Game #1 Boston Beats Comet B in Extra Innings 14-13
Boston was fired up and focused on getting off to a good start. That focus paid off as Darren Black helped the team get off the field with 2 put outs in the first inning. In the bottom half of the first, Boston accomplished something they have never done by sending 7 batters to the plate as Joey Buizon, Luis Marquez, Darren Black and Sengil Inkiala all plated runs to give Boston a 4-1 lead. Each team would battle as Chicago scored at least one run in every inning and Boston scored in six of the 7 innings played in this contest. After three innings, Boston had opened up an 8-3 lead and was feeling very good. However, a young Comets team would not give up as they plated 3 runs in the 4th and 5 runs in the 5th inning to take the lead 11-9. Boston would answer in the 5th as Joey Buizon, Darren Black and Joe Quintanilla each scored to pull ahead 12-11. The Comets would tie it in the 6th and Boston had a chance to win in regulation. The pressure of being a hero may have been too much as Buizon and Black each struck out to start the inning and Inkiala grounded out. In the first set of extra innings, Chicago plated a run and threatened for more but Joey Buizon made two huge defensive stops to allow Boston one more chance. Down 13-12, Joe Quintanilla led off the bottom of the inning with a run scoring hit and with one out Luis Marquez strode to the plate and hit a walk off scoring hit to give the Renegades their first win of the 2005 season. Defensively, Darren Black led the way with 6 put-outs. Boston set a few team records as Luis Marquez became the first player in Renegade history to score 4 runs in a game. This was also the most runs Boston had scored in a single game in their four year history.
Game #2 Cleveland Holds off Pesky Renegades 15-12
Respect. Boston had been beaten 26-8 in their last two matches against the Scrappers and they knew it would take their best effort to pull off this upset. Joey Buizon got things started with a run scoring hit in the first inning but the bats of Cleveland seemed to be too much for Boston as it struggled to adjust to the bombs off the Scrappers bats. Cleveland scored seven times in the first to put them up 7-1. Boston then allowed 3 more runs with two outs in the second as the Scrappers built a 10-2 lead after two innings. Dan Cotter would not let this team give up. His fiery attitude got the team back into the game. Boston plated 5 runs in the 3rd inning as Quintanilla, Black and Inkiala all scored once with Marquez scoring twice. The confidence was starting to soar as the defense began to settle down. Cleveland scored less runs each inning the game went on and after four and a half innings Cleveland clung to a 14-11 lead after squandering an 8 run lead. Unfortunately, the home town club ran out of time. Cleveland went on to place three of their players in the all-tournament offensive team. Those players would account for 11 of the Scrappers 15 runs. Sengil Inkiala led the way offensively for Boston with 4 runs to become the second player in team history to plate 4 runs in a game. Darren Black would lead the defense with 4 put-outs on the day.
Game #3 Boston Calls the Bluff Winning 10-3
After Boston had its two most productive offensive games in team history, they strode into the Bluff game with some confidence they could put some runs on the board. They struck early and often as Luis Marquez, Dino Vasile and Darren Black scored in the first inning and Quintanilla, Buizon and Vasile scored in the second to build a 6-1 lead. The highlights in this game for Boston included Rookie Eloy Vega’s first defensive stop as a Renegade and Dino Vasile’s first game with multiple runs scored (2). The win put the Renegades at 2-1 on the season. After three games, they had more wins in this tournament than in the previous two years combined.
Game #4 Boston Clinches 4th Place in Bolingbrook Tourney Losing 19-7 to Kansas
The battle cry for the weekend was “Why Not Us”. So what if Kansas finished second in the World Series in 2004. Rumors were flying that this team was banged up and struggling to put the ball into play in their traditional manners. Boston was coming into this game with more confidence than ever before. Why Not Us? Kansas went down 1-2-3 with three consecutive strike-outs in the first and Boston put 4 balls into play as Marquez and Inkiala paved the way to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Kansas would wake up scoring 4 runs in the second and 5 runs in the third. Down 9-2 Boston had more fight in them as Inkiala, Black, JJ Ward and Buizon all scored runs to bring Boston within 3 runs at 9-6. Defensively though Boston could not keep up as Kansas pounded the ball all over the field scoring 3 runs in the 4th, 6 runs in the 5th and 1 run in the 6th inning. Offensively, Marquez and Inkiala scored 2 runs each and Darren Black led the defense with 5 put-outs. Darren Black would be named to the All-Defensive team for Boston for the 2nd consecutive year in a row and his third time in his career.
Game #5 Long Island Bombs Boston at Home 17-5
A chance to get revenge on Long Island for ending their story book 2004 Consolation bracket run. A chance to show the Boston fans what beepball is about in its first ever home game against an out of state opponent. The hottest day of the year in Boston with temperatures predicted to hit record highs of 100 degrees. It had all the makings of a traditional Boston/New York Rivalry. New York rolled into town about an hour late and the 4 hour bus ride looked like it may take a toll on the Bombers as they struck out 6 times in the first 2 innings as Boston took a 2-1 lead with 2 runs scored by Joe Quintanilla. As Steve Guerra later said, “those first two innings were like Batting practice”..and Long Island quickly woke up. They plated 4 runs in the 3rd inning and after four innings they held a 6-3 lead over Boston. The Renegades were fighting. They were putting balls in play left and right but the strong defense of Long Island led by 2004 World Series defensive MVP, Frank Guerra was too much. He had 6 of the teams 8 put-outs through 4 frames with a few spectacular plays including an almost catch of a line smash off the bat of JJ Ward. The 5th inning would spell trouble as Long Island found many holes in the Boston Defense as they scored 7 runs in the 5th and another 4 runs in the 6th inning. Frank Guerra would lead the Bombers with 7 put-outs on the day and a 5 for 6 performance at the plate. For Boston, Joe Quintanilla scored three runs on the day. Despite the loss for Boston, this was a record game for the team as it put more balls into play on the day than in any other game in team history. Dan Cotter, Steve Kasha and Rob Weissman worked together to strike-out only 6 batters (74% of their team at-bats were put into play). Most importantly, A beepball tradition has been started as the two teams have already begun planning a game in 2006.
Game #6 Long Island beats Boston in Time shortened game 6-1
The plan was to play a double header, but time restrictions would limit the game to two innings. Revised line-ups for both teams trotted on to the field and the other Guerra (Steve) would end up leading the Long Island Bombers with 2 runs scored as the Bombers rolled to a 5-1 victory. The highlight of the game for Boston came in the 2nd inning as Kae Rausch stepped to the plate for her 1st at-bat of the season after coming out of retirement. She drove a smash down the third base line that rolled about 120 feet and scored the first run of her four year career. Despite the loss, the Renegades embraced their former Co-Captain in what was a touching moment. Sometimes Beepball is not about the wins and losses. Sometimes Beepball is about overcoming a disability with hard work and team effort.
Game #7 BlackHawks Refuse to Go Down Winning 10-6
The first opponent of the round robin round would be the #1 seed of the bracket, the Austin Black Hawks. The temperatures were closing in on 90 degrees at 9:00 in the morning in the heat ofHouston. At the coin toss, Boston opted to be the away team and caught the Blackhawks by surprise. Luis Marquez, Joey Buizon and Darren Black spotted Boston with three runs in the top of the first. Austin would plate two runs in the bottom of the first and tie it up in the second at 3-3. Boston would pick up one more run in the 4th by Joey Buizon to pull within 6-4. In the bottom frame, Austinwould score another pair to give them breathing room. Once again, Boston showed fight as Joe Quintanilla and Luis Marquez plated runs to pull back within 2 in the top of the 5th..but that would be all she wrote for the Renegades as Austin went on to win this game 10-6. Highlights for Boston included Darren Black’s 5 defensive put-outs and the stellar defense of Luis Marques starting at third base for the first time (2 put-outs).
Game #8 Boston Defense Takes the Sting Out of the Sting Rays Winning 3-1
The Stockton Sting Rays were appearing in their first ever beepball World Series and were looking forward to playing the Boston Renegades. Boston never got their offense going. The offense played one of its worst games of its team history as it struck out 62% of the time it came to the plate. JJ Ward, Joey Buizon and Joe Quintanilla supplied the lone three runs for the Renegades. Stockton also plated their first ever run in World Series play as Rita Overstreet scored one run in three trips to the plate. The good news for Boston was this was one of the first games they had ever won with their defense. Boston got defensive stops from five different players Darren Black (3), Joey Buizon (2), Luis Marques, Evan Silver and JJ Ward (1).
Game #9 Taichung County Shows Boston How They Play Ball in Taiwan Cruising 19-4
Boston faced its first ever international opponent, the Taichung County ball club from Taiwan. Not much was known about this team except they had to be good to travel across the world to play. They had defeated Stockton 14-0 and Austin 12-6. Boston had early hope and once again scored early with runs by Captains Joe Quintanilla and Joey Buizon. Buizon would score again in the second and thenTaichung caught fire. It felt like they did not even swing and miss. They launched missiles all over the field and flew down the bases as they began to destroy Boston’s confidence and health. Boston was worn down, tired and trying to get out of the heat, but they could not get Taichung out. Their bench was as good as their starters. When the 12 run rule was invoked after 4 innings, Boston had witnessed a massacre. Taichung only struck out twice in 31 at-bats. Darren Black led the defense with 6 put-outs but that was not enough. What was lost in the battle was one of the better pitching performances of the year as Steve Kasha and Danny Cotter allowed the team to put 68% of their balls into play. Taichung’s defense was as good as their offense though and Boston would get another trip to the consolation round. Taichung was one of the top teams in the World Series and would eventually lose to the Taiwan Home Run (2005 World Series Champs) and the Kansas All-Stars (2005 Runner-ups) to be eliminated
Game #10 Oklahoma City Bombers Bats Explode in Boston’s Face 18-6
Oklahoma had lost all three of their games to the Comets (16-8), the Taiwan Home run (15-4) and the Columbus Vipers (7-4). Though they had lost three games, they cheered mightily when they drewBoston as their first round opponent in the consolation round. Boston was feeling a serious lack of respect and came into this game with something to prove. What they managed to prove was their defense was no match for the powerful bats of the Oklahoma City Bombers. Their pitcher had won the award for best pitcher in 2004 and Oklahoma woke up against Boston plating 10 runs in the first two innings of play and invoking the 12 run rule after 5 innings. Boston’s offense was unable to fight back as it failed to score runs in the last three innings of the game. Luis Marquez and JJ ward scored two runs a piece and Dino Vasile chipped in the other. Marquez and Darren Black led the way with 3 put-outs a piece for Boston. Oklahoma would roll thru the consolation bracket and would lose twice to the consolation bracket winners, Bayou City heat by scores of 18-5 and 22-11.
Game #11 Long Island Ends Boston Season For the Second Straight Year 9-4
The rivalry continues as Boston and New York faced off for the 5th time in 2 seasons. Again, both team’s life lines would be at stake as Long Island had been beaten by the eventual consolation champion Bayou City Heat 14-6. The word was out that Boston had a good chance to Beat Long Island as they had lost to the Comet B team (10-9), Cleveland (6-5) and the Chicago Bluff (8-1). Long Island was 0-4, Defensive whiz Frank Guerra was playing with a badly injured leg and their pitcher was struggling with illness. But as rivalries go…Long Island was ready and waiting. Joe Quintanilla and JJ Ward scored in the first inning to give Boston its only lead of the game. Long Island would plate four runs on Boston in the third that forced Boston to move their defensive personnel on the field, but the damage was done. Long Island shut them down in the middle innings as Frank Guerra helped with 3 put-outs in those three innings. After pulling within three runs in the fifth by JJ Ward and Sengil Inkiala, Boston’s Defense could not hold as Matt Sapolin scored his third run of the game and Steve Guerra put the knife in with his second run. Darren Black led the defense with 6 put-outs. Bostonended it season with three strike-outs in a row and would be eliminated for the second straight year by the Long Island Bombers. What was hoping to be a promising tournament ended in pain for the Renegades.