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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13U Ruffnecks Advance to PG Super25 Championship. Dedicate NEBC Flag Pole

John Moore Pitches

Ruffnecks Part of Memorial Day Weekend Ceremony

Memorial Day Weekend was a busy time at the New England Baseball Complex, and the 13U Ruffnecks found themselves playing 6 games in 3 days in a highly competitive Perfect Game Super25 Regional.  The team also had a prominent role in the beautiful Flag Pole dedication ceremony (Watch the video).  Two 13U Ruffnecks have dads who served in the military: Kai Grocki and John Moore.  Ruffnecks players helped to raise the flag in honor of two local men who gave their lives in service to their country.  Indeed, the families of Brian Ouellette and Brian Arsenault both attended the dedication and appreciated the participation of Ruffnecks players in honoring their fallen heroes.

In the baseball portion of the weekend, the young ‘Necks handily captured their Pool in the first three games.  They clinched by virtue of two consecutive shutouts and an 11-2 win in the third game.  Tommy Clark got the Ruffnecks going with a superlative start in Game #1 against a very fine opponent from Fairfield County, Connecticut.  Clark was masterful as he pitched a complete game 3-0 shutout.  Much of the credit goes to his batterymate, Donald Sivolella who caught and managed his pitcher with precision.  Offensively, the Ruffnecks were sparked by Lucas Stowe, Kevin Skagerlind, and Eric Foster.  The defense was solid, particularly the infield play of Kai Grocki (3B), Richie McNamara (SS), Jack Palfrey (2B), and Holt Fletcher (1B).  They made all the plays, including a spectacular diving stop by Grocki.  The outfield was no less impressive in supporting the shutout.  Kevin Skagerlind, Stowe, and Will Figueroa made all the plays, keeping hard hit balls from dropping.

13U Ruffnecks Stand at Memorial Day Flag Raising

In Game #2 John Moore got the start on the mound and continued the scoreless streak by shutting down the opponents with some outstanding pitching.  Moore also helped himself with a timely two-out RBI hit.  Once again the defense was solid with Zach McCarthy turning a nifty double play at 2B.  Will Figueroa pitched very well in two innings of relief work, and Kai Grocki finished it up. Peter Chandor led the offense with two extra base hits.  The Ruffnecks knew that Game #3 would clinch the Pool before the game began.  Holt Fletcher took the mound and delivered an outstanding performance in a convincing 11-2 win.  Once again the offense was a formidable challenge for the opponents as the Ruffnecks got timely hits from many players.  Game #4 was a formality in which several players who pitch very little, took the ball unselfishly in order to keep their fellow teammates fresh for the Monday playoff round.  Nevertheless, the Ruffnecks competed well with catcher Ben Carbeau doing an excellent job managing a pitching staff that had little experience going deep into games.

Advance to Championship

On Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day), the Ruffnecks faced NEBA opponent, the Connecticut Bombers, in the semi-final game.  Randy Reyes got the start for the Ruffnecks and pitched another spectacular game, going 6 innings without giving up a run.  He worked himself out of several jams, kept his composure, and led his team to victory.  The offense was efficient, while not explosive.  Runs came by virtue of moving runners along and timely situational hitting.  Kai Grocki came in to finish the game, and although the Bombers scored a run, the 5-1 victory launched the Ruffnecks to the championship game against the Legends.

In the finals, the Ruffnecks got on the board first with a run in the top of the 1st to take a 1-0 lead.  However, the Legends bats were too much for the ‘Necks, as their hitters simply had a very good day and took advantage of two defensive miscues in the bottom of the first for 5 runs.  Myles McDermott pitched very, very well against a solid hitting team in the Legends.  The Ruffnecks tip their caps to the Legends for an outstanding run to the Perfect Game Super25 Regional Championship, while the ‘Necks can take satisfaction in making it to the final game of a highly competitive event.

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Important Notices

(Updated Sunday, May 28 at 8:00am)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)
All 15U, 16U & Senior Ruffnecks
Organizational Meeting
5:30 arrival at Boston College
Shea Pavillion

Memorial Weekend
May 26 - 29

13U Ruffnecks
PG Super25 Regional
NEBC

Metal Bats: BBCOR or BPF 1.15 with -5 Drop

14U Ruffnecks
Super East Memorial Classic
Bristol, CT
See Schedule Page
Metal Bats: BBCOR


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