Saturday, June 15, the Renegades will take the field in Bolingbrook, Illinois with high expectations!
The Gades have a deep history at this tournament as they played here from 2003-2007 and then again in 2009-2010. The team has managed just 8 wins in 28 games. Chicago has not been kind to the Renegades in the past as they went 2-2 in 2010 and 1-3 in 2009. This year hopes to be different. There are 8 teams in the tournament split into two brackets. Every team will play 3 games on Saturday and then on Sunday each team will play a team from the other bracket to determine the seeding. The host team has the biggest roster in the league and has split their team into two even groups to even out the brackets
- Chicago Comets Red
- Cleveland Scrappers
- Indianapolis Thunder
- RHI Extreme
- Boston Renegades
- Chicago Comets Blue
- St. Louis Firing Squad
- Wichita Sonics
Here is a breakdown of the games and opponents
Saturday 8:30 AM Wichita Sonics
The Renegades have faced the Sonics twice in history. The inaugural game was in 2009, in Stockton, CA in the final game of the World Series. Right before the game started, the Wichita pitcher learned of a death in his family and left the field. This left a Sonic team in pain for their teammate. The game was no match as the Renegades rolled 13-3 but Wichita struck out 17 times in this match up. The second match up was in 2011 and Boston played them in the first game of the World Series in Indianapolis. Boston Rolled in this game 10-1 on their way to their highest World Series finish ever. The Sonics finished 15th (out of 17 teams in the 2012 World Series). They are 100% home grown and led by Kevin Burton who does it all for the team. Burton plays, pitches and coaches. He also has World Series experience as he played for many championships as a member of the Kansas All-Star team. Burton led the Sonics with a .429 avg and 22 Defensive stops at the 2013 World Series.
Saturday 11:00 AM St. Louis Firing Squad
The Firing Squad have been around for a few years but have never played in a tournament that the Renegades have been in. This will be the first ever match up between these two teams. The Firing Squad play most of their games against midwest opponents like Cleveland, Indy and Chicago. In fact, they just beat Cleveland twice to take 3rd place in the 2013 Indianapolis Thunder Bash. They have never taken part in the World Series but they have one player who the Renegades have faced in Richie Krussel. As a member of the Lone Star Road Runners, Krussel played against Boston in 2012 and he scored once and made 3 stops in that contest. His 13 runs and 22 stops ranked him 2nd on each category for the Road Runners. The Firing Squad are fired up after beating Cleveland twice and are looking to continue that against the Renegades.
Saturday 2:30 Chicago Comets Blue
The Comets have split their team up evenly. The Renegades have never beaten a Chicago Comet A team but the last few contests between these two teams have been close. The Gades are a career 5-1 against the Comet B team. They are 0-3 against the Comets entire team and they are 0-3 against the Comet A team. The last two times the teams faced the games seemed closer than the score. In 100 degree heat and a 4 hour contest, Chicago beat the Renegade 31-21 in the 2013 series. The two teams also faced off in 2010 with Chicago coming out on top 9-5. The last time these two teams played in Bolingbrook, the Comets beat the Renegades in extra innings 6-5 in front of a TV audience. Could this be the year? This Comet team has some Renegade killers in John Parker, Gilbert Ramos, Bernardo Berrera, Richie Schultz, Wally and Mike Grunze mixed in with a few rookies.
Sunday 8:00 TBD
Depending on the outcomes of the games. the Renegades will play a team from the other bracket win the same spot. Here is a quick look at our history against these teams
- Chicago Comets Red – We have never beaten a Comet team that was not a B team
- Cleveland Scrappers – They finished 13th in the World Series in 2013. The Gades are 6-5 all time in this match-up, winning 6 in a row with the last win a 17-11 win in the 2013 World Series
- Indianpolis Thunder – They finished 7th in the 2013 World Series. Boston is 3-9 lifetime. This is a different team than the past because many of the players left to start up the RHI Extreme. The two squads have not faced off since 2010 when Indy won 15-8
- RHI Extreme – They have become one of the top teams in the NBBA finishing 6th in the 2013 World Series. The two teams have played once in 2011 as RHI was victorious 7-1. Despite only one game played, most of this team played with the Indianapolis Thunder and there is plenty of history amongst the players
Boston is bringing 13 Renegades on this Trip
- Wrong Way Buizon looks good in pre season. He has lost weight and has learned to wait on the pitch. He has also learned a few new positions on the field
- Larry Haile – in 2012 he became a two way player and was the lead off hitter for most of the season. His swing has improved and he is playing better defense than ever
- Sengil Inkiala returns to the field after missing most of 2012. He brings a strong defensive ability to the field and has been working to improve his power at the plate
- Pam Love – She is our only rookie going and has quickly proven adept at defense and does have some pop in her bat with her fast pitch softball background
- Joe McCormick – This 2nd year player was a hamstring injury away from being an World Series All star last year. He is healthy and better than he was in 2012
- Joe Quintanilla has been working to play more defense and is making a huge effort to take the next step as a hitter
- Aqil Sajjad has been lifting weights and has found every year he is improving. He is our hitting machine!
- Evan Silver will see his only action of 2013 here and is looking to have some healthy playing time as he played almost the entire 2012 World Series with a wrist injury that prevented him from swinging the bat
- Rob Thayer is in his 3rd year and he has benefited from some running coaching and is hoping to be an offensive presence this year
- Rob Weissman returns as the head coach for his 11th year
- Ron Cochran was one of the better pitchers in the 2012 World Series and is in his 8th year
- Justin Manjourides calls the left side and is in his 9th year
- Jason Lenicheck calls the right side and coaches our hitters and is in his 10th year