Hudson Valley Sports Report


Best-Of-Three Series Shifts To Brooklyn










FISHKILL – Rightfielder Hill Alexander made a spectacular catch to prevent the potential game-tying run from reaching base in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday, and the Hudson Valley Renegades beat the Brooklyn Cyclones, 5-4, in Game 1 of the best-of-three New York-Penn League semifinals.

The series now shifts to Brooklyn where the Renegades will go for the sweep Thursday in Game 2.  First-pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Should the Renegades win, they would host Game 1 of the New York-Penn League Championship Series on Friday or Saturday.

The Renegades started the scoring in the second.  Back-to-back one-out walks from Brooklyn starter Michel Otanez put runners at first and second.  Hudson Valley second baseman Ben Troike then grounded an RBI double down the rightfield line to score one run and put the Renegades on top.

Brooklyn would respond in the third.  With one out, leftfielder Antoine Duplantis ripped a ground-rule double to right-center, then scored on an RBI single from centerfielder Jake Mangum.  The next hitter, shortstop Wilmer Reyes, check-swung a single into right and Mangum motored for third before running through a stop sign from third base coach and manager Edgardo Alfonzo.  Mangum was thrown out at the plate on a strong peg from Alexander.

Hudson Valley retook the lead with a pair in the third.  With one away, third baseman Nick Sogard was hit with a pitch.  He went to third as a wild pitch was thrown away at second by Brooklyn catcher Jake Ortega.  Sogard would score when designated hitter Luis Leon stood in next and lined a sacrifice fly to center.  Following that, first baseman Jacson McGowan went opposite field on a solo homer to right-center as the Renegades took a 3-1 lead.  It was McGowan’s third homerun of the season and the Renegades first since August 17th.

The Cyclones tied the game in the fourth and took its lone lead of the game in the fifth with an unearned run to make it 4-3.

But the Renegades would take the lead for good in the bottom-half.  Centerfielder K.V. Edwards started the inning with a walk.  That would set the stage for Jones who tattooed a two-run blast over the rightfield wall for his second dinger of the year as Hudson Valley took a 5-4 lead.

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