STATEN ISLAND — The Hudson Valley Renegades put together a late inning rally to top the Staten Island Yankees 4-1 on Friday night, giving them their sixth straight win. In a contest that featured just one total run through seven innings of play, Staten Island led 1-0 heading into the top of the eighth inning. With Braxton Lee singling and later advancing to third, Jace Conrad was able to drive him in with a sacrifice fly to left-field. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Hudson Valley broke the game open with three runs in the top of the ninth. With the victory, they improve to 14-5 overall, and are now three games ahead of Brooklyn in first place of the McNamara Division.
Oscar Armenta started the game on the hill, tossing five innings of one-run baseball with four strikeouts and just one walk. Edgar Gomez went the next four innings, giving up no runs while striking out four. Combined, the two went nine innings with just one run and eight total strikeouts. Gomez earned the win and improved to 3-1 on the season.
Offensively, the Renegade bats came alive in the later stages of the game, as they finished with four runs on five hits. Braxton Lee led the charge with a three-hit performance in his professional debut. The Ole Miss product went 3-5, scored a run and drove in three, playing a key role in all four Hudson Valley runs on the evening.
Jace Conrad and Mac James each singled in the game, with Conrad driving in the team’s first run. Hudson Valley committed no errors defensively, as Staten Island left six on base and went 0-6 with runners in scoring position.
Now with a six game winning streak, the Renegades have done something that no other team in the New York-Penn League has been able to this year. They are also one of just two teams to reach fourteen wins, as State College did the same with a win on Friday. Hudson Valley has played two less games than the Spikes this season.