Can Hudson Valley Baseball Teams Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Photo courtesy of the Hudson Valley Renegades

With practice recommencing for the MLB on July 6, here’s where local teams stand with games for the season.

Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball League

Ages 4-18, Hudson Valley

Young baseball players in the Valley are anxious to get out and play with, or against, their friends. For now, local baseball leagues like Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball have been suspended throughout June. Pending governmental approval, the leagues hope to begin their season on July 6 and run to the end of August. A lengthened fall ball league will also be held from August 1 to October 6.

Summer camp with the Renegades in 2019

Hudson Valley Renegades

Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls.

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Even though the Renegades season is suspended for 2020, the organization is hopeful to reopen in 2021. Prior to its season cancelation announcement, it held an opening night, dubbed “HOPEning night,” on June 24 via Zoom. The hour-long live-stream was filled with live music, fun games, classic moments from the team’s 2019 season, and a local scrimmage between 15U Hudson Valley players. The stream is still available for viewing on the Renegades Facebook and YouTube channel.

NY Boulders

Palisades Credit Union Park, Pomona

The NY Boulders were excited to provide baseball entertainment for Pomona residents in their new league, the Frontier League. Unfortunately, as of June 24. the Frontier Leagues suspended its season until summer of 2021. However, even with the season not occurring, the NY Boulders are finding other ways to offer family fun in a secure environment. On June 20, the Boulders hosted a drive-in fireworks night, with live music performed by local bands.

“It was great to see so many members of the Boulders’ family,” said team president Shawn Reilly. Other fireworks events will be scheduled throughout the summer, including family-centric programming like “Movie Night at the Ballpark.” 

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Tri-City Valley Cats

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, Troy.

The Tri-City Valley Cats are taking similar measures as their Penn-League opponent, the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Valley Cats sadly announced the cancelation of their 2020 season, with hopes that sporting will be safer in 2021. In the meantime, they hosted their virtual season opener on June 24. This video gave Cats fans a glimpse of their beloved stadium, “The Joe,” along with a warm welcome from staff and players. An at-home first pitch was thrown after the traditional singing of the national anthem as well.

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