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14’s Capture 1st Tourney of Season

14s Focus in the Huddle

The 14U Ruffnecks played six games over a three day Patriot’s Day Weekend and captured their first championship title of the 2019 season.  The ‘Necks went 5-1 in the event, rattling off 5 consecutive wins after dropping a 5-0 decision in the opening game.  Contributions were plentiful from the entire roster.  Despite playing shorthanded with several 9th graders playing for their high school programs, the Ruffnecks played spirited baseball.  Coach Jon Beverly had the team bunting, stealing bases, playing good defense, and getting the most from a pitching staff that is significantly short-handed.  Regular starters Hagan Ward and Teo Spadaccini are still on the rebound from arm injuries, so their absence was compensated with efficient outings and solid defense.  John Milewski, John Hegarty, and Oisin Lee managed to absorb significant innings in pool play.  They were complemented with contributions from Matt Morin, Hunter Stevens, and Trevor Grady.

After going 3-1 in Pool Play, the ‘Necks entered Monday’s playoff round expecting to use position players to fill innings on the mound and get through the day.  James Henshon stepped up in the semi-final game with an effective outing supported by a break out offense. The 10-0 victory that propelled the Ruffnecks to the championship game was fortuitously shortened.  Henshon was brilliant as he pounded strikes and challenged hitters.  Hunter Stevens took the ball in the championship, expecting a limited outing after throwing an abbreviated outing on Saturday.  Stevens was spectacular in a complete game gem.  He pitched to contact, relied on a terrific defense, and rode a first inning 4-0 lead to a complete game 4-0 victory over a worthy, tough, and talented opponent.  Base running and timely hits kept the Ruffnecks going all day.  Ryan Chandor and Max Gomez each stole multiple bases.  But the day belonged to Stevens who carried his appreciative teammates with a tremendous effort.  Congratulations go the 14U Ruffnecks.

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15U Ruffnecks Make Good Run at WWBA

15U Together in South Carolina

The 15U Ruffnecks played hard and well at the Perfect Game WWBA in Emerson, GA.  With a record of 6-1 in a competitive pool, the ‘Necks fell just short of advancing to the playoff round.  Indeed, it was a tough pool, as many of the games were hard fought contests.  Sammy Hill got the squad off to a good start with an outstanding pitching performance in Game 1, supported by effective relief from Justin Masteralexis.  In the second game, the Ruffnecks broke open a close 2-2 game with an offense that featured taking extra bases and timely hits from Levi McAllister.  Tommy Leimkuhler pitched outstanding baseball, withstanding an uncharacteristic 5-error inning for the 8-2 victory.  The team followed that victory with another 12-3 win that was closer than it looks.  Sammy Rosenfield pitched well, keeping the team in the game while the opponents challenged.  Jackson McChesney led the offense going 4 for 4.  The defense was outstanding in the win.  In what turned out to be the deciding game of the pool, the Ruffnecks battled against a good opponent before being defeated 11-3 in another game that was closer than the score indicates.  Skyler Bordiuk pitched a one-hitter in a 4-0 victory to put the Ruffnecks at 4-1 in the pool.  As the ‘Necks played to a 3-2 victory in Game 6, the pool was closed out by Sheets Baseball on the adjacent field.  Game 7 was a 7-4 victory.  Eric Giarnese closed out the tournament for the save, his second of the tourney.

SS Jesse McCullough

Many players contributed to the overall team success.  The top half of the lineup featured lead off man Joey Rubin, who played solid defense all week.  Sammy Hill hit in the 2 spot, while McAllister held down the 3 hole.  Andy Pelc, Trevor Neff, and Justin Masteralexis hit in the 4-6 slots.  Defensively, the Ruffnecks were led by the stalwart play of Jesse McCullough (SS), Rubin (2B), and Jack Palfrey (3B).  The outfield featured McChesney, Sebastian Mexico, Giarnese, Andy Pelc, and Sammy Hill (who also played some 3B and pitched).  Davis Cook contributed at 2B as well.  Levi McAllister was outstanding at catcher, along with Andy Pelc.  Jack Carney, Mexico, Masteralexis, Matt Fallon, Bordiuk, Rosenfield, Leimkuhler, Hill, Giarnese, and even McCullough contributed to a solid pitching performance over the week long event.  The squad returns home to finish the season over the next several weeks.

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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Monday, May 20 at 9:00am)


Thursday, May 23
13U/14U Practice
No Practice

Memorial Day Weekend
May 24 - 27

13U Ruffnecks
PG Super25 Regional
See Schedule Page

14U Ruffnecks
at Memorial Day Classic

Hartford, CT
See Schedule Page

Monday, May 27th
Summer Organizational Meeting
6:00pm at Fay School
15U, 16U, 17U Players & Parents

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