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Senior Ruffnecks Shine in Alabama

2019 Senior Ruffnecks

The 17U Ruffnecks earned an invitation to the first Perfect Game Elite Championships in Hoover, Alabama July 17-21.  Only 32 teams from around the country were invited to attend, all with talented rosters.  Indeed, most rosters were filled with committed players to Power 5 conferences.  As a program we are humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to compete in such an event.  Indeed, the Senior Ruffnecks did not disappoint.  The squad gave a good account of themselves by winning their pool and earning the #8 seed in the Gold Bracket playoff round.  Every game was tightly played, with solid pitching, defense, and competitive at-bats.  In Game #1 the Ruffnecks faced a talented team from Louisiana.  Silas Reed pitched well in a back and forth affair.  Outfielder Kevin Skagerlind continued to establish himself as a top echelon defensive and offensive player.  He threw out the tying run at the plate to end a threat in the 5th.  Skags also went 1 for 3 with 2 stolen bases.  Raul Diaz got the game winning hit in the 6th, pushing the ‘Necks ahead 3-2.  It was all the Ruffnecks needed as Henry Gustavson pitched the final two frames with total control and effectiveness for the save.

In Game #2, lefthander Tom Chmielewski threw 5 innings against the Florida Aces, surrendering 2 runs in the 5th.  Ben Reyes came on in relief for two innings. Reyes gave up no hits and struck out three for the save in a 4-2 win.  Skagerlind continued his offensive tear by going 3 for 3.  Aidan Harrington was outstanding in the field and contributed a big hit.

Pre-Game at PG Elite - Alabama

Game #3 featured starter Seamus Barrett who was spectacular in a 2-2 tie.  Barrett went 6.2 innings, struck out 10 and gave up 4 hits.  His fastball was in the 87-90 range with an effective change and breaking ball.  The game was a “play for the pool” stakes game, and the Ruffnecks showed a ton of grit and determination.  Lucas Stowe led the way with two big hits, including a triple.  Skagerlind again delivered with an RBI single.  The defense was errorless, with several outstanding plays by Kai Grocki at 3B. The catching corps of Holt Fletcher and Raul Diaz was spectacular all tournament in the 95 heat and humidity of the Deep South.

After earning the #8 seed, the Ruffnecks faced a strong 643 DP team from Georgia.  The ‘Necks took a 3-0 lead into the top of the 7th inning behind a strong outing from Andrew Steinhubel on the mound.  The sands in the hourglass ran out in a manner only seen in the game of baseball.  Unable to get the final three outs for the win, the ‘Necks surrendered 11 runs in the top of the 7th in an 11-3 defeat.  Crazy… but baseball!  The end did not diminish the accomplishments nor did it dim the spotlight the team brought upon itself.  The event was one of the very best, most competitive baseball tournaments the program has ever attended.  Dozens of professional scouts, college coaches, and observers saw a Ruffnecks team worthy and competitive.  It was a fine finish to a demanding travel schedule for the summer of 2019, one in which the competition is outstanding.  We salute our worthy opponents!

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Ruffnecks 13s and 14s Meet in Nashville

The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks teams collided in an elimination round game at the 14U CABA World Series in Nashville, TN.  The 14s emerged with the win by a 9-1 score.  It was the second time in program history that the two teams met in tournament play outside of the New England region.  The tournament (actually in Lebanon, TN) is one of the longest standing dates on the Ruffnecks calendar.  The Ruffnecks captured the title twice.  This year both teams won games in the playoff round.  The 13s actually got a higher seed after pool play, but in the face to face match up, the 14s had too much fire power for the younger ‘Necks.  As is always the case, the 13s completely emptied the fuel tank in the heat and humidity.  Their efforts drew praise from umpires and opponents alike.  It is the end of the season for the 13s.  The 14U Ruffnecks return to the NEBC for one more event in the 15U High Heat event.

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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Sunday, Feb. 9)


Saturday, February 15
(All Ruffnecks)
9:30 to 12:00

Sunday, February 16
No Winter Workout
(Long Weekend)

Saturday, February 22
13U & 14U Practice
at Harvard University
6:30am to 9:00am

Sunday, February 23
Winter Workout #3
at Harvard University
7:00am to 9:00am
(All Ruffnecks)

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