Cyclones outslugged by rival Renegades
Brooklyn power barrage not enough in Hudson Valley
Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez continued to show why they are headed to the MLB Futures Game this weekend in Colorado, and Luke Ritter just keeps blasting home runs.
But Brooklyn’s long-ball assault in Hudson Valley on Tuesday night wasn’t enough as the Baby Bums suffered a 9-7 loss to the rival Renegades in front of 1,687 fans at Dutchess Stadium.
Baty, who is arguably the best player at the High-A level and likely on his way to Double-A sooner than later, belted a solo shot two innings after Alvarez, the Cyclones’ star catcher, hit one of his own in the fourth frame.
Both prized prospects have seven homers this year and will represent our borough and the parent-club Mets during Sunday’s prospect-filled Futures Game at Coors Field, two days before the MLB All-Stars hit the field for the annual event.
Ritter, the team leader in homers, connected for his 11th of the year in the sixth to give Brooklyn what proved to be a short-lived 6-5 lead.
The Renegades (35-19) responded with one run in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the seventh, sending the Cyclones (18-35) to their third straight loss and fourth in five games.
Bryce Montes de Oca (1-2) took the loss for Brooklyn, surrendering two runs and walking three while retiring only two batters in the fateful seventh inning.
Pablo Olivares, Josh Breaux and Chad Bell went deep for Hudson Valley, which is now the High-A affilate of the New York Yankees.
Charlie Ruegger (4-4) picked up the win in relief after yielding a run on one hit with two walks and four strikeouts over two innings before Derek Craft worked a scoreless ninth for the save.
Tuesday’s contest opened a six-game series between the clubs.
In local college sports news, both the Long Island University Sharks and St. Francis Terriers were rewarded for their achievements off the field and in the classroom this week.
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America announced that the LIU men’s and women’s swimming teams earned Scholar All-America honors for their respective GPAs of 3.38 and 3.69.
“LIU swimming consistently produces winners in the pool and classroom and this year is no exception,” noted CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart.
“These are some of the best ambassadors of LIU and Athletic Director Dr. William E. Martinov Jr., President Kimberly Cline, and Dr. Perry Williams (Faculty Athletic Representative) can and should be proud of these 44 men and women.”
Overall, 721 programs from 426 institutions earned the honor, and the CSCAA will name its individual Scholar All-America team next week.
The SFC Brooklyn women’s bowling team earned National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-Academic Team honors as announced by the organization on Tuesday.
Additionally, all seven student-athletes on the roster received individual accolades for academic excellence.
As a team, the Terriers collected a cumulative 3.518 GPA during the 2020-21 academic year.
In order to be eligible for the NTCA Team Academic award, programs must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.2 or higher for the academic school year.
For this past academic year, a record 59 bowling programs from across the nation achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.2 or higher. SFC joins LIU, Sacred Heart, Fairleigh Dickinson, Saint Francis (PA) and Duquesne as the NEC recipients of the NTCA All-Academic Team awards.
Every Terrier earned NTCA individual academic honors. Mikayla Ferrara, Taylor Waglione, Rachel Casillas, Victoria Doto, Heather Waters, Kimmi D’Ottavio, and Lexis Ortiz were all recipients of the national academic accolades.
In order to receive individual academic honors, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher for the academic school year to qualify for the award. This year there were 385 honorees, representing 63 NCAA bowling programs.