Getting Games In – Early Spring

Getting Games In – Early Spring

Young 'Necks Get Ahead of the Weather

College Season Underway – Alums Populate Rosters

College Season Underway – Alums Populate Rosters

Ruffnecks Make Good Throughout College Ranks

2018 Preparation Begins! Winter Workouts

2018 Preparation Begins! Winter Workouts

Ruffnecks Get Going Indoors at Harvard

Getting Games In – Early Spring

Spring Joy!

There is no question about it.  Young Ruffnecks are fortunate to have access to the NEBC as their home field and training facility.  The primary benefit… getting on the field!  Getting games in during a cold, wet, and sometimes snowy, early spring is another matter.  Game experience provides an opportunity to put the drill work, skill work, and team concepts to the test.  This is important for all baseball players and teams.  Major League players start exhibition games after just a week to ten days of work at Spring Training.  For Ruffnecks the process is longer, but nothing approaches the situations that arise through game experience.

A Cold & Focused Bench!

Throughout the winter, the 13s and 14s take reps with Ruffnecks players from the high school classes in the expansive Harvard Bubble.  Once the spring begins in early March the 13s and 14s practice, and often scrimmage together.  That arrangement is beneficial, but nothing approximates facing a different opponent.  This spring has been particularly cold.  Nevertheless, the 13s and 14s have been outside, on the fields of the NEBC regularly.  Chilly and windy conditions during mid-week practices harden and prepare the players for potentially uncomfortable weather during games.  The practice conditions also help to build skills, confidence, and the ability “to make routine plays routine.”  What impresses the most, is the desire and interest of the players to get out there, take reps, and really enjoy themselves.  “These kids are committed,” says new coach Ted Christie.  Indeed, the program is fortunate to attract such players.

As of the first weekend in April, the 13U Ruffnecks played seven games!  The 14s have played four.  This is a credit to the partnerships with several terrific opponents who share the objectives of getting games in, and getting out on a field.  Both teams prepare for the Patriot’s Day Bash weekend tournament at the NEBC to kick off the public school vacation week.  The tournament provides a chance to play in an early season event while logging four games (weather permitting).  Of course the turf of the NEBC helps! With a little cooperation from Mother Nature, the players may find warmer conditions a part of the routine.

College Season Underway – Alums Populate Rosters

Galland, Holzwasser, Walsh at Red Sox Feb. 22

As those who follow know, the official start to the Division I college baseball season began this past weekend.  And two of the top local/regional D-I schools, Boston College and Northeastern University came away with 2-1 road records to start the 2018 campaign.  Ten former Ruffnecks populate the rosters of these two schools alone.  Add not-so-local University of Connecticut to the 2-1 club, and you have a pretty good weekend for New England.   And yes, the Ruffnecks are represented at UConn as well.  Other New England Division I colleges begin their seasons a little later than President’s Day Weekend, but college baseball is under way!  Division II schools, such as Bentley University, have also begun their seasons with trips down south.  Numerous Division III colleges begin in March with their own spring trips, and games scheduled at the NEBC, where the Ruffnecks make their home.  Indeed, almost 50 former Ruffnecks are currently playing on collegiate baseball rosters throughout the country… many of them right in New England.

Matt Wesoloski - UTampa

It is not possible to name all the contributors to their respective college programs.  But there are standout performances on a weekly basis that contribute to their college team’s success.  Freshman Chris Galland got his first college hit for Boston College against Santa Clara. For now, he enjoys a 1.000 batting average, a feat that can only happen, by definition, with success on one’s first chance!  Sophomore Scott Holzwasser leads Northeastern University’s lineup after a monster weekend in which he had 7 hits including a double, HR, and 5 RBI.  Another long-time Ruffneck, Matt Wesoloski, pitches for the University of Tampa.  He threw a 1-2-3 inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training exhibition on Feb. 22.  Galland, Holzwasser, Joe Walsh, Henry Ennen, and Owen Batchleder all played against the Boston Red Sox the same day.  Other former Ruffnecks populate the rosters of schools such as Wake Forest, Georgetown, University of Richmond, and IVY League schools such as Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Columbia.  The list of strong academic Division III schools includes Amherst, Bates, Colby, Trinity, Tufts, and several others.  The point is… there is a place in college for most Ruffnecks to play, as long as the passion, purpose, and academic focus remain bound together in the player’s heart and soul.

We begin our own season with the 13U and 14U Ruffnecks in late March.  High school players are gettng ready for school seasons and then the summer with Ruffnecks.  Those journeys are still at various distances from the college game.  And while it is satisfying to acknowledge the achievements of former ‘Necks in the college ranks, it is important to remember that they were once in the very same place as Ruffnecks players are today.

Important Notices

(Updated Thursday, April 19 at 7:00am)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Please note changes:
Saturday's schedule for 13s  & 14s

Saturday, April 21
13U Ruffnecks
vs. CT Bombers
8:30 Report/Hit in Cages (Time Change)
10:00 Doubleheader

Saturday, April 21
14U Ruffnecks
vs. CT Bombers
Game Canceled
3:00 Report to Field 3
Practice

Sunday, April 22

13U Ruffnecks
at CT Bombers
10:00 Doubleheader

Sunday, April 22
14U Ruffnecks
at CT Bombers
10:00 Doubleheader


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