WAPPINGERS FALLS – If you were lucky enough to watch Sunday’s game between the Renegades and Cyclones at Dutchess Stadium, it was the perfect way to end the first month of the season. All the parts moved into the right places, and on a day when the only run was the difference, the Renegades came out on top 1-0. Ty Young’s game-winning groundout in the bottom of the eleventh lifted the team’s record to 10-4 while maintaining that grasp on first place in the McNamara Division.
Renegades starter Ben Griset struggled in two innings earlier in the week against the Cyclones, allowing five runs in the first inning. But on Sunday, he could not have rebounded any better while getting some defensive help in the second. With runners at first and second, James Roche sent a high chopper to third where Young stepped on the bag before throwing to first to complete the inning-ending double play. Griset would not allow any more hits, lasting five and picking up two strikeouts to complete his day.
Hudson Valley would not fare much better against Brooklyn’s Robert Gsellman, who after today officially cemented himself as one of the league’s best. With runners at second and third and one out in the fifth, Gsellman got a groundball to second off the bat of John Alexander. Jonathan Quiñonez, the runner at third, got caught in a rundown and was tagged out. Later with the bases loaded following a hit by pitch to Darryl George, the Cyclones lefty struck out Julian Ridings on three pitches.
Each team started the eighth inning with a leadoff double, but the runners would not score. With Justin Choate firing blanks for the ‘Gades out of the pen, he got Colton Playa to ground to Young with Jorge Rivero at third base. Young threw home, then got the return feed from catcher Oscar Hernandez to apply the tag on Rivero for the second out. Choate got another huge ground ball in the ninth after a one out single by Gavin Cecchini. L.J. Mazzilli rolled out into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to give the Renegades a chance to win in the ninth.
Young led off with a walk before Johnny Field’s sacrifice bunt moved him to second. But tough lefty John Mincone retired Hernandez and Quiñonez in order to send it to extras for the fourth time this week.
Out of the pen for the tenth after shaky outings in each of his last two appearances, Andrew Hanse (1-1) exacted revenge against the Cyclones with two scoreless innings. Mincone (1-1) would retire the Renegades on just five pitches in the 10th, but would not fare as well in the next inning.
A Ridings leadoff double to right got things started before Ariel Soriano’s sacrifice bunt moved the winning run to third. On the first pitch he saw, Young sent a chopper to the right side with the infield drawn in. The second baseman Mazzilli fielded the tricky hop and threw to the plate, but it wasn’t in time as Ridings slid around the tag for the game’s only run.