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Game Summaries from Beast of the East

Renegades come home and wallop the titans 15-2
For the first time since 2015, the Renegades prepared to play in front of their home crowd.  The Woburn Host Lions would play host to the biggest beep baseball tournament in New England’s history.  The first opponent, the New Jersey Titans.  THe titans came into this match with a 2-1 record in the Beast of the East with a walk-off loss at the hands of the Long Island Bombers.  The titans were fired up at the start and when Deshaun Widener scored in a ball hit to the right side which Larry Haile could not find, he was jumping and rallying his team from the first base bag.  Coach Weissman voiced his displeasure with the defensive play as they had been working this play for the past two weeks in practice.  Next up was Alfonso Harrell who also hit a ball to the right side in similar fashion.  This time the L Train laid out and made the play to the joy of his coach.  WHen Marvin Morgan stepped into the box, many if the Renegade coaches were in awe of how large a man he is.  They were excited to hear he worked out for NFL teams before losing his sight.  Morgan made contact with his big swing and launched a ball i to deep left by a diving Joe McCormick.  The titans led 2-0 and were very pumped.  that lead would be short lived.  christian Thaxton hit a hard line drive up the middle for a run.  Joe McCormick (in his first at bat of the year) then grounded a ball to the left side and nearly missed the base as he grazed it with his foot for the 2nd run. Larry Haile then hit a hard grounder to the right side on the 2nd pitch.  shawn Devenish drilled the first pitch to the left side for a run.  After a two pitch at bat resulted in an out for Rob Dias, Guy Zuccarello stepped to the plate.  He lofted a 41 ft pop up down the first base line and legged out a run.  Thaxton would then hit the first pitch for a pop up to the left side and quickly the Renegades held a 6-2 lead.  THe Titans were feeling the pressure.  Rodriguez and Bordely would stirke out to lead off the 2nd  but when Widener came back to the right side in his at bat…the L train liad out again and made a stop.  Two innings, two stops and a run for Larry…a good start indeed.  Shawn Devenish would lead off the bottom of the 2nd with a blast into left field that went by everyone.  Shawn also ran by the bag.  The ball was hit so far, he had time to stop, tun around and come back to the base and score. Rob Dias then scored on a line drive up the middle to bring Guy Zuccarello to the plate.  Guy hit a line drive into left field but he missed the base and was not as fortunate as Shawn and was put out, earning the pink blindfold.  Thaxton would hit a bomb into left field and Haile would plate another run as well.  With Two out Devenish came back to the plate and hit a weak pop up to the right side and took off for first base.  This time he plowed it over and to the surprise of his coach, he exhibited some speed on this play.  Weissman roared with delight!  After two innings the score was 12-2 and The Titans were done, as they were now very quiet.  In the bottom of the 3rd, Guy Zuccarello hit another hard shot into left and as he approached the base with his shiny new pink blindfold, he slowed up and was put out.  Thaxton would score his 4th run of the game next on a first pitch swing.  Larry Haile would then plate his 3rd run of the contest on a first pitch line drive to the right side when Weissman went to the bench.  Off popped Luis Soto.  Soto hit the 2nd pitch he saw up the middle and scored a run as his team erupted.  then Rob “Hot Tub” Thayer came off the bench.  He hit a weak grounder to the right side that went speaker down and scored.  This may have been the first time that Soto and Thayer had ever scored back-to-back runs in a game.  the Renegade bench was very boisterous and excited.  Stick a fork in the Titans.  When the dust cleared Boston had invoked the 12 run rule. As Boston rotated its defense around to finish the game, the highlight defensive play came in the 6th inning with one out.  Lamont Bordley laced a line drive up the middle and Aqil Sajjad laid out for the stop.  The Titans would be shut out the rest of the way.  For the Renegades, this would go own as one of their best offensive outputs in team history.  The team batting average for the game was .625 (4th highest in history), the Strike out rate was a low 8.3% (only 2 games in history had been better) and the margin of victory was the 2nd most in history.  The game marked just the 14th time the Renegades had invoked a 12 run rule on an opponent (Though the 9th time since 2015).  It was the first time the Renegades had been close to full strength all year with its starters on the field and the team looked excited to be back together

 

Renegades Rain bombs on the Lightning 15-2

The Lightning entered this contest with 1 win against four losses while the Renegades were undefeated in Beast of the East play.  Things got ugly right out of the gate for the Lightning. With one out, Casey Bahn stepped in the batters box.  Weissman and Bryan Grillo instantly looked confused.  Before a pitch was thrown, Weissman informed the Lightning they were hitting our of order.  No penalty would be enforced as the Renegades waived it.  The Lightning would go down in order on strikes. In the bottom of the first, Boston would set some history.  The bats would simply catch fire.  Thaxton led off with a pop up to the center of the field and cruised for a run.  Joe McCormick settled in and laced the first pitch he saw into left field for a run.  Larry Haile hit a 55 foot o pop up to the right side and scored.  Shawn Devenish then hit a grounder up the middle, missed the base and came back and tackled it in time to score the 4th run of the inning.  Then on the very next pitch, Aqil Sajjad hit a grounder to the left side to score the 5th run in a row  That was five consecutive runs on just five pitches from Ron Cochran.  Justen Proctor would strike out to end the streak.  christian Thaxton would come back up again and this time hit a pop up to the right side for the 6th Renegade run and the Lightning were stunned.  Joe McCormick scored his second run of the inning on a grounder up the middle and then the fun would start again.  Larry Haile, Shawn Devenish and Aqil Sajjad would then plate runs.  When we add Joe Macs run in…Cochran threw 4 pitches in a row for 4 more runs.  When the dust settles, the Renegades scored nine runs in the first inning.  This represented the 2nd most runs the team had ever scored in one inning.  Andre Foster would lead off the the Lightning in the 2nd inning and hit a grounder up the middle, but he would miss the base and Aqil Sajjad would make the stop.  The Lightning would go down 1-2-3 to end the 2nd inning.  Boston would start to rotate players in and out and would only score one run in the bottom of the second on a Joe McCormick run.  Sherlock Washington got the Lightning on the board in the 3rd inning and bring the Lightning to a 10-1 deficit but the defense would show up in this inning.  Justen Proctor would make two defensive stops.  Weissman was applauding on the bench because of the hard work they had done at practice was paying off. Proctor made a stop on a ball hit right at him off the bat of Casey Bahn.  He would then make a stop ranging to his left off the bat of Andre Foster.  The bench roared in applause.  Boston would deliver the hammer in the 3rd inning and put this game into the 12 run rule.  Aqil Sajjad led off the frame with a line shot up the center to start things off.  Justen Proctor then hit a laser into left field for the 2nd run of the inning.  With two outs, the team would catch further fire as Rob Thayer hit a well struck ball into left field.  If you ever watch a Renegade game, the loudest cheers happen when Thayer does something.  Joe Quintanilla then came off the bench to score a run to make it 14-1.  Aqil Sajjad then plated his 2nd run of the inning to cap the scoring for the Renegades, his second 4 run game in his career (his last was in 2012 vs Chicago).  Though the game was out of hand and Sherlock Washington would score a run to make it 15-2, one of the most exciting moments of the game would happen with two outs in the 6th inning. Dan Johnson would lace a hard line drive up the middle.  Joe Quintanilla would lay out and it would get by hum…but ranging to his left was Luis Soto to make the stop.  It would be Luis Soto’s first defensive stop in his career, something the Renegades celebrate!  Boston would move to 5-0 in the Beast o the East and would play in the 1/2 seed game.  The Lightning would head to the 5/6 game and play Rochester.  The offensive performance on the day was incredible with a lot of contact and 30 runs in just 6 innings of play with only 5 strike outs.  One more game would be left to win the Beast of the East.

Beast of the east champs again, as boston downs long island 15-3

In Beast of the East play, the Renegades were 5-0 and the Bombers were 4-1 with their only loss to Boston.  For the Bombers to win the Beast of the East, they had to beat Boston by more than 11 runs.  In most minds, the crown was clinched before the game was played.  Long Island would score two runs in the first inning on balls hit into right field.  Joe Dejesus scored first on a ball that bounced away from Christian Thaxton.  Alex Barrera also scored on a ball where the call from Aaron Proctor came out after it was already by Thaxton.  No worries for Boston, they got them back quickly Christian led off with a dribbler to the left side and sprinted to the base for the first run.  Joe McCormick was then put out by Meghan Fink (there is a running joke between Fink and McCormick that she owns him).  Haile scored on a bang bang play on a ball hit down the first base line and Shawn Devenish scored on a tweener that died between the layers.  Four runs on weakly bit balls and Boston led 4-2.  With one out in the top of the second, Joe Dejesus laced a ball down the right field line.  This time, Shawn Devenish laid out, the ball hit him in the ankles and rolled right up to his hands.  It was almost text book and represented the first defensive out Shawn Devenish had made in his career.  Maybe he angered the beep ball gods with this out as the wind started to really pick up and the skies went dark.  Teams took cover and eventually left the fields as thunder storms rolled through.  Roughly 30 minutes later, play would resume with a Chris Dejesus strike out, the 4th whiff in the first two innings for Long Island.  Boston would put the game out of hand in the bottom of the second, sending 12 batters to the plate.  Thaxton would get it started on a bomb into left field..  Joe McCormick would get even with Fink and score on a ball that bounced away from her.  Larry Haile would score on a weak pop up beating Matt Puvogel in a foot race.  Rob Dias would hit a spinning weak flare to the right side that hit the ground and spun away from the defense for the 4th run.  Guy Zuccarello would loft a high fly ball over the third baseman’s head for the 5th run.  Thaxton would then score the second run of the inning on a high pop fly that landed just about 80 feet, and beat it out easily with his speed.  McCormick plated his second run with a hard grounder up the middle.  Joe Quintanilla would be stopped on a nice hit and diving stop by Chris Dejesus on the right side for the 2nd out of the inning.  Shawn Devenish would then leg out a hit that rolled under Megan Fink at 3rd base and Rob Dias would close out the scoring with a line drive to the right side.  It was the Renegades 2nd time on the day it had scored 9 runs in an inning and only the third time in team history.   The score was now 12-2.  the defense would then become the story for the Gades.  Alex Barrera led off the inning with a blast into center field.  Joe McCormick ranged a long way to his left to make a huge stop in center field in the third layer of the defense for the out.  That would get the Gades excited.  In the bottom of the third, Boston would plate three loud runs. Christian Thaxton would hit a bomb into left field that left him giggling as he ran to first.  Joe McCormick hit a hard grounder down the third base line for a run.  With two out, Hot Tub came to the plate and laced what may have been his longest hit ever into right center field for a run and the 12 run rule was invoked.  For the third time on the day, the Renegades would score 15 runs in just three innings.  The defensive highlights for Boston would happen in each inning.  In the 4th, Rookie Derrick Anderson ripped a line drive up the middle that Aqil Sajjad laid out for to stop.  In the 5th, Joe McCormick would rob Alex Barrera again, this time he would nail him going toward the third base line on a deep out in the third layer.  Joe Yee would also make a fine stop on an over shift against Braulio Thorne on the right side in the third layer to end the 5th inning.  In the 6th, the front line made some nice stops.  Justen Proctor stopped Jim Hughes on a grounder toward the third base line which Proctor had to range for to defend.  Joe McCormick also made a fine play ranging deep to his left on the first base line to stop Joe Dejesus.  Boston would win 15-3 and be crowned the Beast of the East for the 7th straight time.  This game also represented the largest margin if victory Boston had ever had over Long Island.

Before the Rain delay

After the Rain delay

Come see the Renegades play LIVE in Woburn on July 8th

see the Renegades play LIVE - This is the Beast of the East logo with all the 6 teams listed on itCome see the Renegades play Live in Woburn on July 8th!

  • Where:  55 Locust Street at the Joyce Middle School in Woburn, Mass
  • When: Games start at 9:00am  Game two will start roughly at 11:30 and game 3 will be at roughly 2:30.  If we have really bad weather, we will play on Sunday morning
  • What:  This is a tournament to decide who is the best beep baseball team on the East coast.  The Woburn Host Lions will be sponsoring this event and will play host to 6 teams from Boston, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Come see the Region’s biggest baseball tournament for the blind and visually impaired.  Six teams will be competing for the Beast of the East title.  Come check out the live action and bring a lawn chair /or blanket.  See something incredible and inspirational and athletic as these teams compete hard for this title and also prepare for the World Series at the End of July.

If you are unable to attend live, The Renegades will be doing facebook live videos of their games.  Yu can view those games on the Renegades facebook page at this link

Current Standings

These teams have already played three games and these are the current standings

  1. Boston  Renegades 3-0
  2. Long Island 2-1
  3. NJ Titans 2-1
  4. Philly Fire 1-2
  5. NJ Lightning 1-2
  6. Rochester Pioneers 0-3

July 8th Schedule of Games

9:00 am

  • Philly vs Rochester – Field 1
  • Boston vs NJ Titans – Field 2
  • Long Island vs NJ Lightning – Field 3

11:30am

  • Rochester vs NJ Titans – Field 1
  • Boston vs NJ Lightning – Field 2
  • Philly vs Long Island – Field 3

2:30

  • TBD vs TBD – Field 1
  • #1 seed vs #2 seed – Field 2
  • TBD vs TBD – Field 3

 

What is The Beast of the East tournament

The Beast of the East tournament is a two city tournament to determine the best team on the East coast.    The format started in 2010 and is a collaborative effort with the 6 teams involved.  The mission of this tournament is to make beep baseball more prominent on the East coast and to promote the sport to athletes in this area.  The six teams work together to help each other by keeping costs low, helping each other grow our teams and promoting play for athletes in our Cities.  We rotate the cities who host the tournaments every year so the “hosts” can promote the sport in their home town to help with recruiting, sponsors and awareness.  This year, the first leg was held in Lincroft, NJ where the New Jersey Lightning played host.  The second leg is in Woburn, Mass on July 8th.

 

Past Results

Below are the winners of the Beast of the East since its inception.  Note there was no tournament in 2013

  • 2010 – Boston Renegades
  • 2011 – Boston Renegades
  • 2012 – Boston Renegades
  • 2014 – Boston Renegades
  • 2015 – Boston Renegades
  • 2016 – Boston Renegades

Scores from 1st leg of the Beast of the East

 

Boston beat Philly 5-4
Boston beat Long Island 14-3
Boston beat Rochester 4-0

Long Island beat rochester 2-1
Long Island lost to boston 14-3
Long Island beat the titans 8-7

Titans beat the lightning 3-1
Titans beat philly 5-2
Titans lost to long Island 8-7

Philly lost to Boston 5-4.
Philly lost to the Titans 5-2
Philly beat the Lightning 6-0

Lightning lost to the Titans 3-1
Lightning beat Rochester 5-3
Lightning lost to Philly 6-0

Rochester lost to Long island 2-1
Rochester lost to Lightning 5-3
Rochester lost to Boston 4-0

 

Renegades Start 2017 Campaign with 3 wins

The Renegades start the 2017 Campaign with 3 wins in Lincroft New Jersey in their quest for another Beast of the East title.  As with ever year, this tournament posed some challenges.  From a roster standpoint, Christian Thaxton, Joe McCormick and Thanh Huynh did not make the trip.   Three guys who played a big role in the 2016 season.  Aaron Proctor would also be called in to duty to call his first ever series of games.  Throw in the fact that rain would delay the games for more than an hour and prevent the team from getting any pre game practice and It looked like an up hill battle the team was willing to take on head on!

Game #1 Boston puts out the Fire in Walk off style 5-4

The Renegades opened the season in Lincroft, New Jersey and to start the season, we had an hour rain delay.  For the first time in team history (excluding the dead ball era), the Renegades did not have time to take bp before the game.  This would have a huge impact on the game for both teams.  Philly sauntered on to the field without bp or any type of warm up routine.  They would go down on strikes three times to stat the first.  In a surprise move, Guy Zuccarello was named the lead off hitter for the Renegades and on the third pitch of the inning hit a 45-foot pop up to the middle of the field, to give Boston a run. From there Cochran whiffed the next 5 hitters with lots of timing issues and foul balls as 45% of his pitches were fouled off into the wet grass of Lincroft.  With two outs in the bottom of the second, Guy Zuccarello laced a line drive into left field and raced to the base.  It was a close play and the umpire ruled in favor of Guy being safe to the dismay of the Philly defense and especially Mike Coughlin who was “late” in getting to the ball.  After a debate with the new umpire, the ruling stood.  Rob Dias then extended the inning on the 5th pitch he saw in the at bat with his first run of the 2017 campaign and gave Boston 3-0 lead.  In the top of the third, Philly got on the board.  They had 5 strike outs in 6 trips to the plate prior to this point but Mike Coughlin led off with a line drive down the first base line that nobody was near for their first run of their season.  Scott Hogwood then took one of his infamous giant swings and hit a weak liner up the middle of the field that put Aqil Sajjad on his heels as his first instinct was to back up.  This big swing surprised Aqil when the ball landed so far in front of him that when he tried to change directions, he fell backwards on his ass.  By the time he recovered, Hogwood had beaten him to the bag to make the game 3-2.  Dom Natoli, the Philly pitcher would then strike out the next three hitters.  After three frames, Philly had 2 runs on 3 balls put in play and had racked up 8 of their 9 outs by striking out.  This pattern would continue for them all game.  Shawn Devenish led off the 3rd for Boston with a blast into left field.  However, he came out of the batters box with a terrible line, which made him very slow down to third base.  Despite the distance of the ball, Maneer, Tawam made his first career stop against Devenish out near 130 feet.  The first 2017 pink blindfold would go to Devenish.  Joe Yee and Justen Proctor would struggle and both would strike out on 4 pitches as they struggled a bit with their mechanics.  In the 4th, Gina Natoli led off for the Fire and put a ball into play off her brother Dom. Dom said after the play ” it was a nice hit but you are running in quick sand”. Justen Proctor gobbled it up with ease for his second stop of the day.  Mike Coughlin strode to the plate and on this attempt hit a ball down the first base line again.  This time it stopped rolling between Guy Zuccarello at Right Shorty and Rob Dias at First base.  Guy called for help, as he could not hear the ball well with first base going off.  By the time Rob Dias could come up on it, Coughlin had scored to tie the game.  Coughlin lives for beep baseball and beating the Renegades is one of his passions. He had given his team a 3-3 tie.  Hogwood and Randy George would go down on strikes to end the top of the 4th.  In the bottom of the 4th, the Boston bats showed some life and the possibility the lack of warm ups were starting to wear off.  Zuccarello hit the 2nd pitch of the at bat up the middle and was stopped by Randy George.  Rob Dias weakly grounded up the middle to George and then Joe Quintanilla hit a hard shot to left center on his first swing but Mike Coughlin would go a long way and lay out to make a nice stop to end the threat.  After four innings, Boston and Philly were knotted at three.  Philly went down on strikes in the 5th as Dom Natoli racked up 13 strikeouts to this point.  In the bottom of the 5th, Shawn Devenish led off the inning with a weak ground ball to the left side and this time corrected his base running woes to score.  He giggled that he could score on such a short hit but be stopped on his blast earlier.  Boston now had a 4-3 lead.  Yee and Proctor would continue to struggle, racking up a scorecard that looked like the K-K-K.  Zuccarello would end the inning with a grounder to the left side that Randy George gobbled up for his game leading 4 stops.  Going into the 6th, Coughlin had a chance to be a hero and he blasted a shot into right center field that looked like a sure run.  Joe Quintanilla ranged to his right at the rover spot and laid out for the ball making a great play and stopped Coughlin from tying the game!  Q made the biggest put of the game on defense and the team was fired up.  Next up the mighty Scott Hogwood went down swinging.  With two out and three strikes, Randy George was at the plate.  He had been 0-3 on the day with three whiffs.  Coach Weissman had flashbacks to 2016 in a similar situation with the same player.  George then lofted a fly ball down the 3rd base line.  The ball landed in front of Joe Yee.  Yee committed to early and hit the ground.  George raced to the base and beet the crawling Yee to the ball to tie the game at four.  It was the same thing he did last year to send the game into extra innings.  Going into the bottom of the 6th inning the game was tied at four.  Rob Dias led off with a 4-pitch strike out and Joe Quintanilla strode to the plate.  On his third swing, he hit a grounder to the right middle of the field, which Philly could not get in time as it died between their layers.  Q was safe and walked off to give the Renegades an exciting victory.  It was the 2nd time in q’s career he had walked off on Philly, the last time was in Boston in 2008.  It was an ugly game.  Philly struck out 15 times.  Boston struck out 10 times.  Boston made just three stops on defense.  Guy Zuccarello paced the team with 2 runs while Justen Proctor made two stops.  Joe Quintanilla was the hero of this game on both sides of the ball though with two clutch plays in the 6th inning.

 

Game #2 Boston Spanks the Bombers 14-3

Luis Soto scored a circus run in this contest while Peter Connolly became the 10th volunteer to pitch in Renegade history (we also scored on him)

Game two of the season brought the Long Island Bombers to the field to compete for the 31st time in team history. This storied rivalry was all Long Island in the start. As they reeled off seven straight wins from 2002-2007 before the curse was broken. Boston is currently riding an 11 game win streak at the moment before this match up. Coming into this game was a surprise that Long Island squeaked by Rochester in game one by a 2-1 score. Added to the line-up in this game was Larry Haile to lead off for the Renegades. Getting his first appearance of the season he lit a fire for the team by lacing a line drive down into left field to set the tone. The lack of accuracy in the previous game seemed to be a thing of the past quickly. In just 6 total swings by four different batters, Boston raced out to a four-run lead as Zuccarello, Quintanilla and Devenish scored 4 straight times. Haile would tack on his 2nd run of the inning and after the first half of the 1st inning Boston held a five run advantage and was feeling very good. On defense Justen Proctor would make a stop on the leadoff hitter. Alex Barrera would then be involved in a strange play in which h hit a grounder to third base and raced to first. Joe Yee struggled a bit to find the ball and booted it away from himself. Alex dove at first base and fell short. As he attempted to regroup and get to the bag Yee, beat him to the ball on a bang-bang play. Proctor would make the next stop to end the first inning. After just one inning of play, Boston had matched their offensive and defensive output of the previous game! Joe Quintanilla would keep his torrid start to the season alive with his 2nd run of the game to lead off the 2nd inning on a pop fly to the left side. The Long Island defense was truly struggling. They would right the ship as Alex Barrera (1) and Matt Puvogel (2) would make stops to get them out of the inning. It would be the only inning they would make three stops on defense the whole game. On defense for Boston, it would become the Justen Proctor show. Every Boston defensive out from the second inning on was either by the way of a strike out (Long Island ended with 8 of these) or a stop by Justen (he would finish the game with 9). Boston cruised from here and started to get their bench in the game in the third inning. Fast-forward to the top of the 5th inning and Boston held a 9-2 lead. Luis Soto would lead off the inning with a grounder up the right side into no mans land in front of Edgar Erickson. Soto raced to first base and missed it. He then screeched to a halt and changed directions to hit the base again…and missed it for the 2nd time. As he was bout to make a third attempt at it a roar came from the Long Island bench to “keep playing”. As Edgar picked up the ball, Soto found the base. He would be called safe because the Long Island bench cannot give verbal direction. Soto would have his first run of the season on a totally botched play but would not be given the pink blindfold because he scored! Justen Proctor followed this up with his first run of the year. Then Aqil Sajjad got into the fun with his 2nd run of the game. This would be Aqil’s first multi-run game since game #2 of the 2015 season!  In the top of the 6th, Weissman went to the bullpen and brought in Peter Connolly.  Peter became the 10th pitcher in team history to throw a pitch in a game.  After striking out the first two batters he faced (Sajjad and Thayer), Larry Haile cam to the plate and scored a run.  this run moved Peter ahead of Justin Manjourides for 9th place all-time in runs allowed by our pitchers (Justin never had a runner score against him). Boston would cruise to a 14-3 victory led by Larry Haile scoring 4 runs and Guy Zuccarello scoring three times. Quintanilla and Sajjad would also score a pair. This game would go down in the history books at the biggest Renegade lopsided victory over the Bombers in the 31 game history with an 11 run victory. Justen’s 9 stops on defense were also the most he had ever made in a 6 inning game (he has been involved in three extra inning games where he has made 10-11 stops). This game was caught on facebook live:

 

Game #3 First ever Match up against Boston and Rochester as Renegades prevail 4-0

After finishing the 31st game ever against Long Island, Boston trekked across the field to face the Rochester Pioneers for the first time in history. This team got started in 2015 and joined the Beast of the East for the first time this season. They had lost to Long Island 2-1 and then lost to the host New Jersey Lightning 5-3. Their team captain was calling this game the Boston Massacre before it ever started. Though neither team was too worried about who would win this contest, the Renegades were more worried about the fact that some giant trees were standing out at about 155 feet away. This would be one of the most challenging fields the Renegades would ever step foot on. Left field was up hill. Right field was down hill. A giant tree stood in dead left field and another one in Right center. Much of the 150-foot line was filled with roots and divots. Not the best place to play a game for sure. In addition to this, the bases were some of the weakest beeping bases we have ever used. The field next to us would have their third base sound off and it would be louder than our first base. Any stiff wind that blew would make it impossible to hear the base. Weissman instructed all hitters to stay at home until they heard the base. No guessing at the direction to run. Both teams were at the same disadvantage. Earlier that morning, Coach Rob promised that Boston would go easy on Rochester and would not play many of the big bats in this game. Rochester would win the coin toss and in fashion would choose to hit first (a common practice of the Renegades in the early days when playing some of the better teams in the league) Larry Haile and Aqil Sajjad would score runs to give Boston a two run first inning. Rochester would send 7 batters to the plate before journeyman; Tony Santiago would put their first ball into play (Stopped by Justen Proctor). In the bottom of the 3rd after Luis Soto plated a run to give Boston a 3-0 lead, Rob Thayer would come to the plate. After a loud Rub-a-dub-dub call. Tub would be looking for his first hit and would it a weak grounder to the left side but because the bases were so hard to hear, he chased the ball into the field. As he lumbered into the field, Leah Werner of Rochester could not hear the ball and stood her ground. Thayer was so deep into the field and was about to make a left turn to the base when for some reason, the new ump called “foul”. There was no fear of collision as Werner and Thayer were not moving quickly; But Thayer was so in the wrong here. It was not a foul ball and Thayer was likely able to get to the base without interference. In the end, it was ruled a foul ball and he later struck out for the 4th time on the day. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Peter Connolly would take the mound again for the 2nd time today. Joe Quintanilla would score a run against him for Peter’s 2nd run is his career as a pitcher! Following him would be Joe Yee. For the 2nd time in history, Boston would have a family member pitching in a game against another family member. The only time this has happened was in 2012 when Joe Duggan faced his son in Haddonfield, NJ (they hooked up for a run). This time it was two cousins, Peter Connolly and Joe Yee. Sadly, the result was a strike out. The game would be a victory for Boston, as the Renegades would win 4-0. Rochester would strike out 16 times. The funniest moment of the game may have been a mistake by their captain, Kirstyn Smith when she took strike four in her final at-bat. In beep baseball, you are allowed one take. The 2nd take is a strike. She had forgotten the count and took a called strike 4. Score that as the first ever backwards K in the scorebook in the first ever game against these teams. To see the game live watch our facebook live stream:

The Renegades take the 1st leg of the Beast of the East

The following are short game recaps of the first tournament of the 2016 season for the Boston Renegades.  For more information including box scores click here and follow the hyperlinks

Thanh Huynh made the defensive stop of the Game while Rookie Shawn Devenish scored his first run in this contest

Thanh Huynh made the defensive stop of the Game while Rookie Shawn Devenish scored his first run in this contest

Game 1: Renegades Roll Over Lightning

To start the season, the first game was delayed due to poor field conditions.   The first base line was put in a place deemed dangerous for the runners so we had to reline the fields and faced a 45-minute delay.  Game one of the 2016 season pitted two teams going in opposite directions.  The Renegades are working to be a championship contender while the Lightning are barely holding a team together as it would soon be learned their team would not go to the world series.  As the game was preparing to start, the Lightning were teaching their new people what to do.  Boston would get on the board early with 2 weak hits by Christian Thaxton and Guy Zuccarello and a bomb by Rob Dias.  The inning would end with Jamie Dickerson screaming to Rob Thayer to stop for safety reasons as he was making a b-line to our bench.  Sherlock Washington would score in the bottom of the first on a grounder down the first base line that eluded Rob Thayer.  From there the strikeouts would pile up for New Jersey.  The highlight of the second inning was a grounder down the third base line for rookie Shawn Devenish for his first career run.  In the third inning, Justen Proctor came off the bench and scored a run for the first time in a game since 2011.   What made this moment special was he was working on a new running technique that was helping him to be lighter and faster on his feet.  Christian Thaxton scored a pair and finally found his groove with Ron as the bombs started to fly.  Despite him not hitting well, he would plate four runs in this game and Boston scored 5 runs in the frame to push the score to 11-1.  In the top of the fourth inning, the Lighting brought a new player, Laura Etari on to the field at the right short position.  Tim Syphers would come to the plate and hit a weak shot down the third baseline and take off for first base.  Laura was confused and went to the first base line where she collided with Tim in foul territory in a big crash.  In a collision that looked like an Atari video game, both parties were surprised but ok.  After 4 innings, the Gades were up 14-2 and the 12 run rule was evoked.  In the 6th inning, the Lightning had scored two runs (both by Washington) and struck out 15 times.  In the 6th, the Boston defense finally got some work as Washington hit a hard grounder near Thanh Huynh who made a spectacular play using the new jabba defense technique the team had worked on all spring, which got Coach Weissman fired up.  Rob Dias would then make a play on Doug Winthrop’s ball up the middle to close out the Lightning.  It was the third time the Lightning had been 12 runned in history by Boston (2010, 2015) and the first time Boston had ever 12-runned an opponent in New York.  This would soon become a trend.

 

Game #2 Renegades drop a bomb on the Bombers 13-3

Justen Proctor led the team with 3 stops on defense while Christian Thaxton and Joe McCormick paced the offense with 4 runs a piece

Justen Proctor led the team with 3 stops on defense while Christian Thaxton and Joe McCormick paced the offense with 4 runs a piece

The Renegades bats began to heat up as Christian Thaxton and Joe McCormick plated runs to start off the game whole Larry Haile contributed to give Boston a 3-0 cushion to start the game.  In the bottom of the first, Justen Proctor strutted his stuff by stopping a hard hit ball to the left side that left Long Island pitcher shaking his head.  But everyone was shaking their head when the Boston defense shifted for Joe Dejesus and we saw Chris Dejesus in the batters box.  After he swung at one pitch, Coach Weissman and Dickerson screamed foul and called out Long Island for batting out of order.  The first time this has happened in team history.  Things would go straight down hill for Long Island, as Christian Thaxton and Joe McCormick would each score 4 times in their first four trips to the plate.  A 5 run 4th inning put the game into the 12 run rule and Boston led 13-1 but in this inning, Shawn Devenish went over a base wrong and sprained his wrist to knock him out for the day.  In the Bottom of the fourth, Long Island changed pitchers and in strode Dave Mazza.  The importance to this moment is Mazza and his family help the Renegades with batting cage space.  Dave has become a friend of the Renegades and wanted to get involved in the sport and joined the Bombers.  Long Island would score twice against him but that would be it.  Boston would 12 run the Bombers for the first time in team history winning 13-3.

 

Game #3 Renegades Knock out Titans and Finish The Sweep 15-4

Luis Soto is congratulated by his teammates as he score his 2nd run of the game and the third of his career

Luis Soto is congratulated by his teammates as he score his 2nd run of the game and the third of his career

For the third game in a row, the Renegades would lose the coin toss, draw first blood and eventually 12 run the opponent.  In the inaugural game between these two teams, Boston would be familiar with most of the players who had played with the Lighting in the past.  The first inning started rough for Boston as Christian Thaxton struck out and Ron would help the Titans by striking out Larry Haile and Tim Syphers as Boston plated two runs (McCormick and Dias).  This would be the only time Thaxton would get put all day long on the way to an 11 for 12 performance at the plate for the day. Before the 2nd inning was over, Boston started to reach into the bench and would eventually plate 7 runs in this frame. In the third inning, Boston struggled as Luis Soto, Justen Proctor and Guy Zuccarello would go down 1-2-3 and for the only inning all day, Boston would have a goose egg.  Leading 9-1, the Titans moved to a new pitcher, Lyndsay Woodard who had just joined the team after leaving the Indy Edge.  Woodard would get the ball into play and after the Renegades shook off some rust.  Justen Proctor would rack up three stops in the third inning for the Boston D but the score was cut to 9-3. In the 4th, Christian Thaxton would start the inning launching a line drive into center field.  Joe Quintanilla would then hit a ball that danced on the first base line for over 100 feet for a run.  With one out, Luis Soto would finally put things together after Coach Weissman learned he was listening to the ball.  That correction put the ball into play and Soto had his first run of the season.  Up 13-3 Soto came to the plate again and with his new success launched a blast into right field for his second run and first multi run game of his career.  A touching moment ensued as his teammates mugged him in excitement for his progress as a player and the fact he was finally having fun after weeks of frustration in learning the game.  This new-found information was passed to Thanh Huynh who we found was also listening to the ball.  For the first time that day, he put a ball into play and came close to scoring.  Boston led 15-3 and Coach Weissman forgot to push the pedal to get the 12 run rule…and when the Titans scored in the bottom of the frame, both teams decided to just keep it in the 12-run rule.  The game would end with Rich Koppenjan hitting a hard grounder down the first base line as Joe Quintanilla raced to the line, dove and made the stop.  This was the best Defensive stop of the weekend for the Renegades.  Boston would be 3-0 to start off the Beast of the East.

Renegades win 5th straight Beast of the East Title!

For the second time in new England’s history, four blind baseball teams converged in Massachusetts.  This time the Woburn Host Lions were behind the event and they did a spectacular job.  not only did they get the hotels set up, paint the fields, get sponsors, run a food truck and provide all the volunteers, they found a way to donate money to all the teams in attendance with the winner of the Beas of the east getting $500.

the 4 teams of the Beast of the east

Boston, NJ Lightning ,Long Island and Pennslyvania pose for a picture together before the games begin (Photo by Frank DiMaura)

 

Rob Dias (Pictured) and Joe McCormick  would pace the Renegade offense with three runs a piece (Picture by Adam Glanzman)

Rob Dias (Pictured) and Joe McCormick would pace the Renegade offense with three runs a piece (Picture by Adam Glanzman)

Boston would start the day off against the PA Wolfpack.  A team they beat by just two runs in the previous game.  Uncertain who would be in this roster before the game, the Wolfpack actually looked better than before with the return of John Margist to their line up and shockingly, Scott Hogwood was playing after his injury just two weeks prior.  The difference in this match would be Ron Cochran’s presence on the mound.  To start the game, Boston would lose the coin toss and be the visiting team, on their own field.  The first inning of this game was action packed, as was the same case in the first meeting of these two teams.  Joe McCormick would score the first run of the game on the 6th pitch of the at bat.  Larry Haile  would then hit a deep fly ball into left to plate the second run for the Gades.  With one out Rob Dias would hit a bomb into deep left but he hit it so hard the ball broke and the play had to be done over/  He then promptly (on the first pitch) plated a run on a weak line drive to the right side.  Aqil Sajjad would plate the team’s 4th run of the inning to help turn the line up over and get back to the top.  Joe McCormick would then miss a base on a sure run to end the frame (Earning the pink blindfold for missing the base).  In the bottom half, Hogwood and Margist would both plate runs to make it a 4-2 game.   In the top of the 2nd inning, Larry Haile and Ron Cochran would face each other.  The result would be a weak grounder up the middle for a Mike Coughlin defensive stop.  The significance was this was the 3,000th hitter Ron had faced in his career as a pitcher since he started pitching in 2006 for the Renegades.  Not much of a highlight, but a remarkable test of endurance for this pitcher and team.  Dias would score in this farm to give Boston a 5-2 lead and they would never look back.   McCormick and Rob Dias would each go on to plate two more runs and Pennsylvania would not be able to make contact.  After 4 innings, Boston led 10-2 and started to pinch hit for all the starters.  The bench was unproductive as they struck out in 5 of the 7 trips to the plate off of Jamie Dickerson and Dan Cotter.  With one out in the Bottom of the 6th inning, the Renegades led comfortably by the score of 10-2 and the Wolfpack bats had struck out 16 times.  Boston defense did not have a single stop.  With the top of the order up, Coach Weissman yelled out to Evan Silver to make a play…and that he did on a smash up the gut by Mike Couglin.  the final out would be on a weak grounder to the left side gobbled up by Guy Zucarello.  Boston was now 4-0 in the Beast of the east…while the Wolfpack dropped to 1-3.  On the other field, the Bombers crushed New Jersey 13-0 and these two teams would prepare to square off next

 

Joe McCormick

Joe McCormick screams after scoring as he is fired up. This would be his 100th run of his Renegade career. He Larry Haile and Christian Thaxton would ace the way with three runs each in this match (Photo by Adam Glanzman)

The Renegades and The Bombers have been a rivalry since the start.  The Bombers won the 1st seven games in a row from 2002-2007 until the Renegades finally broke the curse.  The Renegades entered this match with an 8 game streak of their own and a 16-11 lifetime record.  The fans were starting to arrive in anticipation of the best game of the tournament.  Long Island had a stronger sorer than two weeks prior as they had their two best defensive players on the field in   Boston lost the coin toss again and was visiting team.  Joe McCormick led off the game and scored on a fly ball to the left side.  This was a milestone run for Mac as it represented his 100th run of his career and he became just the 6th player in Renegade history to score 100 runs.  Larry Haile and Rob Dias would also plate runs in this frame to give the Renegades a great start and a 3-0 lead entering the bottom of the inning.  The Long Island line up featured some changes as switch otter Alex Barrera was in the lad off spot and Joe Dejesus was batting in the two hole.  Right out of the gate they went down on a stop by Guy Zuccarello and Joe McCormick.  Two batters into this game and the Renegades had as many defensive stops as they had in the entire previous game.  The Renegade second inning was not good, McCormick went down swinging on four pitches.  Haile also whiffed on 6 pitches and Christian Thaxton was put out on a weak ball to Matt Puvogel.  Long Island had a chance but the bottom half of their order would be stopped by Rob Dias and Guy Zuccarello.    With the score 3-0 Boston was unable to add any offense in the 3rd inning as Rob Dias, Evan Silver and Aqil Sajjad were put out by Jose Dejuses, Matt Puvogel and Chris Dejesus.  Long Island would strike in the 3rd inning.  With one out, Jose Dejesus would hit a ball down the 3rd base line.  Since Boston was playing a shift, that slot was wide open.  Guy Zuacrello was left all alone on that side and Dejesus beat Guy by a split second on a bang-bang play and the score was 3-1.  McCormick would clamp down the rest of the inning making stops and heading to the 4th inning Boston clung to a 3-1 lead.    The Fourth inning would be huge and historical as well.  Joe McCormick, Larry Haile and Christian Thaxton would score to start the inning on bombs into left field to start off the inning.  With two outs, Aqil Sajjad would score on a weak hit ball off Dan Cotter and the onslaught would continue.  Aqil’s run allowed the top of the order to get up again and they did better than the first time through the line up as McCormick, Haile, Thaxton and Dias would plate 4 runs in a row to give the Renegades an 8 run inning.  The most the Renegades had ever scored in an inning against Long Island and the first tint whey had scored this amount in an inning ever. (their most was 11 against Stockton in 2007).  Long Island was mentally defeated at this point and the score was 11-1.  The game would end in a fun way for Boston as Joe Yee was brought into the game as a replacement for Evan silver and made the final two out of the game.  These two stops equaled his entire output from the 2014 season.  Boston was now 5-0 in the Beast of the East, pushing Long Island to 3-2.  On the other field, New Jersey had upset Pennsylvania in a 3-2 win.  The Renegades had clinched the Beast of the East for the 5th straight time.

Gy Flexes his muscle

Guy Zuccarello flexes his muscle after leading the team with three runs and breaking two balls (Photo By Rob Weissman)

The temperatures were rising into the 90’s on this hot day and the teams were slowed down by the lunch break.  New Jersey and Boston were facing the dreaded lunch coma as they tried to get ready for this game.  New Jersey entered this match off their first win of the year in Beast of the East play and would for the 3rd time the Renegades would lose the coin toss and be visiting team.  For the 3rd time, they would strike first as Joe McCormick and Guy Zucarello would plate runs to start off the game.  For Jersey, they would be sporting a new pitcher than in the previous game as Richard Whitten would take the mound for the Lightning.  He would strike out the 1st three batters he faced.  In the second inning with one out, McCormick, Thaxton and Zuccarello would go 1-2-3 to give the Renegades a comfortable 5-0 lead.  This was comforting since the Lightning had only scored 10 runs in their 5 games.  In the 3rd inning Thaxton would plate  his 2nd run of the game on a bomb into left field when Zucarello strode to the plate in what would be an epic at bat.  The first pitch resulted in a ground ball into the NJ defense where he was put out…but the base was late to turn on and he had a fresh count.  On the 2nd pitch he hit a line drive up the middle and scored…but the ball was dead on contact.  He faced a new count for the 2nd time.  On the third pitch he hit a fly ball up the middle and scored…but the defense clued dead ball again and sure enough Guy had killed two balls on two pitches.  On the 4th pitch of the at bat (after a late base and two dead balls,) he hit a line drive up the right side and scored a run, his third opt the game, the 12th time he had scored that many runs in a game in his career.  With Dan Cotter not feeling well, Ron Cochran pitched to most of the line up in this game.   They all made contact, but not enough solid contact and Jersey’s , Casey Bahn quietly made 10 defensive stops for the Lightning.  The Lightning would plate their only run in the bottom of the 6th inning.  Overall, the Lightning struck out 16 times in this slow paced game as the Renegades rolled 8-1 playing a lot of players who had not received a lot of playing time in the earlier games including starts by Luis Soto and Rob Thayer (their first starts of the year).  On the other field, the Wolfpack bats woke up and upset the Long Island Bombers 9-4.  Boston would go on to win the Beast of the East in sweep fashion and the Woburn Host Lions would cut them a $500 check for their efforts as a donation.

The 2015 Final standings were as follows

Place Team Wins Losses
1 Boston 6 0
2 Long Island 3 3
3 Pennsylvania 2 4
4 New Jersey 1 5

The scores of the games were as follows

Boston Long Island Penn NJ
Boston Bos 6-5 WBos 11-1 W Bos 6-4 WBos 10-2 W Bos 13-2 WBos 8-1 W
Long Island Bos 6-5 LBos 11-1 L LI 15- 4 WPA 9-4 L LI 9-2 WLI 13-0 W
Penn Bos 6-4 LBos 10-2 L LI 15-4 LPA 9-4 W PA 3-2 WNJ 3-2 L
NJ Bos 13-2 LBos 8-1 L LI 9-2 LLI 13-0 L PA 3-2 LNJ 3-2 W

 

 

 

Saturday, July 11th – Beep baseball comes to Woburn!

On Saturday, July 11th, for just the 2nd time in the history of New England four blind baseball teams will compete in the sport of beep baseball. The Boston Renegades will play host to the Long Island Bombers, New Jersey Lightning and Pennsylvania Wolfpack.  The games will be played at the Joyce Middle School located at 55 Locust street in Woburn, Mass.  Game times are scheduled for 9:00am, 11:30am and 2:30 PM.  All games are free to attend.  We recommend you to bring a chair or blanket to sit on to enjoy the games.  There will be refreshments available.  The Woburn Host Lions will be hosting this tournament for the Boston Renegades and we are thankful for all of their help!

This is the 2nd leg of the Beast of the East tournament which is in its 5th year.  The concept of the Beast of the East is to promote beep baseball on the East Coast.  The teams that make up this tournament work hard year round to support each other and have developed a rotating schedule so that all teams have the opportunity to play at home.  the teams also work off the field to help each other by sharing equipment, ideas and trying to keep costs to a minimum to allow the athletes to play ball.

The Boston Renegades are the four time champion since this format has been started.  They have been crowned the champ in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 (there was no tournament in 2013).  The winner is determined by the team with the best record after the two tournaments with a tie breaker system.  Currently the standing so the 2015 Beast of the East look like this

Team Wins Losses
Boston 3 0
Long Island 2 1
Pennsylvania 1 2
New Jersey 0 3

The first set of games were played in Lincroft, New Jersey.  The game results were as follows

  • Boston over Long Island 6-5
  • Pennsylvania over New Jersey 3-2 in 8 innings
  • Boston over New Jersey 13-2 (12 run rule invoked after 3 innings)
  • Long Island over Pennsylvania 15-4
  • Boston over Pennsylvania 6-4
  • Long Island over New Jersey 9-2

The tie breaker rules are as follows

  1. Winner = best record of the 6 games
  2. Tie breaker #1 head to head
  3. Tie breaker #2 head to head in previous season including World Series (voided if players who play in the World Series game are not on the Team’s home grown roster)
  4. Tie breaker #3 Lowest defensive runs allowed in head to head
  5. Tie breaker #4 Lowest defensive runs allowed in entire beast of east
  6. Reason for using the previous season is to allow easier transfer of the trophy to be engraved and passed off
  7. Teams do not qualify if they use players from other teams to fill out their roster

 

Renegades Sweep in New Jersey

Though we do not have a beat writer…Here is a recap of the three games we played in New Jersey on the last weekend of June

Boston flashes the “leather” and defeats the bombers 6-5

MVP's of the game against Long Island

Rob Dias, Jamie Dickerson and Christian Thaxton all had big games against Long Island. Dias would score three times and make three stops on Defense. Dickerson would make his first appearance as a pitcher for the Gades and plate 4 of the Gades 6 runs. Thaxton scored the first run of his Renegade career

Game one of the 2015 season would be played in Lincroft, NJ, the first time in team history they had played in this town. Horrid weather reports made this day look difficult and time limits would be put into play of 1 hours and 45 minutes….though these games would move so quickly, there was no need.  For the Renegades, the challenges continued as the team was short on callers and had been working coach Kara Peters into that role.  A few days before the trip, she broke a toe and was unable to call on the field.  On the mound the Renegades would spilt long time pitcher Danny cotter with first year pitcher (2nd year coach), Jamie Dickerson.  Dickerson would be forced to go both ways, pitching to some of the guys and calling the right side of the team defense with Bryan Geillo on the left side.

Long Island was a little late getting to the fields, and the Renegades hoped this would impact their bats.  the game started off with Bomber, Joe Dejesus fouling off 8 pitches in a row before taking the K.  Then Alex Barrera would score the games first run on a pop up to the left side that he beat out on a bang bang play.  Chris Dejesus would then stroke a hard grounder down the first base line that Aqil Sajjad would range way over to the first base line and stop with his bare hand.  Rob Dias then would take a smash from Braulio Thorne away to stop the threat.  Those bats were not sleeping for Long Island.  For The Renegades, Joe McCormick would start the year in the lead off spot and score on a weak hit to knot the game at one a piece.  The top of the second would be highlighted by Rob Dias taking a hard hit ball away from lead off hitter Jose Dejesus and then as it often works, he would score the Renegades second run in the bottom of the second.  Larry Haile would also plate a run in the 2nd with two outs to give Boston a 3-1 lead.  In the top of the third, Alex Barrera would hit a weak ball to Guy Zuccarello and would be put out by 10-15 feet…or so both teams thought when the umpire called him safe.  In discussion, the umpire claimed that Guy did not use two hands to pick up the ball (which is not required).  After arguing for a short time, the umpire decided to make up a rule and the score was 3-2.  This goes to the importance of training umpires before a tournament and should not have been allowed.  In the bottom of the third with one out, rookie, Christian Thaxton strode to the plate 0-1 after a whiff in his first at bat with Jamie Dickerson on the mound.  Thaxton hit a hard grounder to the left side and sprinted to 3rd base and scored his first ever run.  What made this special was it was one of the few times he had ever run to third (He played junior college baseball).  It was a big moment as both Jamie and Christian got their first run on the same at-bat, something that has not happened since the teams first year of play in 2002.  Rob Dias would add on insurance in the third to push the score to 5-2.  In the Long Island 4th, Joe McCormick made two stops and in the bottom of the frame the Renegades started to struggle as Evan silver and Thaxton would strike out.  In the 5th, Chris Dejesus would score on a play where two renegades (Dias, Sajjad)  collided in the middle of the field to pull within two runs at 5-3.  The renegades had confidence and Rob Dias provided his third hit to lead off the bottom of the 5th for his third run of the game…but the top of the order went down easily with two strike outs and a weak grounder.  Would That extra insurance be enough cushion?  Jose Dejesus struck out to start the top of the 6th, Alex Barera scored his third run of the game, Chris Dejesus struck out and Braulio Thorne scored on a bang bang play where rob Dias ranged well Into left field to make a play…but the umps ruled in favor of Thorne and the score was now 6-5(don’t forget the free run the ump gave Long Island). Jim Hughes came to the dish 0-3 on the day and hit a grounder up the gut that Rob Dias corralled for the final out.  Boston won the game 6-5 behind Rob Dias making three runs and three stops. This would extend the Renegade win streak over Long Island to 8 games

Boston Bats wake up and show no mercy on New Jersey

Joe Yee and Aqil Sajjad

Joe Yee and Aqil Sajjad each scored three runs against New Jersey to be the MVP’s of this game

In game two, the Gades would face off against the host, New Jersey Lightning who had some turmoil in the off season as many of their players left to start another team.  The Jersey line up on this day consisted of just two players from the 2014 roster and also included two sighted players that were under blindfolds.  To make things more challenging, their starting pitcher was unable to go as she was in a cast.  Coach Weissman, wanted to get their bats going after striking out 33% of the time in the previous game and put the starters in to start the game.  The desired result was not there to start the game as Joe McCormick, Rob Dias and Christian Thaxton all struck out in the first.  Thankfully, Larry Haile plated a run as the number two hitter.  New Jersey would fare much worse as they would strike out 5 times in the first two innings and after two frames the Renegades were In Control 4-0.  The third inning is where the lightning came out of the bottle.  In this frame Boston had one of its biggest innings in history as it plated 9 runs highlighted by Joe McCormick, Joe Yee and Aqil Sajjad plating a pair each in the inning.  These 9 runs were the 3rd most the Renegades had scored in an inning.  The last time they did this was in the 2012 World Series against the Minnesota Millers.  the most they had ever scored was 11 against the Stockton Stingrays in 2007.  The real thunder came when Rob “hot tub” Thayer came off the bench and scored on a nice hit Into left field.  The team Errupted in excitement for Thayer who has as much heart and soul as any player on the squad and works so hard to better himself.  After three frames, the Renegades led 13-0 and NJ had put just one ball in play.  This invoked the 12 run rule, meaning the Lightning would continue to hit and the Renegades would stay on defense unless the game was tied up.  NJ would struggle on offense in this match as they struck out 16 times.  For Boston the defensive highlight was in the 5h frame when rookie Christian Thaxton made a stop at deep rover on a well hit ball from Doug Winthrop, for Thaxton’s first career defensive stop.  Weissman succeeded in getting the bats going and getting his pitchers some confidence. The Renegades would start the season with a 2-0 record and face Pennsylvania for the final game.

Boston Starts hot and holds on vs Pennsylvania

Aqil Sajjad and Joe McCormick were the stars of this game.  Aqil made two great stops on defense and scored a run.  Mac scored a pair to lead the Renegades

Aqil Sajjad and Joe McCormick were the stars of this game. Aqil made two great stops on defense and scored a run. Mac scored a pair to lead the Renegades

The Pennsylvania Wolfpack broke a 12 game long losing streak to the Renegades in 2014 by playing two tough games resulting in an extra innings loss and a 1 run victory over the Renegades.  Like the Lightning, the Wolfpack also lost key personal in the 2015 season including their founder and Captain, Greg Gontaryk, their pitcher, Bob Gomberg and a few players.  This team looked different but two guys who remained were Mike Coughlin and Scott Hogwood who would bat 1&2 for the Wolfpack.  Each would strike out to start off the game.  In the bottom of the first, the Renegades continued their hitting as Joe McCormick, Larry Haile and Rob Dias plated back- to-back-to back runs that barely traveled 80 feet each.  All of these balls were hit toward Mike Coughlin who was struggling in the field trying to make stops in time with the speed of the Renegades.  When the dust settled, Boston was up 5-0 after one frame.  Entering the third inning, the Wolpack had 5 strike outs, When Mike Coughlin got them on the board with a run scoring hit and Lamont Bordley came off the bench to replace an injured Randy George and he also plated a run to pull the score to 5-2.  The third inning was bad for Boston as the top of the order could not answer and McCormick and Haile each struck out.  Heading to the 4th inning, Coughlin was looking like a one man show as he pulled the Wolfpack to a 5-3 deficit and he had racked up 4 of the 6 defensive stops for the Wolfpack at this point in the game.  Further trouble would happen for the Wolfpack when slugger Scott Hogwood was put out on a hard shot down the third baseline by Aqil Sajjad.  When Hogwood hit the base he did not get up.  The Wolfpack captain had to leave the game with ribs that may have been fractured.  Boston would huddle in the 4th inning and ask for insurance.  That call was answered by a deep bomb to center field off the bat of Christian Thaxton for the most impressive hit of Boston’s weekend and would prove to be the final straw giving Boston  a 6-3 advantage with Hogwood out for the remainder of the game.  Mike Coughlin would have a career day vs Boston as he would score a run in the 6th and finish the day with 3 runs on offense and 7 of the Wolfpacks 10 stops on defense.  In the end, the Wolfpack did not have enough balls in play on offense to mount the comeback they needed and the Renegades walked away with a sweep and a grip on the 2015 Beast of the East title!

Woburn Daily Times Chronicle Captures the Lions Supporting the Renegades Beast of the East Title

The Woburn Lions have been playing against the Boston Renegades for three years but this season, they hosted a double header between the Boston Renegades and the Long Island Bombers to crown the Beast of the East champion. The Renegades are very thankful to the Lions for their continued support. They organized a great event that included food, T-Shirts, umpires, volunteers, lining the fields and many more contributions. We hope this may be the start of something even bigger for the future. To view the featured article, please click on links to the following 2 formats:
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Boston Sweeps Long Island to win Third Straight Beast of The East Title!

Image of Renegade's and Bomber's logos

 

Team photo with trophy after winning the Third Straight Beast of The East Title in 2012

 

 

On August 11, in Woburn, The Woburn Lions hosted a double header between the Boston Renegades and the Long Island Bombers. In what threatened to be a rainy day ended up being nice out. That sunshine was bright for Boston and helped them to 7-2 and 5-2 victories over the Bombers. These two wins crowned the Renegades as the best team on the East coast for the third year in a row. Many thanks to the Woburn Lions for hosting this game. Please see our game results links for more information about this game (Link to the 2012 Results page)