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By Mike Weltman, Renegades Intern
The 20th season of Hudson Valley Renegades baseball is underway and
this year’s team has a tough act to follow with the 2012 squad
winning the New York Penn League championship.
Renegades fans won’t be able to see their team at home until June 21 as they open the season with four games on the road. This season, fans will also be waiting to see the Renegades in their brand new uniforms. The Renegades will be unveiling three new uniforms and a complete makeover for Rascal, the team mascot.
The Renegades opened the season on a positive note Monday as lefthander Jordan Harrison pitched brilliantly with six scoreless innings in which he allowed just two hits against the Aberdeen IronBirds in a 5-0 Renegades victory.
The Renegades will continue their opening series against Aberdeen Tuesday and Wednesday and then travel to Staten Island on Thursday before facing the Yankees in their home opener on Friday night.
They go back on the road to play Staten Island and Brooklyn on the weekend before playing three of four games at home against Staten Island and Brooklyn next week.
Johns, who is in his first year as Renegades manager has high expectations for his team. The Renegades are looking to maintain the high level of success set by last year’s team.
Another first-year member to Johns’ coaching staff is pitching coach Steve Watson. Watson is looking to see which pitchers will be in his starting rotation.
Left-hander Jordan Harrison could be in that group as he gained some crucial starts in the Gades series against the Tri-City Valley Cats during the League Championship series. Harrison, a 25th round draft pick, is looking to make a major impact with the Gades. He pitched in 10 games, accumulating a 1.52 ERA for the Princeton Rays.
Another pitcher who hopes to be joining Harrison on the mound is Chris Kirsh, a 14th round draft pick from Newtown Square, PA. Another sub-30 draft pick is pitcher Derek Loera, who truck out 89 batters in 93.2 innings last season.
The Renegades offense is backed by speedsters Ariel Soriano, Jonathan Quiñonez and James Harris. They combined for 45 stolen bases on 52 attempts last season. The Gades hope to match that speed with the power of John Alexander who had 33 RBIs in 62 games. Another heavy hitter for the 2013 team is Julian Morillo, who hit 303 with 28 RBIs in 38 games.
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