AUBURN - The Hudson Valley Renegades dropped the first of a three-game series with the Auburn Doubledays on Wednesday night, falling to 23-9 this season. Hudson Valley scored first with one run in the top of the first inning, but did not score again until the top of the ninth. Auburn rallied for eight consecutive runs in innings two through eight, and won 8-2 against the McNamara Division’s first place team. The Renegade’s visit to Falcon Park was their first road game this season against a team outside of their division.
Oscar Armenta got the start on the hill, with Darren Fischer and Ryan Pennell going the final five innings in relief. The three combined for seven earned runs with four strikeouts in eight innings.
After hitting for the cycle in his professional baseball debut, Grant Kay went 2-3 with a walk in his second game with Hudson Valley. He now has seven hits in his first two games with three RBI’s and six runs scored. Wilmer Dominguez went 1-4 with an RBI in the contest, as he and Kay combined for the team’s three hits.
Coty Blanchard stole two bases against the Doubledays, and now leads the New York-Penn League with 13 this season. Blanchard, followed by Bralin Jackson and Jace Conrad in second and third place respectively. They’re part of a Hudson Valley team that leads the league with an impressive 62 stolen bases this season.