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14U Ruffnecks Champs Again in Tennessee

The 14U Ruffnecks won their second consecutive 14U CABA World Series title on Friday, July 15th in Lebanon Tennessee.  The Ruffnecks went on an amazing 11-0 stretch to capture the title.  It was not easy.  After going 6-0 in pool play, double elimination can challenge the best of teams.  11 game in six days is taxing on a pitching staff.  The intense Tennessee heat is a factor as well.  In their early Friday game, the Ruffnecks faced a game Cross Hit team for the right to move forward in the winner’s bracket.  This is an advantage, since the team that loses once must beat the team that moves directly through the winner’s twice if they reconnect at the end of the event.  The Ruffnecks were down 5-1 going into the bottom of the 7th inning.  However, this gritty group found a way to score 5 runs for a walk off win.

In the final game, the Ruffnecks were threatened in the final inning as Cross Hit found a way to make an apparent runaway into a close contest.  In the 7th inning of the championship, Kevin Skagerlind made a perfect throw from the outfield for the final out at home plate to preserve an 8-6 victory.

13s and 14s Face Off in Playoffs

Champions!

In an amazing circumstance of chance the 13U Ruffnecks faced the 14U Ruffnecks in the first playoff action of double elimination at the 14U CABA World Series in Lebanon, Tennessee.  The 14s earned the #1 overall seed by cruising to a 6-0 record in Pool Play.  the 13s got in as the 16th and final seed courtesy of some well played baseball against some very tough opponents.  The youngest ‘Necks (13U) dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 decision in pool play on the first day that would have given them some breathing room in the playoff seedings.  Instead, it came down to a Ruffnecks vs. Ruffnecks contest at beautiful Cumberland University.  Indeed the 13s jumped to a lead 1-0 in the top of the first, but the 14s, who are playing very well, ended up winning the game 12-2.  The 13s were eliminated from the tournament on Wednesday morning in another 6-5 decision despite a valiant pitching performance by Greg Kuperman.

All Tournament Team Dominated By Ruffnecks

13s vs. 14s in Tennessee

The 14U Ruffnecks were the story of the tournament.  Lucas Stowe was named MVP of the tournament, while Kai Grocki earned Outstanding Pitcher.  The All-Tournament Team included Grocki and Stowe, along with Will Figueroa, Kevin Skagerlind, and Nick Seeto.  Of course, these players know that their personal recognition is a result of tremendous team success and contributions from every member of the roster.

16U Ruffnecks go 6-1 at Perfect Game WWBA in Georgia

It was another strong showing for the Ruffnecks program on a national stage, as Kirk Fredericks’ squad earned a second place finish in their pool with a 6-1 record at the 16U PG WWBA in Emerson, Georgia.  Joe Simourian led an explosive offense during the week long event with a .591 average.  His slugging was .818, and his OBP was .625.  Christian Allaire also contributed a hot bat, hitting .550, along with Brodie Carey at .538.  The team suffered its only defeat at the hands of the Evoshield Canes, who won the pool with a 7-0 record.  Of course, nothing is achieved without good starting pitching.  The Ruffnecks top three starters combined for a 0.00 ERA.  Anthony Redfern, Riley Teevens, and Ryan Cusick pitched a combined 20 innings without letting up an earned run.  Teevens struck out 12, while Cusick struck out 10.

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Ruffnecks Just Miss Advancing at WWBA

The Ruffnecks put together an amazing run in a competitive pool at the 17U WWBA in Emerson, Georgia in one of the most competitive national events on the calendar.  Henry Ennen led a pitching staff that put up a 1.55 ERA over seven pool play games.  The showdown took place on Wednesday morning, July 6, in front of nearly 30 college and pro scouts at the East Cobb complex against the East Cobb Astros.  Ennen staked the Ruffnecks to a 1-0 lead through six innings in the game that would decide who advanced from pool play to the playoff round.  In the top of the 7th, the Astros #3 hitter took a 1-1 fastball over the fence for a solo HR that tied the game.  It was a heartbreaking moment, but the Ruffnecks got men on 1st and 2nd in the bottom of the 7th.  A competitive at-bat and a hard line drive by Eric Pappas was caught for the final out.  The “tie-loss” under the rules of the tournament bumped the Ruffnecks out of the playoff round by the slimmest of margins.  The ‘Necks gave up the fewest runs in the pool (13) over 7 games. Ennen pitched 14 innings during the tournament earning tremendous respect.  He allowed just 4 hits in 14IP, 1R, no walks, and 19Ks.

The first three games were defined by outstanding starting pitching behind Henry Ennen, Robby Cerulle, and Dylan Presnal.  Ennen threw a 1 hit, 10K gem at a strong DBAT team from Texas and Arkansas.  In the second game Robby Cerulle lost a no-hit bid in the 7th while throwing just 64 pitches in a 2-0 shutout win.  In Game 3 Dylan Presnal gave up one earned run in a 10-2 victory.  Owen Batchelder also pitched well in Game 4, he struck out 10 before leaving in the 6th with a 3-2 lead.  Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold, and the Ruffnecks suffered a 5-3 defeat.  In Game 5, Will Simeone battled on the mound giving up only 2ER in 5 innings.  He threw 81 pitches, with 52 for strikes.  He left with a 3-2 lead… just prior to a 12 run 6th inning outburst led by Taylor Beckett’s grand slam, Christian Walsh’s 2R HR, and a 2 run triple by Tyler Cedeno.  Beckett also contributed an RBI double in the same inning.

Henry Ennen

The Ruffnecks put up some impressive numbers.  Taylor Beckett and Chris Galland were among the tournament leaders in hitting with over .400 averages.  Robbie Cronin hit .375 with a team leading .583 OBP.  Beckett, Galland, and Eric Pappas led the way with 8, 7, and 6 RBI respectively.  The team hit .267 over the tournament with .368 slugging and a team .400 OBP.  Pitching was the story for the Ruffnecks.  In addition to Ennen’s impressive performance, Robby Cerulle, Dylan Presnal, Dario Tarquinio, and Owen Batchelder all delivered ERAs of 1.50 or lower.  Cerulle barely lost a no hitter (noted above) while Presnal posted a 1.16 ERA.  The team played exceptionally well defensively.

Despite the bitter disappointment of losing out on the playoff round, the Ruffnecks validated a national reputation as one of the most competitive teams at the 17U WWBA.  The team returns home after a 16 day road trip to participate in the Boston Invitational and the Boston Open, as well as several other events in the northeast.

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Important Notices

(Updated Saturday, June 24 at Noon)

Important Notices:

13U Game for Saturday, June 24: Location is changed.  Look for communication from coaches and family texting tree.

WEEK OF JUNE 19 - 25

Saturday - Sunday: June 24-25
13U Ruffnecks
vs. Evolution Baseball
Location Changed - TBD
Game Times May Change

15U Ruffnecks
Tournament Begins
17U PG Super25
NEBC
Event: June 22 - June 25

16U Ruffnecks
Tournament Begins
17U PG Super25
NEBC
Event: June 22 - June 25




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