Hudson Valley Renegades: 12 Inning Marathon Ends In Heartbreak
What was supposed to be a seven-inning first game of a doubleheader, turned into a 12 inning affair for the Hudson Valley Renegades and the Tri-City ValleyCats on Tuesday night. Neither team was able to push a run across until Tri-City put two on the board in the 12th to win the ballgame.
Pitching was the story in this one, as the Renegades and ValleyCats sent out Austin Franklin and Tyler Ivey, respectively. Both pitchers were at their best. Franklin threw six shutout innings, allowed just two hits and struck out seven. Ivey went seven shutout innings, allowed just one run, walked a batter and struck out six. Despite their efforts, neither starter factored in the decision.
Hudson Valley ran into some bad luck on more than one occasion in the game. After recording their first hit, a leadoff single by Zac Law in the fifth, Angel Perez immediately followed it up with a hard hit groundball right at the second baseman. Almost the same exact play happened in the seventh following a leadoff walk by Vidal Brujan.
Carl Chester, who hit the ball hard four times but had nothing to show for it, ripped a long drive down the line in the 12th that hooked foul at the last second. He did, however, make two stunning plays in center field to keep the game close.
Hudson Valley’s bad luck on offense wasn’t the only bad luck they ran into. In the top of the 12th after two quick outs, a single by ValleyCats’ Adrian Tovalin kept the inning alive. The next batter struck out swinging but reached first on a wild pitch. That runner would ultimately come around to score on a two-run double by Colton Shaver and proved to be the difference in the game.
Despite three solid innings, Renegades relief pitcher Hector Lopez was tagged with the loss. ValleyCats Ben Smith was rewarded the win after pitching a scoreless 11th and 12th.
This game had huge playoff implications for the Hudson Valley Renegades, who entered the game just two games behind the Staten Island Yankees in the McNamara division. The loss drops them to 38-28 and unfortunately for them, a 3-0 win by the Yankees increases the deficit to three games.
Game two of the doubleheader between the Renegades and ValleyCats was scheduled to begin immediately following the end of game one.