Game #1 Boston Debuts a New Coach and Loses to Kansas 10-1
Rob Weissman made his coaching debut for the Boston Renegades as Boston made their first trip to a tournament other than the World Series. The game got off to a great start for Boston as Kansas struck out 3 consecutive times to lead off the game. Joe Quintanilla scored for Boston to give the Renegades a 1-0 lead that would stand for 2 innings. After 2 innings, Boston had put 6 of 7 balls into play while Kansas had put 1 of 6 into play. Kansas made a pitching change with a 2-1 lead after three innings and never looked back as their bats woke up scoring 8 runs in the last 3 innings.
Game #2 Indy Thunder Booms Boston 5-1
Boston jumped out to a lead as they led off the game with a run scoring hit in the first by Joe Quintanilla. Indy wasted little time as their lead off hitter tied it and their number 3 hitter took the lead. Indy would score runs in their first 3 innings and that would be all they needed as the Boston bats went silent. Boston stayed in the game due to their defense which was led by rookie JJ Ward who had 4 put outs at first base and Darren Black who had another 3 at the short fielder position.
Game #3 Bluff Squeak by Boston 3-2
Both of these teams had lost both of their games earlier in the day and they were both looking forward to playing each other to pick up their first win of the tournament. Strike outs would be the name of this game as the Bluff struck out 14 times and Boston whiffed 8 times. Despite the Bluff’s high strike out totals, they did manage to plate 3 runs with one run in the 1st, 3rd and 4th innings. Their defense took care of business as only Joe Quintanilla was able to score as he plated 2 runs in the game. The two teams would face off again on Sunday morning
Game #4 Bluff Flush Boston 3-1 In Toilet Bowl
Boston was looking forward to another chance at the Bluff, but the Bluff answered early scoring 3 runs in the first inning. Boston would stay in the game behind the defense of Darren Black (6 put outs). The Boston bats were cold. For the fourth straight game only Joe Quintanilla would score a run for Boston as he scored in the 4th inning. Boston would limp home without a win in their first Bolingbrook tournament.
Game #5 Oklahoma Bombs Boston 13-1
The Bombers came out bombing putting the hurt on Boston’s hopes early. Oklahoma scored 5 runs in the first inning, 2 runs in the second and 6 more in the third. The 12 run rule went into effect in the third inning for the first and only time in the 2003 season. Boston’s only run was scored by Joe Quintanilla making him the only player to score a run in 5 consecutive games for the Renegades. Boston’s only highlight was the defense of Darren Black who made 6 put outs in only 3 innings of play.
Game #6 Kansas Blanks Renegades 7-0
In their last meeting, Kansas left Boston in the game for the first few innings. This would not be the case today. Kansas jumped all over Boston early as they scored 5 runs in the first inning. Boston did show some improvement as the game went on but they were unable to score a run as they were shut out for the first time in their 2003 campaign. Defensively, Darren Black was the highlight of the game as he had another 6 put-outs for the Renegades.
Game #7 Boston Blanks Sand Spurs 11-0
After losing the first 2 games of the world Series by a combined score of 20-1, Boston was anxious to get to the Consolation bracket. Their first opponent was a new team from Florida playing in their first World Series. This match up was between two of the newest teams in the NBBA. Unfortunately for Florida they would be forced to play a hungry Boston team with two of their better players on the sidelines due to injury. From the Start, Boston showed no mercy. Boston scored three runs in the first inning. Steve Guerra and Rich Flint were the first two players in the 2003 season to score a run without the last name of Quintanilla. Everyone jumped in the fun as Boston set a team record with 11 runs on the day. Joe Quintanilla, Sengil Inkiala, Steve Guerra and Darren Black would all score twice. Rich Flint and two rookies, JJ Ward & Joey Buizon also pitched in with a run a piece. Defensively, Darren Black accounted for all of the put outs as he totaled 5 on the day.
Game #8 Cleveland Rocks Boston 13-4
The Scrappers were not happy to be in the Consolation round as they lost the chance to be in the championship round by a fraction of a point in a tie breaker scenario. Boston was fired up after its first win and looked to do some damage as Sengil Inkiala stayed hot scoring a run in the 1st inning for Boston. Cleveland would hold a 2-1 lead as Steve Guerra tied the score in the top of the third inning. Boston had hopes of staying in the game but would struggle to play defense as high winds made it near impossible for the players to hear the ball. Before the game was delayed, Cleveland had done their damage. Boston would scratch a run in the 5th and the sixth by Darren Black and Gary Anderson. Cleveland forced Boston to play defense and Darren Black led the way with 5 put outs. Steve Guerra and Sengil Inkiala also pitched in 2 put outs on the day. Cleveland would eventually cruise to an undefeated record in the consolation bracket to win the title.
Game #9 Tyler Gets Revenge And Knocks Boston Out Of Series 5-4
Boston’s only win in 2002 came at the expense of the Tyler Tigers and Tyler was looking for revenge. Boston came into this game playing its best ball on the season as they posted 15 runs in their past two games against 6 runs in their previous 6 games. The name of this game would be defense…and Boston was exposed quickly. Boston drew first blood as Joe Quintanilla and Sengil Inkiala scored for the Renegades. Their defense could not stop Tyler though as the Tigers tied it in the bottom of the inning. Steve Guerra game the home town team the lead in the second, but Tyler would come back scoring three more times in the bottom half of the inning. In the third, Darren Black scored for Boston to pull within one run and then the bats went ice cold as they struck out 8 times in their next 11 trips to the plate. Darren Black finished the game with another 6 put outs which would qualify him for the all tournament defensive team. Tyler got their revenge and advanced to the next round as Boston would wait till next year.