Game 1 – Fire snap 7 game losing streak to the Renegades winning 13-12
|Margist||6||3||2||1||Thaxton – DH||5||5||0||—|
|Coughlin||5||4||0||9||J. Proctor – DF/LS||—||—||—||5|
|M. Tawam – DH||5||1||2||—||McCormick -1B/MF-3B||5||2||2||2|
|G. Natoli – DF||—||—||—||0||Zuccarello – RS/MF||0||0||0||1|
|Boucher||5||3||0||2||– Haile – PH||3||1||1||—|
|Kirchner||5||0||2||0||– Yee – 3B/1B||1||0||0||0|
|Buizon – RS/1B/3B||1||1||0||2|
|Devenish – R||5||2||1||0|
|Buizon – RS/1B/3B||2||1||0||0|
|– Sanchez – PH||1||0||1||—|
|– Yee – 3B/1B||2||0||0||0|
|Pitcher- D. Natoli||Pitcher – Cochran||27||12||5|
|Pitcher – Connolly||3||0||0|
|RS Caller – A. Proctor|
Weissman warned the team that these Fire were hungry. They opened against the Renegades in Rochester last year and Boston struggled to put them away. The Fire went on to take 10th in the World Series last year, their best showing since 2008. They had already played 4 games on the season and were geared up for this game. Boston is always ready but the rust would show for sure.
The game was played on a thick grass but a very hard surface that would cause balls to bounce all over the place. The bases were very hard to hear and this would throw the Renegades off their game. The Fire struck first blood scoring three times in the 1st inning, with the killer being a hit off the bat of Paul Boucher. Thaxton plated a run on a bomb to left to lead off for the Renegades but then Dias was put out by Mike Coughlin in which he took a step to the wrong base and Joe McCormick and Larry Haile struck out on 8 straight swings and misses.
The Fire pushed a Mike Coughlin run across in the second on a ball he hit to the vacated third base line. Boston came roaring back in the bottom of the second with a 5 run inning with Shawn Devenish scoring on a pop up down the 3rd base line. Joe Buizon lofted a fly ball up the middle and Thaxton hit a hard grounder into left for 3 straight runs. Joe McCormick would get a knock and Shawn Devenish would finish off the inning with a laser into left center. Boston had taken a 6-4 lead!
The third inning looked like the Boston defense was waking up as Proctor stopped Boucher, McCormick stopped Kirchner on a grounder up the middle and after John Margist beat Buizon on a pop up, Proctor stopped Coughlin. Boston led off the third with Thaxton plating his third run before both Rob Dias and Joe McCormick were stopped up front by Mike Coughlin. Larry Haile fouled off three straight pitches before hitting a liner up the middle to give Boston a crooked number for the frame. Philly found some luck when Shawn Devenish lined a ball off John Margist which bounced to Mike Coughlin for a stop and an all Coughlin inning. Boston led 8-5.
In the 4th inning, Justin Rhines led off with a pop up to Dias that was a bang-bang play and Rhines speed was awarded the run. The Boston defense clamped down as McCormick stopped Tawam in the 2nd layer up the middle of the field. Buizon stopped Boucher at third base in the 2nd layer and Dias stopped Kirchner. It was 8-6. Boston went to it’s bench and at first glance this looked like a great move. David Sanchez came in for Buizon and on the first pitch blasted a ball into deep left for a run. It was called back because the ball was dead Sanchez fouled off two more and then went down swinging to kick off his 2019 season. Thaxton plated his 4th run of the game on a ball that bounced off the hands of John Margist at third base. Rob Dias grounded out to Coughlin on another ball in which he ran to the wrong base at first and lost by a step. Joe McCormick lost his mechanics and went down swinging on 4 pitches. Boston had a 9-6 lead. The complacency would set it soon.
Things would soon take a turn for the worst for the Renegades. John Margist would hit a line drive down the right side. Guy Zucarello had a small chance and it got by him as the right shortie, Joe McCormick ranged over and missed the ball in right field. Next, Coughlin hit a laser into center field that bounced off Rob Dias’s leg and got away from him as Coughlin scored. Rhines (4 swings and missed) and Muneer Tawam would strike out on 8 pitches which brought Paul Boucher to the plate. Boston knew he was going to go down the third base line and moved Joe McCormick over to third for this hitter. Boucher hit the ball at McCormick but Joe lost track of where the line was and over ran it into foul territory and Boucher scored a huge game tying run as the Fire bench exploded with excitement. Zuccarello would put an end to it as he stopped Cody Kirchner to stop the bleeding down the first base line. The score was tied at nine. Boston would then do something they would not do in any other inning of the day, they would put up a gigantic bagel for the inning.
Larry Haile led off the inning with a grounder that went about 55 feet up the middle of the field and was stopped by Mike Coughlin and then controversy started because someone in the Philly defense called time in the middle of the pitch. Time was not awarded. There was a lot of debate and in the end, the out was awarded. Devenish whiffed on 4 pitches and Joe Yee would face his cousin, Peter Connolly and be stopped by Coughlin on a weak grounder to the right side. The score would be tied heading into the last frame.
John Margist would lead off the 6th inning and after two strikes asked to change his bat. After he took a pitch, he lofted a fly ball into left by the diving Joe Yee at third and Shawn Devenish in deep left. Coughlin would then hit a dribbler up the middle that went into the Bermuda triangle between Proctor (LS), Buizon (RS) and Dias (MF) for a run. Rhines then grounded a ball up the left middle and Proctor laid out to make the stop. Tawam would step up 0-4 on the day. Tawam and Boucher were two guys the Renegades needed to get out to help them walk off in the 6th. With the Renegades top of the order up in the bottom of the 6th, these would be huge hitters. Tawam would hit a ball up the middle of the field and be stopped by Joe McCormick and a late base would be awarded after Tawam fell down. the Renegade bench did not hear Tawam call for this late base, but it was awarded. Tawam would return to the plate. He would then hit a 50 foot dribbler that fooled the Boston callers as Dias and Proctor thought it was hit harder than it was. Proctor crawled forward looking for it and Tawam scored a HUGE run to make it 12-9 and his first run of the game. Boucher then hit a weak ball to the left side and on a bang bang play Proctor appeared to make the play before Boucher reached first. Because there was not enough umpires, there was little to review and the game was 13-9 Fire. Kirchner would go down on swings. Margist would then get stopped on a line drive off the chest of Buizon playing the right short position. Boston was down big going into their last at bat of the day. It was the top of the order which at this point had Thaxton with 4 runs, Dias 0-4 and McCormick 1-4. The bats needed to wake up.
Thaxton would swing and miss on the first two pitches and foul off the third before lacing a hard grounder into left center. 13-10. Rob Dias who had been stopped by Coughlin three times and had run two bad bases would hit the first pitch he saw…to Coughlin again for an out, his 8th stop of the game. Joe McCormick who was battling his swing demons in this game needed to dig deep and focus on his mechanics. With two strikes, he laced a line drive into left for a loud run making it 13-11. As the live feed cut out (Hunter’s Phone over heated) the Facebook live crowd was left wondering what was going on. Joe Buizon came back into the game, re-entering the game in which he had exited early to rest his legs. With two strikes, he hit a grounder down the first base line and scored his 2nd run of the game and a 13-12 game. Boston was down one with just one out. Shawn Devenish would be up next and the entire Boston bench was unsure who Weissman would have hit in the last spot as both Joe Yee and David Sanchez were swinging the bat. Devenish took a mighty cut and on the 2nd pitch hit a grounder to the left side that was gobbled up by Coughlin for his 9th stop of the game. Down to the last out and down a run, Weissman turned to Joe Yee which also brought Peter Connolly to the mound. A tough spot for Connolly for sure. Weissman just felt more confident with Yee because he had more experience running bases. On the 2nd pitch, Yee got one he liked and laced a hard grounder to the right side past the 2nd layer. Yee raced to first base and missed it. As he slammed on the brakes with his aching shins, Justin Rhines pricked up the ball to end the rally and the game. Philly had defeated the Renegades 13-12. they had broken a 7 game losing streak to the Renegades. A huge win in a season where the World Series seeds are awarded on merit of the 2019 season…not just the 2018 finish. the Fire were fired up for sure and the Renegades awaited the Titans
Game 2 – Renegades walk off in a slug fest and beat Titans 22-21
|Turner||7||5||2||0||Thaxton – DH||7||5||2||—|
|Harrell||7||2||2||0||Proctor – DF/LS||—||—||—||2|
|George||7||4||1||4||McCormick – 3B/MF||7||3||2||0|
|Hogwood||6||3||2||0||Dias – MF/RS||6||2||1||3|
|Bordley||6||5||0||3||Zuccarello – RS/3B||1||1||0||1|
|Morgan DH||6||2||3||—||– Haile – PH/3B||4||4||0||0|
|Koppenjan – DF||—||—||—||0||– Yee – 3B||1||0||0||0|
|Buizon – 1B||6||5||1||2|
|Pitcher – G. Rutz||Pitcher- Cochran||37||22||9|
|Pitcher – Connoly||1||0||0|
|RS Caller – A. Proctor|
After a gut wrenching loss, the Titans came into this game with something to prove to the league. The Renegades came in with a target on their back. Boston had one game played in 2019 and the Titans had played nine. Their pitcher, Greg Rutz was much improved.
Lead off hitter, Zack Turner has seen a lot of improvement from his rookie year and gives the Titans a fast powerful lead off hitter. He struck out to start this contest. Alfonso Harrell hit a grounder down the right side which eluded Guy Zuccarello and Joe Buizon over ran for the first run of the game. Randy George scored on a grounder to the right side. Scott Hogwood then launched a bomb into deep left that Shawn Devenish almost stopped but it was hit too far. Lamont Bordley hit a line drive up the middle that bounced off Rob Dias’ shins and he could not recover to beat the speedy Bordley. Guy Zuccarello would get the defense going by making a stop on a short grounder down the first base line off the bat of a former NFL prospect, Marvin Morgan. This brought the top of the lineup back up and Turner hit a grounder to third that bounced over a laid out Joe McCcormick. Alfonso Harrell stopped the bleeding for the Renegades when he whiffed on 6 pitches. Boston would start this game down 5-0.
The Boston bats started to come alive at the end of the Philly game which was a good sign. Christian Thaxton was coming off his 7th career 5+ run game. He lead off by blasting a line drive into left field by three fielders for his 6th straight run. Joe McCormick still searching for his swing would take his third pitch down the third base line to make it 5-2. Rob Dias coming off an O-fer in the last game took the second pitch into deep left for three straight runs. Larry Haile came into hit for Zuccarello and hit a high short fly to the right side and hustled down the first base line, 5-4. Devenish grounded out to the left shorty, Randy George. Buizon hit a hard bouncing grounder down the first base line that eluded two fielders and tied the game 5-5. The top of the order would end the rally as Thaxton whiffed and McCormick grounded out to George who made a nice diving stop. Ten combined runs in the first inning.
Randy George hit a line drive to the right side that got by everyone to lead off the 2nd inning. George has an improved swing and is falling in love with the opposite field. Hogwood would whiff and Lamont Bordley hit a grounder down the first base line, took a shaky line to third and Buizon ranged to make the play near 110 feet near the first base line. Marvin Morgan then hit a dribbler up the middle. Proctor laid out and the ball rolled up and over his body. McCormick, playing up the middle went into a beach whale and was called safe. Replays clearly show him out. Turner hit a ball up the middle and on another controversial call was called safe on a ball Devenish appeared to stop. The titans would lead 8-5 and Rob Dias would stop the bleeding to stop the inning.
Boston did not have much of an answer as Dias whiffed, Joe Yee (facing his cousin, peter) grounded out weekly, Deveinish scored on a well hit ball and Buizon whiffed. The Renegades were down 8-6 after two.
In the third, this Defensive mojo continued. Proctor stopped George, Hogwood whiffed and Bordley scored on a play that Dias and Proctor could not come up with and Morgan whiffed. 9-6 Titans heading into the bottom of the third. Thaxton led off the bottom of the frame and scored on a baseline hugger down third base line. Mac whiffed, Dias grounded out to George. Larry Haile re-entered for Yee and hit a bouncer down the third base line which George hit the ground to early on to make it 9-8.
The fourth would be the best defensive inning for Boston. After a Turner whiff, Alfonso Harrell hit a high fly that traveled about 50 feet to the right side, Dias over ran it, proctor over ran it for what would be the only run of the inning. Dias and Proctor would stop The former Philly Fire transplants, George and Hogwood. Titans led 10-8.
This turn of events fired up the bats. Buizon would lead off this inning with a bomb up the middle but this would be followed by a whiff by Thaxton and a stop off the bat of Mccormick by Lamont Bordley. Rob Dias would the score on a short pop fly to tie the game. Weissman had a decision to make, he decided to go to Guy Zuccarello over Joe Yee who had some great batting practices. It would be his first at-bat of the year. On his second pitch, he hit a pop fly 40 feet and beat out a hit as the team erupted. Devenish, Buizon would score on well hit balls and Thaxton would hit a ball that landed and took a right turn that is near impossible to field for a combined total of 4 pitches. That six run inning gave Boston a 14-8 lead, its first lead of the game.
The fifth inning was a nightmare for Boston. In fact, it was one of the worst innings ever. Only 30 innings since 2003, the team had allowed 7 or more runs. It would be a bumpy ride for sure. Buizon missed a shot to get Bordley. McCormick had a ball bounce off his body and Morgan scored. Dias missed an easy ball off Turner’s bat because he did not lay out. Harrell would then hit a slow grounder down the first base line, Dias would not lay out again, but this time Buizon was waiting for it for a stop. 14-11 Renegades. George then hit a dribbler up the middle, proctor missed it and Dias ran into the umpire which prevented him from making the stop. 14-12. The bleeding would impact the umpires as well. The Renegade defense looked like crap, or as we teased rookie, Drew Crook, a pile of Doo-Doo. Hogwood would hit a ball up the middle (for a change) and McCormick could not come up with it. Bordley hit one of the best shots for the Titans on the day. 14-13. Morgan whiffed and Turner hit a bomb to center that was tough to play. Harrell would whiff to represent two of the three outs in the inning. The Titans took back the lead 17-14.
Boston had an answer. The Renegades don’t quit. With one out, Larry Haile would score on a weak grounder up the middle for his third run of the game in three trips. Devenish would strike out, Buizon would stay hot and score on a big fly ball for the 4th time in the game. Thaxton would go deep into the count and the game would be stopped because the New Jersey Lightning crossed the field after the first pitch to Christian. He would lace a spinning liner to the right to tie the game at 17. Joe McCormick would give the team its second lead of the game with a grounder down the line and Boston would lead 18-17
The Titans matched the energy of the Gades. Again, the Renegade defense would struggle. With three strikes and on the 6th pitch, Randy George scored on a ball where Justen and Joe McCormick struggled to corral it as it landed between them on the left side. Hogwood scored on a ball that bounced off Larry Haile who was in at third base for the first time all day (so his bat would be available in the bottom of the frame if needed). Bordley would score for the 5th time getting it by Joe McCormick at the mid field slot. Turner would score with speed on a fly ball. 21-18. Dias would stop Harrell and George would strike out for the first time all game.
Boston would have it’s 4-5-6 hitters up in the 6th. L-train would lead off and after getting a late base call, would lace a liner into right to go a perfect 4-4 in the game. 21-19. After a third Devenish strike out, Buizon would score his 5th run( and the first time he had a 5 run game since 2006 against columbus) on a high pop that Bordley could not find in time. 21-20 with Thaxton due up. He would hit the first pitch in the air about 70 feet with a ton of English on it to tie the game. Joe McCormick took the first pitch to calm down and then hit the second pitch foul hard down the third base line. With thunder rumbling in the area, he hit a fly ball up the middle, raced down the first base line and Mac had his first ever walk of victory. Boston got its 1st win of the season in walk off fashion
When this game ended, the 22 runs scored set a team record for the most runs scored ever. Also, the Renegade defense had never let up 20 or more runs in a game and won. The 21 runs were the most allowed in a team victory.
Game 3 – Boston beats the lightning before the thunder rolls 12-1
|Bahn||3||0||1||4||Thaxton – DH||1||1||0||—|
|Johnson||3||0||2||0||-Sanchez – DH||3||2||1||—|
|Washington||3||1||1||0||Proctor – DF/LS||—||—||—||5|
|Foster||3||0||2||0||McCormick – MF||1||1||0||0|
|Durran||2||0||1||0||-Soto – 3B||3||3||0||1|
|– Valladares||1||0||1||1||Haile – R||1||0||1||0|
|Matthews||3||0||2||0||– Thayer – R||3||0||1||0|
|Zuccarello – RS||3||2||0||1|
|Yee – 3B/RS||2||1||0||0|
|– Hoyt – MF||1||0||0||0|
|Crook – 1B||3||2||1||0|
|Pitcher -K. Bahn||Pitcher- Cochran||9||6||2|
|Pitcher -B. Hessi||Pitcher – Connoly||12||6||2|
|Pitcher –||Catcher- Weissman|
|RS Caller – A. Proctor|
|RS Caller- Bourque|
After two long games, a start time that was 40 minutes late and a lunch break we were not supposed to take. The NJ lightning took the field. They had a bye for the first two rounds and would be playing their first game. Boston was 1-1 on the day. At the start if the game, we were asked to play 4 innings.
The lightning went down 1-2-3 on strike outs in the first. Because of the inning limit, Boston wanted to get some runs early and started Thaxton and McCormick and Haile. Thax and McCormick scored and did their job. That would be the end of their days. Zuccarello made it 3-0 on a one pitch grounder up the middle. With two outs, Rookie Drew Crook came to the plate for his first at bat and faced Peter Connolly. On the very first pitch, Crook would lace a shot into left field and score his first career run. He became just the third Renegade in history to score in his first at-bat and the second (with David Sanchez) to score on the first pitch he saw. Boston celebrated. That would be all the offense needed to win this game.
The Lightning would use three pitchers in this contest and rack up 10 strike outs. Justen proctor would make 5 stops in defense to lead the team. In the third innIng, we had another big highlight. Up 5-0, with one out, Dan Johnson came to the plate and hit a grounder down the third base line. Luis Soto was there and the ball bounced off him. He tracked it and picked it up to nab Johnson on a bang-bang play. Johnson was put and Luis Soto made his first defensive stop in 6 years as a Renegade! In the bottom of the third, Crook would score his second career run on a pop fly.
The Jersey defense was relying on Casey Bahn. He would make 4 of the 5 stops on defense before the Renegades invoked the 12 run rule after three innings. When the Renegade bats were done hitting, Luis Soto would end the game leading the team with 3 runs scored. David Sanchez, Guy Zuccarello and Drew Crook each had a pair. The game would be called due to a thunderstorm with two outs in the 6th inning of the 12 run contest. Boston would head home 2-1 for the first loss in Beast of the East action since 2014 looking up at an undefeated Philly Fire team.
|Thaxton – DH||6||5||1||—||J Dejesus||4||0||1||0|
|Yee – DF/1B||—||—||—||0||C. Dejesus||4||2||0||7|
|Dias – LS||3||2||1||3||Barrera||4||4||0||0|
|– Haile – MF||3||1||0||0||Agnone – DH||4||0||1||—|
|McCormick – RS/LS||5||4||1||5||Fink – DF||—||—||—||1|
|– Thayer – PH||1||0||0||—||Puvogel||1||0||1||0|
|– Hoyt – 3B||—||—||—||0||-Erickson||2||0||2||0|
|Crook – 3B||2||1||1||0||– Hughes||1||0||0||—|
|Haile – MF||1||1||0||0|
|– Crook – PH||1||0||1||—|
|– Soto – R||—||—||—||0|
|– Sanchez – PH/R||3||1||1||0|
|Buizon – MF/RS||5||2||1||1|
|Pitcher -Dickerson||Pitcher – Sciortino|
|RS Caller -Bourque|
Boston Jumps All Over Long Island 17-6
Boston entered this game needing a win to keep it’s hope for a 9th straight title alive. The team had been talking about increased focus and keeping their heads in the game. The Renegades would play this game without starting pitcher, Ron Cochran and two of its best defensive players, Justen Proctor and Guy Zuccarello. Focus would be the key.
Long Island was not ready at all, literally. As the Renegades warmed up, Long Island made it known they were going to be late. Only 4 players were at their bench for opening ceremonies. The rest of the team was in transit and would be late. Beast of the East rules state that innings would be forfeited and awarded to the Renegades if they were too late. As soon as the stragglers got there, they ran on to the field to start the game, without any warm ups. Jamie Dickerson took the mound against a frazzled Bomber defense. Despite all this, Boston was focused.
Hit after hit after hit. Boston would have an historic first inning as the Bombers were challenged before they even had a chance to break a sweat. Boston would plate 8 runs out of the gate. It marked only the 18th inning in team history they scored this many runs in an inning and it was the 6th time they had done it in the first inning (the last time was against the Bombers in the 2018 world Series). Thaxton, Dias, McCormick would each highlight the inning with a pair of runs while Shawn Devenish became a footnote making two of the three outs for the Renegade offense. During the inning, Boston actually turned to the bench quickly to avoid putting the game into a 12 run rule in the early frames to make sure the bats would not go on ice for 3-4 innings of the contest.
Long Island would surprise. Their pitcher, who helped start the Bombers before moving to the retirement communities of North Carolina had pitched limited batting practice to the squad all year. The players had no BP before the game and were cold. That did not stop them as they sent 6 batters to the plate and everyone of them made contact. It was a good test for the Renegade defense as McCormick, Buizon and Dias all made stops. But after one frame, Boston lead 8-2. That would be as close as the game would get.
Boston would plate runs in every inning building their lead and would finally get the game into the 12-run rule in the 5th inning. Most of the Bomber offense was supplied by Alex Barrera who plated 4 of the Long Island runs. The highlights for the Renegades included Christian Thaxton scoring 5 times (A feat only accomplished 16 times in Renegade history but 10 of them by Thaxton). Joe McCormick would also get his swing mechanics in shape as he plated 4 runs of his own. Joey Buizon kept a hot bat for the 2019 season plating two runs and Rookie Drew Crook laced a bomb for his 3rd run of his career. Jamie Dickerson pitched great and led this squad to victory. It was the best game he had ever pitched in his career as the team hit .531 against him with a low 21.9% K rate. Joe Bourque also came up big calling just his 4th game of his career on the right side along side of Bryan Grillo.
On the down side, Rob Dias was taken out of the game in the 3rd inning when he tweaked his back at the plate. He would not return and would spend the whole game stretching, massaging and trying to stay loose for a chance to play against Philly later in the day. McCormick and Buizon filled in admirably for Dias. McCormick led the defense with 5 stops on defense, most of which came after Dias exited the game.
This win would guarantee the Renegades a chance to get back at Philly to win the title! Boston was now 3-1 in Beast of the East play while Philly was 3-0.
|Thaxton – DH/RS||3||1||2||0||Prevost||4||1||1||3|
|-Sanchez – DH||2||1||0||—||Provan||3||0||3||0|
|Buizon – DF/RS||—||—||—||1||Ho Lung||3||0||3||0|
|McCormick – LS||5||4||0||3||Cabral||3||0||2||1|
|Haile – MF||2||2||0||0||Mischler||3||0||2||0|
|– Thayer – PH||2||0||1||—||Gon Bea||3||0||3||0|
|– Hoyt – MF||1||0||1||0|
|Devenish – -3B||5||4||1||0|
|Crook – R||4||0||4||0|
|Pitcher- Dickerson||28||13||11||Pitcher- A. Pressick|
|RS Caller -Bourque|
Blind Jays are blinded by the Renegade bats 13-1
For the first time ever, the Toronto Blind Jays made a trip to play in Beast of the East play. Due to finances, they were only able to compete in one leg of the tournament which meant they could not play for the title. That was far from their concern as their team showed up with just 5 players and borrowed a player from the Titans to complete their roster. The last time these two teams faced was in the 2018 World Series and Toronto impressed with some flashy defense. but as teams try to find themself in this league, it can be hard to recruit players, raise funds and keep a team afloat. Coach, Arthur Pressick was doing everything he could to keep the Beep dream alive. Sadly, The Blind Jays only 2019 Tourney play would be in Jersey as they can’t return to the series this season.
With memories of how good the Blind Jay defense was in 2018, Weissman decided to start some of the bigger bats to start the game because the Renegades were the visiting team. Thaxton was a little amped up and struck out to start the contest. McCormick and Larry Haile would plate runs while Shawn Devenish would hit a bomb to put the Renegades up 3-0 to start the contest. Sometimes you an get a feel of your opponent by watching the top of their line up, Their lead off hitter would be stopped by Joe McCormick and their 2-3 hitters each whiffed. Like sharks in the water, Boston knew at this point they just needed to stay focused and the contest was theirs. Focus never comes easy after a lunch break..and the opponent was a combination of the team in front of them and the dreaded lunch comma!
The second inning would put this contest away. McCormick (2), Haile, Devenish, Yee and Thaxton would plate runs in this frame to push the score to 9-0. Weissman would bring in many subs at this point to get playing time for the team and get rest for others. Toronto was no match on this day. They struck out 14 times in the contest. McCormick and Buizon made all the stops in the first layer of the defense. Only lead off hitter Aaron Prevost could plate the lone run for Toronto in the 3rd inning on a ball Buizon could not pick up in time…but he got style points for the failure and a lot of laughs from anyone watching him struggle with a smile.
Experience is critical in this sport. Boston got a chance to get some teachings to to Renegade sluggers with limited experience. David Sanchez and Drew Crook each got lessons on paying attention to the cadence and keeping their swings consistent. For Sanchez, a second year player, he worked at adjusting his timing so he could go to the opposite field. He was able to do that twice in two trips to the plate. For Crook, he struck out 4 times while making contact on just 5 of the 18 pitches he saw. They were all mighty swings but his timing was off. This was a great teaching moment for a rookie who was 3-4 coming into this game in his career. The last player to strike out 4 times in 4 trips to the plate was Joey Buizon in 2015 against the New Jersey Lightning. Prior to that it was Shayne Cantan in his inaugural game vs the Indy thunder in 2010 when he went down on swings 5 times in 5 trips. This was the 6th time in team history a player had struck out at least 4 times and in every at bat of their day. On this day, it was not a big deal, it was going to be just the thing to get Drew focused to set him up for success at the World Series! Some of the biggest bats in Renegade lore have had big K games like this including Joe McCormick who once struck out 6 times in 7 trips to the plate in Philly. Sometimes a day like this can be a great teaching moment!
|Thaxton – DH||6||5||0||—||Margist||4||2||2||0|
|Dias – DF/LS||—||—||—||6||Coughlin||3||0||3||4|
|McCormick – Mf/RS||6||4||2||0||-Gontaryk||1||0||0||—|
|Haile – R/MF||5||3||2||0||Rhines||3||0||2||1|
|Devenish – 3B||5||2||3||1||– G. Natoli||1||0||0||—|
|Yee – 1B||5||0||2||0||Boucher||3||0||1||0|
|Buizon – RS||4||0||2||2||Kirchner||3||1||1||1|
|– Soto – R||—||—||—||0||M. Tawam – DH||3||0||0||—|
|– Sanchez – PH||1||0||1||—||G. Natoli – DF||—||—||—||0|
|-Crook – R||—||—||—||0|
|Pitcher- Dickerson||32||14||12||Pitcher – D. Natoli|
|RS Caller -Bourque|
Boston Clinches 9th straight title in a no-doubter over Philly 14-3
To say there was energy in this game is an understatement. For Philly, they were looking for their first ever Beast of the East title and had already clinched their best record in Beast of the East play. They wanted to show the league they had arrived. For Boston, the Renegades wanted to show Philly that the first game in June was not who they are. They wanted to shake off the rust. They wanted to make a statement and they were going to do it without their top pitcher and two of their best defensive players. They were also going to do it with Rob Dias back in the lineup …but unable to hit due to his back strain suffered in game one earlier that day. Boston would lose the coin toss for the 3rd straight time and be the visitor. No worries the team said, they had won all of their games on this day as the visiting team. In each contest they were able to grab the lead and never look back!
Thaxton scored on a hard grounder into left on the first pith he saw. Hey Christian, Swing that bat! McCormick took the third pitch from his lifelong buddy, Jamie Dickerson and scored on another grounder to the right side. Larry Haile hit the 3rd pitch up the middle and the L-Train made it 3-0. Nobody out and Devenish laced a bomb into left. When the ball landed that marked 10 pitches, 4 runs and No outs. Philly looked tired. Mike Coughlin was able to stop Joe Yee. Joey Buizon whiffed but that brought up one of the hardest outs in the game. Could he swing that bat? YES, Thaxton hit a laser into left, Mccormick scored his 2nd run of the inning and Haile also scored his second run of the inning on a line drive. When the dust settled, Boston was up 7-0 and the energy was on the Renegade side. Had they shut up the doubters that Boston had lost it?
John Margist would lead off for Philly in the bottom of the first inning and score on a bomb of his own. Mike Coughlin (who lives to beat the Renegades struck out) Buizon then stopped Rhines and Kirchner….or did he? Philly had made a mistake and had batted out of order. The last out of the inning was actually Paul Boucher but he accidentally hit in Kirchner’s spot in the line up. After working this out, Kirchner was forced to hit in Boucher’s spot and the out was awarded.
Did Boston still have it? In the second, Yee and Buizon each saw 6 pitches before striking out. Thaxton would stay hot and lace a liner into right center t make it 8-1. In the bottom of the frame, Kirchner would get his chance to hit after the snafu and would score which fired up the Philly team despite the 8-2 score. After a gimpy Rob Dias stopped Muneer Tawam, John Margist plated is second run of the game and it was now 8-3 with Mike Coughlin coming to the plate. Could Coughlin deliver to a team that had beaten him so many times since he was a teenager? It would not be his day as he whiffed for the second time. Former baseball player and speedster, Justin Rhines also went down on swings. It just felt like water was poured on the Fire.
Boston had a chance to put the foot on the throat of the Philly squad in the third. Larry Haile would hit a laser to make it 9-3. With one out, Joe Yee stepped to the plate and hit one of his best shots of his career into left field. Justin Rhines made a diving stop at the 170 foot line and the ball rolled up his body into the air and into his hands right before Yee hit the base. An amazing play and the best defensive play of the tournament for sure! Philly would have a moment of mojo. They had the bottom of their order up…could their mojo keep going? Boucher whiffed. Kirchner whiffed and Muneer Tawam was stopped by Shawn Devenish. Boston had made a bagel. The score stood at 9-3 after three frames.
More great defense for the fire in the 4th as they showed what makes them tough. All of their goal ball experience makes them a good defensive team. This time, Cody Kirchner would make an amazing stop in Right center off the bat of Christian Thaxton. In fact, at this point of the season Thaxton had come to the plate 26 times, scored 20 and had struck out five times. This marked the first time a defense had stopped Thaxton in the 2019 season. That media guide info was not something Philly knew about and was not enough for them to get their winning ways back. McCormick and Devenish each plated runs to push the lead to 11-3. This would be a big moment for Philly and they had their top three hitters up to start the inning. K-K-K was the result and this game was all but over.
Boston would keep the pressure on scoring two more times in the 5th but it would come at a cost. Leading off the inning, Buizon collapsed on the third baseline with a leg injury. He had worked so hard during the entire off season to resolve chronic hamstring problems but today it was his calf. His day was over as he went to the bench and his teammates cringed. Doc Marciello would now have his work cut out for him. A crushing blow to the Renegades for sure. Rob Dias made three stops on defense in the bottom of the fifth to mark three straight innings of bagels for the Renegade defense. Despite the back injury in game one, he looked limber.
Thaxton would have another 5 run performance in this game as he plated a run in the 6th. Rob Dias would lead the defense with 6 stops with his gimpy back feeling better. Boston had won it’s 9th Beast of the East title in a row and in convincing fashion. The key now was to see if the Seeding committee had seen enough from the Renegades. 2019 marked the first time teams would be seeded by results of the current season and not the previous World Series finish. The votes were due in 48 hours. Were people tuning in? Did people see what the Renegades accomplished without key players? would it be enough? For now, the Renegades could relax. They played well. A lot of learning, experience and improvement had happened in two weeks since Long Island. The Renegades would head home a little banged up but would have two weeks to get ready for the series.
Game 7 –
|Thaxton – 3B||4||3||1||0||Barrera – DH||4||1||3||1|
|– Soto – 3B||1||0||1||0||Teal – DF||—||—||—||0|
|Haile – 1B||3||3||0||0||Holland||4||1||3||3|
|– Yee – 1B||0||0||0||0||Bahn||4||1||2||2|
|– Crook- 1B||2||1||0||—||Jeffares||4||1||3||0|
|Devenish – MF||5||1||4||0||Erickson||3||0||1||0|
|Sanchez – DH||5||2||2||—||Still||2||0||1||0|
|McCormick – DF/RS||—||—||—||2||– Hale||1||0||1||0|
|Proctor – LS||4||0||2||1|
|– Dias – LS||0||0||0||1|
|– Thayer – PH||1||0||1||—|
|Quintanilla – R||4||1||1||0|
|Pitcher – Cochran||27||11||10||Pitcher – Buhr|
|Pitcher – Dickerson||2||0||2|
|RS Caller -A. Proctor|
Boston sleep walks over Athens 11-4
A 6:15 am flight with an additional three hour delay got us into Dallas where a 4 hour ride awaited us on Monday. One of our vans had a flat tire. We rolled into Tulsa around 6:00 on Monday night with three games starting at 8:30am on Tuesday morning. Excited and tired and out of our normal pre game routine we had to go to be as rested as possible.
We had never played Athens. They had finished in the bottom of the league every year they had participated but this roster was different. They sported four players from Long Island and New jersey. They had a very good looking rookie in Cody Jeffares. Most impressively, Justin Holland won the longest ball hitter competition the night before as a second year player.
The Renegades were a little short handed. Rob Dias could not get his back to respond to the long trip and could not get loose. He was sitting this out. Joe Buizon who tore a calf muscle in his last game, two weeks back would also sit this out. Only 11 of the players were eligible for the game.
Boston lost the coin toss and Boston would limp through the first inning as Ron Cochran struggled to find bats. Only Larry Haile and David Sanchez would score as Thaxton, Devenish and Proctor would strike out. That would be a theme. For Athens they also struck out three times but Casey Bahn was able to pull Athens within a run.
More of the same as Thaxton and Haile would plate runs in the second. But Quintanilla, Devenish and Sanchez would whiff to give the Gades 6 strike outs in two innings. Joe McCormick was able to stop John Still at the right shorty spot in the bottom of the second but the K’s kept coming.
Boston would score a pair of runs in the third and fourth as well with Thaxton, Haile and Sanchez representing the offense. After 4 innings Boston would lead 8-2 and this game felt over. To this point Athens had 10 strike outs and Boston 8.
The 5th was a terrible inning for Boston for a few reasons. First, Rob Dias accidentally mistook an inquiry for his health and put himself into the defense in the 4th, which meant Hot Tub had to hit for him in the 5th. 12 pitches to Devenish, Sanchez and Thayer and Boston had the KKK for the frame.
The 6th was a momentum builder as the team started to wake up. Joe Quintanilla scored his first run of the season to lead off. Rookie, Andrew Crook laced a grounder to the right side for his first World Series run. Most importantly, Shawn Devenish and Cochran found the spot as Devenish hit a bomb into left for the best struck ball from the Renegade offense. This would boost Shawn’s confidence that the work he put in all year was paying off.
In the end, Athens whiffed 14 times and Boston a dirty dozen. It was an ugly start to the day but Boston won handily 11-4. Thaxton and Haile each scored a tri-fecta while David Sanchez also scored a pair to pace the offense. The Boston defense only made 4 stops as Joe McCormick led the way with a pair. This win marked the 150th in team history with Rob Weissman as the coach!
Game 8 –
|Abreau||5||2||1||0||– Thayer – R||1||0||0||0|
|Santana||5||2||2||4||McCormick – RS||5||3||0||1|
|Almanzar – DH||5||3||1||—||Haile – DH||5||4||0||—|
|Valera – DF||—||—||—||0||Proctor – DF/LS||—||—||—||5|
|– Ramirez – DF||—||—||—||0||– Dias – DF/LS||—||—||—||2|
|Sanchez||4||0||2||0||Devenish – MF||5||3||0||0|
|Ferrera||2||0||0||2||– Quintanilla – MF||0||0||0||0|
|– Payano||2||1||1||0||Soto- R/1B||2||1||1||0|
|– Sanchez – PH||2||1||0||—|
|– Buizon – 3B||0||0||0||1|
|– Quintanilla – PH||1||0||0||0|
|Yee – 1B/3B||5||3||1||0|
|Pitcher – Perez||Pitcher- Cochran||28||18||1|
|LS Caller- Grillo|
|RS Caller – Proctor|
Renegades win first ever match against team from Dominican in 4 inning 12 run rule 19-10
A team we had only seen play through the eyes of Jason Lenicheck who scouted them in the morning contest came to field 14 and right out of the gate we
jumped in to help them. David Sanchez (Puerto Rico) and Luis Soto (Venezuela) greeted them at home plate in Spanish. Sanchez would play the role of interpreter the entire game helping the umpire communicate with the Dominican squad in Spanish.
They came out of the gate with some nice looking swings and plated two runs on the two balls they put into play. When Boston came to the plate in this game, things looked very different. Cochran had worked on the spots and some of the kinks were starting to get worked out. Thaxton scored on a line drive into left in the first pitch. McCormick hit his second pitch up the middle for a run. Haile went deep into the count and scored on a line drive into center. This would be a milestone run for Haile as he would become the first ever Renegade to plate 300 runs! Devenish laced a rocket up the middle in the first pitch and just like that Boston had 4 straight runs to start the contest. The quick pitch counts would continue but Sanchez would be stopped up the middle by Riky Santana and Joe Yee would lace a rocket to left that sent Michael Vargas into a dive to make an amazing stop as the ball hit him in the chest as he was diving to the ground and he quickly corralled it. Thaxton and McCormick would score again with two outs and Boston had taken a 6-2 lead.
The Hurricanes showed spunk. After Justen Proctor stopped the six hitter, Ferrero and lead-off man, Michael Vargas whiffed, they scored three straight runs to make the game 6-5 after one and a half innings. In the Bottom of the second, the Designated Fielder, Valero made a diving stop on a Shawn Devenish blast into center field for another Web Gem. Quintanilla and Yee would go down and Boston had a bagel for the inning and the Hurricanes seemed to come to life on their bench.
In the top of the third, Justen Proctor took over. The 6-1-2 hitters were each stopped in succession by the body and ears of Justen who was starting to get a feel for the fields. In a one run game, this was a huge moment. It started the momentum shift back to Boston for sure. Boston would soon have a big inning. Thaxton lofted a towering fly ball with three strikes and was almost at the base by the time the ball came to rest. McCormick hit a bomb to left but Michael Vargas made a great web gem stop. That did not deter Boston as Haile, Devenish, Sanchez and Yee plated runs. The hurricanes stopped the bleeding getting Thaxton out in center field and Vargas made another spectacular play against McCormick. A 5 run inning left the game 11-5. That seemed to take the energy out of the small team from the Dominican. They looked tired.
In the 4th, Proctor would make his 4th stop in a row off the bat of Riky Santana. With two out, Christian Thaxton would make his first atop of the 2019 season in left field off the bat of Christian Sanchez. That was two shut out innings for the Boston defense. The bottom of the fourth was the hammer. Larry Haile got the party started with a line drive into right center. Devenish scored on a grounder. Luis Soto came off the bench to hit with Jamie Dickerson taking the mound and he scored on a pop fly as the team erupted. It was Jamie’s first World Series run and a confidence booster for Soto. Joe Yee checked in with a two pitch at bat and a line drive into left. Thaxton tagged a bomb into left. McCormick used his speed to beat out a ball up the middle (staying away from Vargas). Larry Haile then hit a grounder down the first base line. The damage was done. That was 7 up and 7 in and the 12 run rule was in effect as Boston led 18-5 and there was still nobody out! Joe Yee would tack a run on after the barrage of scoring. After four Boston led 19-5. These 19 runs would mark the 11th time in team history the Renegades would score 19 or more runs in a game. It was also the 9th best team batting average in a game at .613. Most impressively, Cochran and Dickerson only struck out 6.5% (2 of the 31 hitters) which is 3rd best of any game in history!
The Renegades would empty the bench to get people rest for the Austin game. In the 6th inning. Rob Dias took over on defense helping to make two stops. Soto (fist base), Joe Yee (third base) Joe Quintanilla ( mid field), Rob Thayer (rover) all had chances to make stops in the sixth but came up empty. In fact, in this inning, Quintanilla would sprain a toe and be done for the day and eventually the rest of the season. The last put out of the game was awarded to Joe Buizon because the Dominican team was cheering in the middle of the play. Boston had won the two games it needed to win. Drew Crook (hamstring) and Joe Quintanilla (toe) were both lost for the day with injuries and Boston awaited Austin.
Part one of the broadcast
Part 2 of the broadcast
Game 9 –
|Thaxton – R||6||1||3||0||B. Chesser||6||4||0||3|
|McCormick – 1B/RS||6||5||0||1||Finn||6||3||1||0|
|Haile – DH||6||4||0||—||Puryear – DH||6||3||3||—|
|Buizon – DF/RS/1B||—||—||—||0||J. Sibson – DF||—||—||—||1|
|Devenish – MF||6||4||0||3||Roberts||6||3||1||3|
|Yee – 3B||6||2||0||0||Manning||5||2||1||1|
|– Proctor – LS||3||0||1||5|
|– Dias – LS||0||0||0||0|
|Pitcher- Cochran||35||17||5||Pitcher – Hibner|
|LS Caller- Grillo|
|RS Caller – Lenicheck|
Austin walks off on Boston 18-17
Round robin play and most of the league felt this was going to be one of the best games of the day as the five and six seeds were facing off. Both teams entered the game 2-0 and only one team would finish the day undefeated. Boston had a 7 game winning streak on the line.
Boston was not at full strength in this game with Buizon settled in as a designated fielder, Rob Dias on the bench resting a bad back and Justen Proctor would have to be forced into action in the lineup as his defense is too important to the team. Austin was at full strength as they would be all week without the injured Mariano Reynoso who was lost for the year in the spring due to a shoulder injury. Both teams knew each other pretty well as they faced off in the last game of the 2018 World Series with the Renegades putting the game into the 12 run rule with an offensive breakout! Going into this game both teams expected lots of runs from Christian Thaxton, Brandon Chesser and Mike Finn. That prediction would not hold true.
On the second pitch of the game, Christian Thaxton hit a blast into left field but on contact, he appeared to kill the ball. It was confirmed by umpire, Mike Woodard. The ball was dead and by rule, Thaxton returned to the batters box with an 0-1 count. He fouled off two more pitches and then struck out as Austin cheered a big out. That would start a surprising trend for this game. McCormick and Haile would pick him up scoring on just three pitches. McCormick hit a dribbler that just cleared the 40 foot arc and Larry hit a laser down the first base line. That brought Shawn Devenish to the plate. He fouled off 4 straight pitches and then hit a ground ball but took two steps to first before reversing direction and was put out by a few steps for the second out of the inning. Joe Yee kept his hot bat alive with a grounder to the left side to make it 3-0. This brought David Sanchez to the plate who was a last minute add to the lineup when Boston lost the coin toss. He lofted a fly ball up the middle to make it 4-0. Thaxton strode to the plate looking to extend things and would strike out again. This would be the first time in his career he would strike out twice in the same inning as he struggled a bit with his timing and comfort.
Boston would take the field and struggle out of the gate to adjust to the field…but they would be close. Brandon Chesser hit a grounder right off Joe Buizon’s hands on the right side for a run. Mike Finn hit the very next pitch that bounced over Joe Yee and then bounced of Thaxton’s shoulder and as expected the top two guys scored. After two strike outs (a rare thing for Austin) Ed Manning came up. After being late on two pitches, Tim Hibner caught him and he went oppo getting a ball past Buizon and Joe McCormick who over ran it. Sterling then hit a first pitch dribbler up the middle. Proctor hit the ground early and Buizon slid over. It got by both of them. Devenish came up from the mid field spot and the ball went off his shins to tie the score at four all. Weissman called time out to talk to the defense about adjusting to the grass. After the talk, Chesser hit a bomb into right center that Shawn Devenish and McCormick converged on. Devenish made the play of the game ranging to his left to stop the bleeding on a bang bang play.
The second inning would not be kind to Boston. Three grounders to the left side and three outs by Austin in the second layer of their defense as they were better prepared for the fields. Some great defense by Brandon Chesser and Greg Roberts.
Leading off for Austin was Mike Finn who hit a grounder up the middle that Shawn Devenish stopped after the ball bounced off him. Keep in mind, Shawn just started playing this mid field position less than 2 weeks before this series in preparation of Buizon’s injury in Jersey. After Steve Puryear whiffed for the second time in the match, Greg Roberts stepped up and on the 6th pitch he saw, lofted a ball into center that eluded Devenish and Thaxton as Devenish hit the ground too early on a fly ball. Justen proctor would end the inning with a defensive stop on a weak hit. After two Austin led 5-4.
In the third, Joe Yee hit a line drive into left to tie the game on the first pitch he saw, tying it up. This brought Justen Proctor to the plate and he hit a grounder up the middle that was in between all the defenders. He ran by first base and by the time he put on the brakes and came back, Ed Manning picked up the ball. The second run of the game lost to bad base running for the Renegades. Thaxton laughed when he came to the plate and said it was ironic that the player with the best ears on the team missed a base. Thaxton would get a ball into play but Sterling was able to stop it and get it off the ground on a bang bang play. Joe McCormick would plate another run as Boston would take a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the third.
Austin would start the inning with a whiff by their number six hitter, Darius Sterling but then would get hot and have their best inning of the game. Brandon Chesser on a full count hit a hard grounder to the right side, but the ball bounced off McCormick in right field for the tying run. Finn hit a grounder to the left side that bounced over Justen and bounced off Joe Yee. Two grounders that could have ended the inning but instead extended the inning. Steve Puryear got off the schneid by hitting a ball that bounced of Joe Buizon’s head. The original call was out but it was over turned and he was called safe to give Austin an 8-6 lead. Greg Roberts hit a fly ball down the third base line but Joe Yee took a bad step on it and then it bounced off his hands as 4 guys scored in a row. Joe McCormick made a nice stop off one of the best hits in the inning on a line drive up the middle off the bat of Ed Manning. Sterling then hit a weak ball to the right side which Buizon just missed but Sterlings speed was too quick for Justen who picked the ball up on a bang bang play. Lead off hitter, Chesser then hit a hard grounder right off Justen and the ball bounced off him all the way to the line. Proctor gave chase but Brandon beat it out for a run. Every run scored this inning had bounced off a Renegade defender. Proctor would stop the bleeding off the bat of Finn. Austin led 11-6. It was a six run inning for the Austin offense. Every hit was contested by the Renegade defense. It was a matter of adjusting to the field. The Renegade lacked energy and it showed. The good news was there was no quit!
The top of the 4th started off well as Shawn Devenish would get things going. He hit a line hugger down third base that was too far for Sterling to get to and too shallow for Chesser. Yee would be stopped with a weak hit up the middle. Proctor would get an at bat and go down on 4 swings and misses. Thaxton would hit a hard grounder into left. Chesser would make a play as the ball hit him in the hands in a play that made it look easy and lucky. Austin was fired up to stop Thaxton. Boston was down 11-7. The Austin defense was out playing Boston.
The bottom of the 4th started off promising. Puryear had 4 swings and missed and for the third time in four trips he struck out. Proctor would stop Greg Roberts next laying out on a ball before the ball got to him, the ball bounced off his shins and rolled up to his hands. Perfect mechanics! Ed manning hit a nice line drive down the third base line, Yee had a chance but missed it and by the time Thaxton corralled it, Manning was safe. Sterling hit a ball to the right side. Buizon, McCormick and Thaxton laid out for it but Sterling is too quick and beat it out for a bang bang run. Brandon Chesser, hit his pitcher and then hit another ball up the middle that Shawn Devenish made a nice stop on. The Renegade defense was slowly adjusting but Austin tacked 2 more runs on with two outs. After 4, Austin led 13-7 but the Renegade defense looked better and nobody on the team thought this game was over. It was not!
The 5th would be a big inning for the Renegades. Joe McCormick led off the inning with a line drive up the middle past diving Blackhawks to get the party started as Ron was able to find his bat deep in the count. Ron also took Larry Haile down the first base line with a full count and it was 13-9. Shawn Devenish broke the trend and lofted a pop fly to short right field that took a big bounce on the first pitch he saw to make it three straight scores. Joe Yee hit a hard low line drive up the middle but was stopped for the first out of the frame. Proctor was up next and would have an interesting trip. The first pitch he saw was bounced up the middle and he had a chance to score but no base went off. The second pitch was hit with a little less authority in a similar place and he was stopped on a bang bang play. The Boston bench thought there was a double call by the spotters. Umpire, Mike Woodard had no field umpire help and there was nobody to ask. The austin spotters claimed they called the same number which is legal. Christian Thaxton and Cochran would work the count to three strikes and Thaxton would hit a line drive up the middle for a run. Joe McCormick then laced a fly ball into center and the score was now 13-12. Austin called time out to regroup. Larry Haile would hit a bounding ball to the right side and race to first as the ball bounced away from the Designated fielder, Jamie Sibson and the L-train had tied it up. Shawn Devenish would hit a similar ball on the next play but the Austin defense could not find the handle and Boston had taken a 14-13 lead. Joe Yee was put out on a short ball to the right side on a very close play by Jamie Sibson to end the frame. A seven run inning for Boston with McCormick, Haile and Devenish each plating a pair. Seven run innings are not common but Boston believes they can do it for sure!
It was predicted to be one of the best day one games. It did not disappoint. Leading off for Austin was NBBA great, Mike Finn who promptly lofted a fly ball to the right side that Buizon could not find and McCormick over ran. The game was tied. Puryear who had trouble putting the ball in play (3 strikeouts in 4 previous trips to the plate) then hit a grounder that alluded Buizon. Devenish missed it and McCormick also missed. Three layers laid out and three layers came up empty, Austin was back on top 15-14. Greg Roberts then hit a pretty hard grounder to the left side. Proctor was able to adjust, hit the ground early and was able to pick up the ball with plenty of time to spare for the first out of the inning. Manning would whiff and Proctor would also stop Sterling on a weak hit ball down the line which he laid out nicely for. After 5 innings, Austin clung to a one run lead.
Down a run, Sanchez would be called upon to hit for Proctor. Normally, Proctor is not in the lineup for big games like this, but with Dias hurt, we were forced to have Justen hit. Down to the last three outs, offense was needed and Dias was now ready and able to contribute if called upon for defense. Confusion was about to take over.
As David Sanchez swung and fouled off the first pitch, umpire Mike Woodard called strike two on Sanchez because Boston has nobody on the on Deck circle. Thaxton was in the bathroom and was late to get back to the bench. This miscommunication cost the Renegades a strike and messed with Sanchez who took an awful swing for strike three. Sanchez would whiff. That confusion may have impacted Thaxton as well…but he was struggling timing wise all game with just one run in 4 trips and his two strike out performance in the first. Even the best hitters struggle. This would be no exception as he went down on 4 pitches and just like that the Gades were down to their last out. But must like the previous inning, Boston would catch some mojo with two outs. They scored 4 runs with two outs in the 5th. With 2 strikes, Mac hit a weak grounder to the left shorty, Sterling who was leading the Austin defense with 5 stops…but he misplayed it and McCormick’s speed was too much. Tie game. Larry Haile lofted the first pitch he saw up the middle and it bounced off the defenses hands for a Renegade 16-15 lead. Devenish then hit a hard grounder down the third baseline that actually rolled slightly foul when it went by the base and rolled past the 170 line for a 17-15 lead. Joe Yee hit a nice shot into left but Brandon Chesser made a nice play on him in left to end the rally. Could Boston hold Austin in the bottom of the inning?
Rob Dias entered the game to play defense. The winner of this game would leave the bracket as the 5 seed, the loser, the 6 seed. Before the inning got started, Thaxton received a warning for touching his blindfold, when he tried to adjust the face mask he wears due to the concussion he had in the 2018 season. The top of the order would be up. The top two hitters represented 6 of the 15 Blackhawk runs to this point. Drama continued as Chesser worked Hibner to a full count on 5 pitches. He would blast a shot into right field. McCormick gave chase, but had little chance as Weissman screamed stop just before McCormick would feel the turf change near a paved path. 17-16 with Mike Finn up. Finn and Hibner struggled and in 5 pitches, Finn whiffed for the first time all game. A huge out. Puryear was leading Austin in strikeouts on the day and if that trend would continue, Boston had a chance. With two strikes, Puryear tied it up on a grounder into right field which McCormick over ran. This brought Greg Roberts to the plate. As Roberts stepped into the box, Weissman gave Dias a heads up the last two times, he had hit the ball to Proctor. On queue, he hit a grounder on the first pitch to the right of Dias. Dias moved over, was late to the ground and as he dove pushed the ball away from him. Roberts raced down the first base line for an Austin walk off victory. Austin would win 18-17. Boston battled and if they could get Buizon and Dias into the lineup and adjust to the speed of the grass defensively..this team would contend.
Game 10 –
|Van Duyne||5||3||0||5||Thaxton -R||6||6||0||1|
|Xiong||5||3||2||0||McCormick – 1B||6||3||2||2|
|Paulson – DH||5||3||1||—||Haile – DH||5||3||0||—|
|Peterson – DF||—||—||—||0||– Soto – DH||1||0||0||—|
|– Guerra – DF||—||—||—||1||Buizon – DF/3B||—||—||—||0|
|Schmitz||5||1||0||1||Devenish – MF||5||5||0||2|
|McCoy||5||1||1||0||Dias – RS||0||0||0||3|
|Lemke||5||1||4||0||– Yee – 3B/1B||1||0||1||0|
|– Sanchez- PH||3||1||0||—|
|– Crook – PH||1||0||0||—|
|Proctor – LS||5||3||2||2|
|Pitcher – Elliason||Pitcher- Cochran||32||21||5|
|Pitcher – Dickerson||1||0||0|
|LS Caller- Grillo|
|RS Caller – Lenicheck|
Let the double elimination begin as Boston knocks off Millers in a route 21-12
The Millers of Minnesota strutted in very close to game time without much warm ups in their Minnesota Gopher colors after dropping games to the Indy Thunder and Chicago Comets. They had never beaten the Renegades.
Pre game, the Renegade focus was on getting Thaxton his timing and comfort and to see how Rob Dias and Drew Crook’s health was. After extensive BP, Thaxton looked like his old self and both Dias and Drew said they were ready to go. That put Dias straight into the starting lineup to start the game on defense and test his balky back.
Leading off for the Millers was the coaches son, Evan Van Duyne. He started the game with a weak hit ball that Justen corralled…but it rolled away from him toward home after it hit his body. Proctor went right into a beached whale as he thought it was closer than it was for a run. Josh Xiong scored and Todd Paulson launched a bomb into left as the Millers were firing on all cylinders without warm ups! Rob Dias stopped them cold making the next two stops with excitement as his health was improving. Heading to the bottom of the first, the Millers led 3-0.
In an unimpressive fashion, the Gades scored six times in the bottom of the frame on a bunch of short pop flies and grounders that found their way through the defense. Thaxton and McCormick each plated a pair in the frame while Devenish and Proctor rounded out the scoring. It was Proctor’s first run of the year!
The defense had a better inning in the second as Proctor stopped Van Duyne this time. Shawn Devenish also made a heck of a play at mid field off the bat of Riley Schmitz. Minnesota got a run on a ball hit down the third base line which Joe Yee could not gather in time off the bat of Todd Paulson. The score was now 6-4.
Devenish would lead off the second on a fly ball run. Sanchez would hit for Yee and ground out weakly and Proctor struck out on 6 pitches as he battled to find his swing. With two outs, Thaxton launched a bomb into left and the ball went dead on contact taking away a sure run. Coming back to the plate with a 0-0 count he then sliced a ball to the right side that landed with wicked spin and he scored easily. McCormick hit the second pitch he saw into left for his best hit of the series as Weissman asked him to teach Thaxton how to hit a ball hard without breaking it. Haile scored on a grounder through the right side. Devenish plated his second run of the frame on a line drive up the middle. Boston led 11-4 after two and plated 4 runs with two outs. The Millers were pissed and were yelling at each other on the bench as their pitcher tried to calm them down.
Weissman hoped they would implode…his hopes were dashed. They actually exploded. McCoy, Van Duyne, Xiong and Schmitz plated runs and got the score to 11-8 as the Renegade defense could not make a stop in the inning. Devenish, Thaxton and Buizon each had multiple shots at making stops and came up empty during the inning. For Boston, Proctor would lead off the bottom of the inning with three ugly swings and misses. He then connected on a grounder to the left side where two defenders collided for a big insurance run. Thaxton scored on a line drive to the right side over Ron’s shoulder. Then trouble would hit for McCormick who lost his swing and struck out for the first time in the series. Haile would stay hot with another ball to the right side and Devenish did his thing with a blast into left. They had matched the Miller output and the score after three was 15-8.
The 4th was ugly on both sides for the Millers. They went down 1-2-3 with 2 whiffs and a Devenish stop up the middle. And now 5 of their last 6 outs were of the strike out variety. Boston would put this game away in the 4th as they would plate 6 runs in the inning. Thaxton plated a pair, Haile, Devenish, Sanchez and Proctor pitched in a run each. McCormick had two at bats in the inning. He struggled with his swing demons but then regained it in his lat at- bat of the day. The 12 run rule was invoked and the score was 21-8. This marked only the 5th time in team history, Boston had plated 20+ runs and it was done in just 4 innings. They hit .636 on the day, the 4th best game in team history. They were led by Christian Thaxton who had his 4th career 6+ run game and Shawn Devenish who collected his first ever 5 run game!
The Millers pushed 4 runs across in their last 2 innings of hitting. The highlight play of the day in the field came off the bat of Riley Schmitz who hit a high fly to the right side. On one big bounce, Joe McCormick caught the ball with his hands and that fired him up. Boston would move on to the next round and be one of 8 teams to move into double elimination without a loss (in double elimination). Their next opponent would be the San Antonio Jets, the 3rd seeded team in the league and a match up of their great game in 2018. Dias, Buizon and Crook said they would be ready to go healthwise!
Game 11 –
|Arambula||6||5||0||1||Thaxton – 3B||5||2||3||1|
|W. Lopez||6||3||2||1||– Yee – PH||1||0||1||—|
|– R.Almanza||0||0||0||0||McCormick – R||4||3||1||0|
|Smith – DH||3||2||0||—||– Crook – PH||1||0||1||—|
|– Perez – DH||3||2||0||—||Haile – DH||4||0||0||—|
|Wilcox – DF||—||—||—||4||– Soto – DH||1||0||0||—|
|Cox||6||4||1||0||Proctor – DF/LS||—||—||—||4|
|A. Almanza||6||4||0||0||Devenish – MF||4||3||0||1|
|– Flores||0||0||0||1||– Thayer – PH||1||0||1||—|
|Ruzika||5||3||1||1||Dias – RS||5||3||2||2|
|– Litzler||0||0||0||0||Buizon – 1B||0||0||0||0|
|– Sanchez – PH||4||2||0||—|
|– Yee – 1B||1||0||1||0|
|Pitcher -K. Sibson||Pitcher- Cochran||25||11||9|
|Pitcher – Dickerson||6||2||1|
|LS Caller- Grillo|
|RS Caller – Lenicheck|
Jets fly over Renegades 23-13 sending them to the losers Bracket
The Jets came into the game against the Renegades 4-0 on the week. Their schedule was easy and familiar up till now. They started against Palm Beach in the Bandit’s first game ever and won easily 18-0. They then played two familiar local opponents downing BCS 24-9 and Tyler 13-5. On Double Elimination, their win was against another Texas team as they knocked out Lone Star 15-5. This would be their first true test of the tournament.
For the Renegades, the training wheels would be taken off Rob Dias as he would play both ways in his first start of the Series as his back felt better. Joey Buizon was still being managed with his injury to his calf less than 3 weeks old. The plan was for him to play defense and rotate David Sanchez and Joe Yee in the six hole of the line up.
On the first pitch of the game, Zach Arambula hit a shot into deep left and Thaxton felt the ball was dead. After umpire review, Thaxton’s belief was confirmed. Jet pitcher, Kevin Sibson worked the count to three strikes before Zach hit a bomb into right field where nobody was. Arambula would set the tone for the Jets offense with this opposite field blast. After a rare, Sibson strike out, David Smith hit a grounder up the middle which got over Justen Proctor, rolled by Shawn Devenish and Thaxton picked it up for the out due to a missed base by Smith. Proctor would stop Axel Cox and the Renegades got off the field without allowing a crooked number.
The Gades did not start well on offense either. Thaxton saw 7 pitches, fouled off 5 of them and struck out as he appeared to struggle with his timing and comfort. Joe McCormick would see the minimum of 4 pitches and make no contact for the second out as he struggled to be consistent with his swing plane. Larry Haile would hit a line drive to the right side but Ricky Ruzika would stop him on a close play and after one inning in slight drizzle the Jets led 1-0.
Aaron Almanza led off the second with a blast into right field to start the second. Ricky Ruzika hit a ball up the middle that Devenish just missed and bounced of McCormick’s chest for a score on a close play. Arambula hit a bomb into left field McCormick had little time to make the play and it was 4-0. Will Lopez then hit a dribbler to the 40 foot line and missed first base as Proctor made the play. Two outs in the first two innings were awarded to the Gades defense due to poor base running on the Jets. Smith scored on a hard grounder up the gut of the defense and it was 5-0. Axel Cox whiffed to make it two outs. Things would then get real bad.
Aaron Almanza hit a hard grounder up the middle past everyone that the Defense cried dead ball on, but the ball came back to life and started beeping, 6-0. Ruzika hit a line drive into left which McCormick had slip put of his hands in deep left, 7-0. Arumbula would score for the second time in the inning on a ball that Proctor could not get to in time and Thaxton had die in front of him. Lopez got on the board with a high pop fly near the 40 foot arc that bounced with a ton of spin and Proctor could not find it in time, 9-0. Smith hit a dribbler to the left side but the call from Grillo froze Proctor and he hit the ground early. The umpire called Smith out. Boston came off the field and huddled and even sent Shawn Devenish to the batters box. After San Antonio contested the call, it was found the volunteer umpire did not know the rectangular part of the base could be touched. Boston had to go back on defense with a 10-0 deficit. Cox would blast a shot down the third base line. Aaron Almanza would score his second run of the inning on a short pop up that Proctor had bounce off his body. At 12-0, Weissman called a defensive time out as San Antonio celebrated on the bench. Ruzika would whiff to end the frame. This was the second worst inning ever in team history as Boston let up 11 runs (the worst was in 2017 vs Indy when the Gades let up 12).
Shawn Devenish prevented the 12 run rule from kicking in in the bottom of the second with a grounder down the third base line that kicked off a defender into foul territory to score the first run for Boston. Rob Dias came to the plate, with his back feeling better, saw 6 pitches but struck out as Ron Cochran had 3 k’s in his first five hitters. David Sanchez would hit for Buizon and Jamie Dickerson trotted in to pitch to Sanchez. Piror to this game, Weissman and Sanchez made the call to change things up. He grounded out to the left shorty, Isiah Wilcox. Thaxton fouled off three straight pitches and then hit a rope by everyone on the line that stopped rolling well beyond the 170 line. McCormick hit a grounder down the third base line for the third run of the inning. Larry Haile who was 11-14 in his first four games came to the plate and with three strikes, hit a grounder up the middle to Arambula. After two, the Jets led 12-3. Joe Yee would sub in for Sanchez in defense as the Renegades continued to play offense/defense in the six hole and rest Buzion.
Zach Arambula led off the third inning with a few foul balls and a hard grounder to Proctor. Justen laid out early and stopped the ball with ease to retire Arambula for the first time in 4 trips. Will Lopez hit a hard grounder to Justen again. The ball ricocheted off his feet up and over his body and far away from him for a “Jet life” run. Lupe Perez subbed in to hit for Smith. He hit a looper to the right side which Dias ranged way back and to his left on near first base and stopped him for a web gem. Cox hit a high fly to Justen that bounced with spin and Proctor could not pick it clean as Cox scored. Aaron Almanza then hit a line drive to the right side and Rob Dias made another web gem near the base for the out. It was the first time in 4 trips Almanza had been stopped. Heading to the bottom of the third, the Jets led 14-3.
Devenish led off the inning with solid contact. First he hit it off Ron’s butt cheek. Then he hit a line drive to the right side but was stopped by Will Lopez. Rob Dias scored on a “grounder with eyes” to pull the Gades within 10. Joe Yee went 6 pitches deep into the count and struck out for the second out of the inning. Thaxton would score on a 40 foot weak pop up to the middle of the field on the first pitch. It was the first one pitch at-bat of the game….till Joe McCormick hit a 90 foot pop up and scored on the first pitch as well. Larry then also hit the first pitch to Wilcox. After three innings, the Jets led 14-6. Cochran was starting to find the bats.
The 4th inning would be another train wreck for the Renegades on defense. The Jets would plate 9 runs in this inning and put this game away. In fact, this would be the first game in team history it had allowed two innings of 9 or more runs in a game. The 23 runs allowed would represent the 3rd worst amount of runs allowed all-time. Zach Arambula would pace the Jets with 5 runs and go on to join Devenish and Thaxton as league All-Stars.
Boston would show some fight, trying to avoid the 12 run rule. The Renegades plated 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th but 23-11 was not enough as it was 12 runs exactly. In the end, this was one of the worst games of the year for Boston. The team struck out 10 times and faced its only 12 run rule loss of the year. The biggest highlight was the fact Rob Dias plated three runs and made some great stops on defense in his first start of the series.
Boston would now head to the losers bracket and would face the winner of the match up between Tyler and St. Luis. San Antonio would get to play another game against a Texan opponent in the Bayou City Heat.
Game 12 –
|McCormick – R/3B/MF/RS||4||3||1||2||Black||5||2||1||0|
|Haile – DH||3||2||0||—||Lloyd||5||1||3||0|
|– Crook – R/1B||1||0||0||0||Chappel||5||4||0||2|
|Proctor – DF/LS||—||—||—||0||Ingram||5||1||0||1|
|– Soto – R||—||—||—||0||Artis||4||0||3||1|
|Devenish – MF||3||2||0||0|
|– Yee – 3B/RS||—||—||—||0|
|Dias – RS/MF||3||3||0||6|
|Quintanilla – Ghost||—||—||—||—|
|– Buizon – 1B/MF||2||1||1||0|
|Pitcher- Cochran||19||14||2||Pitcher – Haskett|
|LS Caller- Grillo|
|RS Caller -Lenicheck|
Boston 12 runs Tyler too quickly and wins 15-11 and staying alive!
Elimination time as both squads had a loss. Tyler lost to the Indy Edge in the first round of the double elimination round. They then defeated the St. Louis Firing Squad in the morning game in a contest full of controversy. In that game, the Firing Squad had multiple people ejected for fighting amongst their own team. The rumors had been flying around the fields about this all morning and it would impact the Renegades as they had plenty of history against the Tigers from Tyler, but very little against St. Louis. Boston had an 8-1 lifetime record vs Tyler with their last two wins in 2015 & 2018 occurring in 12 run win fashion.
Tyler won the coin toss and the Renegades would bat first. Boston was full of confidence and right out of the gate pounced on the Tigers. Christian Thaxton hit the first pitch of the contest down the third base line for a run. Joe McCormick hit a bomb into left for a second score. After Larry Haile was stopped because of a base running miscue, Shawn Devenish laced a shot into left. Rob Dias then launched his best hit of the week into left field as well. The last player to score in the inning was David Sanchez, who entered the game for the ghost player, Joe Quintanilla. Boston invented a new position, the Ghost, Joe was injured and would be unavailable. Since Weissman wanted to split time in the six spot between Buizon, Sanchez and Yee…he was unsure when the spot in the lineup would come up. So a Ghost spot was created as a way to burn Quintanilla and use Sanchez if the spot got up and Buizon if the spot did not come up. Sanchez scored and Boston would have a 5 run lead heading into the bottom of the first.
Tyler would lead off, Ron Jordan who is the league leader in home runs over the past few years (with 2). He would strike out. Carlos Black would score the lone run for Tyler on a ball hit to Shawn Devenish. Rob Dias would stop Tim Chappel to end the inning with a 5-1 lead for Boston.
The second inning was a memorable inning for the Renegade offense. Boston would send 13 hitters to the plate and score ten times. Thaxton, McCormick, Haile and Dias all scored twice in the inning and every player in the starting lineup scored at least one run. As this was happening, Weissman was worried about twelve running Tyler too early. By rule, the team with the lead has to finish the game playing all remaining innings on defense. This could give Tyler 15 outs to tie the game. By rule, if Tyler tied it, Boston would be given their 15 outs as well. Bottom line, Weissman did not want his players baking in the hot sun.
John Ingram and Ron Jordan would be the only players to score in the bottom of the second forcing the game into a 12 run rule at 15-3. Boston would be forced to play defense. It would get ugly. Weissman tried to sub out guys to get rest as Proctor and Devenish came off the field. With defensive lineups the team had used in practice, Tyler chipped away. Drew Crook was at Rover, Joe Yee saw action at Right shortie. Boston struggled. To make matters worse, a few players left the bench to make the trek to the bathroom, leaving Boston short handed.
Tyler would plate 6 runs in the third inning. Boston shuffled players around on defense. A scary moment happened when Drew Crook collided with Joe Buizon on a ball hit up the middle. The ball laid right next to Buizon as he laid motionless. Buizon thought he was paralyzed but in the end had a jammed finger. Colliding with Drew Crook is no joke and can rattle a player. Buizon was forced to leave the game to collect himself, forcing David Sanchez into the field for some of his first defensive action of the year. Eventually, Boston would right the ship with Joe McCormick and Rob Dias playing up front. Tyler would score just three runs from the 4th inning on. Rob Dias would lead the team with 6 stops on defense while McCormick had a pair. Yee and Thaxton each had one.
Boston hit .714 in this game, the second best batting average in a game in team history, trailing only another match up with Tyler in 2015. This game was only the third contest in team history where a twelve run game was called within two innings (one other time was Tyler in 2015 and another was Stockton in 2007). It was also just the 4th time in history the Renegades had a ten run inning on offense (the last occurrence was in 2015 vs these same Tigers)
Tyler was eliminated and would head to the 9-12 bracket to face Philly. They would eventually finish in 10th place. Boston stayed on the field and prepared to welcome the BCS Outlaws who had just upset the Philly Fire 13-12 and were guaranteed their first ever top 8 finish in their team history.
Game 13 –
|Thaxton – 3B||4||4||1||0||Bernet||1||0||0||2|
|– Yee- 3B||—||—||—||1||– Frederick||3||1||0||0|
|Haile – DH||2||0||0||—||– Deleon||2||0||1||0|
|– Thayer – DH||2||0||1||—||Oswald||4||0||1||1|
|Proctor – DF/LS||—||—||—||6||Perry||4||3||0||0|
|Devenish – MF||2||2||0||2||Junek||4||0||0||0|
|– Soto – 1B||2||0||1||0||Newhouse||3||1||1||0|
|Dias – RS||3||2||0||6|
|Quinatanilla – Ghost||—||—||—||—|
|– Sanchez – PH||1||0||1||—|
|– Buizon – 1B||1||1||0||0|
|– Crook – R||1||1||0||0|
|Pitcher- Cochran||17||14||1||Pitcher- J. House|
|Pitcher – Dickerson||5||0||3|
|LS Caller- Grillo|
|RS Caller – Lenicheck|
Thaxton Hits first ever home Run in team history to lead Boston over BCS 14-5
The BCS Outlaws were riding a high as they had clinched their first ever top 8 finish in team history by beating the Philly Fire in the previous game. the Renegades were on a mission as they had been knocked to the losers bracket and had to fight back. Not a lot of history between these two teams as Boston held a 2-0 lifetime record against BCS with wins in 2016 (8-1) and 2018 (4-2). In both contests, the BCS squad was able to hold the Renegades offense down. Some of that low score in 2018 was due to the very tall grass on the field they played on..at least that was how Boston felt. the Renegades would not take this BCS team lightly as they needed to get their bats back after they only had 2 innings of play against Tyler and had been put on ice for a few hours.
Boston would put the pressure on in the first inning with Joe McCormick, Shawn Devenish and Rob Dias all scoring on grounders and using their speed to beat it out. In one inning, they had almost matched their output from last years match, and that grass was going to play in favor of the Renegades this season,
BCS does not have a lot of power in their lineup, but they can put the ball into play. That was on display in the first inning as Justen Proctor stopped their first two hitters and Shawn Devenish finished of the Donut with three straight defensive stops as the Renegade defense continued to gain confidence.
In the top of the second, Thaxton led off with a towering short pop up and once again, the speed of the Renegades was too much for BCS, 4-0. Joe McCormick hit a bomb into left for the best hit of the game at this point and Boston’s 5 runs were more than they scored in the entire game in the previous year. The damage was only just beginning. Shawn Devenish would beat out a grounder to make it 6-0. With two outs, Joe Buizon would get a chance to hit as the Renegades were trying to ease him in and get his timing down. On the 7th pitch he saw, he laced a line drive into right field for a big run and a big boost of confidence for Buizon and his gimpy calf. Cochran had thrown just 8 pitches to the previous 5 batters in the inning but it took some time for Buizon and Cochran to get their timing down. Cochran would get back to work and throw just two pitches total to Thaxton and McCormick. Thax would hit a rope that would roll forever. McCormick would hit a grounder to the left side and use his speed to beat out a bang-bang play and Boston had scored six runs in the inning to push the game to 9-0. Weissman would call to the bench to get some action for the team. Rob Thayer would come in and go down on strikes for the end of the inning.
The trend would continue for BCS as they would continue to put pressure on the defense. Three players came up and three players would be stopped by the Renegades defense. Shawn Devenish would continue his stellar play at the mid-field position to stop Josh Perry on a fly ball up the middle. Justen Proctor would stop Abigail Junek on a dribbler up the middle of the field and Rob Dias would make his first stop off the bat of Tyler Newhouse on another dribbler where Newhouse ran to the wrong base but would have been stopped either way. This game was looking like it could be another 12 run game. This time, Boston wanted it so they could get off the field and get rest as the team would have to win three games the next day in order to get back to the title game. They would try to do it in Renegade style by trying to get everyone into the game.
Rest would go to Shawn Devenish who had played a ton during the week as Luis Soto got into the game and would play both ways to finish this. Soto would hit the first pitch he saw off Jamie Dickerson to the left side and be stopped. Rob Dias, who continued to feel better with his back wanted to stay in the game and with his new’ish stance, Weissman wanted to see how his swing would be impacted by playing all day in the heat. Dias would score on a grounder to the deep layer on the left side to make it 10-0. Drew Crook came off the bench for Buizon. Crook had been hampered by a tight hamstring earlier in the week and was limited in his playing time. Drew hit a laser and at this time, the best hit of the game. the base was late and it caused Drew to struggle to get out of the box. It did not matter. Drew could score walking on this bomb. As impressive as that was. …Thaxton would soon top it. On the first pitch he saw, Thaxton hit a moon hot into left field and as the ball landed, Bryan Grillo started raising his hands as he and other sighted coaches could see the ball land beyond the home run line. Thaxton cleared the line by about 5 feet. League photographer, John Lykowski saw it. Umpire Jason Price saw it and most impressively, Thaxton had his fiance and family at the game and they got to see this rare beepball feat. In an act of sportsmanship, Coach John stark from BCS suggested the ball be given to Thaxton for this accomplishment. A home run in Beep baseball counts as two runs and it was now 13-0. Joe McCormick would score a big run next on a ground ball to make it 14-0 and that would close out the scoring for Boston.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Hunter Fredrick and Josh Perry would each plate runs but it would not be enough to avoid the 12 run rule as Boston led 14-2, the game was exactly 12 runs. BCS would hit for the rest of the game and Boston would need to get 9 outs to get back to the hotel. BCS continued to pressure the Renegade defense. BCS could scratch just three more runs across the rest of the way.
Rob Dias and Justen Proctor each made six stops on defense in this game. Shawn Devenish finished with a pair of stops while Joe Yee also chipped in to make an out. The Boston defense made 15 stops on defense which equaled the most in a game during the 2019 season and only the 7th time in team history they had made this many in a game (but twice against the BCS Outlaws). The difference here was the speed and bats of Boston who hit .636 on the game. It was another big offense week in the team history as it marked the third top 5 batting average in a game in 17 years. Think about that, 17 years of ball and 3 of the biggest offensive outputs were in Tulsa this week! Tulsa was sure good for the offensive stats! This also marked a team record 7th time the Renegades had 12-runned an opponent during the season which set another team record.
In the end, BCS would go on to take 8th place, losing to Austin 8-0. They were very excited about their play and their ability to put the ball in play caused many teams fits. Boston would advance to the top 6 and would be taking on the Indy Edge in the morning. A change from all f the Texas teams the Renegades had faced till this point. The Edge had 12 runned Boston the previous year. The Edge had shown no respect for the Renegades on social media all year. Boston was going to be ready for this game, Their health was getting better, their defense gaining confidence and their bats were consistent. It was time to see what the Renegades were made of and what they learned from the previous beat down when the Edge beat them 23-8.
Part 1– Top of the first inning: Boston at the plate
Part 2– Bottom of the first inning and one batter in the top of the 2nd
Part 3– Top of the 2nd inning (missed two at bats from Joe Mac and Larry Haile)
Game 14 –
|Foppiano||5||2||1||1||Thaxton – 3B/R||5||4||0||1|
|Mulherin||5||3||2||1||McCormick – R/3B||5||3||1||1|
|Morris||5||3||2||4||Haile – DH||5||1||0||—|
|Dunleavy – DH||4||2||1||—||Proctor – RS/LS||—||—||—||2|
|– Gregory – DH||1||0||0||—||Devenish – MF||5||5||0||1|
|Mazariegos – DF||—||—||—||1||Dias – LS||5||2||2||4|
|Krussel||4||0||2||1||Buizon – 1B||3||0||3||0|
|Silver||4||0||1||0||– Yee – 1B||2||0||1||0|
|Pitcher- Kennedy||Pitcher- Cochran||30||15||7|
|LS Caller- Grillo|
|RS Caller – Lenicheck|
Game 15 –
|Gers||6||5||0||6||Thaxton – 3B/R||6||5||1||2|
|Malloy||5||1||1||1||McCormick – R/3B||6||3||1||2|
|– Rodriguez||1||1||0||—||Haile – DH||6||1||1||—|
|– Walters||—||—||—||0||Proctor – DF- LS/RS||—||—||—||1|
|Kuo||6||3||0||0||Devenish – MF||6||5||0||2|
|Biggins||2||1||0||0||Dias – LS||5||2||1||5|
|– Fleeks||4||0||2||0||Buizon – 1B||5||2||1||0|
|Sumner – DH||3||1||1||—|
|– Clark – DH||3||1||1||—|
|Boudreaux – DF||—||—||—||1|
|LS Caller- Grillo|
|RS Caller -Lenicheck|
Game 16 –
|Arambula||8||6||1||3||Thaxton – R/1B||6||4||0||3|
|Lopez||5||3||0||0||McCormick – 1B/R||5||1||2||0|
|– Ruzika||3||2||1||0||– Crook – PH||1||1||0||—|
|Smith – DH||7||3||1||—||Haile – DH||5||3||1||—|
|Flores – DF||—||—||—||6||– Sanchez – DH||1||0||0||—|
|A. Almanza||7||5||0||0||Proctor – DF/LS||—||—||—||5|
|Cox||7||3||1||2||Devenish – MF||5||3||0||1|
|Perez||7||4||0||2||– Soto – PH||1||0||0||—|
|Dias – RS||5||2||2||1|
|– Thayer – PH||1||0||0||—|
|Buizon – 3B||4||2||0||4|
|– Yee – 3B||1||1||0||0|
|Pitcher-K Sibson||Pitcher- Cochran||32||17||5|
|Pitcher – Dickerson||3||0||0|
|LS Caller- Grillo|
|RS Caller – Lenicheck|