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16U Ruffnecks Achieve With Purpose

Infielders Hass and Taylor

The 16U Ruffnecks continue to attract a lot of attention from college recruiters.  As the team prepares for the 16U Perfect Game WWBA in Emerson, GA, Coach Fredericks and his staff of Jim McNamara and Mike Mocerino continue to work with a sense of purpose.  The long summer has few off days, and while there are many games, Coach Fred continues to teach, coach, and practice the team.  The work occurs in the batting cages, before games, during games, and on practice fields the organization sets up while traveling in Tennessee or Georgia.  The purpose is to teach and develop.  Of course, exposure is important.  The players know that they are in places where they will be seen.  And Coach Fredericks never changes his tune about the value of solid preparation and purpose, both of which lead to attention from college recruiters.  The 2017 16U Ruffnecks (primarily 2019 grads) has certainly turned some heads.  Deep pitching and solid defense provide opportunities to stay in games, regardless of whether or not the bats are hot.

Among the most important elements to the team success has been the strong catching duo of JP Olson and Danny Cooke.  Both manage the game very well, controlling the running game with strong arms and intelligent game-calling.  The pitching staff is led by Billy Seidl, a hard throwing right hander.  LH pitchers Jake McOsker, Josh Gruenberg, and LHP Ben Reyes (2020) provide depth from the left side.  RH pitchers Jackson Emus, Jeff Price, Colin McGrath, Will Greer, Seamus Barrett, and Teddy Goss, give terrific depth to the starting ranks and to the bullpen.  And pitching coach McNamara manages the staff well.  All are part of the plan.  Both Seidl and Price have hurled perfect games this summer.  Price delivered his gem in the championship game of the 17U PG Super25 at NEBC.

Catcher JP Olson Blocks

Defensively, the Ruffnecks are led by Virginia-commit outfielder, Evan Sleight, along with outfielders Colin Blasco, Josh Gruenberg, Jake McOsker, and Jackson Emus.  The infield is manned by James Dillon (3B), Dante Taylor (IF), Jack Flynn (IF), Andrew Hass, and Will Greer (SS).  First base is platooned by Seidl and Price.  “It is a good group,” remarks Coach Fredericks.  “As long as they keep working to get better, good things will happen.”

With a long trip in front of the team, the coaches and squad intend to remain focused.  The squad has played nearly 30 games in the past month, and they are on a pace to play as many a 50 to 60 before it all ends the first week of August.  “These are dedicated ballplayers,” says Coach McNamara.  “I have always enjoyed my summers working with Ruffnecks kids.  They embrace coaching, and work hard to get better every day.  Plus, it is great coaching with Fred (Coach Fredericks).  He teaches so much.”

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Ruffnecks Featured on Perfect Game Site

The 17U “Senior” Ruffnecks are in the middle of a 16 day road trip that has carried them through Nashville, and on to the Perfect Game Elite Round Robin at LakePoint in Emerson, GA.  The trip has been challenging in terms of facing strong pitching and competition, as well as finding a rhythm the Ruffnecks can call their own.  The early going was rough, but competitive.  The Ruffnecks dropped three one run games in Nashville.  The team struggled, and may well again.  But when they got to Georgia, Coaches Toffey, Brickley, and Casey felt it important to practice… which the team has done EVERY day in addition to playing in the PG Elite RR.  “Just a good group of kids trying to get better,” says Coach Toffey.

On Wednesday, June 28th, the Perfect Game feature writers covered the Ruffnecks game vs. FTB Rockets out of Jupiter, FL.  It is the second time these two clubs faced each other in the past three years.  With no false humility, it is pretty obvious that the coverage was intended for the FTB Rockets and their roster that boasts ten Division I commits, including two to Florida, one to Miami, and one to Vanderbilt.  What the PG folks also discovered was a group of scrappy Ruffnecks from New England who captured their attention with solid, fundamental baseball, and a heart.  The team and coaches had no idea that the game was being covered, other than there were a number of professional scouts to check out the 90+ arms of FTB and a couple of position players.  “We keep telling the kids to play the game and ignore who is behind the backstop,” adds Coach Brickley, himself a long-time professional scout for the Reds and Toronto.  “Tonight, they did just that.  They played the game without distractions.”

Following an impressive 7-5 win, during which the Ruffnecks put up 3 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, and 1 in the 3rd, the reporters approached the Ruffnecks staff in the dugout.  The result is a feature article on the home page of the Perfect Game website (link provided below).

Link to PG Article

As a program that hails from New England, we hope this helps all of our fellow, hard working New England opponents, and programs to demonstrate that there are good players and well coached teams in the New England area.  And to all our worthy opponents in our home region, we thank you and hope you share in the spotlight.  You never know who is watching!

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Fall Baseball Registration Now Open

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Important Notices

(Updated Friday, August 15 at 9:30am)

Ruffnecks Summer Season is complete.
Thank you to all players, parents, coaches.

Fall Baseball Begins Sept 9-10
Registration for 13U is nearing capacity
Registration for HS Wood Bat to Close 8/21

Registration for College Prep to Close 8/21

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