Posted on 29 June 2016.
The 15U Ruffnecks surprised everyone during the 17U New England PG Super25 championships (yes the 17U), when they not only won their pool, but fought through a 4-3 extra inning loss in the playoffs to the eventual champions on Sunday, June 26. With no break in the action, the 15s got right back on the field Monday, June 27th in the 15U New England PG Super25 event. In fact, the team had to play two games on Monday and two on Tuesday to win their pool. They then played two more on Wednesday, June 29 to take the title! Coaches Jones, Howard, and Calagione worked the lineups and pitching expertly to cruise to a 4-0 record in pool play, earning the top seed in the playoffs. After a 6-1 semifinal victory, the Ruffnecks took care of securing the championship with a convincing 7-0 shutout behind a complete game from RHP Jeff Price. Indeed, the squad’s pitching and defense dominated the event. In six games the Ruffnecks surrendered at total of 4 runs. The team secured three shutouts on the road to the title.
The pitching staff of Jackson Emus, Ben Reyes, Teddy Goss, Josh Gruenberg, Seamus Barrett, Ben Mlavsky, Jeff Price, Jaylen Bailey, were supported by several “pitch in” appearances by position players to bolster the team’s effort. Offensively, the Ruffnecks were outstanding as well. In four of the games the team scored 6 runs or more. Congratulations to the 15U Ruffnecks… New England PG Super25 Champions. With no rest, the team travels to Nashville Thursday, June 30th to compete in the 16U Music City Classic.
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Posted on 20 June 2016.
All Ruffnecks teams are under way and hitting the road for the summer. Of course, there is also plenty of activity at the local level as well. The 15U Ruffnecks and 16U Ruffnecks participate in the 17U Perfect Game Super25 June 23-26, while the Senior Ruffnecks head to Nashville for the Music City Classic. The 14U Ruffnecks take off for Georgia and the 14U Perfect Game WWBA June 23-30. The 13U Ruffnecks stay close to home until July 8th when they and the 14s travel to Nashville for the 14U CABA World Series.
15U Ruffnecks Advance to Semis
The 15U Ruffnecks advanced to the semifinals in the 16U Division of the Summer Solstice June 17-19. Outstanding pitching and defense carried the sqaud through pool play and the first playoff round. After a disappointing 1-1 tie in the first game, the squad posted back to back shutouts with 3-0 and 5-0 wins. Strong outings from Teddy Goss, Ben Reyes, Jackson Emus, and Josh Gruenberg sparked the starting rotation. Seamus Barrett pitched well in the semifinals against a talented lineup that eventually took its toll on the younger ‘Necks. The team heads into the next two weeks facing the challenge of significantly older competition, including a trip to Nashville for the 16U Music City Classic.
16s and Seniors at Super17 in New Jersey
Both of the oldest Ruffnecks squads attended the Super17 at Diamond Nation in Flemington, New Jersey. In one of the most highly recruited Mid-Atlantic events, both Ruffnecks rosters gave a good account of themselves. The 16s split two excellent games on Saturday. On Sunday, they were less fortunate in a game that simply snowballed away at the hands of a very strong hitting opponent. Meanwhile the Senior Ruffnecks distinguished themselves as one of the top teams at the event, with many college eyes at their games. The Senior Ruffnecks won their pool but declined to stay for the playoff round due to academic obligations and commitments among many on the roster. The Senior Ruffnecks were paced by excellent pitching and defense. Dylan Presnal, Henry Ennen, and Mike Suglia pitched through a 3-2 win in a Game 1. Owen Batchelder set a dominant tone in Game 2. He combined with Cam Garfield, Bryan Gotti, and Robby Cerulle to secure a 2-0 shutout win in Game 2. In Game 3, Will Simeone, Mike Stewart, and Dario Tarquinio did the job in a 6-4 victory.
The Seniors head to Music City for the start of a 16 day road trip that will take them to several of the top events in the country in Tennessee and Georgia.
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