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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.

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Joe Walsh Named Gatorade Player of Year

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh, a four year Ruffneck, has been named the Massachusetts high school Gatorade Player of the Year by USA Today.  The announcement was made Thursday, May 28th.  Joe is the second Walsh brother to play for the Ruffnecks.  His older brother, Matt, was a catcher who excelled at Franklin Pierce University and in the Cape Cod League.  Matt has a good chance to be drafted this year.  Younger brother Joe came to the Ruffnecks as a 14U player, bringing enthusiasm and athleticism to the game.  As a left hander, Joe pitched, played the outfield, and played 1B under the guidance of Coach Novio.  His 14U season saw him contribute in all those areas, and he added to the character and chemistry of a tightly knit team.  His 15U year was transformational.  He developed a fierce 2-strike approach at the plate under Coach Kevin Graber, and with his strength, discovered the ability to hit balls hard… even with two strikes.  His 16U season was equally transformational under Coach Kirk Fredericks.  Joe emerged as a pitcher with an outstanding fast ball and competitive drive.  Ruffnecks pitching coach Matt Blake worked with Walsh over the past two winters and praises him for his commitment and dedication to get the most out of his abilities.

Joe Walsh’s ability and hard work earned him considerable attention during the summer season with the Ruffnecks as a 16U player.  Team success, talent, and a challenging schedule put Joe and his teammates in a position to be seen by many college recruiters.  Joe has committed to Boston College, where he will play for the Eagles.  Walsh is among several talented pitchers who provide a solid starting core for the Ruffnecks this summer of 2015.  He is joined by LHP Holden White  and RHP Morgan McSweeney, both of whom are headed to Wake Forest.  All of us in the Ruffnecks family join in congratulating Joe Walsh on this achievement.

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