While the team usually has thirteen players, they had only eight on Saturday night.
Steven Becker, Derek Chu, Andres Gomez, Christian Trotti, Nick Anastasio, Max Fischman, Matt Schwartz and Sean Delcastillo took the field for their team and did the impossible.
The Renegades, all high school students in the Queens area, included players from the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Astoria, Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood and John Adams High School in Jamaica.
The Queens Works Little League consists of eight teams: the Rockies, Cards, Cyclones, Angels, St. Albans, Forest Hills Mustangs and the winners; the Forest Hills Renegades.
In order for a team to win the championship game, they must be the first team to win two games in the playoffs. The Renegades had already had one win a week earlier, but also lost one as well.
At the start of the game, the Renegades were feeling anxious due to the absence of their starting players, however playing a man short would only serve as a small setback for the underdog team.
“We were all nervous because it was game three of a three game series, and on top of that we lost the last game with 11 players,” said Andres Gomez, the winning team’s 15-year-old catcher. “This time, not only were both of our starting pitchers away, but we didn’t even have a full team!”
The Renegades were the home squad while the Rockies were away at Victory Field #1 in Forest Park, located on the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue.
Substitute pitcher, Steven Becker, started the game and held the score 1-0 (Rockies in the lead) until the third inning when the Forest Hills team rallied in 10 runs.
In the fourth inning, however, the Rockies came back and made the score 10 - 5.
The excitement built up as the two teams went back and forth in the fifth and sixth innings, racking up a tense score of 16-15.
With Derek Chu on third, Max Fischman on second and Andres Gomez on first base; Matt Schwartz stepped up to the plate in the seventh and final inning of the game for the home team Renegades.
Slapping a deep shot into straight away center, the Renegades felt the year’s hard work and dedication come full circle as Chu and Fischman came home to score the tying and winning runs.
“As soon as Matt hit the ball and I saw where it was going, a surge of energy hit the rest of the team and myself,” said 16-year-old pitcher Steven Becker.
The Forest Hills Renegades won the season finale 16-17 for a satisfying start to their summer vacation.