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The Renegades win the Beast of the East for the 7th time!

The Renegades win the Beast of the East for the 7th Time!  Though it sounds easy, it’s a ton of blood sweat, tears and hard work.  The Renegade coaches and players only do some of that work.  The Woburn Host Lions did plenty of that work as well.  In the end, 6 teams traveled to Woburn, 9 games were played.  A ton of food was consumed.  We got wet from a short storm.  The crack PR team of the Renegades kicked some collective but and the media loved the story.  Here are some of the highlights of the day from the Renegades perspective.  There will be more to come for sure!!!

Game Scores

1st time slot

  • Philly defeated Rochester 5-1
  • Boston Defeated NJ Titans 15-2 (game entered the mercy rule system after 3 innings)
  • Long Island Defeated the NJ Lightning 7-5

2nd time slot

  • New Jersey Titans defeated Rochester 7-5
  • Boston Defeated NJ Lightning 15-2 (game entered the mercy rule system after 3 innings)
  • Long Island defeated Philly 6-3

3rd time slot

  • New Jersey Lightning defeated Rochester 6-4
  • Boston Defeated Long Island 15-2 (game entered the mercy rule system after 3 innings)
  • Philly defeated the NJ Titans 10-1

Final Standings of the 2017 Beast of the East

Team Wins Losses
Boston 6 0
Long Island 4 2
Philly 3 3
NJ Titans 3 3
NJ Lightning 1 5
Rochester 0 6

Most Impressive stat of the day includes:

Picture of the back of the Shirt showing all the sponsors who helped make up this huge donation to the teams

The Woburn Host Lions donated $1,000 to each team. Here are all of the sponsors who helped them make this possible

The Woburn Host Lions club did something that is unlikely never ben matched in the existence of the NBBA.  They handed out $1,000 checks to EVERY team that competed to help them with their expenses!  That means that they raised $6,000 for the teams to play beep baseball.  When this was announced the teams roared in applause and shock.  Running a beep baseball program is a lot of hard work and costs a lot of money.  A trip for the team to go to the World Series costs in excess of $10,000.   What the Woburn Host Lions did on this day was truly amazing.  We know they got a lot of support to make this happen.  No matter who won the actual games, the Woburn Host Lions won the day for their hard work.  Pictured here is the back of the T- Shirts they made (and also donated to all of the teams) showing all of the sponsors who helped make this possible)

 

 

Members of all of the teams take a picture with the Woburn Host Lions after getting their checks
After the checks were received the teams took a picture with the Lions.  Front Row left to Right:Leah Werner (Rochester), Kirstyn Smith (Rochester), Steve Rutch (NJ Titans), Rob Weissman (Renegades), Dino Vasile (Lions).  Back row Left to Right: BJ Callahan (Lions, Joe Puvogel (Long Island), Joe Dejesus (Long Island), Tony Santiago (Rochester), Bob Memory (Philly), Willy Natoli (Philly), Braulio Thorne (Long Island), Frank DiMauro (Lions), Paul Schmiedel (Lions).  Very back row:  Jamie Redmond (Rochester)

Media Coverage

We had a tremendous response to our call to tell our story to the world.  We really want to get the word out with the hope we can find a few people out there who may never have heard of us and would love to play or coach.  We also want to show people that Disability is spelled with Ability!  Here are links to all of the great stories we had

Television stations

Print Media

Podcasts

Facebook Live

Did you miss any of the action?  We caught all of the Renegade games on Facebook live.  You can see the games here:

Game #1 Boston vs the NJ Titans:

Game #2 Boston vs the NJ Lightning

Game #3 Boston vs Long Island – 1st 2 innings before rain delay

Game #3 Boston vs Long Island – 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

 

Bowl-a-thon fundraiser for the Renegades on January 28th

Cartoon of a logo for Bowl-a-thon

Come support the Boston Renegades by bringing your friends and family for an afternoon of bowling at our Bowl-a-thon fundraiser.  Thanks to the Woburn Host Lions, we have partnered with the Woburn Bowladrome to host the event.  Proceeds from this event will go to help support the Renegades’ expenses for the 2017 season,  during which we plan to travel to Lincroft, NJ, Bolingbrook, IL and West Palm Beach Florida.  The cost of the event is $35 per person.

Details of the Bowl-a-thon

Where:

Woburn Bowladrome located at 32 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA  01801

When:

Saturday, January 28th from 12-2 PM.  Registration opens at 11:30am

Your $35 donation includes two frames of Candlepin Bowling, 2 slices of Pizza and a soft drink.  It is also a donation to the team to help us with our travel expenses.  We encourage people to pre-register.  Pre-registration does not cost anything, but it will help us plan for the food and help expedite your process of getting onto a lane on the day of the event.  Please bring cash or a check made out to Association of Blind Citizens.  We are unable to accept credit card payments at this time.

Pre-register for the Bowl-a-thon

You can register for the Bowl-a-thon using either of the methods listed below.   Pre-registration will really help us plan the number of lanes we need and amount of food to purchase.   Teams will be comprised of five individuals.  Team Captains, please list put your team name on the eventbrite pre-registration form.

Do you use Facebook?

We have set up a Facebook event so that you can see who is coming and you can invite people to join us. If you plan to go to the event and are on Facebook, please purchase a ticket by pre-registering on that page.  The Facebook pre-registration will take you to an event we have created on Eventbrite where you can enter your information, what team you may be bowling on, which Renegade you are supporting and truly help us plan better.  The Facebook link is here.

If you don’t use facebook, join us on Eventbrite

If you are not on Facebook, you can go straight to the Eventbrite event to register, here.

Questions?

Please contact  Joe Quintanilla (joeqman@verizon.net), Larry Haile (hailelarry1@icloud.com), or any Boston Renegades team member.

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