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Renegades drop series finale with Blue Rocks

Blue Rocks rally for three in the ninth
(Dave Janosz)
May 1, 2022

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY (May 1, 2022) — The Hudson Valley Renegades dropped the series finale to the Wilmington Blue Rocks 8-6 on Sunday afternoon at Dutchess Stadium. Wilmington struck in the top of the first against Hudson Valley starter Blane Abeyta. Omar Meregildo lined an RBI single to left to

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY (May 1, 2022) The Hudson Valley Renegades dropped the series finale to the Wilmington Blue Rocks 8-6 on Sunday afternoon at Dutchess Stadium.

Wilmington struck in the top of the first against Hudson Valley starter Blane Abeyta. Omar Meregildo lined an RBI single to left to make it 1-0 Blue Rocks.

In the bottom of the second, Eric Wagaman crushed his first homer of the season, a two-run blast to left field, against Wilmington starter Matt Merrill to give Hudson Valley a 2-1 lead.

The Blue Rocks leveled it up in the top of the third on Drew Mendoza’s RBI single off Abeyta. The right-hander lasted three innings, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking none.

In the bottom of the third, Aaron Palensky gave the Renegades the lead with his first home run of the season. Everson Pereira followed with an RBI single later in the inning to extend the Hudson Valley lead to 4-2.

Carson Coleman took over in relief and dominated for the Hudson Valley, firing three shutout innings, only permitting one hit, striking out four and walking none.

The Blue Rocks rallied back to take the lead against Bryan Blanton. In the top of the seventh, Yasel Antuna brought home Darren Baker with a groundout to cut the deficit to 4-3. The following inning, Jeremy Ydens blooped a two-run single to right to give Wilmington a 5-4 edge.

In the bottom of the eighth against Troy Stainbrook, Austin Wells tied the game with a towering home run to left-center, his second homer in three nights off a left-hander. Amos Willingham (1-1) entered and Hudson Valley continued its late-inning life. With two outs, Cooper Bowman doubled and Tyler Hardman singled him home to put the Renegades in front 6-5.

Wilmington bounced right back in the top of the ninth against Charlie Ruegger (0-1). Drew Mendoza banged a go-ahead two-run triple to right and Kevin Strohschein lifted a sacrifice fly to add an insurance run and make it 8-6 Blue Rocks.

Zach Brzykcy earned his second save of the series and third of the year, retiring the Renegades in order in the bottom of the ninth.

After a successful 8-4 homestand, Hudson Valley will enjoy a day off tomorrow before traveling to Jersey Shore on Tuesday to start a six-game series with the BlueClaws. RHP Matt Sauer (0-0, 3.60) opens the series for the Renegades, while the BlueClaws counter with RHP Griff McGarry (0-1, 5.06). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at ShoreTown Ballpark. Coverage begins on the Renegades Baseball Network at 5:45.