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Former MLB Pitcher Gomes to Join Staff

Wayne Gomes at 13U/14U Practice

Former Major League Baseball pitcher, Wayne Gomes, is set to join the Ruffnecks coaching staff this summer as pitching coach for the Seniors/17U squad.  He joins skipper John Toffey, and assistants Brendan Casey and John Brickley.  With “Brick” and Gomes, the Ruffnecks have two men with MLB experience to mentor our players during the summer season.  Mr. Gomes enjoyed a 6 year career in the Major Leagues, mostly with the Phillies.  He pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 2002.  After retiring from baseball, Gomes built a successful business with his wife in the health care industry in his home state of Virginia.  He also founded the Virginia Baseball Academy in his home town of Hampton, VA where he remains active instructing and working with young athletes.  Gomes is a graduate of Old Dominion University and is in the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.  He was also inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Hall of Fame in 2010.

“The addition of a pitching coach with these credentials is huge for us this summer,” says Coach Toffey.  Indeed, the staff now consists of four qualified, dedicated, coaches.  Coach Gomes provides direction and experience to a staff of pitchers on the Senior team that has enjoyed success.  Several are headed to top tier Division I colleges.  “The pitchers will benefit from knowing there is a coach focused on their preparation, mechanics, and mindset,” adds Toffey.  Coach Brickley (who also runs the SAT Prep course for the team on the road) remarks, “Someone with Wayne’s background and knowledge is amazing for these kids.  And being a graduate of Old Dominion, he understands the value of heading to college.”

The Ruffnecks continue striving to enhance the experience for players in substantive ways.  Coach Toffey with the final word… “Playing tournaments, travel, and summer baseball is great, but we have focused and serious kids who have fun, and want to get better.  Coaching is important to these kids.  We are lucky to have Wayne join us.  I look forward to learning from him and watching the development of our pitchers.”

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13s & 14s Face High School JV’s

Harrison Milbert pitches for 14s

For several years the Ruffnecks have scheduled midweek games against high school JV teams during the spring.  Often these games are at independent schools where schedule flexibility permits the extra sub-varsity games.  This spring has been difficult, so extra games are welcome.  On April 18th a combined roster of 13U and 14U Ruffnecks traveled to Dexter School in Brookline, MA for a game against Dexter JV’s.  Dexter boasts a strong baseball program, and the filter down effect means that their JV squad has significant talent.  Add the fact the the combined Ruffnecks roster features all 7th and 8th graders, it is a challenge for our young players when facing sophomores and juniors in high school.  The  Dexter game ended in an 8 inning 6-6 tie.  The Ruffnecks pitched five different pitchers: Harrison Milbert, Scooter Beverly, Teo Spadaccini, John Milewski, and Cody Coleman.  Milbert and Coleman both pitched two innings.  All pitchers did a fine job with a good defense.

It was a worthwhile outing for the Ruffnecks.  Facing some “mature” arms from the opponent’s staff, the young ‘Necks swung the bat well and ran the bases aggressively and effectively.  The ‘Necks took a 1-0 lead, fell behind 4-1, and battled to the 6-6 tie.  Catchers Will Fosberg and Tyler Tedeschi alternated innings and did an excellent job.  Both the 13s and 14s continue with NEBA competition over the course of the next several weeks.  An additional high school JV game is scheduled for May 14th at St. Mark’s School in Southborough.  The organization is considering several others to provide opportunities for midweek baseball.

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Important Notices

(Updated Sunday, May 20 at 7:00pm)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
None

Monday, May 21
13U/14U Combined Roster
at St. Mark's JV
3:30 Report
4:30 Game

Thursday, May 24
13U & 14U Ruffnecks
Practice at NEBC
6:00 - 6:30 Report
6:30 - 8:15 Practice

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