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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13s & 14s Face High School JV’s

Harrison Milbert pitches for 14s

For several years the Ruffnecks have scheduled midweek games against high school JV teams during the spring.  Often these games are at independent schools where schedule flexibility permits the extra sub-varsity games.  This spring has been difficult, so extra games are welcome.  On April 18th a combined roster of 13U and 14U Ruffnecks traveled to Dexter School in Brookline, MA for a game against Dexter JV’s.  Dexter boasts a strong baseball program, and the filter down effect means that their JV squad has significant talent.  Add the fact the the combined Ruffnecks roster features all 7th and 8th graders, it is a challenge for our young players when facing sophomores and juniors in high school.  The  Dexter game ended in an 8 inning 6-6 tie.  The Ruffnecks pitched five different pitchers: Harrison Milbert, Scooter Beverly, Teo Spadaccini, John Milewski, and Cody Coleman.  Milbert and Coleman both pitched two innings.  All pitchers did a fine job with a good defense.

It was a worthwhile outing for the Ruffnecks.  Facing some “mature” arms from the opponent’s staff, the young ‘Necks swung the bat well and ran the bases aggressively and effectively.  The ‘Necks took a 1-0 lead, fell behind 4-1, and battled to the 6-6 tie.  Catchers Will Fosberg and Tyler Tedeschi alternated innings and did an excellent job.  Both the 13s and 14s continue with NEBA competition over the course of the next several weeks.  An additional high school JV game is scheduled for May 14th at St. Mark’s School in Southborough.  The organization is considering several others to provide opportunities for midweek baseball.

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Fall Baseball Notices

(Updated Sunday evening, Sept. 23 at 7:00pm)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

FALL BASEBALL
Roll Call Responses due
Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 5pm

13U Fall Baseball
Sunday, Sept. 30
8:00 Report Time
NEBC Fields #1

HS Wood
(NEB Fall Tourney Games)
Saturday, Sept. 29
8:00am Game 1
12:30pm Game 2
NEBC Field #1

HS Wood (Red v. Blue)
Sunday, Sept. 30
10:30 Report Time
11:00 Red v. Blue
NEBC Field #1

HS Wood (League Game)
Sunday, Sept. 30
1:00 Report Time
1:45 Game
NEBC Field #1

College Prep
(NEB Fall Tourney Games)

Saturday, Sept. 29
8:00am Game 1
12:30pm Game 2
NEBC Field #1

College Prep
(NEB Fall Tourney Games)

Sunday, Sept. 30
10:30 Report Time
11:00 Tourney Game 3

College Prep (Lg Game)
Sunday, Sept. 30
4:00 Report Time
4:30  Game
NEBC Field #1

College Prep (TOUR)
Saturday, Sept. 29
at Brown University
TBD


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