Ruffnecks Champs Again!

Ruffnecks Champs Again!

Second Consecutive Weekend Tourney Win

Tournament Season is Here!

Tournament Season is Here!

Summer Will Be Busy!

Former MLB Pitcher Gomes to Join Staff

Former MLB Pitcher Gomes to Join Staff

Wayne Gomes attends 13U/14U Practice. To Coach Seniors.

Ruffnecks Champs Again!

Champs Again!

The 14U Ruffnecks cruised through the 14U Summer Slam tournament with relative ease June 9-10.  The squad also kept their streak of 11 straight wins alive.  This time the Ruffnecks only allowed 3 runs in five games.  The pitching has been outstanding.  Now the team turns its attention to several events against older competition. During the next two weekends the 14U Ruffnecks will play in the 15U Summer Solstice and the 15U PG Super25.  They will undoubtedly get some respect in the latter, as they are the champs in the 14U division.  The challenge against older competition comes at a good time for the Ruffnecks.  Developmentally and competitively the team is poised to measure themselves.  Coaches Chaput and Calagione continue to work the players into versatile contributors.  The bonds and focus are strong.  This group is having a ton of fun!

PG Super25 Champs

Mark Henshon Deals 8-0 CG Shutout

The 14U Ruffnecks captured the 2018 PG Super25 Regional with a 3-0 Pool Play record and then swept through the quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship games.  The squad achieved their success with excellent defense and superlative starting pitching.  In fact, the Ruffnecks had pitching left over at the end.  All six games were a result of complete game efforts:  Mark Henshon, James O’Connell, Josh Mirob, Harrison Milbert, John Tully and a 2-0 complete game shutout win for Jack Toomey in the championship bout.  It was an impressive run.

Henshon gave the Ruffnecks a good start as he threw a complete game 8-0 shutout in Game #1.  The offense was sparked by John Tully, Carson Walsh, and Thomas Dillon.  A full team effort in game #2 enabled the Ruffnecks to come away with a hard earned 4-2 victory.  O’Connell battled on the mound.  In the final pool play game left hander Josh Mirob went the distance in a 7-4 win.  The defense was terrific all tournament.  Antonio Rivera made a sensational play in Game #2 that was pivotal for the team.  Of course, tremendous credit goes to the catching duo of Edo Spadaccini and Aidan Kelly.  No pitching staff succeeds without good game management and focus from their batterymate-catchers!  While the roster is not terribly deep (15 players), it is balanced and possesses pitching depth.

In the playoff round, Harrison Milbert got the team through the quarterfinals with a tremendous 7-2 victory.  Milbert’s fastball and mastery of the strike zone was impressive.  John Tully pitched through a tight 5-3 game in the semifinals.  His ability to throw strikes, pitch to contact, and to allow his defense to do its job was the key to success.  Jack Toomey took the ball in the championship game and delivered a gem of a 2-0 shutout to clinch the first title of the 2018 season.  There are many shout outs to go around the diamond.  This article may be updated with more details in the next few days.

13U Ruffnecks Surprise at 14U PG

Both the 13U and the 14U Ruffnecks played a spirited and focused tournament at the 14U PG Super25 June 1-3 at the NEBC.  The 13s nearly surprised their pool by taking a 2-0 record into the final pool play game before falling 6-4 to the #2 overall seed.  Oisin Lee pitched well in the opening 7-1 win.  Hagan Ward finished with an efficient two innings.  In the second game, John Milewski gave the Ruffnecks a competitive start, going five innings.  Ben Kuechle was brilliant in relief as he shut the door in the final two frames to secure an 8-5 victory.  In the deciding pool play game the Ruffnecks got a terrific start from Matt Morin.  The defense did not have its best game, but the bats never let up and the 13U Ruffnecks almost prevailed.  Only a spectacular defensive play on a hard hit ball by Ryan Chandor saved the day for the opponents.  Overall, the youngest ‘Necks played some very good baseball.

Tournament Season is Here!

13U John Milewski at 1B

The tournament season has arrived for the 13U and 14U Ruffnecks.  Both teams find themselves in tournament mode with the unofficial commencement of summer and Memorial Day weekend.  The pivot in the schedule marks the midpoint in the season for the two youngest Ruffnecks teams.  June and July present a steady schedule of tournament activity, culminating in the 14U CABA World Series in Lebanon, Tennessee.  Both squads participate in the CABA event.  For the 13U Ruffnecks, the schedule also presents the challenge of competing in 14U competition.  The bulk of activity in June and July is against 14U teams.  Only the 13U CABA World Series at the NEBC is age-specific.

High School Ruffnecks Begin Soon!

Nearly 60 Ruffnecks players in the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 have been participating in high school baseball for the past several months.  Many public school players don’t even begin high school playoffs until the first week of June.  The transition from high school ball to Ruffnecks may be a very rapid one this year.  For those whose teams are finished or eliminated from playoffs, Ruffnecks baseball will fill the gap the first week of June.  By the weekend of the Super17 in New Jersey the rosters should be largely intact.  A busy travel schedule is in front of all three older Ruffnecks teams.  The 15s and 16s are traveling to South Carolina for the Black Bear Classic on June 20th.  At the same time, the Senior Ruffnecks begin their 16 day road trip through Tennessee and Georgia.  The summer is just ahead!

Important Notices

(Updated Monday, June 18 at 7:00am)



Tuesday, June 19
15U Ruffnecks
Practice Field 1
6:30 - 8:30

16U Ruffnecks
Practice Field 2
6:30 - 8:30

Wednesday, June 20
15U/16U Ruffnecks
Depart for South Carolina
Black Bear Classic

Wednesday, June 20
Senior Ruffnecks
Depart for Nashville
Music City Classic

Wednesday, June 20
13U & 14U Ruffnecks
Practice Canceled

Thursday, June 21
14U In 15U PG Super25

Weekend of June 23-24

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