th inning for Boston? Rob Dias, looking for redemption. On the first pitch he blasted a ball up the center of the field by everyone and sprinted toward first for the walk off victory. Talk about a memorable way to start your Renegade career by getting a run taken away from you on a technicality and then scoring your first run in walk off fashion!

 

Renegades continue to beat Bombers 9-4

Many people watched the Renegades Documentary and saw the sheer dominance that the Bombers had against Boston. The tables have turned and Boston entered this match winning 9 of 11 matches since 2010. In odd form, Boston would be the home team in Long Island. Boston would start hot as Larry Haile and Joe McCormick plated back-to-back runs for the first time all day in the first. Long Island would not plate a run till the third inning and when that frame ended the score was 5-1 and Boston would not look back. in the 4th inning, Rookie Joe Yee stepped to the plate looking for his first ever hit and hit a hard grounder down the first base line but would not score because he missed the base earning the pink blindfold. A few scary moments happened in this game in the 5th inning. Pasquale Agnone would hit a dribbler to the left side and Joe McCormick bobbled the ball in fair territory but Agnone’s base running line was poor and there was a collision in fair territory. Thankfully both players were ok. in the bottom of the 5th Joe McCormick would step in a divot and flip over the bag on the first base side coming up unscathed…then Sengil Inkiala would hit a run scoring hit down the 3rd base line but injure his foot on the way to a horrible looking leap at the bag. Boston would win this match 9-4 and get all 11 players on the team into the game for the only time this weekend. On the Defensive side of the ball, Long Island spread the ball around, but Boston had six different defenders make stops.

 

Renegades complete sweep beating Lightning 9-5

After two games where The Renegades struggled to put the ball in play (striking out 20 times in those two matches) they hoped they could learn and improve. Boston would start the game off on a great note as for the first time all day, they would bat through the line up playing four runs in the first inning. The highlight was Joe Yee’s first career run on a week hit to the left side that he beat out…but the team strikeouts would begin as they tallied two in the first. New Jersey had a new look as three of the players in their starting line ups were rookies and one of them, Deshaun would become a threat with his speed as he scored in his first two trips to the plate. Heading into the bottom of the fourth, Boston would be up 8-3 and it would look as it could be over but Sherlock Washington scored his second run of the day and Steve Rutch pitched in for one as well to pull within three runs. Larry Haile would give the team some insurance in the 6th, plating his third run of the game. Joe McCormick and Joe Yee also plated a pair of runs in this match for Boston as once again, six different players made stops on defense for the Renegades. Boston struggled again on offense, striking out 13 times in this match led by Joey Buizon who ended the day with 8 strike outs in 11 trips to the plate and 4 strike outs in this game. Boston would win the tournament for the 3rd year in a row and would set them selves up nicely to head to Philadelphia for the second half of the beast of the east.

5 Renegades witnessed their first tournament

From left to Right. Jamie Dickerson (Spotter), Luis Soto (DH), Joe Yee (DH), Kara Peters (Coach), Rob Dias (Mid Field and Right shorty)