Hudson Valley Sports Report

RENEGADES MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

Hudson Valley Nips Vermont To Clinch NY-P League McNamara Division; Playoff Tickets On Sale

FISHKILL – Second baseman Miles Mastrobuoni pounded out three hits, and the Renegades bullpen shut down the Vermont Lake Monsters offense over four innings en route to a 3-2 win Thursday night at Dutchess Stadium to clinch the McNamara Division.

The win ensures a spot for the Renegades in next week’s New York-Penn League playoffs.

Playoff tickets are on sale; call the Renegades office at 845-838-0094.

Vermont started the scoring with two runs in the second.  First baseman Miguel Mercedes started the inning with a single, then designated hitter JaVon Shelby stepped to the plate and belted a two-run homer over the leftfield wall.  The dinger was Shelby’s fourth on the season and gave the Lake Monsters a 2-0 lead.

Hudson Valley came right back with a run in the bottom half.  With two out and no one on, right fielder Angel Perez drew a walk then stole second before advancing to third on a missed catch on the stolen base by second baseman Nate Mondou.  Catcher Danny De La Calle followed that with an infield single to short to score Perez and make the score 2-1.

Hudson Valley took the lead for good in the third.  With one out, Mastrobuoni singled to right then moved to second when shortstop Eli White booted a groundball by centerfielder Garrett Whitley.  First baseman Nate Lowe followed that with a double to center to score Mastrobuoni and Whitley to give the Renegades a 3-2 lead.

That was all the Renegades pitchers would need as the top staff in the league flexed their muscle to wrap up the division.  After their runs in the second, Hudson Valley allowed only three more base runners the rest of the game.  Starter Adrian Navas (5-2) got the win after allowing two runs on four hits in five innings.  Relievers J.D. Busfield and Jayson McKinley combined to hold Vermont to no runs on one hits over the game’s final four innings.  McKinley notched his seventh save of the season as he struck out four of the six men he faced including the side in the ninth to nail down the division.

Starter A.J. Puk (0-4) took the loss for Vermont after he gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits in four innings.  The sixth overall draft choice of the 2016 MLB draft also struck out six on the night.

Mastrobuoni led the way offensively for the Renegades as he went 3-4 with a run scored.  Hudson Valley had six hits on the night.  Vermont had five hits including a 2-3 night by Shelby who homered, scored a run, and drove in both runs for the Lake Monsters.

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