2014 Season Results

Game #1 Renegades win in Extra Special way against the Pennsylvania Wolfpack

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R K Put outs
Pennsylvania 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 4 11 7
Boston 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 5 11 10
Pennsylvania AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Hogwood 5 3 2 1 Haile – 3B 4 2 1 1
Coughlin 4 0 3 2 McCormick – LS 4 0 3 4
Bahn- DH 4 0 2 Buizon – RS 3 0 3 2
Gontaryk – DF 3 -Silver – PH 1 1 0
George 4 0 2 0 – Inkiala – RS 0 0 0
Santiago 4 0 2 1 Sajjad – 1B 4 1 1 0
Patterson 4 1 0 0 Silver – MF 2 0 0 0
– Dias – MF 2 1 1 3
Soto – DH 1 0 1
– Yee – DH 2 0 1 0
Quintanilla – DF/R 0
Totals 25 4 11 7 Totals 23 5 11 10
Pitcher- Gomberg Pitcher- Cochran 23 5 11
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Chisholm
RS Caller – Dickerson

All of that was thrown away as the Renegades sent Kara Peters to win the coin toss and secure home field. The Renegades entered this match winning 17 of the 20 games played against Pennsylvania with the last loss coming in 2008. One of the story lines would be the lead off hitters for both teams. Scott Hogwood would lead off the game with a run scoring blast to left field to give Philly a short-lived lead. Larry Haile would match it with a lead off hard grounder down the third base line to knot the score at one. This run would move Larry Haile Into first place as the Renegade all-time run scorer. The troubles would begin for Boston as 6 of the next 7 hitters would go down on strikes for the Renegades before Aqil Sajjad would hit a line drive up the middle for a run scoring hit with two outs in the 3rd inning. That lead would be short lived again when Hogwood would plate his second run on another blast to left field. Once again, lead off hitter Larry Haile would answer and after four innings the Renegades led 3-2. In the bottom of the 5th, rookie Rob Dias came to the plate for the first time in his career. He had made two big defensive stops in this game entering in the top of the 4th on defense. He laced a rocket down the third base line when controversy would begin. On his way down the line, Coach Weissman saw that one of his coaches had turned their back and he screamed out her name twice to get her attention and avoid a collision between her and Dias who was going to be safe by a mile, but Philly Captain Greg Gontaryk said what Rob did was illegal and a debate ensued. After a 10 minute delay to look at the rule book, the umpire declared the play a do over….which resulted in a strike out….as Dias was stripped of his first career hit on a technicality. The Renegades still led by just one run. In the Top of the 6th, Mike Patterson lofted a fly ball to the center of the field where Rob Dias bumped the ball out of Joe Quintanilla’s hands and the game was tied as Scott Hogwood strode to the plate to score his third run of the game. Philly had pulled ahead 4-3 and had not led a game this late since 2008. Larry Haile led off the bottom frame with a hard grounder to the right side that was stopped by Tony Santiago. Joe McCormick who had struck out three times, hit a hard grounder down the third base line and was stopped by Mike Coughlin. Weissman decided it was time for a change as Joey Buizon was struggling on the day with three strike outs as well. Off the Bench came Evan Silver who would renter the game after leaving in the 4th inning. On the first pitch he hit a line drive down the 3rd base line and scored the tying run as the Renegade bench erupted in excitement. Entering extra innings, Tony Santiago would strike out to lead off the 7th then Patterson would be stopped in the middle of the field by rookie, Rob Dias who made his 3rd stop of the day when Philly hero Scott Hogwood came to the plate. Weissman called time out and decided to move Sengil Inkiala from the right shorty position to deep left field to help Joe Quintanilla cover the deep ball. Maybe Hogwood tried to do too much because he went down swinging. Who would lead off the 7th inning for Boston? Rob Dias, looking for redemption. On the first pitch he blasted a ball up the center of the field by everyone and sprinted toward first for the walk off victory. Talk about a memorable way to start your Renegade career by getting a run taken away from you on a technicality and then scoring your first run in walk off fashion!

Game #2 Renegades continue to beat Bombers 9-4

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Long Island 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 7 8
Boston 2 1 2 2 2 x 9 7 11
Long Island AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
J. Desjesus 4 0 2 1 Haile – 3B 4 2 2 1
Agnone – DH 3 0 0 McCormick- LS 4 2 1 4
— Plumacher – DH 1 0 1 Buizon – RS 4 1 1 2
Hughes – DF 2 Sajjad – 1B 2 0 2 2
Barrera 4 2 0 2 -Soto – PH 1 0 1
Esposito 4 1 3 1 -Inkiala – 1B 1 1 0 0
Fink 3 0 1 1 Silver – DH 3 2 0 1
Thorne 3 1 0 1 Quintanilla – DF/R 1 0 0 0
Dias – MF 2 1 0 1
– Yee – PH 1 0 0 0
– Thayer – R 1 0 0 0
Totals 22 4 7 8 Totals 24 9 7 11
Pitcher- Sciortino Pitcher- Cochran 29 9 7
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Chisholm
RS Caller – Dickerson

Many people watched the Renegades Documentary and saw the sheer dominance that the Bombers had against Boston. The tables have turned and Boston entered this match winning 9 of 11 matches since 2010. In odd form, Boston would be the home team in Long Island. Boston would start hot as Larry Haile and Joe McCormick plated back-to-back runs for the first time all day in the first. Long Island would not plate a run till the third inning and when that frame ended the score was 5-1 and Boston would not look back. in the 4th inning, Rookie Joe Yee stepped to the plate looking for his first ever hit and hit a hard grounder down the first base line but would not score because he missed the base earning the pink blindfold. A few scary moments happened in this game in the 5th inning. Pasquale Agnone would hit a dribbler to the left side and Joe McCormick bobbled the ball in fair territory but Agnone’s base running line was poor and there was a collision in fair territory. Thankfully both players were ok. in the bottom of the 5th Joe McCormick would step in a divot and flip over the bag on the first base side coming up unscathed…then Sengil Inkiala would hit a run scoring hit down the 3rd base line but injure his foot on the way to a horrible looking leap at the bag. Boston would win this match 9-4 and get all 11 players on the team into the game for the only time this weekend. On the Defensive side of the ball, Long Island spread the ball around, but Boston had six different defenders make stops.

Game #3 Renegades complete sweep beating Lightning 9-5

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 4 1 1 2 0 1 9 13 10
New Jersey 1 2 0 2 0 0 5 8 5
Boston AB R K PO New Jersey AB R K PO
Haile – 3B 5 3 2 1 Washington 4 2 1 1
McCormick – LS 5 2 3 2 Widiner 4 2 2 0
Buizon – RS 4 0 4 3 Rutch 4 1 0 1
– Sajjad – PH/1B 1 0 1 0 Bordley 4 0 3 0
Silver – 1b/MF 4 1 0 2 Koppenjan 4 0 0 1
Yee – DH 4 2 2 Harrell 3 0 2 2
Dias – DF/MF/RS 1
Quintanilla – R 4 1 1 1
Totals 27 9 13 10 Totals 23 5 8 5
Pitcher- Cochran Pitcher- Gunn
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Chisholm
RS Caller – Dickerson

After two games where The Renegades struggled to put the ball in play (striking out 20 times in those two matches) they hoped they could learn and improve. Boston would start the game off on a great note as for the first time all day, they would bat through the line up playing four runs in the first inning. The highlight was Joe Yee’s first career run on a week hit to the left side that he beat out…but the team strikeouts would begin as they tallied two in the first. New Jersey had a new look as three of the players in their starting line ups were rookies and one of them, Deshaun would become a threat with his speed as he scored in his first two trips to the plate. Heading into the bottom of the fourth, Boston would be up 8-3 and it would look as it could be over but Sherlock Washington scored his second run of the day and Steve Rutch pitched in for one as well to pull within three runs. Larry Haile would give the team some insurance in the 6th, plating his third run of the game. Joe McCormick and Joe Yee also plated a pair of runs in this match for Boston as once again, six different players made stops on defense for the Renegades. Boston struggled again on offense, striking out 13 times in this match led by Joey Buizon who ended the day with 8 strike outs in 11 trips to the plate and 4 strike outs in this game. Boston would win the tournament for the 3rd year in a row and would set them selves up nicely to head to Philadelphia for the second half of the beast of the east.

Game #4 The bats awake as Boston beats Long island 16-10

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 4 1 5 5 0 1 16 9 8
Long Island 2 2 1 0 3 2 10 11 10
Boston AB R K PO Long Island AB R K PO
Haile – 3B 6 3 2 1 J. Dejesus 5 4 1 0
McCormick – RS 6 4 1 3 Esposito 5 2 3 1
Silver – 1B 5 2 1 0 Barrera 5 2 1 3
–Inkiala – 1B 0 0 0 0 C. Dejesus 5 2 1 0
— Sajjad – 1B 1 0 1 0 Povogul 4 0 1 2
Zuccarello – LS 6 3 1 4 Plumacher – DH 2 0 1
Sajjad – DH 3 1 1 Fink- DF 2 0 1 3
— Soto – DH 2 0 0
Dias – DF/MF 0
Yee – R 3 2 1 0
–Thayer – R 2 1 1 0
Totals 34 16 9 8 Totals 28 10 9 9
Pitcher – Cotter 31 14 8 Pitcher- Sciortino
Pitcher -Chisholm 3 2 1
Catcher – Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Dickerson

The Renegades chalked up its worst strike out performance at the plate since 2005 in Long Island and the focus over the next few practices would be on offense. That plan did not go well when Danny Cotter took a line drive off his nose in batting practice sending him to the hospital. The man has guts and feels little pain. After getting a mask he was eager to lead the Renegades in this tournament and he had never been the number one pitcher on the mound in a Renegades win over Long Island. In the first inning, Boston started out hot as Larry Haile and Joe McCormick and Guy Zuccarello plated runs off Coter when Rookie Joe Yee strode to the plate facing Nick Chisholm, Boston’s third string pitcher who was making his first ever game appearance. After getting hit by a pitch in his second pitch of his career, Yee laced a line drive up the middle to give the Gades a 4 run advantage after a half inning. In the bottom frame, Nick Esposito would plate a run and Alex Barera would hit a bomb but would be called out running Into the Boston bench in a scary moment. This game was about offense. Boston was scoring up and down the line up and after four innings the score was 15-5 as Boston had a four run inning in the 4th that included Rob Thayer checking in with a run scoring grounder to the left side that got the Renegade bench in an uproar. The 5th inning would be the only inning the Renegades would not score and Long Island creeped back Into the picture highlighted by Lead off hitter Jose Dejesus scoring 4 runs in the contest. In the end, the Boston defense played better than Long Island and was able to make stops on the junk. Guy Zuccarello and Joe McCormick stopped 4 and 3 balls respectively, while Larry Haile made the defensive play of the game on a hard shot down the third base line from Matt Puvogel. Seven of the eight players who hit for Boston scored at least run. Joe McCormick plated four runs matching his total from the three games in Long Island just two weeks prior.

Game #5 Wolfpack break the curse and hold on to win 6-5

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Pennsylvania 0 0 3 1 1 1 6 8 7
Boston 0 1 0 0 0 4 5 11 10
Pennsylvania AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Hogwood 4 2 2 0 Haile – 3B 4 1 3 0
Coughlin 4 1 1 0 McCormick- RS 4 1 2 4
–Wallace 0 0 0 0 Zuccarello – LS 4 1 0 5
Margist 4 1 3 1 Silver – 1B 3 0 3 0
Bahn – DH 4 1 1 — Inkiala – PH 1 0 0
Gontaryk – DF 4 Yee – R 4 0 2 0
George 4 1 0 1 Soto – DH 2 1 1
Santiago 4 0 1 1 Sajjad – DH 1 1 0
Dias – DF/MF 1
Totals 24 6 8 7 Totals 23 5 11 10
Pitcher-Gomberg Pitcher- Cotter 17 4 8
Pitcher -Burke Pitcher- Chisholm 6 1 3
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Chisholm
RS Caller – Dickerson

a Boston win in this game would make them the Beast of the East. Things got off to a slow start for Boston as the first two hitters of the game would each strike out with just one foul ball amongst them. Was Dan Cotter fading before the Renegades eyes? In the bottom of the second Cotter had struck out three of four batters when rookie, Luis Soto sauntered to the dish. On the 4th pitch, he blasted a laser to left field and took off for first. He fell about ten feet before the base and crawled to it to record his first ever run and give Boston a short lived 1-0 lead. The Third inning was costly for Boston as the defense could not contain the Wolfpack bats as Scott Hogwood scored on a bomb into left field but John Margist and Randy George plated runs on weak hit balls that Zucarello and McCormick could not find in time and for the second time this year, Philly would hold a lead, this time 3-1. The strike outs would continue to pile up as Boston had 9 whiffs through 4 innings with the top two hitters in the line up holding five of those K’s. Coach Weissman was searching for answers and the pitching just seemed Inconsistent. Dan Cotter was missing his spots and the bats were silenced. In the top of the 6th Pennsylvania would get a back breaker as Casey Bahn would beat out Zuccarello to give the Wofpack a 6-1 lead. Coach Weissman had answers. One of them was Chisholm who was now pitching to more than just Joe Yee. Yee would lead off the bottom of the 6th with a deep shot to left and be put out by George. Off the bench came Aqil Sajjad to pinch hit and he delivered on a pop fly up the middle. Larry Haile then hit a hard grounder through the right side off Chisholm and the score was 6-3. Cotter took the mound again and McCormick hit a blast up the middle to pull within two runs. Pennsylvania would call a time out on the field to try to calm the defense that had held the Renegades in check all game till this point. Zuccarello would battle and on the 6th pitch after three foul balls would tag a laser up the middle for a 6-5 score. Next off the bench limped Sengil Inkiala who has seen more pitches from Dan Cotter than any Renegade in team history. These two have connected for a few big hits but not this time as Inky was stopped on a dribbler to Greg
Gontaryk and joe Yee would go down on strikes to end the game as Pennsylvania defeated Boston for the first time since 2008 by the score of 6-5. This would force Boston to need a win against New Jersey or have Pennsylvania lose for the Renegades to retain the Beast of the East title.

Game #6 The Beepball gods shine on the Renegades in a critical moment as Boston beats NJ 8-7

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
New Jersey 0 1 2 1 0 3 7 9 7
Boston 4 0 1 1 2 x 8 8 9
New Jersey AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Washington 5 1 4 3 Haile – 3B 4 2 1 1
Winthrop – DH 4 0 1 McCormick – RS 4 1 2 3
Bordley – DF 0 Zuccarello – LS 4 1 1 2
–Harrell – DF 1 Sajjad – DH 4 2 0
Rutch 4 1 0 1 Yee – DF/R 1
Widiner 4 2 1 0 Silver – 1B 2 0 1 0
Koppenjan 4 2 2 0 — Soto – PH 1 0 1
Atin 4 1 1 2 — Inkiala – 1B 0 0 0 0
— Thayer – PH 1 0 1
Dias – MF 3 2 1 2
Totals 25 7 9 7 Totals 23 8 8 9
Pitcher- Gunn Pitcher- Cotter 15 4 6
Pitcher- Chisholm 8 4 2
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Chisholm
RS Caller – Dickerson

New Jersey limped Into this game after allowing more than 20 runs to the Long Island Bombers and stood 0-5 in the Beast of the East…but they almost always play Boston tough. As the game started, New Jersey mentioned that the game needed to end by 5:30 for them to make transportation which was just about 90 minutes away. The bats stayed hot from that almost comeback against Pennsylvania as for the first time all day Boston went back-to- back-to back to start the game with Haile, McCormick and Zuccarello. Rob Dias checked in batting sixth in his first at bat of the day and hit a deep fly up the middle to give Boston a four run lead. Deshaun Widiner legged out a run In the top half of the second and in the third, the Renegade defense struggled as Steve Rutch and Rich Koppenjan played runs to make it 4-3 Boston. Rob Dias was the man again, getting the Gades a run on a grounder up the first base line to make it 5-3 after three. Sherlock Washington would cash in a run in the fourth but Aqil Sajjad would score a pair in the fourth and fifth innings and after five Boston led 8-4. it was past 5:30 and New Jersey was still playing their hearts out. Doug Winthrop led off with a blast to left that Joe Yee tracked down for his first career defensive stop. Guy Zucarello would make a play to get Steve Rutch and the Gades were one out from victory. Deshaun Widiner scored his second run of the game, Rich Koppenjan then made it 8-6 when Omar Atin stepped up hitting left handed for the first time all day down by two runs. Atin was 0-3 on the game and Boston knew his out would be huge to prevent lead off hitter, Sherlock Washington from getting to the plate. As Boston hurried to set the defense for a lefty shift, Atin put the ball in play while both spotters backs were turned away from the ball and before the defense was set. Weissman argued with the plate umpire the defense was not ready but his plea would not be heard and Washington strode to the plate as the potential tying run. Weissman was not happy about the lack of safety allowed on this play and out loud on the bench was overheard saying if there is a beep baseball god, Washington would strike out for the umpires lack of paying attention to the defensive spotters. The Beepball gods smiled upon the Renegades as Washington went down swinging and the Renegades held on to win 8-7 in another nail biter between these two teams. The win clinched the Beast of the East for Boston which finished at 5-1 with Pennnsylvanie second at 4-2, Long Island at 3-3 and New Jersey at 0-6. In 2015, the beast of the east title match will be in Boston..stay tuned to see if Boston can win for the fifth time.

Game #7 Its Miller Time after 4 as Boston Cruises 8-4 over Minnesota

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 12 9
Boston 3 2 1 1 1 x 8 6 6
Minnesota AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Xiong 4 1 2 2 Haile – 3B 3 2 0 0
Guerra 4 3 1 1 -Thayer – 1B 1 0 0 0
Lemke 4 0 2 1 – Dias -MF
Van Duyne 4 0 2 4 McCormick – RS 3 2 0 1
McCoy 3 0 2 0 -Yee – 1B 1 0 0 0
Petersen 3 0 3 1 Zuccarello – LS 3 0 1 2
– Soto – PH 1 0 1
-Quintanilla – R
Dias – MF 2 2 0 1
-Sajjad – 3B 2 2 0 0
Quintanilla – R 2 0 2 0
– Huynh – R/RS 2 0 2 0
Soto – DH 1 0 0 0
Yee – DF/1B 0
– Vasile – MF/1B/LS 2 0 0 2
Totals 22 4 12 9 Totals 23 8 6 6
Pitcher-Eliason Pitcher-Cochran 23 8 6
Catcher-Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

For the third time in history the Renegades would face off against the Minnesota Millers, a 100% home grown team located in the World Series host city of Rochester, MN.  One old face on this team is Steve Guerra who moved to Rochester and left the Long Island Bombers.  on Day #1, the Millers would be without their top hitter from 2013, Ben Goodrich.  They would draw first blood though as Steve Guerra would plate a run on a ball Larry Haile could not handle at third base to give the Millers their only lead 1-0.  In the bottom of the first, Larry Haile and Joe McCormick would lead off with a deep shot to left field and a pop fly to the short stop.  Rob Dias would also plate a run (his first World Series run) and the Gades would  go up 3-1.  the Renegades would start to work all of their players into this game in the 3rd inning as Dino Vasile made his first appearance in a game since the 2011 season.  He would  eventually make a stop while playing mid field in the 5th and another in the 6th playing third base.  Than Hunyh who battled back from a knee injury suffered in practice in June would also get his first game of experience in his career at Rover but he would strike out twice.  After 4 full innings the Renegades were in control with a 7-1 lead and all 11 players had entered the game for Boston.  This was important because the goal for the Renegades on day one was to make sure every player had at least 6 innings of rest through the day.  For Minnesota, the story was Steve Guerra who loves to play against Boston.  He would plate three of the Millers 4 runs.  In the end, Minnesota struggled to put the ball in play as they struck out 12 times and Boston had four different players with a pair of runs each (Larry Haile, Joe McCormick, Rob Dias and Aqil Sajjad).  Boston would stay on the field as Wichita moved their equipment on tot he field

Game #8 Walk-off Time against Wichita as Boston Prevails 5-4

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Wichita 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 6 10
Boston 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 5 12
Wichita AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Burton 4 1 1 1 Haile – DH 4 0 2 0
Stephens 4 0 1 0 Thayer – DF/R 0
Anderson-DH 4 1 1 0 – Huynh – DF/R 0
Weigand – DF 0 McCormick – RS 4 2 1 1
Akin 4 1 0 6 Zuccarello – LS 3 0 0 6
Humphrey 3 0 1 2 Dias – MF 3 2 0 2
Smith 2 0 2 1 Quintanilla – 1B 1 0 1 0
— Weigand 1 1 0 0 – Sajjad – 3B/1B 2 0 0 0
Yee – 3b/1B 1 0 1 0
– Vasile – 3B 2 1 0 3
Totals 22 4 6 10 Totals 20 5 5 12
Pitcher- Woodard Pitcher-Cochran 20 5 5
Catcher-Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Boston was 2-0 lifetime against Wichita but their last match-up in 2012 was a struggle for the Renegade offense as Boston won just 3-0.  At first, the Renegades thought they could win this easily, because Wichita struggles to score runs, but their roster consisted of two players whom were not with their squad in 2013, Charles Anderson and Rob Weigand.  Two names that would make an impact on this game.  Boston would quickly see Wichita has a solid defense led by the “chihuahua”, Jonathan Akin who would make two stops in the first inning.  Rob Dias would plate the first run of the game with a grounder up the middle of the field to lead off the bottom of the 2nd inning.  After two strike outs, Larry Haile would have some bad luck as he hit a line drive up the right side that would just hit Sonic, Ron Smith for his only stop of the entire World Series.  Some Sonic luck and solid defense would keep the Sonics in the game and their bats came alive in the 3rd when Charles Anderson hit a shot to left field.  Rob Thayer appeared to have a beat on it when Mid Fielder Rob Dias angled back and tripped over Thayer vaulting Dias into the air and when he came down on is head things looked bad.  In a scary moment, Dias almost made the play but Anderson was safe.  When the dust settled Spotter Bryan Grillo started walking Dias into the bench with blood streaming from his head. A medic was called over to look at a three inch gash on his forhead/top of the head.  It was determined to not need stitches and Dias would stay in the game.   Jonathan akin would then score to give Wichita a 2-1 lead.  In the bottom of the 3rd, Joe McCormick would lead off with a pop fly to left and even the score at two.  Rob Dias would then appear to score on a pop fly to 3rd base but after the umpires convened, the call was over turned and after three, the score was 2-2.   In the bottom of the 4th,  Dino Vasile hit the first pitch on the ground to the left side and beat it out to give the Renegades a 3-2 advantage. In the 5th, Vasile would make a stop on Chris Humphrey to end the frame.  Rob Dias would plate a run on a fly ball down the 3rd base line to give Boston a 4-2 advantage.  Boston took the field for the 6th inning with confidence. Off the bench came Rob Weigand to hit for Smith who had struck out twice.  Weigand had not played in a World Series in a few years.  He would lead off with a run scoring hit.  Weissman Would walk to the field and call a time out.  There was no panic in his eyes or voice.  He simply just did not like how excited Wichita was.  The team huddled and took a collective deep breathe to calm down.  Weissman left the field and then Kevin Burton would tie the game on a bang-bang pop up to the right side that the umps said McCormick just missed.  Cleo Stephens strode to the plate with the chance to take the lead but he would go opposite field to Dino Vasile for out number one.  Charles Anderson then represented the go ahead run when he lined a shot off pitcher Mike Woodard’s head.  Woodard collapsed in a heap on the mound and when he tried to region his balance he fell again.  The medic was back on the field and Woodard was allowed to continue despite a splitting headache.  Anderson would eventually strike out as Woodard gutted out his “braining”.  Akin would then ground out to Dino Vasile to end the 6th.  Vasile had a huge impact off the bench with a run scored and three stops in his three innings of play.  Leading off the bottom of the 6th was Joe McCormcik who at this time was 1-3 with a grounder to Akin, a run and a strike out.  As the defense set themselves, Coach Weissman leaned into McCormick and asked him if he thought he had made the play on Burton in the 6th, which Joe said “yes”.  Weissman then said, “the Beepball gods will even this out on the first pitch”.  Weissman’s prediction came true as McCormick hit the first pitch into left field and sprinted to 3rd to walk off on Wichita 5-4.  When this game was over, Weissman was caught saying they had the toughest bracket in the tournament as Wichita was a 19 seed and would eventually finish as the 13 seed…while Minnesota would move up to the 7 seed.

Game #9 Time to Get Rest as the Extreme downs Boston 18-6

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 0 2 1 0 0 3 6 5 10
RHI 5 1 4 4 4 x 18 5 13
Boston AB R K PO RHI AB R K PO
Haile – 3B 2 1 1 0 Christian 4 2 1 0
– Thayer – R 2 0 0 0 – Windell 2 1 0 1
Mccormick – LS 2 0 0 3 Wright 6 4 0 0
– Vasile – LS 2 1 0 3 S. Michaels 4 4 0 0
Sajjad – MF 4 1 0 2 – Porter 2 1 1 0
Yee – R/3B 4 3 0 0 K. Lewis 3 1 1 3
Quintanila – 1B 4 0 1 0 – Dobbs 2 0 1 1
Soto – DH 3 0 3 M. Lewis 5 2 1 2
Huynh – DF/RS 1 0 0 2 C. Woodard 5 3 0 6
Totals 24 6 5 10 Totals 33 18 5 13
Pitcher – Cochran 24 6 5 Pitcher – J. Woodard 33 18 5
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Both teams entered this match 2-0 on the day and both teams decided it would be smart to get rest for some of their players.  For Boston, Guy Zuccarello and Rob Dias would find themselves on the bench for the whole game as Joe Yee would get his first start in the batting order and Thanh Hunyh would get his first start at right shorty for the Renegades.  Only two players in the Extreme line-up would be on the field when they would eventually get to the championship game on Saturday as they started four bench players agains Boston.  The Extreme would plate 5 runs in the 1st inning and never look back.  Demielle Wright would eventually score four runs against Boston and Steve Michaels would be a perfect 4-4 as well. Clint Woodard would earn MVP honors in this game as he scored three times and made six stops on defense.  For Boston, The story would be Joe Yee who would get his first ever three run game and earn the confidence of the coach to get more playing time for the rest of the week as he made contact on 5 of the 6 pitches he saw in his four trips to the plate.  Defensively, the other question Boston had was how Thanh Huynh would react to game experience at the right shorty spot.  He got off to a rocky start missing the first three chances he had as he was caught backing up on balls when he should have been running forward.  He would eventually get some mojo going as he would make back-to-back stops against Clint Woodard and Brian Christian to end the 3rd inning.  The other positives  for Boston was the play of Aqil Sajjad who made a start at the mid field position and would make stops on three of the four balls hit his way.  Dino Vasile also had continued success and would kick in three more stops to give him a team leading eight stops in the three games on the day (tied with Guy Zuccarello).  When the dust settled, the game went a full six innings as RHI scored four times  in the third, fourth and 5th innings and 8 of their 9 players who batted would score a run.  Day one was in the books and the only injury the Renegades seemed to have to contend with was the gash on Rob’s head and the shell shocked attitudes of Rookies Luis Soto (0-5 with 4 Strike outs) and Thanh Huynh who was seeing live action for the first time.  The team would get rewarded with an 11:00 start time on Wednesday!

Game #10 Renegades Slam the Door on Slammers 9-1

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Southwest 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 12
Boston 3 4 1 1 0 x 9 3 7
Southwest AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Trejo 4 0 2 2 Haile – 1B/3B 4 1 0 0
Coughlin 3 0 2 2 McCormick – RS 4 3 1 2
Padilla 3 0 2 0 Dias – MF 4 2 1 0
A. Greene 3 1 1 5 Zuccarello- LS 4 2 1 3
D. Greene 3 0 2 3 Sajjad – DH 3 1 0
Hall – DH 3 0 2 – Thayer – DH 1 0 0
Boylan -DF 0 Vasile – DF- 3B/MF 1
– Huynh – DF/R 0
Yee – R 2 0 0 0
– Quintanilla – R/!B 2 0 0 1
Totals 19 1 11 12 Totals 24 9 3 7
D. Greene 7 1 3 Pitcher – Cochran 24 9 3
T. Means 9 0 7 Catcher- Weissman
S. Logan 3 0 1 LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Boston entered the double elimination bracket as the 8 seed and faced the Southwest Slammers for the second year in a row for game #1 when it counts.  In 2013, the Gades jumped on them and won 13-1.  The team to win this game would have the rest of the day off.  Southwest entered this game 2-1 with a 10-2 win over Athens, a 7-4 win over Iowa and a 13-1 loss to Chicago.  In the top of the first, the first three slammers would put the ball in play but Guy Zuccarello(2) and Joe McCormick(1) would make stops.  Boston would have a big first inning at the plate as Larry Haile would lead off with a run scoring hit to left when Rob Dias would stride to the plate batting third for the first time in the season.  On the second pitch he would drill a deep fly ball to left over everyone’s heads that appeared to be about 165 feet long.  Dias would cruise Into the base when the defense would call for a dead ball.  Justin Manjourides went out with the umpire to inspect the ball and when it was picked up, the ball was completely dead. A rule that should be considered for change since there was no way the defense would have stopped Dias on this play.  It resulted in Dias having to come back to the plate.  The beepball gods smiled upon Rob and on the very next pitch he ripped a laser into left to score.  In the top of the second, Andrew Greene plated a run but then pitcher Dan Greene struck out the next three hitters.  After two innings Boston would lead 7-1 as both Rob Dias and Guy Zuccarello would plate a pair. This is when Slammer starting pitcher Dan Greene came out of the game.  The strike outs would begin to grow.  After Andrew Greene’s run, the Slammers would strike out five straight times and ten of the next eleven hitters.  In the 6th inning, Pete Trejo would hit a grounder down the right field line that Joe Quintanilla would angle back on and make the play of the game on the final play of this match.  Southwest  would trot three different pitchers to the mound in this game.  for Boston, Ron Cochran would have one of his better games with nine runs against just three strike outs. Joe McCormick would get the hat trick and we all will remember the Rob Dias blast to left.  Nine Renegades would play in this win and Boston would next earn a game against the favorite, Austin Black Hawks on Thursday.  this game was what the doctor ordered for Boston as the defense got rest and the Renegades won easily.  This would help Boston as it faced three games on Thursday.  Boston had never played three games on the third day of a World Series and would face a significant challenge.

Game #11  Austin Faces toughest challenge of the week and wins 11-3

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 14
Austin 2 4 2 3 0 x 11 1 14
Boston AB R K PO Austin AB R K PO
McCormick- DH/LS 4 2 1 2 L. Perez 4 3 0 1
Zuccarello – DF/LS 5 -Reynoso 1 0 0 0
Sajjad – MF 3 0 0 2 Arambula – DH 4 1 1
– Dias – MF 1 0 1 1 – Bancroft – DH 1 0 0
Quintanilla – 3B 1 0 0 0 Flores – DF 3
– Yee – 3B 1 0 0 0 Finn 4 4 0 1
– Haile – 3B 1 0 0 0 Mazariegos 4 2 0 8
– Vasile – 3B 1 0 0 0 Cox 4 0 0 1
Huynh – RS 3 0 1 4 B. Chesser 3 1 0 0
Thayer – R 3 1 0 0 -W. Sibson 1 0 0
Soto – 1B 3 0 1 0 – Cotton 0 0 0 0
Totals 21 3 4 14 Totals 26 11 1 14
Pitcher – Cochran 21 3 4 Pitcher- Sibson 26 11 1
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo(1-3)
LS Caller – Manjourides (4-5)
RS Caller- Lenicheck

Austin has been the best team in America since the 2012 season as they have been in the finals in 2012 and 2013.  A fun trivia question is to ask who the last American team to beat them was in a World Series game.  The answer is the Boston Renegades who defeated them twice in 2011 by scores of 8-6 and 7-6.  Its rare to find a team who  has a winning streak against the Austin squad!  To be honest though, the Austin team on the field in 2014 was very different from 2011.  Austin came into this game after winning three easy games.  They 12-runned Tyler (13-7), Indianapolis (13-2) and Columbus (14-2).  Boston decided the goal today was to win two games and to  accomplish this they would need to get players some rest as they were faced with the prospect of playing three games again and the possibility to play three games on Friday.  Austin did not take Boston lightly and the 6 guys they trotted out would represent their starting line-up in the championship game later in the week. In the bottom of the 2nd inning with Austin  leading, Joe Quintanilla would dive awkwardly to a ball hit to 3rd base and would not get up quickly.  He would finish off the inning on defense but something was clearly wrong and he would not go back into the field in the third inning.  Austin would score every inning but the Boston defense would hold its own.  Guy Zuccarello would rack up 5 defensive stops.  Thanh Huynh would set a career high for himself and make 4 stops at the right shorty position as his confidence grew with every play.  In fact, he would be responsible for the three outs the Gades would make in the 2nd inning (though Austin would plate 4 runs in this inning).  Aqil Sajjad also played a solid mid field for Boston.  The Renegades would save face when Joe McCormick would score on a fly ball to left field in the 5th.  In the 6th inning, Rob “Hot Tub” Thayer would hit a weak ball down the third baseline which all star Eric Mazariegos would attempt to field as big Rob was chugging down the third baseline.  A cry of “stop” came from the Austin bench as it was not worth risking injury.  Thayer would have his only run of the 2014 World Series on this play.  This would turn over the line-up and get McCormick up again and he would score to make the final 11-3 Austin.  The Renegades were the first team of the 2014 World Series to not face the 12 run rule and would be just the 2nd team Austin would not 12 run in the week.  After the game, Rob Thayer gave everyone a goodbye hug, left his jersey in memory and headed to the airport to attend his fathers funeral as his father passed during the week.  Joe Quintanilla would be visibly upset at the prospect he may not play another inning this week as he was struggling to hold a bat and was having pain in his arm and elbow.  The Renegades needed to win their next two games to achieve the day’s goal. and they would face the winner of Long Island and Wichita which were locked in a 1 run game.

Game #12 Boston Handles the Bombers for the 3rd time in 2014 winning 6-1

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Boston 2 1 0 1 1 1 6 8 10
Long Island 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 10
Boston AB R K PO Long Island AB R K PO
Haile – 3B/R 4 2 2 3 J. Dejesus 4 0 2 2
McCormick – RS/R 4 1 2 4 Barrera – DH 3 0 2
Dias – MF 4 1 1 1 Fink – DF 3
Zuccarello- LS 4 0 1 2 Esposito 2 1 1 0
Sajjad – DH 1 0 0 -Gilroy 1 0 0 0
– Yee – DH 3 2 0 Thorne 2 0 1 0
Huynh- DF/R 0 -Plumacher 1 0 0 0
Vasile – 1B 4 0 2 0 C. Dejesus 3 0 0 1
Puvogel 2 0 1 4
– Erickson 1 0 1
Totals 24 6 8 10 Totals 19 1 8 10
Pitcher – Cochran 24 6 8 Pitcher- Sciortino
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Long Island played a very chippy game against Wichita which resulted in one of their players, Meghan Fink getting “patched” as she was accused of cheating.  The Bombers held on for a 4-3 win and would next face the Renegades.  Long Island had an easier schedule on Tuesday as they had wins against New Jersey (6-3), Columbus (3-2) and lost a close game to Carolina (8-6).  Bayou City put them in the losers bracket with a 12-4 score.  Long Island was actually happy to see the Renegades as we represented friendly faces after a chippy game.  Prior to the game, Weissman said he was going to patch Fink again and she replied with a sigh”ooooo-kkkk”.  It was a joke and she was relieved.  The strategy would then start as Weissman wanted to shift into a new defense for three of the Bombers hitters.  The decision was not met with smiles from the Renegades spotters and with reluctance they trotted into the field to put the shift into play.  The first batter of this game was Jose Dejesus and on cue he hit a hard shot into deep right field into the waiting arms of Larry Haile who was shifted specifically for Dejesus.  Manjourides and Grillo both pointed to acknowledge Weissman and things looked bright for Boston when the next two batters would strike out.  Haile and McCormick would go back-to-back to start the game and McCormick would get another in the 2nd inning to give Boston a 3-0 lead.  Nick Esposito would score with two outs in the 3rd inning to make the game a tight 3-1 score.  The funny thing was Larry Haile had made three stops in the 1st two innings and he had zero stops in the previous 5 games. In the 3rd inning, Weissman decided it was time to get Joe Yee back into the game and this decision paid off as Yee would finish the game plating runs in the 5th and 6th innings to give the Renegades needed insurance.  Joe McCormick would lead the defense in this outing with 4 stops while playing the right shorty position.  Boston would advance and had guaranteed themselves at least an 8 seed.  The next opponent was unclear as Indianapolis and Carolina were locked in another tight game.

Game #13  Boston plays the role of Warrior and comes from behind to beat Carolina 8-7

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Carolina 0 3 1 3 0 0 7 3 11
Boston 1 2 1 1 3 x 8 4 15
Carolina AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Merriweather 5 1 1 1 Haile -1B 4 2 0 0
Ackiss 4 2 1 3 McCormick – RS 4 4 0 4
Monza 4 1 0 3 Dias – MF 4 1 1 3
Stover 4 3 0 1 Zuccarello – LS 4 1 0 7
Santiago 4 0 1 1 Yee – DH 4 0 1
Farifax – DH 4 0 0 Huynh – DF/R 0
Gontaryk – DF 2 Vasile – 3B 2 0 1 1
– Sajjad – 3B 1 0 1 0
Totals 25 7 3 11 Totals 23 8 4 15
Pitcher- Hibner Pitcher – Cochran 23 8 4
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Carolina walked off on Indianapolis by the score of 10-9 and both teams were ready for their third game of the day.  The loser would go to the 7/8 seed game and the winner would still have a chance to win the World Series.  Boston had last played Carolina in 2013 in Long Island and had won a slug fest 15-10.  Weissman was hopeful this would be a different type of game because Carolina did not have a deep roster and they had played as many games as Boston had with much less rest. In the bottom of the first inning, Marlon Stover would put Larry Haile out in deep left field to start the game.  Joe McCormick would score on a pop fly  up the middle of the field to plate the first run as he ran back from the base screaming “COME ON” trying to fire the Gades up.  The flood gates would open in the 2nd inning as Marlon Stover, Tony Merriweather and Jason Ackis would gave Carolina a 3-1 lead that included a double call from Justin Manjourides and Bryan Grillo and some poor defense that gave up chump runs.  Boston’s defense was playing sloppy and Carolina would take advantage of it.  In fact as the game went on, Boston would give Carolina 4 runs on the double call and three poor plays inside 100 feet and after three innings Boston found themselves down 7-4with Marlon Stover providing three runs on a bad hamstring.  McCormick would get some luck on a cue ball hit at Greg Gontaryk on the right side that he could not come up with to make it a 7-5 game as Greg was clearly annoyed with himself.   In the 5th inning Dino Vasile stopped Jason Ackiss (who had scored twice to this point).  Rob Dias stopped James Monza and Guy Zuccarello stopped Stover for the only inning in the game where Boston’s defense would make three stops without letting up a run.  Tim Hibner was pitching well and to this point had only two strike outs. In the bottom of the 5th, Weissman pinch hit Aqil Sajjad but he would go down on 4 swings without making contact.  Larry Haile would then hit a grounder down the 3rd baseline but Jason Ackiss would collide with Monza and Haile was safe making the score 7-6.  McCormick then blasted a ball up the middle and looked like an easy run, but he ran by the base and had to come back and hit it.  The umpires had to huddle as both teams awaited the decision.  SAFE was the call and Boston had tied the game at 7 .  Rob Dias who had a big day against Southwest on this very field strode to the plate and was 0-3 in this game.  He delivered on a pop fly to the left side to give the Renegades the lead.  Guy would then hit a strong shot into left field that Monza would stop.  Joe Yee would then hit a grounder to the third base side and would be stopped by Jason Ackiss to end the inning…but Yee would not get up from the base and he could not breathe.  The original plan was for Yee to go into the field in the 6th inning to sub for Rover, Thanh Huynh.  This plan was foiled as Yee was injured.  Carolina had to send their 5-6-1 hitters to the plate in the top of the 6th.  They were a combined 1-10 in this game.  Guy Zuccarello would make stops on Tony Santiago and Robert Fairfax to start the inning.  Tony Merriweather strode to the plate with the game on the line as Guy screamed “we got two how many do we need”!  Weissman sat on the bench next to Cochran praying for an out.  The prayers were answered as Merriweather would strike out for just Carolina’s third time all game.  Boston was victorious in a come from behind win.  They played some sloppy defense early in the game but the bats and the hearts pulled them through it and for the first time in Renegade history Boston would still be “alive” on Friday.  They were now guaranteed to be one of the top six teams in the nation with a chance to win the World Series.

Game #14 Renegades show the NBBA they are  for real losing a great game to Bayou City 12-11

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Bayou City 1 0 1 3 7 0 12 5 13
Boston 2 3 3 1 1 1 11 5 13
Bayou City AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
Gers 5 4 1 0 Haile -1B 5 2 1 0
Minor 5 4 0 1 McCormick – RS/R 5 4 1 1
Wiley – DH 1 0 1 Dias – MF 5 2 0 3
Clark – DF 0 Zuccarello – LS 5 1 1 6
– Fleeks – DH 4 0 2 Yee – DH 5 0 1
– Boudreaux – DF 8 Sajjad – DF/R 1
Hodges 2 0 0 1 – Huynh DF/R/RS 0
– Clark 3 2 0 0 Vasile – 3B 4 2 1 2
Walters 5 0 0 2
Williams 5 2 1 1
Totals 30 12 5 13 Totals 29 11 5 13
Pitcher – Medrano Pitcher – Cochran 29 11 5
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

All week the renegade players wanted a chance at a big time team but the schedule called for rest. The coaches told the team if they won the games they needed to, they would be playing big time teams Friday. Bayou City awaited the Renegades. A team that entered the tourney as a two seed and who entered this game with 4 wins against 2 losses on the week. The Renegades discussed the importance of playing loose and having fun. They were a significant under dog in the eyes of the NBBA but not in their own eyes. This was a game we thought we could win if we played well and if we were mentally tough. The game was delayed by about 25 minutes as Rob Dias was awaiting a trainer to attend to his wound on his head. During this time, two members of the Bayou City Heat volunteers came to help Rob with their nursing background. While the Heat warmed up with a song, Coach Weissman got in Larry Haile’s face and screamed at him for a good thirty seconds to attempt to drown out the Heat and Keep Haile’s focus on the Renegades. It worked, the team was laughing and staying loose and having fun. Tanner Gers would lead off the game with a hit unlike any the Renegades have ever seen. It went higher in the air than it went out in the field. When it hit the ground in front of Guy Zuccarello, Gers had scored. Daryl Minor then hit a blast to deep left field but Weissman had inserted Aqil Sajjad to start his first ever game as rover and Sajjad made a huge stop as the Renegade team exploded with cheers. In the bottom of the frame, the Renegade bats began to pepper the left side and after one inning Boston was ahead 2-1. In the second inning Guy Zuccarello made two stops on the 5/6 hitters for Bayou and Gers struck out. The Renegade bats stayed hot as Dino Vasile would lead off with a weak hit to the right side and then McCormick, Dias and Guy would plate runs on more hits down the 3rd base zone where Jason Walters was struggling to make stops. On the side lines, Blake Boudreaux was warming up as he had not played much with an injury. Bayou City was trying to sub people out of the game to get some bigger bats into the line up as they faced a 5-1 deficit after two innings. There was more than worry going on, Bayou City started complaining they could not hear the pitcher even though the whole field could hear Weissman yelling “set”. Rule books found the field, Bayou players were complaining and Boston was staying loose and laughing it off on the bench as they knew Bayou was trying to play head games. In the third inning, Daryl Minor plated a run but Zuccarello would make two more stops. In the bottom of the inning, Larry would score a run in the strangest of ways as the base cut out about 70 feet before he got there…but Haile kept chugging and scored on a base that was not buzzing. Bayou City was not happy with this play and Boston was expecting them to patch Haile accusing him of cheating. McCormick and Dias would also plate runs and it was now 8-2. Things were getting ugly. Boston was up big, they were hitting better than Bayou, they were playing loose and Bayou was still complaining about Ron’s cadence. Before the 4th inning started, Bayou did decide to patch a Renegade…but it was Zuccarello they accused.  It’s unclear if they thought he was cheating or if they were playing mind games….but they picked one of the most mentally tough players and it had no effect on him. Things got worse as the two teams were at each other, Justin Manjourides called out Joseph Fleeks for not having a blind fold on in the on deck circle and to the chagrin of the umpire, a strike was awarded. Then Bayou City tried to renter Bam Bam Clark into the game as a hitter and a long argument broke out over the legality of the move because Boston thought he had not been out of the game for a full six outs. During this time, Joe McCormick started a rhythmic clapping in the field that soon spread to the entire Renegade team. Bayou City would not like this and eventually drowned it out. Boston was in their heads and the Gades were loving it…especially Weissman who had made the team read a book about mental toughness. Heading into the bottom of the 4th, Bayou was climbing back and the score was 8-5 and Bayou had made a strategic move that was paying off. They moved Walters out of the third base spot and brought Boudreaux in during the third inning. After 4 frames, Blake had racked up 4 stops in the 2 innings he was on the field and Boston now led 9-5. The complaining about Cochran’s low volume cadence was over as the head umpire screamed that it was enough and that everyone could hear Weissman. Bayou City stopped the complaining and with Boudreaux at third…the bats started to wake up. In Boston’s worst inning of the World Series, Bayou City scored 7 times highlighted by a pair of runs from the 6-1-2 hitters in Darnell Williams, Tanner Gers and Daryl Minor (Gers and Minor would make the offensive all star team). Weissman was looking for answers and with two outs decided to make a sub to give Aqil Sajjad a break at rover and allow Joe McCormick a chance to make a stop in deep left. Thanh Huynh entered the game at right shorty in a crucial moment. Daryl Minor would hit a weak pop fly to Huynh and he just missed the play. Weissman’s magical moves had run out of luck. The score was now 12-9. Blake would be on fire in the field and would make stops on Zuccarello and Joe Yee to start the 5th…before Dino Vasile hit a pop fly to the right side to score making it 12-10. Boudreaux had 7 stops in this game and was shutting down the Renegade offense. In the 6th inning, Boston was shuffling Huynh and McCormick around the field but it did not matter as Zuccarello made two stops and Dias made one to shut down Bayou City for the first time since the second inning. Hope was still alive as Boston was the home team. Joe McCormick led off the 6th with a grounder that got by Blake and the Renegades were down 12-11 on Joe Mccormick’s 4th run if the game. There were no outs and excitement rose. Rob Dias would then hit a grounder up the middle and be stopped by Darryl Minor. Guy came to the plate and the coaches decided to try to get him to hit to right side of the Heat defense.  the effort failed as Cochran and Weissman struck him out on 4 pitches for the 2nd out. Joe Yee would be the last hope. Yee was focused and determined but he would ground a ball up the middle that Blake Boudreaux would range way to his left for to end the game. Bayou City had come back to win this game 12-11 on the defensive play of Blake Boudreaux who made 8 stops in just 4 innings of play at third base. It was an amazing game filled with drama and passion. Boston was eliminated and packed their bags to play for 5th place against the Chicago Comets.

Game #15 Comets Make it Ten Straight Against Boston Winning 13-10

1 2 3 4 5 6 R K Put outs
Chicago 1 3 3 2 1 3 13 4 13
Boston 1 2 1 0 3 3 10 5 14
Chicago AB R K PO Boston AB R K PO
White 4 1 1 2 Haile – 1B 5 2 0 3
– Landrum 2 0 1 2 McCormick – RS 5 3 1 4
E. Rodriguez 5 4 0 4 Dias – MF 5 2 2 1
Shultz – DH 4 0 0 Zuccarello – LS 5 0 0 4
Gritley – DF 1 Yee – R 4 2 0 1
– Harris – DH 1 0 0 Sajjad – DH 3 1 2
McGlashon 3 0 2 0 Vasile – DF/3B 1
Mozdzierz 2 0 0 0 – Quintanilla – DH 1 0 0
Francese 5 4 0 2
T. Rodriguez 5 4 0 2
Totals 31 13 4 13 Totals 28 10 5 14
Pitcher – Lopez Pitcher – Cochran 28 10 5
Catcher- Weissman
LS Caller- Grillo
RS Caller- Manjourides

Chicago had lost to Colorado 15-11 and awaited the Renegades who were heart broken over the close loss to Bayou city. The Gades would try to pick themselves up but it would prove difficult as they left everything on the field In the previous game. This game was important as it would make the winner a number one seed in the 2015 World Series in New York. Weissman was trying hard to get the guys pumped up and Chicago Coach, JT Herzog was going to start some of his younger players. Herzog had never watched his team lose to the Renegades and he had always acted as a mentor to Weissman on how to run a home grown team. The youth for Chicago would have fresher legs and more energy. After 4 innings Chicago was ahead 9-4. Youngsters, Corey White, Eric Rodriguez and Tyler Rodriguez had plated 6 runs for Chicago and were racking up the stops on defense. Boston’s defense looked tired and Weissman was asking them to pull their heads out of their asses. The offense would not quit for Boston as McCormick and Dias would each plate a pair of runs in the 5th and 6th innings. In the end, Chicago wanted this game more and would win 13-10. the Rodriguez brothers would tally 8 runs for Chicago and make 6 stops on defense. big “G” Francese would also score 4 times. In fact at one point in the game, Weissman asked Big G to thank Boston when he accepted the MVP award for offense…when “g” retorted that he had scored as many runs in this game as he did all week. That summed things up for Boston in this game. They struggled to recover from the Bayou loss and playing 9 games in 4 days finally got the best of them as they ran Into a team that was fresher than they were. Despite the loss, Boston finished with its best ever finish in a World Series as the 6 seed. An amazing accomplishment when you look at the full body of work, the sickness of coach Weissman, the contribution of four rookies and many coaches who had helped out during the 2015 season that had Boston finish 10-6. Joe McCormick would have an amazing day scoring 7 times in 10 trips to the plate. This would give him a .600 batting average on the week and a slot on the offensive all star team for the World Series.