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Wet Spring! Who Cares? Play Ball

2019 14U Patriot's Day Champs

Everyone is lamenting the wet spring of 2019.  Every weekend it seems to rain.  High school and club baseball programs are dealing with cancellations, rescheduling, and a lack of playing time for their constituents.  Thanks to the “Home of the Ruffnecks,” the NEBC (New England Baseball Complex), the 13U and 14U Ruffnecks teams have played through every weekend since the end of March!  This translates to over 30 games for each of the two Ruffnecks squads heading into the Memorial Day Weekend and “Tournament Season.”  Few programs match the relentless commitment to play games and to practice outside.  The Ruffnecks deliver that commitment to their players and families.  Of course, we are fortunate to have access to the NEBC.  It also requires the allocation of considerable resources to ensure that we practice and play consistently… whether on the weather-proof fields at the NEBC or at scheduled “away games” when we travel.  And we respect our worthy opponents for making a comparable effort to repair and maintain fields, and to get games played whenever it is possible.  It is the beauty of the NEBA alliance (New England Baseball Alliance).  The end result is the delivery of quantity and quality with regard to playing baseball games in late March, April, and May.

Prepping for Tournament Season

Walkoff at PG Super25!

The spring season is an intensive developmental period in which competitive objectives align with scheduling against like minded opponents who believe that there is considerable teaching to be done in the months preceding the summer “Tournament Season.”  Indeed, tournaments have taken over the scheduling for most travel programs.  The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks take advantage of most tournament offerings at the NEBC in addition to traveling to other events in the region.  The 14U Ruffnecks captured the Patriot’s Day Bash, and recently reached the championship game in the NEB Classic.  The team did not qualify for the playoffs in the May Classic at the NEBC.

As both Ruffnecks rosters turn the corner into summer, participation in tournaments is the cornerstone of the schedule.  the 14U Ruffnecks play several 15U and 16U events, which challenge a talented roster.  The 13U Ruffnecks transition to 14U baseball with mostly 14U events and several challenging 13U events on the calendar.  Nothing prepares and develops better than game experience for baseball players.  With the Ruffnecks playing over 30 games during a rainy, wet, spring, we feel good about the experience the players are getting.  Sunny skies ahead!

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Zack Horwitz – Alumni Focus

Ruffnecks alums are not defined solely for their baseball prowess.  But make no mistake… it takes considerable skill, focus, dedication, and perseverance to play baseball at the collegiate level, whether it is Division I, II, or III.  There is no greater example of the quintessential Ruffnecks Alum than Zack Horwitz.  Zack is an excellent student.  He has acted in numerous stage performances and continues to participate in leadership activities beyond the ball field at Amherst College.  Zack was a five year Ruffneck who became a Johnny Pesky Teammate Award winner in his very first year.  His call “Way to be a Ruffneck!” provided the character and backbone for his teammates as a 13 year old.  Unafraid to get hit by a pitch, Zack was a keen competitor,  and that rallying cry became the inspiration for everyone on the team to dig in, take pitches off the shoulder, back, leg, or butt, and run to first base!  Zack’s charisma is contagious and continues at Amherst College where he is currently a junior on the baseball team.

Amherst College is a perennial contender in the Division III baseball world.  It is also one of the most competitive schools with regard to admission standards.  Horwitz is a LHP who also plays good defense and was an excellent hitter in high school.  His academic and leadership profile attracted the attention of several IVY League programs as well as most of the high academic NESCAC programs.  In the end, Zack chose to focus on Amherst with the intent to become a contributor on the field from freshmen year.  Now a junior, Horwitz leads Amherst in total appearances.  He is their go-to guy with several starts and relief appearances.  Always affable, incredibly focused, and loyal, Zack Horwitz is a great example for Ruffnecks players and families.

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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Monday, June 17 at 4:30pm)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Seniors Practice canceled Thursday night.
16U Practice canceled Thursday night.

Week of June 17-23


Tuesday, June 18
16U & 17U Ruffnecks
Area Code Workout/Practice
NEBC Field 2 & 3
6:00 to 8:30

Wednesday, June 19
13U/14U Practice
NEBC Field 3
6:30 to 8:30


Wednesday, June 19
15U Practice
NEBC Field 3
6:30 to 8:30

16U Practice
NEBC Field 1
6:30 to 8:30


Wednesday, June 19
17U Ruffnecks
Travel Day to Nasvhille
Music City Classic
(June 20 to 23)
Depart Logan Airport
6:50am

Thursday-Sunday
15U & 16U Ruffnecks
17U PG Super25
See Schedule Page

Saturday-Sunday
14U Ruffnecks
at 15U Cape Cod Classic
See Schedule Page

Saturday, June 22
13U Ruffnecks
at South Troy Dodgers
11:00am

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