PA Travel Baseball State Championships Team Preview: WNY Renegades

By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

The inaugural Pennsylvania Travel Baseball State Championships are scheduled for August 19-21 at the Iron Horse Sports Complex in Windber. 14 teams from Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, along with two teams organized by PBR, will participate. Two games will be played concurrently on neighboring fields in six time slots each of the three days of the event. In advance of the onset of the 36-game soiree, we are  running previews on each of the teams in attendance (with tidbits on a select group of players), continuing today with the...

WNY Renegades

At the 2016 PBR New York Games in June, Holland Central (NY) 2017 RHP/1B Pierce Gardon flashed power potential from the left side of the plate and ran well for someone with a 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame. He also worked with a low-80s fastball that touched mid-80s on occasion. As a high school junior, he posted a pitching line of 33.2 innings pitched, 21 hits, 33 walks, and 66 strikeouts, while also hitting .365 with five walks against two strikeouts.

Maryvale (NY) 2017 IF/RHP Anthony Hernandez had a strong junior season as a two-way player. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder hit .421 with 11 extra base hits, seven stolen bases, and more BB than K. On the mound, he was an extreme strike-thrower, posting a line of 31 innings pitched, 27 hits, four walks, and 35 strikeouts.

Other Renegades notes
A three-sport athlete, Lancaster (NY) 2018 IF/RHP Max Giordano hit .400 with nine extra base hits as a sophomore, while also posting a pitching line of 30 innings pitched, 27 hits, ten walks, and 32 strikeouts. ...Giordano's high school teammate, 2017 LHP Collin Reformat served as the staff ace while posting a line of 35 innings pitched, 28 hits, 11 walks, and 35 strikeouts. ...St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (NY) 2017 infielder Andrew Short hit .458 this spring as a junior.

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