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Doubledays power past Hudson Valley

After avoiding a Scrappers sweep with a 10-5 win on Sunday and an off day Monday, the Doubledays were hungry to get back on the field Tuesday against the Renegades. Auburn’s bats stayed hot despite the day off, carrying the Doubledays to a 6-4 win against Hudson Valley.

The Doubledays wasted no time getting on the board and kicked off the contest with an RBI single by Jose Sanchez. Jake Randa worked a one-out walk and Eric Senior followed with a line drive single to center field, putting a runner on third base after a flyball out by Caldioli Sanfler. Sanchez was then able to bring in Randa by ripping a 2-2 pitch to left field before Renegades starter Rodolpho Sanchez struck out Andrew Pratt to end the inning.

After escaping with just a one-run deficit, Sanchez ran into even more trouble in the second and was removed only one out into the inning. Albert Carrillo walked and stole second to set the table, allowing Jake Alu to single him in. Jack Dunn followed with a walk, and a soft single to left field by Ricardo Mendez loaded the bases for Randa. Randa was Sanchez’s only victim of the inning, but Senior — the next batter up — was able to drive in two with a single to not only give the Doubledays a 3-1 lead, but also force the Renegades to dip into their bullpen.

Steffon Moore closed the door on the inning and — despite allowing a pair of walks — kept the Doubledays off the board in the third.

On the mound for the Doubledays, starter Tyler Dyson held the Renegades scoreless over his first two innings but gave up his first run of the night in the third. He walked the inning’s first two batters and would have allowed a run to score on a single if it weren’t for a strong relay throw home from Carrillo to nab the runner at the plate. A wild pitch, however, advanced both of Dyson’s base runners 90 feet, which allowed one to score on a fielding error.

Moore opened up the fourth inning with two quick outs but quickly found himself in trouble after a hit-by-pitch and two walks. Shay Smiddy entered in relief but let a run score right away on a wild pitch. Carrillo collected himself an RBI with a single before Smiddy got Alu to ground out and end the inning.

Now up 5-1, Fausto Segura — replacing Dyson on the mound — wasn’t able to achieve the shutdown inning and gave Hudson Valley their two runs right back. Catcher’s interference loaded the bases for the Doubledays, which set up Garrett Hiott’s two-run single.

Smiddy pitched well after his wild pitch, holding the Doubledays scoreless for three innings while keeping the Renegades’ offense within striking distance. With runners on first and second in the seventh, Jacson McGowan singled off Bobby Milacki to make it a 5-4 game. The Doubledays were able to get that run back in the ninth, however, on an Andrew Pratt home run, giving the Doubledays their 6-4 win.

The Doubledays will be back in action Wednesday at 7:05 PM.

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