WAPPINGERS FALLS – When the smoke from the fireworks cleared, 4,621 people at Dutchess Stadium departed for the final time in 2013. The Renegades long 76-game journey began back on June 17th in Aberdeen, when this year’s squad still heard the echoes from a championship season just one year ago. The ups and downs and everything in between brought Michael Johns and his team to the season’s final day, where they defeated the Connecticut Tigers, 4-1, on Wednesday night.
Omar Narvaez and Granden Goetzman opened the bottom of the second with a pair of singles. Zach Reininger later walked James Harris with one out to load the bases for the bottom of the order. Thomas Milone then struck out swinging, but Ben Kline came through with a hard single into center that plated a pair of runners and made it 2-0.
The Tigers were threatening against Chris Kirsch in the third after Kasey Coffman doubled Curt Powell to third with two outs to put the tying runs in scoring position. Kirsch continued his terrific final month of the season by getting Ben Verlander to fly out to retire the side, and he wouldn’t allow another hit over his final two innings.
With the score still 2-0 in the home sixth, James Harris hit a one out single off Tigers long reliever Julio Felix, who had already pitched three scoreless innings. Harris stole second and quickly scored on Milone’s RBI single in just his second Renegades game. Cory Jordan and Aaron Griffin each pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the sixth and seventh.
After Anthony Tzamtzis loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, Rick Teasley came on and once again he was clutch. Just as he did in Connecticut, Teasley got a sac fly from Brett Harrison that made it 3-1 and another flyout from Chris Taladay to keep the lead intact.
Hudson Valley’s final run came in the eighth after Milone and Kline reached on a pair of singles. Ariel Soriano then punched an infield single to the left side for his 31st RBI of the season to give the ‘Gades a 4-1 lead.