Catching up with the Renegades

Hudson Valley Renegades infielder Jake Cronenworth follows through on a swing during a game against Brooklyn at Dutchess Stadium on July 8, 2015. (Will Montgomery photo/Times Herald-Record)

I was over at Dutchess Stadium to get a few stories for our weekly Hudson Valley Renegades pages that run in the paper every Sunday.

It was the day after Hudson Valley’s walkoff win over Williamsport on a Jake Cronenworth home run, so I asked manager Tim Parenton about the emotional lift that comes from such a game.

“It’s a great feeling when you win a game like we did last night with Cronenworth hitting a home run,” Parenton said. “This team just plays baseball. I can’t explain it right now. They’re a group that shows up, they do their work, they do what’s expected of them and when a game happens, they play. We’ve been on the good end the last couple of weeks, rolling a little bit and I hope it stays like that throughout the rest of the year.”

With the results of last night’s games, Hudson Valley moved into a first place tie in the McNamara Division with the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees. Brooklyn, which got off to a hot start, has won just three of its last 10 games, letting the Renegades and Yankees back in the mix. There’s about seven weeks left in the season, so things can certainly change, but it’s shaping up to be a good pennant race this summer.

The New York-Penn League has three divisions, so each of the division winners qualifies for the postseason, as does the second place team with the best overall record.

Here is the Renegades coverage we’ve had in the paper so far this season in case you’ve missed any of it:

July 19: Well-traveled Greg Maisto seizes opportunity

July 11: Joe McCarthy takes familiar road to pro debut

July 4: Reliever Brandon Koch not intimidated

June 27: Michael Russell back with a bang

June 20: Tim Ingram driven to succeed

June 18: Daniel De La Calle bridges language gap

June 17: Benton Moss a man of many talents

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