Thursday, August 5, 2010

Renegades alive; local baseball notes & CD Football Hall of Fame

OWASSO, Okla. -- The Troy Renegades won their first game in the American Amateur Baseball Congress’ 15-and-under Ken Griffey Jr. World Series in their fourth try, earning another game and another day in the double-elimination tournament.

Troy defeated Colorado 10-2 Thursday afternoon, as starting pitcher Greg Hotaling needed only to go two innings into the game. The Renegades plan to start him today against Broken Arrow or a team from the Dallas area, depending on the outcome of that game late Thursday night.

Ryan McGrath hit a double and a triple in the 10-2 victory.

The Renegades lost both games in pool play and were seeded sixth out of eight teams in the double elimination portion. They lost to the D-Bat Sharp team 13-0 in the first game in double-elimination play.

The Lansingburgh Royals (2007 and 2009), the South Troy Dodgers (2006 and 2008) and the Renegades have represented New York State in this World Series each of the past five years.

For the most up-to-date brackets and line scores, visit

Twilight League Semifinals
Waterford eliminates All-Stars: The Waterford (Nolan Propane) Fordians won two out of three games to eliminate the All Stars Academy team from the Twilight League semifinals Thursday evening.

Waterford scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning in the third and deciding game to post a 10-7 victory. Patrick Reardon singled three times and drove in a run, while Paul Izzo was a single short of the cycle with five RBI in the final game.

All Stars won game one, 8-3. Waterford rallied with a 10-2 victory in game two.

Waterford will face the Albany Athletics in the Twilight League championship series, a best three-of-five affair, beginning August 9.

The Athletics and All Stars Academy will compete in the AABC Stan Musial North Atlantic regionals this weekend at Bleecker Stadium and Keenholts Park in Guilderland Center.

This weekend, Spring Youth Baseball is hosting the eight-and-under Mid Atlantic Cal Ripken regional right here in Troy.

A schedule for the event is posted below. Click on the image to see it full-size.

The North Colonie Padres 14-and-under team, the eastern New York State champions, is playing in the Babe Ruth mid Atlantic regional tournament this weekend in Charles County, Maryland this weekend. The tournament schedule has been pasted in below. We hope to bring you updates with the team's progress throughout the weekend.


The tournament will consist of a pool play format as mandated by Babe Ruth League, Inc. The blind draw by the Regional Commissioner determined each team’s division in the tournament pool. No team will be permitted to play more than two (2) games in a calendar day. The pool play rules and schedule were derived directly from the Babe Ruth League web site. The scheduled fields and times were made as fair and equally as possible.

2010 Middle Atlantic 14 Year Old Regional Tournament

Pool A (left) Pool B (Right)

Pennsylvania Eastern NY

Northern NJ Western NY

Delaware Southern NJ

MD runner-up Metro NY

Host: Charles County (MD) MD state champs

* denotes home team RFS = Regency Furniture Stadium LS = Laurel Springs Park

Saturday, August 7th

Game 1 8:45 am LS7 Pennsylvania vs. Delaware *

Game 2 8:45 am LS8 Western NY vs. Southern NJ*

Game 3 9:00 am RFS Eastern NY vs. MD state champs*

Game 4 12:00 pm LS7 Northern NJ vs. Host*

Game 5 12:00 pm LS8 Delaware vs. MD runner-up*

Game 6 1:00pm RFS Western NY vs. Metro NY*

Game 7 3:15 pm LS7 MD runner-up vs. Host*

Game 8 3:15 pm LS8 Northern NJ vs. Pennsylvania*

Game 9 4:30 pm RFS Southern NJ vs. MD state champs*

Game 10 6:30 pm LS8 Metro NY vs. Eastern NY*

Sunday, August 8th

Game 11 8:45 am LS7 Southern NJ vs. Eastern NY *

Game 12 8:45 am LS8 Delaware vs. Northern NJ*

Game 13 9:00 am RFS Host vs. Pennsylvania*

Game 14 12:00 pm LS7 MD state champs vs. Western NY *

Game 15 12:00 pm LS8 Metro NY vs. Southern NJ*

Game 16 1:00 pm RFS MD runner-up vs. Northern NJ *

Game 17 3:15 pm LS7 MD state champs vs. Metro NY*

Game 18 3:15 pm LS8 Eastern NY vs. Western NY*

Game 19 4:30 pm RFS Host vs. Delaware*

Game 20 6:30 pm LS8 Pennsylvania vs. MD runner-up*

Monday, August 9th -- Quarter-finals

Game 21 6:30 pm LS7 3rd place Pool B vs. 2nd place Pool A*

Game 22 6:30 pm LS8 3rd place Pool A vs. 2nd place Pool B*

Tuesday, August 10th -- Semi-finals

Game 23 6:30 pm LS7 winner game 21 vs. 1st place Pool A*

Game 24 6:30 pm LS8 winner game 22 vs. 1st

The Capital District Football Hall of Fame will induct its first class this Saturday. The Record will publish a special eight-page preview section for the event in Friday's newspaper. We will have capsules on all the players, coaches and officials being inducted, as well as stories on local legends such as Bob Ford, Ernie Stautner, Charlie Leigh, Joe Cocozzo and Rich Romer. So make sure to pick up The Record on Friday and read all about it!

The topic even came up Thursday at New York Giants training camp, when CBS 6's Doug Sherman asked Giants head coach Tom Coughlin about Chuck Dukes and Justice Smith, both of whom Coughlin recruited to Boston College when he was the head man there.

From the Giants' nightly press release:

Chuck Dukes (Colonie Central High) rushed for 1,999 yards and 12 touchdowns at BC from 1991-92 and Justice Smith (Amsterdam High) ran for 1,312 yards and seven scores from 1992-95. Coughlin left Boston College after three years following the 1993 season.

“Chucky was unbelievable,” Coughlin said. “There was an unbelievable recruiting battle to get Justice at BC because everybody wanted Justice. But Chucky came out of junior college. He was a tough, hardnosed, multiple carry game in and game out guy that almost made it at the next level, almost did. Two outstanding athletes and really, really good football players and adjusted and did well at Boston College.”

In the meantime, to read The Record's profile about former La Salle Institute star George 'Butch' Byrd, click here.

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