Wet Spring! Who Cares? Play Ball

2019 14U Patriot's Day Champs

Everyone is lamenting the wet spring of 2019.  Every weekend it seems to rain.  High school and club baseball programs are dealing with cancellations, rescheduling, and a lack of playing time for their constituents.  Thanks to the “Home of the Ruffnecks,” the NEBC (New England Baseball Complex), the 13U and 14U Ruffnecks teams have played through every weekend since the end of March!  This translates to over 30 games for each of the two Ruffnecks squads heading into the Memorial Day Weekend and “Tournament Season.”  Few programs match the relentless commitment to play games and to practice outside.  The Ruffnecks deliver that commitment to their players and families.  Of course, we are fortunate to have access to the NEBC.  It also requires the allocation of considerable resources to ensure that we practice and play consistently… whether on the weather-proof fields at the NEBC or at scheduled “away games” when we travel.  And we respect our worthy opponents for making a comparable effort to repair and maintain fields, and to get games played whenever it is possible.  It is the beauty of the NEBA alliance (New England Baseball Alliance).  The end result is the delivery of quantity and quality with regard to playing baseball games in late March, April, and May.

Prepping for Tournament Season

The spring season is an intensive developmental period in which competitive objectives align with scheduling against like minded opponents who believe that there is considerable teaching to be done in the months preceding the summer “Tournament Season.”  Indeed, tournaments have taken over the scheduling for most travel programs.  The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks take advantage of most tournament offerings at the NEBC in addition to traveling to other events in the region.  The 14U Ruffnecks captured the Patriot’s Day Bash, and recently reached the championship game in the NEB Classic.  The team did not qualify for the playoffs in the May Classic at the NEBC.

As both Ruffnecks rosters turn the corner into summer, participation in tournaments is the cornerstone of the schedule.  the 14U Ruffnecks play several 15U and 16U events, which challenge a talented roster.  The 13U Ruffnecks transition to 14U baseball with mostly 14U events and several challenging 13U events on the calendar.  Nothing prepares and develops better than game experience for baseball players.  With the Ruffnecks playing over 30 games during a rainy, wet, spring, we feel good about the experience the players are getting.  Sunny skies ahead!

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Ruffnecks Champs Again!

Champs Again!

The 14U Ruffnecks cruised through the 14U Summer Slam tournament with relative ease June 9-10.  The squad also kept their streak of 11 straight wins alive.  This time the Ruffnecks only allowed 3 runs in five games.  The pitching has been outstanding.  Now the team turns its attention to several events against older competition. During the next two weekends the 14U Ruffnecks will play in the 15U Summer Solstice and the 15U PG Super25.  They will undoubtedly get some respect in the latter, as they are the champs in the 14U division.  The challenge against older competition comes at a good time for the Ruffnecks.  Developmentally and competitively the team is poised to measure themselves.  Coaches Chaput and Calagione continue to work the players into versatile contributors.  The bonds and focus are strong.  This group is having a ton of fun!

PG Super25 Champs

Mark Henshon Deals 8-0 CG Shutout

The 14U Ruffnecks captured the 2018 PG Super25 Regional with a 3-0 Pool Play record and then swept through the quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship games.  The squad achieved their success with excellent defense and superlative starting pitching.  In fact, the Ruffnecks had pitching left over at the end.  All six games were a result of complete game efforts:  Mark Henshon, James O’Connell, Josh Mirob, Harrison Milbert, John Tully and a 2-0 complete game shutout win for Jack Toomey in the championship bout.  It was an impressive run.

Henshon gave the Ruffnecks a good start as he threw a complete game 8-0 shutout in Game #1.  The offense was sparked by John Tully, Carson Walsh, and Thomas Dillon.  A full team effort in game #2 enabled the Ruffnecks to come away with a hard earned 4-2 victory.  O’Connell battled on the mound.  In the final pool play game left hander Josh Mirob went the distance in a 7-4 win.  The defense was terrific all tournament.  Antonio Rivera made a sensational play in Game #2 that was pivotal for the team.  Of course, tremendous credit goes to the catching duo of Edo Spadaccini and Aidan Kelly.  No pitching staff succeeds without good game management and focus from their batterymate-catchers!  While the roster is not terribly deep (15 players), it is balanced and possesses pitching depth.

In the playoff round, Harrison Milbert got the team through the quarterfinals with a tremendous 7-2 victory.  Milbert’s fastball and mastery of the strike zone was impressive.  John Tully pitched through a tight 5-3 game in the semifinals.  His ability to throw strikes, pitch to contact, and to allow his defense to do its job was the key to success.  Jack Toomey took the ball in the championship game and delivered a gem of a 2-0 shutout to clinch the first title of the 2018 season.  There are many shout outs to go around the diamond.  This article may be updated with more details in the next few days.

13U Ruffnecks Surprise at 14U PG

Both the 13U and the 14U Ruffnecks played a spirited and focused tournament at the 14U PG Super25 June 1-3 at the NEBC.  The 13s nearly surprised their pool by taking a 2-0 record into the final pool play game before falling 6-4 to the #2 overall seed.  Oisin Lee pitched well in the opening 7-1 win.  Hagan Ward finished with an efficient two innings.  In the second game, John Milewski gave the Ruffnecks a competitive start, going five innings.  Ben Kuechle was brilliant in relief as he shut the door in the final two frames to secure an 8-5 victory.  In the deciding pool play game the Ruffnecks got a terrific start from Matt Morin.  The defense did not have its best game, but the bats never let up and the 13U Ruffnecks almost prevailed.  Only a spectacular defensive play on a hard hit ball by Ryan Chandor saved the day for the opponents.  Overall, the youngest ‘Necks played some very good baseball.

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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Monday, May 20 at 9:00am)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Thursday, May 23
13U/14U Practice
No Practice

Memorial Day Weekend
May 24 - 27

13U Ruffnecks
PG Super25 Regional
at NEBC
See Schedule Page

14U Ruffnecks
at Memorial Day Classic

Hartford, CT
See Schedule Page

Monday, May 27th
Summer Organizational Meeting
6:00pm at Fay School
15U, 16U, 17U Players & Parents

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