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1st Summer Weekend Strong For Ruffnecks

Coach Toffey Addresses Seniors

The weekend of June 9-11 saw all five Ruffnecks teams in action.  Despite a number of players still involved in state high school playoffs, Ruffnecks teams turned in strong performances.  The 15U, 16U, and Senior Ruffnecks all played in the highly competitive NEB Invitational.  All responded with excellent showings.  The objectives for the weekend were clear: First, to get on the same page with each team.  Second, to sort out the pitching in a measured manner.  Third, to compete.  The five Ruffnecks squads all met those objectives.

13U Takes 2 of 3 in 14U Cape Wood Bat

The 13U Ruffnecks found a way to win two out of three games at the 14U Cape Cod Wood Bat tournament.  The youngest ‘Necks mercy ruled two opponents en route to those victories.  Jeffrey Valdez had a fine weekend as did Aidan Kelly (catcher).  The pitching was strong behind starters Harrison Milbert and Josh Mirob.  Mirob also had a good weekend at the plate.  The infield was led by Carson Walsh and Mark Henshon.  Jack Toomey was his usual, reliable self in the outfield.

14U Squad takes Cape Championship!

A walk-off hit from Greg Kuperman led the Ruffnecks to their second tournament championship of the season.  The 14U team bounced back from a 3-2 loss in pool play to march through the playoff round with a commanding mercy rule semi-final win and then an exciting one-run victory in the Finals.  Raul Diaz had a noisy weekend with the bat.  Contributions came from virtually all players.  The pitching staff was outstanding, with Sam Hill getting the championship start in the final.

15U Ruffnecks Compete Well in 18U NEB Invitational

The 15U Ruffnecks competed very well against older, more experienced competition.  Playing with 10 and 11 players (due to several players still in high school playoffs), the Ruffnecks cobbled together a fine 5-1 win against a Baseball U CT – 17U opponent.  Jeff Hohler pitched well with Jack Schneider closing in relief.  In Saturday’s contest against the Team Boston 2017s, the 15U Ruffnecks battled against a much more experienced and physically mature lineup, taking a 3-2 lead into the 7th.  Even though the team fell 5-3, it was a fine effort behind the pitching of Nick Seeto, John Moore, and Jack Beverly.  The infield defense of Richie McNamara, Jack Palfrey, Zach McCarthy, and Beverly turned several double plays to get out of jams.

16U Ruffnecks Take Two

The 16U Ruffnecks rode good, solid, starting pitching, solid defense and timely hitting as they won 4-3 and 6-3.  Jake McOsker got the ‘Necks going with a strong first game outing.  Dante Taylor stroked a big double, and James Dillon had a good day at the plate in the second game against South Troy Dodgers.  Jackson Emus, Will Greer, and Ben Reyes pitched the second game.  Greer homered in his first Ruffnecks at-bat in game 1.  The outfield defense was excellent, led by Evan Sleight, Josh Gruenberg, and Emus.  Danny Cooke and JP Olson split the catching duties.  Cook hit very well.  The 16s look to get stronger with the return of several players still in high school playoffs.

Seniors Deliver Strong Showing

The Senior Ruffnecks dominated the first two games of pool play with 8-4 and 8-2 victories.  Catcher Connor Bowman started the season with a double and a 3-run homer.  The pitching of Anthony Redfern shut down a strong opponent in AP Baseball.  In Game 2 Billy Seidl threw 6 no-hit innings en route to an 8-2 win.  Game 3 saw the ‘Necks tie their opponent 1-1 behind the strong pitching of Devin Gates and solid relief from Colman Shea.  In Game 4, the Ruffnecks dropped a tight 5-2 decision.  Christian Walsh homered along the way.

Coming Up

The Seniors and the 16U Ruffnecks are heading to Diamond Nation Friday, June 16 for the Super 17.  The 14U and 15U Ruffnecks participate at the NEBC in the Summer Solstice.  The 13U Ruffnecks attend the 14U Summer Slam on the South Shore.

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Ruffnecks Sweep 1st Tourneys of Season

13U & 14U Squads Win Championships

13s Take NEBA Title in Troy, NY

Harrison Milbert hurls for 13's

The 13U Ruffnecks were first to take home a tournament championship in 2017 with a convincing 3-0 record at the 13U NEBA Championships in Troy, NY.  The 13s had their work cut out for them in the very first pool play game.  They battled the South Troy Dodgers in a 10 inning 7-6 victory.  Scooter Beverly pitched well in relief and had the walk off hit for the winning ‘Necks.  The weekend had its share of fine moments.  John Tully pitched brilliantly in the 8-3 championship game win.  Thomas Dillon, Colby Jacobs, and Rodrigo Ramirez led the squad in hitting during the event.  Aidan Kelley caught all the innings behind the plate.  Outfield play was stellar behind Jack Toomey, Harrison Milbert, James O’Connell, and Beverly.  The infield was solid with Carson Walsh, Matt Henshon, and Anthony Pellagrini manning the middle.  Thomas Dillon, Colby Jacobs, Jeffrey Valdez and Josh Mirob handled the corners. Mirob, Austin Giarnese, Dillon, Milbert, Beverly, and O’Connell handled the pitching duties.  It was a satisfying weekend for the youngest Ruffnecks as they start tournament season.

14U Ruffnecks Capture May Classic at NEBC

The 14U Ruffnecks rumbled through the May Classic at the New England Baseball Complex with their first championship of the 2017 campaign.  The squad went 3-0 in Pool Play while surrendering only 7 runs.  They earned the second seed in the playoff round.  In the semi-final the Ruffnecks dominated with a 9-1 win.  The championship took a hardened 4-2 effort in the fifth game of the two-day event.  In fact it was the third game on Sunday… a day that began with an 8:00am game and ended shortly after 9:30pm.  More details to follow from the event.

Summer is just about upon us.  Memorial Day weekend finds both the 13U and 14u Ruffnecks in tournament activity agian.  The 13s play in the PG Super25 at the NEBC.  The 14s travel to Connecticut to play in the Super East Memorial Day Classic.  Once June arrives, the older Ruffnecks head to Battle at the Border in Stamford, CT for the opening event of the season.  The Ruffnecks assemble a combined roster of 2018, 2019, and 2020 grads to attend Battle at the Border. The June 2-3 dates find many Ruffnecks still very much involved in their high school seasons.  Summer is almost here, with plenty of Ruffnecks action to come!

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Important Notices

(Updated Saturday, June 24 at Noon)

Important Notices:

13U Game for Saturday, June 24: Location is changed.  Look for communication from coaches and family texting tree.

WEEK OF JUNE 19 - 25

Saturday - Sunday: June 24-25
13U Ruffnecks
vs. Evolution Baseball
Location Changed - TBD
Game Times May Change

15U Ruffnecks
Tournament Begins
17U PG Super25
Event: June 22 - June 25

16U Ruffnecks
Tournament Begins
17U PG Super25
Event: June 22 - June 25

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