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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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Ruffnecks Populate College Ranks & MLB!

Jacob Stevens - Boston College

Baseball season is here.  Even the warm weather in New England has ball players out and about.  The NEBC continues to transform the landscape, hosting the earliest Division I game on record in New England! Folks can find Ruffnecks working out at the NEBC, in the batting cages, and at early morning Winter Workouts at Harvard University.  No wonder that numerous Ruffnecks alums populate the ranks of Divison I programs, and even Major League spring training camps!  The Division I collegiate season is two weeks old.  Major League camps are in their first week of exhibition games.  Ruffnecks are everywhere… and it is a warm, satisfying feeling to know they once dreamt the dreams our current players dream.  They also shared a work ethic that is embedded in the Ruffnecks experience.  It is a work ethic that inspires our coaches, parents, and friends.  And it continues to draw college recruiters to Ruffnecks action all summer long… at the NEBC, in Georgia, Tennessee, New Jersey, and everywhere we travel.

Twitter, texts, emails, and even phone calls (remember them?) convey the success of Ruffnecks who are currently playing at the highest levels, which includes Division I, II, and III college baseball.  We share a brief update on several.

Major League Prospects

Tucker Healy - Oakland A's

The 2017 MLB season finds the first two Ruffnecks to appear in Big League camps.  Tucker Healy is a RHP with the Oakland A’s and Adam Ravenelle is a RHP with the Detroit Tigers. Both players were five year Ruffnecks, playing their entire pre-college summer careers with the ‘Necks.  Amazingly, Healy is the last “original” Ruffneck standing.  A member of the first Ruffnecks team in 2003, Healy went on to captain Needham High School.  He was not recruited to any D-I programs, attended and graduated from Ithaca College, and distinguished himself at Ithaca, college summer ball, and eventually the Cape Cod League.  He was a 30th round sign for Oakland and has risen through the ranks to earn his current Major League camp invite.  Ravenelle’s path was significantly different.  A standout two-way player for Coach Kirk Fredericks at Lincoln-Sudbury, Ravenelle did not discover pitching until he was a 16U Ruffneck.  He was highly recruited and committed to Vanderbilt, where he got the final 6 outs of the clinching game for the Commodores in their 2014 NCAA Championship.  Rav is with the Detroit Tigers as a RHP.  Another top MLB prospect is Isan Diaz, currently ranked among the Top 100 minor league prospects.  The Milwaukee Brewers infielder continues to rise in the ranks.  He is only 20.

We even have several Major League baseball front office alums in Graham Tyler (Tampa), Harrison Slutsky (Boston), and Garrett Horan (Washington).  Former coach Devitt Moore is currently the East Coast Scouting Supervisor for the Seattle Mariners.  And no one is happier than the Ruffnecks family for long-time pitching coach Matt Blake, who is now with the Cleveland Indians.

College Headliners

College action is fast and furious with two weekends in the books for Division I programs.  Jacob Stevens is the Friday (#1) starter for Boston College.  He is a likely draft pick in the June draft.  The burly Stevens is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 15 Ks, and only 4 walks.  Opponents are hitting a paltry .134 off him.  Wills Montgomerie recently struck out 10 in a start for the UConn Huskies.  Cam Walsh and Scott Holzwasser are playing steady ball for the Northeastern Huskies.  Holzwasser already smacked his first collegiate HR.  Paul Campbell contributes out of the bullpen for Clemson University.  Freshman pitchers Morgan McSweeney and Holden White are finding their way at Wake Forest.  And of course, there is Josh Ellis, the captain for the Harvard Crimson baseball team.  John Simourian and Kevin Superko are on the field for Georgetown University, while Jake Nelson is closing for UPenn.  We have undoubtedly forgotten to mention many others currently contributing to college baseball teams.  Suffice it to say we are happy for each and every one who has had the chance to continue to play the game they love.  The common bond of the Ruffnecks experience is something we all can share.

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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Thursday, March 21 at 9:30am)


13U Will not practice Thurs., March 21.
14U practice as scheduled Thurs., March 21

Thursday, March 21
14U Ruffnecks Practice
6:00 to 6:15 Report Time

6:30 to 8:30 Practice

Weekend of March 22-24
13U & 14U at Diamond Nation
Flemington, NJ
Schedules available on Team Pages

Wednesday, March 27
13U Team Hitting
7:00 to 8:30
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