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Renegades Battle In Jimmy Fund Tourney



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Renegades Battle In Jimmy Fund Tourney

Newtown’s 9 year old baseball team, the Renegades, recently participated in the 19th Annual Al Leonard Jimmy Fund Tournament and reached the title round before falling to New Milford. Game results are as follows:

Newtown Renegades 3, Danbury 2: The Newtown Renegades came from behind in extra innings to defeat Danbury in the winner’s bracket final in Bethel. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Dillon Robinson led off with a single to right field. CJ Giacin advanced Robinson to second in the next at-bat. With two outs, Will Swift slashed a double to center to score Robinson, tying the game 1-1. In the top of the seventh inning, Danbury scratched out another run to claim a 2-1 lead. Leading off the bottom of the seventh inning, Joey Rios hammered a home run over the right center field fence to tie the game at 2-2. John Godino walked in the next at bat. Matt Bradbury stepped to the plate two batters later and drove in the winning run. On the mound, Godino and Josh Taylor combined to hold Danbury to two runs on one hit, striking out 14.

New Milford 13, Renegades 0: After a week off due to rain and scheduling issues, the Renegades matched up with New Milford in the finals of the 19th Annual Al Leonard Jimmy Fund Tournament in Bethel. New Milford jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. New Milford’s strong pitching held the Renegades to one hit, a double from Shaine Luzietti. The win forced a second game in the double elimination tournament.

New Milford 1, Renegades 0: The second and final game for the 9-year-old title was a classic pitcher’s duel with only one run and one hit recorded in the books. Joey Rios started for the Renegades on the mound. He battled for four innings, holding New Milford to one run on no hits with eight strikeouts. A lead-off triple by Josh Taylor in the top of the sixth inning gave the Renegades hope that another comeback was in the making. With the tying run on third base, New Milford’s closer struck out the next three Renegades to end the game and give New Milford the championship.

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