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Recap of Summer Tournaments

posted Jan 4, 2013, 7:46 PM by Patrick Gaffney

15U Virginia Renegades Co-Champions at USSSA 16U Tournament

The 15U Virginia Renegades bounced back from a slow start on Saturday to finish as Co-Champions at Fredericksburg this weekend. The Renegades got their revenge on Sunday as the brackets set them up to play the same teams they played on Saturday. This time around the Renegades played superb baseball and beat both the LC Raiders (5-0) and Future Stars (16-5). This setup the championship game against the Woodbridge Warriors but unfortunately the game was cancelled due to dangerous weather. Congratulations again to the Virginia Renegades!

15U Renegades Runners-Up at 16U College Invitational Tournament at VMI

The 15U Renegades finished in the runner up spot in this weekends USSSA College Invitational 16U tournament at VMI. The Renegades were 3-0-1, scoring 38 runs while only allowing 17, against solid competition from across the state. Only the 16U Richmond Braves, who recruit the top players from all over the state, finished ahead of us in this non playoff format tournament. Great timely hitting from everyone combined with superb starting pitching set the tone for the weekend. Special thanks goes to those pitchers who were called in unexpectedly and did a super job.

Renegades Great Weekend at Rehoboth

posted Jan 4, 2013, 7:44 PM by Patrick Gaffney

Even though the Renegades did not win the 18-19U tournament this weekend we certainly played some of the best and most exciting baseball all year.

We ended up winning three games and losing one over the course of the weekend. But the best part were the two dramatic last inning walk off victories where we came from behind not once but twice in each game. 

In the first game against the Delaware Devils Nate led the way for us by throwing a two-hit shutout. The Renegades turned in a stellar defensive effort highlighted by Connors diving catch of a line drive up the middle and Billy's excellent play at third.  Billy lead the offense with a deep drive in left center that hit the fence a foot from the top. The Renegades prevailed 3-0. 

In our second game of the day under the beautiful blue skies of Rehobeth Beach we played the Delaware Shore Byrds. The Shore Byrds jumped out to a three nothing lead after the first two innings. But the Renegades answered with four runs, all with two outs, as Ryan, Will and Frank delivered key RBI hits. But the Shore Byrds answered back with three more runs putting us down 6 to 4 late in the game. But we battled back again and tied it up in the sixth inning at 6 with an RBI double from Billy. Matt shut down the Shore Byrds in the top of the seventh as he did in the earlier innings. In the bottom of the seventh Will leads off with a base hit to right field, his third hit of the game. Frank follows with a perfect bunt down the first base side as the third baseman was aggressively charging, moving Will to second base. Ryan then smokes a line drive past the shortstop but Will had to hold for a second as the ball cleared the infield and then advanced third (good base running). The shore byrds did not want any part of Billy and intentionally walked him bringing up Matt with the bases loaded and one out. Matt quickly falls behind 0-2 on two curveballs. He makes an adjustment on the third curveball and smokes a ground ball past the third baseman driving in the winning run. 

On Sunday the Renegades arrive at the field before the sun did for the second time this weekend. Apparently the baseball gods wanted to see a repeat of Saturday's afternoon game as the seedings paired us up again against the Shore Byrds. 

True to form, after three innings the Shore Byrds were up three to nothing. But then the Shore Byrds extended their lead to five to nothing entering the bottom of the fifth. The score would've been much worse if not for Jessie's stellar play behind the plate blocking many pitches in the dirt.  Matt was once again summoned to stop the bleeding and keep us close.  Then the Renegades went to work, with key RBI hits from Matt, Frank, and Ryan we scored four runs to bring us within one going into the top of the sixth. Once again Matt closes the door on the Shore Byrds in the sixth inning. In the bottom half of the sixth John comes through with a huge clutch RBI base hit to plate the tying run. 

The Renegades again shut down the Shore Byrds in the seventh inning thanks to a great catch by Will in centerfield. Neither team can score in the seventh or eighth innings. But the Shore Byrds break through and score two huge runs in the top of the ninth to take a 7-5 lead. But even the Shore Byrds parents weren't comfortable just yet. As it was overheard one parent saying that those 2 runs were't enough against us. And sure enough the Renegades, once again, battled back showing their resiliency and tenacity, scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth-inning to tie it up 7-7.

Billy is now summoned to pitch and he proceeds to shutdown the Shore Byrds in the 10th and 11th innings. Ryan leads off the bottom of the 11th with a slow-roller toward shortstop, but showing that never say die attitude, beats out the throw to first. Billy follows with a fielders choice ground ball forcing Ryan at second base. With Matt at the plate and Billy running on the pitch, Matt hits a line drive to rightfield moving Billy to third. The Shore Byrds now pitch very carefully to Jesse. The last one coming close to Jesse's head with emotions running high as he walked to load the bases. Connor now comes up to the plate with bases-loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th. Connor has been hitting the ball on the screws all day long, unfortunately right at people. This time Connor scorches a line drive into the right-center gap scoring the winning run. Renegades win 8-7 in one of the greatest never say die games I've seen.

Unfortunately we only had a couple minutes to enjoy that fantastic victory before we had to wrap it up and get ready to play our next game. We found ourselves up against a college level team made up of many local college students in the Rehobeth area. Our guys battled valiantly for three innings but the exhaustion from the first game finally took its toll and the college guys took the game. 

I'd like to once again express my extreme pride with all the Renegades and how they battled this weekend. They certainly exhibited one of the most important traits of never giving up time and time again this weekend. I am very proud of how we battled.

Renegades Great Showing at WSL World Series in Florida

posted Jan 4, 2013, 7:34 PM by Patrick Gaffney

The Renegades had a great showing this past weekend at the 15U World Scout League's World Series tournament in Jupiter Florida. The Renegades finished second after 5 games in their pool and qualified for the playoffs as the overal number 5 seed. In pool play they knocked off the South Carolina Shockwave, Kernsville Bulldogs from Georgia and Team Reebok out of Miami. In the quarterfinal playoff round, the Renegades faced off against Chet Lemon's Juice team from Florida. The Renegades battled valiantly but lost to a very talented Juice team, whose closer was gunned at 90 mph, 3-1. Two of the teams the Renegades lost to made it to the World Series semi finals. The Renegades did a great job and want to thank all the players and coaches who contributed to this superb outing and season.

Renegades Tryout

posted Aug 11, 2012, 11:49 AM by Patrick Gaffney

16U Renegades will hold a tryout on Sunday August 12th at the Westfield High School from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Please sign up on our prospect form if you haven't done so already.

Renegades Tryout

posted Jul 20, 2012, 2:16 PM by Patrick Gaffney

Renegades announce tryouts/combine for 16U Fall team

posted Jul 18, 2012 4:48 AM by Patrick Gaffney   [ updated Jul 18, 2012 3:28 PM ]
The Virginia Renegades will be holing a tryout/skills combine for the Fall 16U team on the following days:
  • Wednesday July 25th at 5:15 at South Lakes High School
  • Saturday July 28th at 10:00 am at South Lakes High School
  • Sunday July 29th at 1:00 pm at Westfield High School
Please fill out our prospect form here before coming to the tryouts.

The following criteria will be measured at the combine:
  • 60 yard dash
  • Throwing Velocity
  • Exit Speed Velocity (Hitting)
  • Pop Time
  • Broad Jump
  • Pro-Agility Time (5-10-5)
  • Medicine Ball Throw (Rotational Strength)
Cost for the tryout/combine is $20 for the first one. Any additional tryouts for that season are free.

The Fall season will consist of 4 tournaments with our major emphasis on developing the skills necessary to play at the college level. These are strength building, training the swing and pitching velocity improvements. Our fall training workouts will be directed by Coach Johnson

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