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Hudson Valley Renegades take on the Staten Island Yankees in Wappingers Falls

Renegades players are introduced to the crowd for

Renegades players are introduced to the crowd for the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013) Photo Credit: Stuart Bayer

The Hudson Valley Renegades returned to Dutchess Stadium, which fans have nicknamed The Dutch, to play the Staten Island Yankees for their home opener. The Renegades, an affiliate of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays and reigning New York-Penn League champ, opened their 20th season with a road win against the Aberdeen IronBirds on Monday. (June 21, 2013)

Renegades players are introduced to the crowd for
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Renegades players are introduced to the crowd for the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Storm DeGroodt of Kingston shows off the ball
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Storm DeGroodt of Kingston shows off the ball thrown to him by a Renegades player during the game against the Staten Island Yankees during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Renegades left fielder James Harris (8) calls off
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Renegades left fielder James Harris (8) calls off his teammates and makes the catch against the Staten Island Yankees during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Fans photograph players prior to the start of
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Fans photograph players prior to the start of the game against the Staten Island Yankees during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Renegades players stand at attention as the color
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Renegades players stand at attention as the color guard brings the flag onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Staten Island Yankees during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Renegades John Alexander scores on a hit by
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Renegades John Alexander scores on a hit by Granden Goetzman in the second inning against the Staten Island Yankees during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Between innings entertainment during the Hudson Valley Renegades
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Between innings entertainment during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Baseball Budies accompany Renegades players out onto the
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Baseball Budies accompany Renegades players out onto the field before the start of the game against the Staen Island Yankees during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Pitcher Austin Pruitt throws against the Staen Island
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Pitcher Austin Pruitt throws against the Staen Island Yankees during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Korinne Finnegan of Washingtonville cheers for the Renegades
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Korinne Finnegan of Washingtonville cheers for the Renegades during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Marius Ivascu of Newburgh from the U.S. Parachute
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Marius Ivascu of Newburgh from the U.S. Parachute Team flies in the 2012 NY Penn League Championship banner for the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Luis del Rosario of Croton-on-Hudson, Director of Gift
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Luis del Rosario of Croton-on-Hudson, Director of Gift of Life throws the first pitch to Renegades player Aaron Griffin at the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Fans enter the stadium for the Hudson Valley
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Fans enter the stadium for the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Fans enter the stadium for the Hudson Valley
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Fans enter the stadium for the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Hudson Valley Renegades pitcher Austin Pruitt fields a
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Hudson Valley Renegades pitcher Austin Pruitt fields a ball hit by Staten Island Yankees Yeicok Calderone during the Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Hudson Valley Renegades Jaime Schultz signs autographs for
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Hudson Valley Renegades Jaime Schultz signs autographs for fans before the Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

Hudson Valley Renegades second baseman Ariel Soriano chases
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Hudson Valley Renegades second baseman Ariel Soriano chases Saten Island Yankees Daniel Adrich in a run-down during the Hudson Valley Renegades home opener at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls. (June 21, 2013)

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