Game #1 Thunder Take Boston Out (Time shortened game) 6-4
Torrential rain suspended this game almost 2 hours and brought with it some of the sloppiest field conditions for the sport of Beepball. With some hard work by the volunteers, we were able to play this game under a time limit. Boston was the visiting team and started the season off with a bang. Boston sent 6 batters to the plate in the first and 5 of them put the ball into play. JJ Ward, Rich Flint and Sengil Inkiala plated the first three runs for the home town boys. The problem was that both teams needed to adjust to the sloppy conditions and in the bottom half of the inning Indy struck back to tie the score and then plated another two runs for a 5-3 lead after 2 innings. In the third inning, Rich Flint scored his second run of the game and third of his career. Again, Indy would answer in their half of the inning. The imposed time limit would haunt Boston as they only played 4 1/2 innings losing 6-4.
Game #2 Déjà Vu Cleveland Rocks Boston 13-4
Steve Kasha was given the ball to pitch his first career start as he took the bump against the Cleveland Scrappers in another water logged field. Cleveland scored one run in the first. Again, Boston would strike for multiple runs in the first as Joe Quintanilla and Rich Flint scored to give Boston a 2-1 lead. That lead would be short lived as Cleveland rocked Boston for 5 runs in both the second and 4th innings. Cleveland scored in every inning of play as they knocked the ball around the field. The highlights for Boston were not on the scoreboard but what the players showed on the field. Both Luis Marquez and Joey Buizon scored runs and both players would eventually be top scorers for the team. Also Evan Silver made 3 putouts in 2 innings of play to prove he could be a force at the mid-field positions in the Boston defense. Darren Black also had a solid defensive performance with 5 putouts in 5 innings of play.
Game #3 Boston Strikes Out As Comets Cruise 11-2
Boston drew a split squad Comet team in a game that would be televised on local cable television. With TV cameras looking on, Boston played possibly the worst game under Coach Weissman’s reign. Chicago jumped all over Boston early as they scored 6 runs in the first inning. Defensively, Boston looked confused and offensively nothing worked. Boston struck out 14 times and put only 6 balls into play. Boston’s lone runs came from Joey Buizon and Sengil Inkiala. The one highlight for Boston was a defensive gem by Darren Black where he made 12 putouts and came close to catching a ball in the air.
Game #4 Boston Comes From 3 behind in the 6th to win in Extra innings 6-5
Stunned from the game against the Comets, Boston limped on to the field the next day to play the Chicago Bluff for the 7/8 seed game, or as Weissman calls it, the toilet bowl. Boston managed to score a run in the first inning but Boston was accused of batting out of order and the run was taken off the board. The Bluff would pounce on Boston’s mistakes and would hold a 2-0 lead heading into the third inning. Trying to spark a rally, Weissman gave the ball to Steve Kasha in relief and immediately Luis Marquez got Boston on the board. Chicago would score in their half and then would plate another run in the 5th to stake a 4-1 lead. In the 6th inning with one out, Boston looked to get some confidence and sent Pinch hitter Jon Simeone to the plate. Simeone responded with a smash down the third baseline that Chicago was able to field. Though Simeone was out, he helped his mates see they could hit the ball. With 2 outs, down by 3 runs, Boston started its comeback with Kasha finding his groove. Joe Quintanilla hit his first offering down the third base line for a run on a very close call. JJ Ward then hit a bleeder down the first base line on a full count for the second run of the inning. Joey Buizon then scored the tying run and Rich Flint topped off the inning with a bomb to deep left field to give Boston a 5-4 lead. The Bluff were not done though and managed to push a run across with 2 out in their half of the inning to tie the game. Evan Silver and JJ Ward put balls in play in the 7th but were denied. Boston’s defense held in the bottom of the 7th and in the 8th Joey Buizon led off with a bloop hit down the first base line that would prove to be the winning run. Boston had its first win of the season, its first come from behind victory ever and most importantly confidence that their hard work was beginning to pay off.
Game #5 Bayou City Heat 12 Run Boston 17-5
In a surprise moment, Coach Weissman decided to be the visiting team after winning the coin toss. His strategy was to make a point and get up early against the 2002 World Champion Bayou City Heat. The plan worked…for a short period of time. Boston jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 2 runs scored by Joe Quintanilla in the first and second innings. Bayou City quickly heated up scoring 17 runs in the next 3 innings forcing Boston into what would be the only game where they were faced with a 12 run mercy rule in the 2004 season. Luis Marquez scored twice and Joey Buizon added another run in the fifth and sixth innings. Another highlight for the Home town team was the play of rookie Dino Vasile. Dino filled in at the Garbage man position, giving Captain Darren Black a rest for the first time in 2 seasons. Dino made 2 put-outs in his first ever beepball game.
Game #6 Kansas Rolls Over Boston 12-3
Boston jumped out to another 2 run lead in this game with run scoring hits by the Bridgewater boys, Luis Marquez and Joey Buizon. The lead lasted for about 40 minutes but unfortunately those minutes did not translate into innings because the game was delayed by thunder storms. Boston’s lead quickly vanished as the rains stopped. Joey Buizon scored the Renegades last run in the filth inning. Sengil Inkiala led the way defensively for Boston with 2 put-outs in the right rover position.
Game #7 Eagles Soar 4-2
For the third straight game, Boston jumped out to a lead in the first inning with a run scoring hit by Joey Buizon. The story of this game was defense though. The score stayed knotted at 1-0 till the fifth inning. With 2 outs Denver finally got some balls thru the defense scoring three straight times to take a 3-1 lead. Luis Marquez scored once in the bottom of the 5th to bring Boston back within a run but Rocky Mountain answered back in the 6th with insurance winning the game 4-2. Rocky Mountain forced Boston to play defense. They only struck out 5 times in this game. This was the first game in Boston history where they had three players make multiple put outs defensively. Darren Black led the way with 5 put-outs, Joey Buizon had 4 and Sengil Inkiala pitched in another 2.
Game #8 Boston Starts Championship Run Winning 7-4
Boston looked to shake things up after getting beat by Rocky Mountain the previous day. After seeing what they had to offer, Boston made some changes and gave the ball to Steve Kasha to pitch to a revamped line-up featuring three left handed batters. Coach Weissman was looking to shake things up after the team went cold the previous day. This was the first game of the World Series where Boston did not score first though it was the first game where they scored the most. After Denver jumped out to a one run lead in the first, Boston answered with 2 runs in the first from Joe Quintanilla and rookie Dino Vasile (scoring his first career run in his first career start). They put up another crooked number in the second with runs by Luis Marquez and Joe Quintanilla. Heading into the fifth inning, Boston was clicking on both sides of the ball holding a 5-2 lead when Rocky Mountain’s first two batters scored runs to pull within 1 run. After a Time out, the defense was led by Darren Black who made 3 consecutive put-outs to get out of the jam. Boston answered in the bottom half of the inning with scores by Luis Marquez (2nd of game) and Joe Quintanilla’s (3rd of game). Sengil Inkiala made the defensive gem of the game with a stop of a smash to right field while on the run for the final out of the game. Joey Buizon scored Boston’s other run and Darren Black finished with 6 put-outs on the day.
Game #9 Long Island hands Boston Loss #1 in Double Elimination 6-3
Long Island defeated the Tyler tigers in a close match and the Boston New York rivalry would soon get its start. Long Island struck first and led after two innings by a score of 3-0 but Boston was in the game as they put 4 of their first 6 balls into play. Joe Quintanilla got the Renegades started with a line drive down the third base line for the first run of the game in the third inning. Long Island would answer in their half of the inning and would never look back as they won this game 6-3. Joey Buizon and Luis Marquez supplied the other runs for Boston. Defensively, Darren Black made 5 put-outs, Evan Silver made three put-outs and JJ ward kicked in another two but they were not enough to win. One more loss and Boston’s season would be over.
Game #10 Boston takes bite out of Vipers 8-2
On the brink of elimination, Boston needed to find some offense from players other than Marquez, Quintanilla and Buizon. The story of the game was team work up and down the line. Four players scored runs and four made defensive put-outs. Both Dan Cotter and Rob Weissman were on the mound when runs crossed the plate. Boston took a 1-0 lead after one with a run scoring shot by Joey Buizon but the Vipers would tie it in the second and the score stayed knotted till the fourth inning. With one out in the inning, Rob Weissman took the mound to pitch to only Evan silver and they started a rally with Evan’s first career run. Before the inning was over Quintanilla, Buizon and JJ ward would add more to the scoreboard. The Vipers pushed one more across in the bottom half of the inning. Boston then erupted for three more runs in the fifth as Quintanilla (2), Buizon(3) and Ward (2) all had multiple run games. Top defensive outings were had by Darren Black with 6 put-outs and JJ Ward with three in his first career start at third base. Boston won this game with its best pitching performance (65% of balls put into play and 8 runs scored) and its best defensive performance. Defensively, Bryan Grillo and Nick Bebas helped direct the defense to 11 put-outs in 13 attempts, which was best in the history of the team.
Game #11 Long Island Defeats Boston for Consolation Championship 9-7
Boston was excited to make the Consolation Championship for the first time in their short 3 year history of NBBA play. The road to the title would be tough as they would need to defeat Long Island twice in this double elimination tournament. Boston had one loss (to Long Island) and Long Island stood undefeated (beating Columbus, Tyler and Boston). Long Island opened the game in the first inning with the Guerra twins each scoring a run to put the Bombers up 2-0. Boston would quickly respond in their half of the inning behind the arm of Dan Cotter. Joe Quintanilla and Joey Buizon got the Renegades offense going with back-to back run scoring hits tying the score. In the second inning, Long Island’s Captain, Braulio Thorne plated a run to give Long Island the lead but Boston showed their defense had improved as Darren Black (2) and JJ Ward (1) made put outs in that inning. A tough second inning for the Boston bats as Evan Silver, Quintanilla and Marquez made life easy on Long Island with three consecutive strike-outs. The Third inning was big…for both teams. Long Island got production from the bottom of their lineup as Nick Esposito and Jen Ash scored runs and Thorne scored his second run of the game to give Long Island a 6-2 lead. Boston Quickly responded. Luis Marquez and JJ ward led off with run scoring hits. Evan Silver connected off his personal Pitcher, Rob Weissman and then Joey Buizon and Dan Cotter hooked up for the 4th run of the inning. The bats had woken up as no player struck out in that inning but Long Island’s Frank Guerra was like a vacuum on defense making all three put-outs in the inning. Boston had tied it up 6-6. The great play of the Boston bats carried over into the field as they had a 1-2-3 inning as Darren Black (2) and Luis Marquez (1) made the defensive stops. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Evan Silver and Rob Weissman connected for the second time as Silver plated the go-ahead run for Boston to give them a 7-6 lead and their first lead against Long Island ever. Long Island answered quickly as Thorne and the Guerra twins scored three consecutive times to lead off the inning and the damage was done. Boston would fight for the next two innings but Long Island played solid defense. Frank Guerra made 8 of Long Islands 9 defensive put-outs on the day. For Boston Grillo and Bebas led their defense and Darren Black contributed with 8 of Boston’s 13 put-outs. The game was one of the closest and most exciting games in Consolation bracket history and solidified the beginning of a Boston-New York Rivalry.