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Wappingers Falls, NY – September 10 – The Cyclones season came to a close on Monday night as Brooklyn fell to the Hudson Valley Renegades, in a decisive Game Three, by the score of 2-0. With the loss, Brooklyn’s season comes to an end in the New York-Penn League SemiFinals for the second consecutive season. Brooklyn managed only one hit in the game, a third inning single from Phillip Evans, and failed to get a runner aboard in the final five innings of the contest.
After the Cyclones threatened in the top of the first, the Renegades drew first blood in the bottom of the frame. Luis Cessa made the start for Brooklyn and quickly found himself in trouble. Joey Rickard led off the frame with a single and came around to score two batters later when Tommy Coyle connected on an RBI triple to left-centerfield. With Luke Maile batting, Cessa uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Coyle to score and made it 2-0 Renegades after one.
After the first inning, Cessa settled down for the Cyclones and kept the Renegades off the scoreboard. The righthander tossed 6.0 innings, allowing just the two first inning runs, on four hits while walking one and striking out three.
But the Brooklyn bats were never able to get going. Hudson Valley starter Taylor Guerrieri allowed one hit while walking five and hitting a batter over his 4.0 innings of work but Brooklyn never mounted a threat after the first inning. Brandon Henderson (1-0) was first out of the pen for the ‘Gades and tossed 4.1 perfect innings, striking out six and retiring each of the 13 batters he faced before turning the ball over to Ryan Garton. The Hudson Valley reliever recorded the final two outs to close out the 2-0 win
As the season comes to a close, the Cyclones would like to thank all the fans who helped Brooklyn lead the New York-Penn League in attendance for the 12th consecutive season and once again made MCU Park a must-see summer destination on the shores of Coney Island. Although the season didn’t end as Brooklyn fans would have hoped, the Cyclones did finish above .500 for the 12th consecutive season – a feat that only three other teams in all of professional baseball can claim. As has become the battle cry for Brooklyn Baseball, “Wait ‘Til Next Year.” We’ll see you back at the ballpark in June 2013.