Burlington The McNamara Division leading Hudson Valley Renegades rallied from a five-run deficit with four runs in the fifth inning and three runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 7-5 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters in New York-Penn League action Aug. 7 at Dutchess Stadium.
Vermont jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a run in the second followed by two runs in the third and fourth innings off Hudson Valley starter Sean Bierman. Diomedes Lopez had an RBI single for the Lake Monsters in the second inning before a two-out Miguel Marte two-run double in the third after back-to-back singles from Chris Bostick and John Wooten. Vermont got its two runs in the fourth on a throwing error on an Addison Russell single and a Brett Vertigan RBI single.
Starter Brent Powers gave up just three hits with six strikeouts over four scoreless innings before leaving the game after allowing a one-out double in the bottom of the fifth. Reliever Nate Eppley came on to hit a batter and force home a run with a bases loaded walk for the Renegades first run. Then Eppley, who had not given up an earned run in his previous 17 2/3 innings over eight appearances, allowed three straight RBI infield singles for three more Renegade runs to cut deficit to 5-4.
The game stayed that way until the bottom eighth when DeShun Dixon greeted Vermont reliever Stuart Pudenz (2-1) with a leadoff triple and scored the tying run on a Michael Williams RBI single. Later in the inning with two on and two out, Luke Maile drilled a two-run triple to leftfield off Pudenz scoring pinch runner Joel Caminero and Thomas Coyle for a 7-5 Hudson Valley lead. Vermont pitchers had allowed just eight triples all season before the Renegades got two three-baggers in the eighth.