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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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Tennessee & Georgia Summer Travels

Billy Seidl

The Senior Ruffnecks are busy in the Perfect Game 17U WWBA in Emerson, GA where they are off to a 1-2 start, having played three terrific baseball games.  Over 30 college coaches and professional scouts watched at Aviation Complex in Marietta, Georgia as Billy Seidl battled a lineup from Louisiana that featured 7 SEC commits.  The Ruffnecks gave as good as they got in a game that featured 6 hits by both teams, and errorless baseball by the Ruffnecks.  Seidl, a Northeast Area Code selection, did not disappoint as he featured his 90-93 mph fastball with an effective breaking ball and change.  Dante Taylor had two hits for the Ruffnecks, and Jackson Emus swung the bat well.  The Senior ‘Necks have played well during their 16 day road trip.  The team practices almost daily while on the road.  They cruised through the Elite Round Robin in Georgia with a 4-0 record and not giving up a single run.  Will Greer pitched well in front of numerous college recruiters on Saturday, June 30 in a 10-2 win.  Greer’s fastball is also ticking up toward the 90 range.  The team continues to play hard in a tough pool bracket.

15s and 16s in Music City

15U Justin Masteralexis

Meanwhile, the 15U Ruffnecks and the 16U Ruffnecks continue to grind through a demanding schedule in the heat at the Music City Classic in Nashville, TN.  Both squads played 5 game in 3 days… a challenge for the 15U roster in particular.  Coaches Graber (15U) and Fredericks (16U) are two of the finest coaches in our region, with a focus on teaching, development, and understanding.  Each has managed the rosters with care and competitive edge.  The 16s came off a tournament at home (the 17U PG Super25) in which they reached the championship game by playing three games on Wednesday, June 27.  They then boarded a flight at 5:30am Thursday morning for Nashville, played two games on Thursday, and three more between Friday and Saturday.  The schedule is a challenge to say the least.  Nevertheless, the pitching is beginning to fall into place with fine efforts from Henry Gustavson (‘20), Seamus Barrett (‘20), and Ben Reyes (‘20).  Raul Diaz (‘21), Jack Beverly (‘20), Lucas Stowe (‘20), and Kevin Skagerlind (‘20) are hitting well.

The 15U Ruffnecks continue to surprise and surpass expectations.  A complete game pitching effort from Tommy Leimkuhler (‘21) led the Ruffnecks 5-3 past the same East Cobb Astros 16U team that locked up with the Ruffnecks “Seniors” last week in a 2-1 victory for the Astros!  The ‘Necks did not stop with that surprise win.  Two additional victories defined the Music City trip, along with a disappointing 6-5 walk-off loss.  In the final game of the trip, the 15U ‘Necks were simply out of gas, and lost a 6th inning 4-0 lead to go down to a 9-4 defeat.  The trip has been very positive nonetheless.  The catching duo of Levi McAllister (‘21) and Andy Pelc (‘21) have been spectacular.  Justin Masteralexis (‘21) and Sammy Hill (‘21) continue to contribute to the offense.  Pitchers Sammy Rosenfield (‘21), Masteralexis, Hill, Jack Carney (‘20), and Skyler Bordiuk (‘21) have contributed on the mound.

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