WAPPINGERS FALLS - The Tri-City ValleyCats held off a late charge to defeat the Hudson Valley Renegades 4-2 on Sunday evening. The loss dropped Hudson Valley’s record to 39-17 overall and 22-5 at home.
Nolan Gannon took a tough loss for Hudson Valley, as the right-handed hurler tossed five solid innings of one-run baseball with just one walk and two strikeouts. In his last eight starts, Gannon has not surrendered more than one walk in any outing. His strikeout to walk ratio is the best on the team, and his last two-walk performance came in his first start of the season.
Tri-City broke the pitcher’s duel in the 6th inning, bringing home the first run of the ballgame. It was the first blemish in Gannon’s start, as he left to be replaced by Eli Echarry. He’d go on to pitch the next two innings, allowing no runs and striking out two.
Tri-City tacked on three more runs in the eighth inning to expand their lead to four runs.
Ryan Pennell pitched a scoreless top of the ninth in his tenth outing this season, allowing no runners and no hits. Following his scoreless frame, the Renegades looked for a last inning charge to win the game.
Hunter Lockwood started the rally with a lead-off double, and moved to third on Coty Blanchard’s groundout. Bralin Jackson brought home Lockwood and advanced to first on an error. Wilmer Dominguez kept the line moving with a single to right field, in between first and second. Alec Sole worked one of the most impressive at bats of the Renegade season, fouling off eight pitches and ultimately reaching on an infield single. Braxton Lee was hit by ValleyCat pitcher Ryan Thompson to force in a run and cut the Hudson Valley deficit to 4-2.
No more runs would score the rest of the way, as Tri-City survived for the victory. Hudson Valley has only been held scoreless twice this season, and that didn’t change as they rallied for two runs in the final inning.