You could say the year the Hudson Valley Renegades are having is, in a word, historic.
The team from Fishkill became the New York Yankees’ full season Class A affiliate amid an overhaul across Minor League Baseball this past offseason. They promptly rocketed to the top of the standings in the new High-A East League’s North Division, drawing excitement from not only fans in Dutchess County, but Yankee fans everywhere.
And on Saturday night, the ‘Gades made more history.
Sean Boyle, Nick Ernst and Derek Craft combined to toss a no-hitter in the Renegades’ 5-0 win over the visiting Brooklyn Cyclones. The game was the second of a doubleheader, and thus the feat was accomplished in seven innings instead of the standard nine.
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Nonetheless, it marked the first-ever combined no-hitter in team history and only the second no-hitter overall. On Aug. 10, 2000 — when Hudson Valley was affiliated with the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays — Doug Waechter twirled a no-hitter at Dutchess Stadium.
Waechter struck out 10 and walked three over nine innings in his no-hitter. He went on to pitch six years in the majors, for Tampa Bay, the Florida Marlins and the Kansas City Royals.
Coincidentally enough, Waechter’s no-hit performance came against the Pittsfield Mets, who at the time were affiliated with the New York Mets. The Cyclones, now, are the Mets’ High-A club.
Boyle started the game, pitching the first four innings. He allowed three walks and struck out three batters, before he gave way to Ernst. Pitching the fifth and sixth, Ernst walked two and struck out four to earn the win.
Craft closed it out, getting Zach Ashford to ground out, recording a strikeout of Cody Bohanek and getting Juan Uriarte to fly out to right field.
Josh Breaux provided all the offense the pitchers needed, clubbing three home runs.
The catcher went yard in the bottom of the first and again in the bottom of the fourth. Both were solo shots, but he drilled a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.
The Renegades had won the first game of their twin bill, 7-1, over Brooklyn. Heading into Sunday, the ‘Gades were 39-19 and were winners of their last seven straight.
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