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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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2018s and 2019s in Music City

The 15U Ruffnecks and the 16U Ruffnecks traveled together to the Music City Classic June 30 thru July 3.  Each team played 5 scheduled games.  Both Coaches Jones and Fredericks used the event to plan pitching and lineups for competition and exposure.  The 16s (2018s) got off to an outstanding start at Lipscomb University against the Indiana Bulls.  Ryan Cusick, Riley Teevens, and Billy Seidl pitched a combined limit the Bulls to 2 runs, while the offense was paced by Brodie Carey, Joe Simourian, Rory Bordiuk, and Spenser Smith.  The 2018’s won their next two consecutive games before dropping an 8-7 decision at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, July 2.

Meanwhile the 15U (2019s) have played 17 games in the past 11 consecutive days, including their championship run at the 15U PG Super25 Regional.  After arriving in Nashville on an early morning flight the 15s took to the field at Austin Peay University and suffered a 7-5 loss.  Two impressive 8-0 shutouts followed on Friday, July 1.  Outstanding pitching from Jackson Emus, Ben Mlavsky served the Ruffnecks well.  The offense was paced by contributions from James Dillon, JP Olson, Ben Rounds, Jaylen Bailey, and Teddy Goss.  The team played less well on Saturday, July 2 in both a 7-4 loss and an 11-11 tie.  A welcome day off leads to the 16U PG Super25 Regional July 4-6 at NEBC.

Seniors at 17U WWBA

The Senior Ruffnecks are playing in the 17U WWBA at Emerson, Georgia.  The national event is the biggest on the calendar for 17U teams from around the country.  Henry Ennen got the team off to a good start with a dominant pitching performance.  He three a complete game 4-0 shutout, compiling 10Ks and giving up only 2 hits.  Both Robby Cerulle and Dylan Presnal pitched well in Games 2 & 3 respectively.  Cerulle lost a no-hit bid in the 7th inning of a 2-0 shutout.  Presnal pitched well in a 10-2 win, giving up only 1 hit in 6 innings, as the Ruffnecks continue to progress in pool play.

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Important Notices

(Updated Friday, April 28 at 7:45am)

Wednesday, April 26
OPEN HITTING
6:30-8:00 at NEBC

Thursday, April 27
13U & 14U Practice
6:00 to 8:00 at NEBC

Saturday, April 29
13U Ruffnecks
RI Jr. Gulls
9:00 at NEBC


Saturday, April 29
14U Ruffnecks
at CT Bombers

1:30 at Rochford Field
550 Newhall Street
Hamden, CT

Sunday, April 30
13U Ruffnecks
at RI Jr. Gulls

1:30 at Swansea, MA

Sunday, April 30
14U Ruffnecks

at RI Jr. Gulls
9:00 at Swansea, MA


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