2013 Season Results

Game #1 Gades sleepwalk over Sonics 3-0

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Wichita 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 13
Boston 2 0 0 0 1 x 3 2 9
Wichita AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Stephens 3 0 2 0 Haile – 3B/MF 3 1 1 0
Sisson 3 0 1 6 McCormick – 1B 3 0 1 0
Lassai 3 0 1 0 Buizon – RS 3 2 0 4
Humphrey 3 0 1 0 Silver – MF 2 0 0 0
Burton 3 0 2 3 — Sajjad – 3B 1 0 0 0
Akin 3 0 2 4 Quintanilla – DH 3 0 0
Inkiala – DF/LS 5
Thayer – R 2 0 0 0
— Love -1B 1 0 0 0
Totals 18 0 9 13 Totals 18 3 2 9
Pitcher-M. Woodard Pitcher- Cochran 18 3 2
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Manjourides
RS Caller- Lenicheck

After a flight delay, the renegades got roughly 5 hours of sleep and opened the 2013 season against the Wichita Sonics.  With storms threatening, Boston struggled with Wichita.  Larry Haile and Joey Buizon got the party started In the first inning.  But that would be it for a while.  For Wichita they would strike out 9 times in the game but they would play very good defense as the Renegades could not buy a break in the long grass.  It wasn’t till the 5th inning that Boston would plate a run to lock up the game.  On defense for Boston, Inky (left side) and Buizon (right side) would make all the stops up front and no ball put Into play would get by them.  This victory was just the 5th time in team history Boston’s defense would shut out its opponents!

Game #2 The Firing Squads ammunition was silenced by Boston 9-0

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 9
Boston 2 2 0 1 4 x 9 6 7
St. Louis AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Jacobs 3 0 2 2 Haile – 3B 2 0 0 1
Krussel 3 0 2 2 — Love -1B 2 0 2 0
Bagby 3 0 2 0 McCormick – R 4 3 1 1
Hergemueller 3 0 2 0 Buizon – RS 4 4 0 4
Samson 3 0 1 1 Sajjad – 1B/3B 4 1 0 1
Silver 3 0 2 4 Quintanilla – DH/RS 3 0 3 0
– Thayer – DH 2 1 0
Silver – DF/MF 0
Inkiala – LS 3 0 0 0
Totals 18 0 11 9 Totals 24 9 6 7
Pitcher-Suggs Pitcher- Cochran 24 9 6
Pitcher – Hill Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Manjourides
RS Caller- Lenicheck

This was the first ever game between these two teams.  Right out of the gate, this game was different  than the 1st game of the day because balls were starting to get by the short fielders.  Larry Haile would make a stop on the first ball put Into play.  Boston would plate a pair of runs in the first as Joe McCormick and Wrong Way Buizon would go back to back.  This pair would go back to back again in the 2nd.  St. Luis would then begin to struggle as the whiffs started to build up.  Nine of the last 12 players up would strike out for St. Luis.  Boston had its best inning of the tournament in the 5th as they would plate 4 runs with 2 outs.  McCormick would score his third run of the game, Buizon would get his 4th run of the game and Aqil Sajjad and Rob Thayer would plate runs as well.  These runs by Aqil and Rob would prove to be the only runs scored in the tournament by a player hitting in the bottom of the line up.  This was the second consecutive shut out for the Bostion defense on the day and the 6th in team history.

Game #3 Comets split squad has enough to take Gades 7-4

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Chicago – Blue 2 1 1 1 1 1 7 5 18
Boston 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 13
Chicago – Blue AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Schultz 5 1 1 0 Haile – 3B 4 1 0 2
Mozdzierz 4 2 0 2 McCormick – R 4 2 0 4
Barrera 4 1 1 2 Buizon – RS/MF 4 1 0 0
Ramos 4 1 1 1 Sajjad – 1B 4 0 0 1
E. Rodriguez 4 1 0 9 Silver – MF 2 0 0 1
Parker 4 1 2 4 — Quintanilla – RS 1 0 0 0
Thayer – DH 1 0 0
Inkiala – DF/LS 2 0 0 5
Totals 25 7 5 18 Totals 22 4 0 13
Pitcher-Perry Pitcher- Cochran 22 4 0
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Manjourides
RS Caller- Lenicheck

The winner of this game would make the championship game on Sunday.  The Renegades had never been in this position at this tournament and the energy level picked up despite the fact two coaches took a nap at the break.  Chicago was the host team of the tournament and has the biggest roster in the league.  Because there were 7 teams in the tourney, they split their team in half to round out 8 teams.  This was an even split, as opposed to creating an A and B team. This game was a close contest the entire way.  Both teams put the ball into play and both teams were playing defense.  Larry Haile made the defensive play of this game at third base.  In the second inning a rocket off the bat of Bernado Berrara took one hop and hit him in the chest as he tried to keep the ball in front of him.  He caught the ball off his chest as the Chicago crowd reacted with surprise at this amazing feat.  Beyond this, the Renegades could only score 2 runs in the first inning.  They got introduced to a 13 year old phenom named Erik Rodriguez.  Rodriguez would own this game as he made 9 stops on the day and took away all of the junk that came off the Boston Bats.  In fact, Ron Cochran would have his first ever game with zero strike outs as every ball was out Into play.  The trouble was that too many of them were not hit well enough.  Rodriguez would be named to the defensive all start team in the tournament.  Boston would be down 7-2 in the 6th inning before plating a pair to make it close.  Chicago would get at least one run from every spot in their batting order.  Boston would only get runs from the top three.  Another highlight of this game was the play of Joe McCormick playing Rover.  He made 4 stops in this game which is a Renegade record for stops by this position in a game.  The loss would pit the Gades against the other half of the Comets team in The 3/4 game on Sunday.

Game #4 Chicago split squad completes the sweep of Boston 10-6

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Chicago – Red 0 3 1 2 1 3 10 7 16
Boston 1 0 2 1 1 1 6 2 11
Chicago Red AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
McGlashon 5 1 1 1 McCormick – R 4 2 0 1
Francese 5 3 1 3 Haile – 3B 4 1 0 2
Landrum 4 1 0 0 Buizon – LS 4 3 0 5
— Harris 1 1 0 0 Sajjad – 1B 4 0 0 1
Girtley 5 2 1 9 Silver – MF 4 0 0 1
Avila 4 0 2 0 Quintanilla – DH 3 0 1
J. Gonzalez 4 2 2 3 — Thayer – DH 1 0 1
Inkiala – DF/RS 1
Totals 28 10 7 16 Totals 24 6 2 11
Pitcher – Lopez Pitcher- Cochran 24 6 2
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Manjourides
RS Caller- Lenicheck

The other half of the Comet team would get the Renegades in the game to decide 3rd place in the tournament.  This team was weakened when it lost a star player in Warren Richardson to a knee injury.  Boston had high hopes to pull out a victory after getting some sleep after the long travel day on Friday night.  The Boston Bruins were able to defeat the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals and this kept the Chicago fans quiet for the morning.  Pam Love would take the coin flip for the Renegades and win for the 4th time giving the Renegades the all-important home team.  Boston’s energy level was at an all-time high for the weekend.  Joey Buizon made the first stop of the game at left shorty on a ground ball by off the bat of Mike McGlashon.  Aqil Sajjad would make a play off the bat of one of the most feared hitters in the league, Big G (Giovanni Francese).  That brought up 2nd year player Bill Landrum, a big lefty handed hitter who launched a bomb into right field which Joe McCormick tracked down to rob him of a hit.  Joey Buizon would keep his hitting going and plate a run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Renegades a run.  The problem started in the second as Kilari Gritley who is normally a pull hitter was late on a pitch and hit a spinner down the first base line.  Inky ran over to the line but was unable to hear the ball as the speaker went face down in the grass at about 60 feet.  Girltey would score and this run would be huge as it ensured the top of the order would get up in this inning.  With two outs, they plated back-to-back runs to take a 3-1 lead.  This would be the theme of this game.  Both teams had strong top half of the line-ups.  The key would be whose bottom of the line-up would produce runs and who would make more stops in the field.  The answer to both of these questions was Chicago.  Through 5 innings the score was 7-5 and Boston was hanging in.  The 6th inning would spell death as the Comets #6 hitter, Juan Gonzalez would hit a ball toward Joey Buizon at left shorty and Buizon broke the wrong way on the call and was unable to make a clean play and the umpire ruled Gonzalez safe on a bang-bang play.  This helped Chicago get back to the top of their line-up where they were able to get Big G another run.  Boston was tight on defense and let up another run when Buizon and Evan Silver collided on a play and neither player picked up the ball as Yaral Harris plated a run and the comets cheered “Fatty- Fatty-Fatty” as the hefty Harris scored a big insurance run for the team.  This would be all the Comets needed.   In the end the Renegades top 3 hitters plated 6 runs and the Comets top 3 hitters plated the same.  The Comets bottom of the order scored 5 runs to the Renegades bottom half scoring zero.  Boston may have hit the ball better than Chicago, but the Renegade defense struggled on too many balls as Joey Buizon made 5 stops in 8 tries at Left shorty.  Evan Silver 1 stop in 5 tries at the mid field spot and Inky made 1 stop in 5 tries at the right shorty.  Boston let up too many runs inside 100 feet.  In the end, The Renegades would take 4th place and get a lesson in the importance of making every play count.

Game #5 Renegades Slay the Carolina Warriors 15-10

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 2 10 3 0 15 4 6
North Carolina 3 3 3 1 10 6 9
Boston AB R K PO North Carolina AB R K PO
McCormick -R/3B 5 4 0 0 Ackiss 4 0 3
Haile – MF 5 4 1 0 Monza 4 4 0
Buizon -RS 5 2 1 5 Salahudin 4 2 1
Zuccarello – LS 4 3 0 0 Kitchen 4 2 0
Sajjad – 3B 4 1 1 0 Stover 3 2 1
–Love – 1B 0 Fairfax 3 0 1
Thayer – DH 3 1 0
Quintanilla -DF 1B/R 1
— Graff DH 1 0 1
Totals 27 15 4 6 Totals 22 10 6 9
Pitcher – Cochran 27 15 4 Pitcher- Hibner
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Chisholm

Boston knew it would be important to get off to a strong start because it had the utmost respect for the new Warrior pitcher who had won 3 World Series titles with the West Coast Dawgs.  Tim Hibner would be throwing to many of these guys for the first time and the Gades needed a hot start to beat the 90 minute time limit.  The name of this game was offense as both teams struggled In the field which produced bad hops and tough conditions.  Boston would show the value of having its pitcher with the squad as the bats were hot out of the gate.  The story of this game was the 2nd inning which Boston came into down 3-2.  Rob Thayer would start it off with a deep line drive to the left side but would be put out.  Joe McCormick would ground a ball up the middle and leg out a hit.  Larry Haile would leg out a grounder to the left side.  Joey Buizon would then knock the beep out of the ball before scoring on a grounder to the right side.  Guy Zuccarello would hit a bomb up the middle of the field for the 4th run in a row.  Aqil Sajjad would be stopped on a hard grounder up the middle for the second out.  Rob Thayer would step to the plate for the 2nd time and deliver a line drive down the 3rd baseline for his 2nd run of the year on a play that took nearly 10 seconds where he missed the base and still scored.  Joe McCormick then plated the 6th run on a fly ball up the middle.  Haile plated his 2nd run of the inning with a high fly ball to the left side.  Buizon got his 2nd run of the inning and 8th Renegade run of the inning after getting a late base call and then scoring on a grounder to the right side.  Guy plated his 2nd run of the frame on another bomb up the middle.  Aqil then joined the parade with a line drive up the middle of his own.  Rob Thayer would then pop out to end the inning in his third at bat of the inning.  This would be the 2nd most  runs scored in an inning in team history.  Joe McCormick and Larry Haile would each score 4 times in this contest that would be stopped after 4 innings due to time.

Game #6 Boston walks off on Jersey 4-3

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
New Jersey 1 1 0 1 0 3 10 9
Boston 1 1 0 1 1 4 3 5
New Jersey AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Washington 3 2 0 1 McCormick – R 3 2 1 0
Daye 3 0 1 4 Haile – MF 3 1 0 0
Koppenjan 3 0 2 1 Buizon – RS 3 0 1 4
Atin 3 0 3 2 Zuccarello – LS 3 0 0 1
Dejesus 3 0 2 0 Sajjad – 3B 3 1 1 0
Winthrop 3 1 2 1 Thayer – DH 2 0 0
Quintanilla – DF/1B 0
Totals 18 3 10 9 Totals 17 4 3 5
Pitcher- Gunn Pitcher- Cochran 17 4 3
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Chisholm

Coach Weissman huddled the team and warned them to not over swing after the success the team had against Carolina.  That message was not received as Joe McCormick and Joey Buizon struck out In the 1st inning on bad swings. After 3 innings, the score was tied at 2.  New Jersey had a new pitcher in Toni Gunn and she was firing as she had 7 strike outs through the first three innings and Sherlock Washington had plated their only two runs.  Doug Winthrop would then hit a weak pop fly that Zucarello could not come up with to give Jersey a 3-2 lead.  Joe McCormick would blast a line drive Into the next field to knot the score in the 4th.  Each team would send their 4-5-6 hitters up in what would potentially be the last inning as the tournament rules were 5 innings or 90 minutes.  Because of the poor hitting there would be time for a 6th inning if needed.  Toni Gunn struck out the side in the top half of the frame.  Zuccarello would lead off the ining with his 3rd weak grounder to Paul Daye.  Up stepped Aqil Sajjad who Boston knew would put the ball into play. On the second pitch of the at bat, he roped a ball down the 1st base line and raced toward first base. He was safe and the team exploded!  Aqil would say after the game that he was still on an adrenaline rush from the experience.  This was the 2nd consecutive walk off game the two teams had played..as New Jersey did it to Boston in the 2012 World Series.

Game #7 Long Island gets banged up and runs out of time losing 8-6

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Long Island 0 4 1 1 6 5 6
Boston 1 5 2 x 8 3 7
Long Island AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Thorne 3 2 1 1 McCormick – R/MF 3 3 0 0
Esposito 3 1 1 1 Haile – MF/3B 3 1 1 1
Hughes 3 1 0 0 Buizon – RS 3 1 0 1
Barrera 3 1 1 2 Zuccarello – LS 3 0 2 1
J. Dejesus 1 0 0 1 Sajjad – 3B 3 2 0 1
— Fass 2 0 0 0 – Yazzolino 0
C. Dejesus 2 1 1 1 Quintanilla – DH 2 1 0
— Plummacher 1 0 1 0 Love – DF/1B 3
Totals 18 6 5 6 Totals 17 8 3 7
Pitcher- Sciortino Pitcher- Cochran 17 8 3
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Chisholm

After losing 7 straight games against Long Island the Renegades would even their life time record at 11-11 winning 7 of the last 11 contests since the documentary was filmed in 2005.  The Bombers limped into this game as their all-star defensive player, Matt Puvogel was injured.  The lunch coma was a concern for the renegades….as was the poor hitting performance against New Jersey and the defensive struggles the team had in both previous games.  The story of this game would be a decision by coach Weissman and Ron Cochran to try and get Joe Quintanilla going at the plate.  With hitting coach, Mike Marciello on this trip, the plan was to have them work in between innings as Q was slotted as the DH.  This decision opened up a spot for Pam Love to play first base.  Both decisions would pay off.  Pam Love lit a fire under the team as she made a huge defensive stop on a ball hit by Jim Hughes deep down the first base line.  she angled back and made a diving stop to put Long Island down 1-2-3 in the 1st inning.  In the top of the second she did it again to the Bombers fastest player, Jose Dejesus on a pop up between her and Joey Buizon.  Down 4-1 going Into the 2nd inning, the bats caught fire led by game 2 walk off hero Aqil Sajjad who scored a pair of runs in a 5 run inning.   Joe Quintanilla would also score his first run of the 2013 season on a bomb down the 3rd base line.  Pam Love would make another great stop on a ball In the 3rd inning.  The game would be called after just 3.5 innings due to time with Boston holding an 8-6 come from behind victory.  Pam Love was the star of the game as she made 3 stops in all 3 chances she had while the rest of the team managed 4.  In this game, she became the all-time leader In Defensive stops for a female Renegade.

Game #8 Renegades sweep beating Wolfpack 11-3

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Pennsylvania 1 2 0 0 0 3 5 7
Boston 1 3 4 3 x 11 5 10
Pennsylvania AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Hogwood 3 1 1 0 McCormick – MF/R 4 2 1 0
–Patterson 0 Haile – 3B 4 3 1 1
Coughlin 3 1 1 0 Buizon – RS 4 4 0 1
Gontaryk 3 0 0 6 Zuccarello – LS 4 1 1 6
Santiago 3 0 1 0 Sajjad -DH 2 1 1
Wallace 3 1 2 1 Love -DF/1B 1
Gomberg – DH 3 0 0 — Graff – DH 2 0 1
Daley – DF 0 — Hoyt – DF/1B 0
Quintanilla -R/MF 1 0 0 1
–O’Neill – PH 1 0 0
— Yazzolino -R 0
— Thayer – R 1 0 0 0
Totals 18 3 5 7 Totals 23 11 5 10
Pitcher- Gomberg Pitcher- Cotter 6 1 4
Pitcher- Cochran 17 10 1
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Boston has beaten Pennsylvania more times than any other team in the league as the two teams have faced off 20 times with Boston winning the last 10 contests.  The story here was both teams entered the game undefeated as Boston was 3-0 and Pennsylvania 2-0. Danny Cotter got the nod to start the game as the Renegade pitcher.  He has thrown more BP than anyone in team history and was looking forward to the start.  The problem was the hitters were unsure of the cadence and struggled to adjust without any time for a quick BP session.  Heading Into the 2nd inning, Boston found themselves in a 3-1 hole.  The first 5 hitters in the line up had struck out 4 times. The high pitch count, time limit, the deficit, the fact the Wolfpack bats were improved called for a change back to Ron Cochran and the bats got going again as they scored three times to take a 4-3 lead and never looked back.  The good news in this game was that Guy Zuccarello would find his defensive groove again after struggling all day.  The reigning MVP on defense had just 2 stops entering the game but would walk away with 6 in this contest.  The surge of runs also allowed many other Renegades to get Into the game as all 12 active players played. The victory would give Boston it’s 5th Long Island Classic Championship

Game #9 Boston Tames the Tigers 10-1

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 1 4 3 1 1 0 10 8 5
Tyler 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 13 10
Boston AB R K PO Tyler AB R K PO
McCormick – RS/LS 4 2 1 2 L. Reed 2 0 2 4
Haile – 3B 4 3 1 0 — Contreras 1 0 1 0
— O’Neill -R 1 0 1 0 –Hernandez 1 0 0 0
S. Cantan – MF 4 1 1 0 R. Reed 3 0 1 0
— Syphers – PH 2 0 1 Jordan 3 0 3 0
Sajjad – DH 4 2 0 Geeter 3 0 3 0
Graff – DF/ R 1 0 0 0 Gainey 3 1 2 5
Zuccarello – LS 3 1 2 2 Demease 1 0 0 0
–Inkiala – LS/RS 0 — Ingram 2 0 1 1
–Thayer- 1b/3B 1 0 0 1
Quintanilla -1B/LS/RS/MF 4 1 1 0
Totals 28 10 8 5 Totals 19 1 13 10
Pitcher-Cochran 28 10 8 Pitcher- Jones 19 1 13
Catcher-Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Boston had beaten Tyler four straight time since their last loss in 2003.  This was a game the Renegades were favored to win but the Tyler team had a roster of many new faces.  When the line up cards came out, 4 of the 6 players were never scouted by the Renegades.  Boston would lose the coin toss for the first time all year after Pam Love had won 8 straight. Boston’s goal was get up early and get everyone into the game.  It did not start as planned as Joe McCormick and Shyane Cantan would  sandwich two whiffs between Larry Haile’s run scoring hit.  Things would settle down as Tyler would strike out in the same manner and go down 1-2-3 in the first. After three innings, Boston would hold an 8-1 lead and every starter had scored a run with “L-Train” Haile pacing the way with three runs.  The Gades were in control of this game and the drama would unfold in the fourth inning.  In the top of the fourth with a 9-1 lead, Cantan would step to the plate and hit a dribbler he thought would not travel the 40 feet.  He was wrong and was caught standing in the batters box.  Coach Weissman would lose it and would be heard screaming through many of the fields in anger at the play.  The Renegade hitters are taught not to think and to run everything out.  That passion is what drives the Renegades and the mental approach of Boston would be a theme for the dance.  In the Bottom of the fourth, Tyler would send John Ingram to the plate and he would loft a fly ball toward first base where Rob Thayer would be playing.  Big Rob hit the ground and made his first ever defensive stop of his three year career.  As the team trotted off the field the smiles, hugs and cheers far outweighed the score of the game.  A player who works so hard every practice had a smile as big as his giant arms.  Boston would win10-1 as Tyler would strike out 13 times.

Game #10 Boston Welcomes Atlanta to the League with an 11-2 win

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 3 2 2 0 3 1 11 7 17
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 6 11
Boston AB R K PO Atlanta AB R K PO
McCormick – RS 4 2 0 2 Griffin 4 0 1 1
–Inkiala – RS 2 Butler 4 0 1 5
–Syphers – PH 1 0 1 Turner 3 1 0 0
Haile – 3B 4 2 2 1 Scott 3 0 1 2
–Thayer -3B 1 0 0 0 Sexton 2 0 1 0
S. Cantan – MF 5 3 1 0 –Cruz 1 0 1 0
Sajjad – 1B 4 2 0 0 Manning 2 0 1 0
–O’Neill – R 1 0 1 0 –Keeley 1 1 0 3
Zuccarello – LS 5 1 1 7
Quintanilla – DH 4 1 1
Graff – DF/R/1B 0
Totals 29 11 7 12 Totals 20 2 6 11
Pitcher – Cochran 29 11 7 Pitcer- K. Barrett
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Atlanta was playing in their first ever World Series as a team.  and due to the time of this game, the media was out in swarms recording bits of the game.   The Eclipse would bring in a few Cleveland Scrappers to help fill out their line up and in this game three of them were on the field including their pitcher Kevin Barrett.  This would make this new team more dangerous than most new teams as Barrett will put the ball into play.  Boston would jump to an early 3-0 lead in the first and never look back.  Guy Zuccarello would make outs on the first four batters of the game.  In fact, the shorties would make 11 of the 12 defensive stops in this game.  Zuccarello would end the game with 7 stops on defense to tie his career high set in 2012 against the Colorado Storm. For the Eclipse, the only batters to score would be from two of the Cleveland Scrappers team, Wilbert Turner and Christian Keeley.    All 11 Renegades would get into this game for the second game in a row which was the plan.  Coach Weissman told the team if it could take care of business in the first two games, they would take a run at Chicago.  Two games under their belt and a combined score of 21-3 would then put the Renegades against the Comets for the third time in 2013.

Game #11 Comets Stay undefeated against Renegades winning 11-4

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 8 13
Chicago 2 5 1 3 0 x 11 2 10
Boston AB R K PO Chicago AB R K PO
McCormick – R/RS 3 1 0 1 Francese 5 1 1 1
–Thayer – PH 1 0 1 Richardson 4 3 0 3
Haile – 3B 3 0 1 1 –Grunze 1 0 0 0
–Syphers – PH 1 1 0 Schultz 4 4 0 1
S. Cantan – MF 3 1 1 5 McGlashon 4 1 0 1
–O’Neill -PH 1 0 0 Barrera 4 0 1 0
Sajjad – DH 3 0 3 –E. Rodriguez 2
–Graff – PH 1 0 0 Landrum- DH 3 2 0
Inkiala – DF/RS/1B/R 1 Ramos – DH 1 0 0
Zuccarello – LS 3 1 1 5 Girtley – DF 2
Quintanilla – 1B/R 3 0 1 0
Totals 22 4 8 13 Totals 26 11 2 10
Pitcher – Cochran 22 4 8 Pitcher – Lopez 17 4 3
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

No team has beaten Boston more consecutive times than the Chicago Comets.  The Gades were hoping to stop an 8 game losing streak. For the 3rd consecutive game, Boston lost the coin toss and was the away team.  A bad trend would start for Boston in this game.   The vaunted 1-2-3 hitters of Joe McCormick, Larry Haile and Shayne Cantan would go down on weak hits to the shorty –  strike out and weak hit to the shorty.  Chicago would pounce on Boston plating 7 runs in the first two innings.  The defense was in a bit of shock as their second line of defense had seen just three balls in the first two games.  They  had 8 chances in the first two innings of this match. Chicago came out hitting and Boston came out limping.  Boston struck out 8 times in this match for a game high in 2013 highlighted by a silver enchilada (3 Strike outs) by the Machine, Aqil Sajjad.  The good news was in the second half of the game, Boston would stay in check and hold the Comets to just 4 runs.  Shayne Cantan played some good defense at the middle of the filed making 5 stops which equaled the output at that position in the entire 2012 World Series.  The defense got some work in this game and it also got some confidence.  In the 6th inning of this game, Rookie Tim Syphers who had been injured all year would get an at bat and hit a hard grounder down the first base line on the first pitch thrown to him and would score his first run of his career.  This excitement would be followed by Joe o’Neill putting a ball into play and having his pants fall down while he was running to third.  These two moments were symbolic of what would be to come…a team with hope that would stumble the rest of the World Series.

Game #12 Renegades Slam the Door on the Slammers 13-1

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 1 3 1 2 6 x 13 4 9
Southwest 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 9 11
Boston AB R K PO Southwest AB R K PO
McCormick – RS 5 0 2 2 Trejo 3 1 0 1
Haile – 3B 5 3 1 1 A. Greene 3 0 1 7
S. Cantan – MF 5 4 1 1 Coughlin 3 0 2 2
Sajjad – 1B 5 1 0 0 Tsinnijinne 3 0 2 0
–O’Neill – R 0 – K. Lowe 1 0 1 0
Zuccarello- LS 4 4 0 5 Barba 3 0 1 1
Quintanilla – R 4 1 0 0 Hall 3 0 2 0
–Thayer – 1B 0
Totals 28 13 4 9 Totals 19 1 9 11
Pitcher – Cochran 28 13 4 Pitcher-Greene
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Two teams that had never seen each other would square off on the first game of double elimination.  The winner would likely face Taiwan.  The Slammers finished slightly ahead of the Renegades in the 2012 World Series and both teams entered this match with hopes of winning.  The Slammers finished 2-1 on their first day of play with wins over Wichita and Columbus and came into this game ranked 8th to the Renegades 9 seed.  One key on this day was video analysis that Coach Rob did before the games started and a talk with Guy Zuccarello about making a fix to his mechanics.  Another coin toss was lost by the Renegades and both teams started slow as there was 4 strike outs between the two teams in the first inning.  In the 2nd inning Guy Zuccarello would score on a hard grounder down the 3rd baseline in the wet grass.  Joe Quintanilla would step to the plate. Early in the count, Q would lose the bat and it would fly out of his hands and hit his catcher, Rob Weissman in the arm.  This was the first time in 11 years a bat had flown out of a Renegades hands and hit someone in a game.  A scary moment was followed by Weissman putting on a mask and all players using liquid grip for the remainder of the game.  By the time the Slammers plated their first run of the game Boston was ahead 5-0.  In fact, this run was somewhat controversial because the front line Boston defense called dead ball and the second line quit on it…only to find there was still a beep in it.  That would be it for the Slammers.  Shayne Cantan and Guy Zuccarello would each score 4 times in this match (Only the 2nd time in Guy’s career he would match this feat) while Larry Haile would plate a hat trick to account for 10 of the 13 runs scored.  Boston would 12 run the Slammers after 5 innings.  In the 6th inning, with the Renegades in the field, the heavy rain started to fall and Weissman made a mistake.  The scorekeeper ordered Sengil Inkiala off the field because he was not officially entered on the scorecard.  Despite this mistake, the Renegades had their only 12 run victory in the tournament and their 5th in team history.  Guy would have his best day off the tournament plating four runs and making 5 stops on defense.

Game #13 Taiwan Home run take 4 innings to 12 run the Renegade bench 13-1

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 8
Taiwan 4 2 2 5 x x 13 4 9
Boston AB R K PO Taiwan AB R K PO
Graff – 1B 4 0 2 0 Kuo 5 2 1 1
O’Neill – R 3 0 3 0 Ching-Chen 4 3 0 5
Thayer -3B 3 0 1 0 Chang – DH 4 3 0 1
Quintanilla – MF 3 0 1 0 –Ji – DH 2 1 0
Zuccarello – LS 3 0 0 6 T. Huang – DF 2
Syphers – DH 3 1 2 Ku 4 2 1 0
Inkiala – DF/RS 2 Lai 4 2 1 0
P. Huang 2 0 1 0
Totals 19 1 9 8 Totals 25 13 4 9
Pitcher – Cochran 19 1 9 Pitcher- Lin 25 13 4
Catcher- Weissman
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After the thunder storms had cleared, Boston had decided that the priority was to make sure the Renegades were well rested after the long day of play on Day #1.  Boston would trot out a line up like no other game in 2013 that would have Damon Graff starting at first, Joe O’Neill at Rover, Rob Thayer at third base, Joe Quintanilla at mid field, Guy Zuccarello at Left shorty and Tim Syphers getting his first ever start at DH with Sengil Inkiala playing the right side shorty as the defensive fielder.  Taiwan would score four times in the first and then struggle to plate runs as they could only manage a pair in the 2nd and a pair in the 3rd innings.  Guy Zuccarello would rack up 6 defensive outs in just 4 innings of play against Taiwan.  The bats were silent and the defense struggled outside of Guy and Inky (who made 2 stops).  Damon, O’Neill and Rob Thayer all had multiple chances to make plays and came up empty.  Joe O’Neill had a ball hit right at him that he pretty much ran out of the way on.  Rob Thayer came inches away from making his 2nd put out ever.  Experience was what this team needed and they got plenty of practice as the speedy Taiwan team  would put them away in 4 innings.  This was the 17th time the Renegades have been mercy ruled in their career and the 2nd time by Taiwan.  Other than the spectacular play of Zuccarello, the highlight was rookie Tim Syphers proving that he has a future in this game when he gets healthy.  With two outs in the game, he smashed a line drive down the 3rd base line by all the defenders to plate a run on the Home Run defense.  This would be Sypher’s second run of the tournament against the top ranked defense.

Game #14 RHI is Extreme in first 2 innings and Bury the Renegades 10-7

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 1 1 1 1 0 3 7 6 14
RHI 5 5 0 0 0 x 10 1 12
Boston AB R K PO RHI AB R K PO
McCormick – RS 5 2 1 3 Wright – DH 5 3 0
Haile – 3B 4 0 2 2 C. Woodard – DF 4
S. Cantan – MF 4 2 2 2 K. Lewis 4 2 0 1
Zuccarello – LS 4 1 0 5 Rodenbeck 4 0 1 2
Sajjad – 1B 4 1 1 0 Windell 3 2 0 0
Quintanilla – R 4 1 0 2 –S. Michaels 1 0 0 0
–Ahmed 0
M. Lewis 4 1 0 1
–Dobbs 0
J. Michaels 4 2 0 4
Totals 25 7 6 14 Totals 25 10 1 12
Pitcher – Cochran 25 7 6 Pitcher- J. Woodard
Catcher- Weissman
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This was the big game everyone was waiting for on the Renegades.  The first 5 games of the tournament had gone exactly as the team had planned.  This was different.  RHI was not supposed to be in this game.  They were upset by the Carolina Warriors in a 16-14 extra inning contest in the rain the day before.  Boston was expecting the Warriors in this match and instead got the team that finished 6th in the 2012 World Series.  The last time the Gades played RHI was in 2011 and Boston lost 7-1 as RHI has a very good defense.  The team met the night before and was hyped up for this game.  the starters were rested as many of them had the game off against Taiwan.  The RHI roster was full of many familiar faces we have played against for years as part of the Indy Thunder.  Boston’s Joe McCormick led the game off with a bomb into left field and scored.  In fact this was the only game he led off with a hit as he was 0-6 in leading off tournament games at the world Series.  Fired up, he ran back to the bench.  That fire would be a problem for the team.  RHI would plate 5 runs in the bottom of the first and another 5 runs in the bottom of the second and after two full innings, RHI led 10-2.  The Boston defense would settle down.  Despite the fact RHI would strike out just once, the Boston Defense would set the final 11 batters down (one by strike-out) and the offense would slowly regain its form.  the offense took longer to settle down as some of the guys were too jacked and hyped up that their timing and swings were off.  Down six runs in the 6th inning Boston would go back-to back with Shayne Cantan and Guy Zuccarello and the team came alive.  Joe Quintanilla would also plate a run but it was too little and too late.  RHI would hold on to win the game.  Boston did not play a complete game.  In the final 4 innings they out scored RHI 4-0.  The team would be eliminated from the tournament and could not finish higher than 9th place.  RHI would go on to finish 4th in the World Series.   Boston learned a valuable lesson about maintaining composure through the game.  Coach Weissman’s fire did them in on this game.  A lesson was learned and the team knows it is close to becoming a top tier team in the league.

Game #15 Boston Limps against Long Island but comes back to win 7-4

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Long Island 1 2 0 0 0 1 4 6 13
Boston 0 0 2 5 0 x 7 2 12
Long Island AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
J. Dejesus 4 1 1 0 McCormick – RS 4 1 0 3
A. Barerra 4 2 0 1 Haile – 3B 4 2 0 0
Fink 4 0 2 2 S. Cantan – MF 4 1 1 1
Puvogel 4 0 3 8 Zuccarello – LS 4 2 0 6
Gilroy 3 0 0 0 Sajjad – 1B 3 0 0 1
Agnone – DH 3 1 0 Quintanilla – R 3 1 1 1
Hughes – DF 2
Totals 22 4 6 13 Totals 22 7 2 12
Pitcher- Sciortino Pitcher – Cochran 22 7 2
Catcher- Weissman
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22 times these teams have faced off but they had not played each other in a World Series since 2008 when Long Island massacred the Renegades 23-5 in Houston.  The Bombers limped into this game banged up with a few injuries and some regular names missing from the line-up.  The winner of this game would play for 9th place and the loser would play for 11th.  The Southwest Slammers and Tyler Tigers were the other teams in the bracket.  Matt Puvogel was banged up and playing.  Braulio Thorne was injured and out of the game.  Jim Hughes was struggling to hear and was the DF.  Jose Dejesus had an injured leg as well.  Three new players were in the starting line-up and they would become part of the Boston/New York rivalry from the start of the game.  In this game, Boston would win the coin toss for the first time and only time of the world Series.  Boston was reeling from the loss to RHI and the sluggish feeling took its toll at the plate.  The air was further let out when Joe McCormick was put out on a deep shot into left field by Megahn Fink.  She did it to him again in the 3rd inning.  After three frames, Boston was down 3-2.  In the bottom of the 4th, Boston had one of its best innings of the tournament and plated five runs by five different players.  It would also be the only time all week that the 1-2-3 hitters would score in consecutive at-bats.  They would embrace in a group hug to celebrate it after Shayne Cantan plated his run in the inning.  In the end, Boston’s desire was stronger than Long Island’s bench.  Despite the Bombers hitting the ball better, Boston only struck out twice and was more consistent.  Guy Zuccarello was the star of this game with 6 defensive stops and a pair of runs while Joe Quintanilla made the stop of the game on a blast of the bat of Jose Dejesus in the 4th inning.  The Win would send the Renegades to play the Southwest Slammers who defeated the Tyler Tigers 6-2.  The win over Long Island would give Boston a 12-11 lifetime record against the Bombers.

Game #16 Boston Slides by the Slammers 6-2

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 0 0 0 0 3 3 6 6 10
Southwest 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 8 12
Boston AB R K PO Southwest AB R K PO
McCormick – RS 4 1 0 3 Trejo- DH 4 0 1
Haile – 3B 4 2 1 0 D. Greene – DF 1
S. Cantan – MF 4 0 1 2 A. Greene 4 1 1 6
Zuccarello – LS 4 1 1 5 Coughlin 3 0 1 3
Sajjad – DH 4 2 1 Hall 3 0 3 1
Inkiala – DF/1B 0 Tsinnijinne 3 1 1 1
Quintanilla – R 4 0 2 0 Scholz 1 0 1 0
–Barba 2 0 0 0
Totals 24 6 6 10 Totals 20 2 8 12
Pitcher – Cochran 24 6 6 Pitcher- Greene
Catcher- Weissman
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9th place was not what the Renegades had in mind.  In fact, the Slammers probably had their sights higher as they finished 8th in the 2012 World Series. Southwest had a tough time since the two teams last played.  They lost one of their players, Kevin Lowe, to a knee injury that would shelf him for the contest while Pete Trejo was treated for heat issues the day before.  On top of that the Slammer pitcher, Daniel Greene seemed to be fighting off an illness and it was rumored he was playing while coughing up blood.  It just had a feeling of a game nobody wanted to be playing.  The league gave us some of the worst bases and may not have been the legal size and we had just one volunteer to help umpire the game with no base umps.  The Boston coaching staff wanted to get up big early in the game and let everyone play but the Slammers would not allow that.  In fact, the Slammers held a 2-0 lead in this game through the first 4 innings.  Boston looked tired and it appeared the Slammers may have wanted the game more.  All they needed to do was hold on.  Joe McCormick would lead off the 5th inning looking for revenge as he cost the team a run on a missed base in his previous at-bat.  This time he was able to dive and make contact with the base.  Larry Haile would score on a deep drive to left center to tie up the game.  With two out, Aqil Sajjad would score the go ahead run on a weak ground ball that would be a foot race between him and an eventual defensive all-star, Andrew Greene.  Sajjad may have run his best base of the year and plowed through the base giving the Renegades a lead for the first time in the contest. In the bottom of the 5th,the Slammers would go down 1-2-3 tallying 9 consecutive outs since the 3rd inning two of them would be by the way of a strike out.  Larry Haile and Aqil would each plate their second runs of the game as Boston would plate three more in the 6th.  Guy Zuccarello would make two defensive stops and Shayne Cantan would make the final out of the game as Boston would come from behind to win 6-2.  The 2nd come from behind victory the Renegades would have in their past 3 games would be exciting but it prevented the Renegade bench from getting into the game.