My Trip to Dutchess Stadium
The Renegades Game on Sunday
My Dad’s friend had 4 tickets to Sunday’s Hudson Valley Renegades game that he couldn’t use, so he gave them to us for free. Sunday was really bad weather, though. It was raining all day. The game was scheduled for 5:05. At around 4, the sun came out and it looked like the rest of the rain would hold up. My Mom asked me and my little brother Tommy to decide if we should go, and we wanted to, but we weren’t sure if we would get stuck in the rain. While we were deciding what to do, the lights went out. Another blackout! That was like the 3rd of the week! Then right away we decided to go, because being out in the rain is better than sitting in a dark house with no power. My older brother and my Dad stayed home with our old Lab, Jesse. He is arthritic and can’t get around by himself, so he needs someone with him all the time.
We got to Dutchess Stadium nice and early. The field was still wet in some parts, and they said the game was postponed until 6. That was annoying. My Mom asked if we should go back, but I didn’t want to sit around in a blackout, so we stayed. 6:00 rolled around, and the field still wasn’t ready. All this time, I just watched the Renegades and the Cyclones warm up. They are all so cute! Everyone on the Single A teams wears high socks on the uniforms, and they all look so cute.
Here’s Dutchess Stadium. It’s a pretty park.
All the trees make a pretty batter’s eye.
During the delay, there were Renegades signing autographs for free. It was nice; they stayed out there for a good while signing everything. Me and Tommy went over to get the starting pitcher to sign out tickets, but as soon as we went over, he went in the dugout. We didn’t get anything signed.
That’s the Gade’s starting pitcher. Isn’t he cute?
The game finally started, and it was a pitcher’s duel. After the third inning, the announcer came on and said anyone you stayed through the hour and a half rain delay is getting their tickets renewed. That made us so happy. Not one free game, but 2! We are going to try to get tickets for this Sunday’s game.
The Renegade’s pitcher gave up a run first. But the Renegades struck back with 3 runs to take a 3-1 lead! These are the Rays of the future, and they looked pretty good. The Cyclones are the baby Mets, so I was definetely rooting for the Gades, and they are our local team. After the Gades’s big inning, it was getting dark, so we decided to leave. If the game had started on time, it would’ve been over by the time we left. But my Mom has trouble driving in the dark, so we left. The rest of the game was televised on a local channel, so we finished watching it at home. The Renegades wound up losing to the Cyclones, 5-3. Both teams played well.
He had the hit that tied the game at 1. He was the catcher.
This little cutie hit in the go-ahead runs for the Gades.
Single A baseball games are a lot of fun. I have actually seen some of the Gades make it to the majors. One time we went and got a baseball signed by Fernando Perez, and he made it to the bigs as a Ray! Longoria also started out as a Gade. You never know who will be the next superstar.