Early Season Games Get Played!

Spring Joy!

There is no question about it.  Young Ruffnecks are fortunate to have access to the NEBC as their home field and training facility.  The primary benefit… getting on the field!  Getting games in during a cold, wet, and sometimes snowy, early spring is another matter.  Game experience provides an opportunity to put the drill work, skill work, and team concepts to the test.  This is important for all baseball players and teams.  Major League players start exhibition games after just a week to ten days of work at Spring Training.  For Ruffnecks the process is longer, but nothing approaches the situations that arise through game experience.

A Cold & Focused Bench!

Throughout the winter, the 13s and 14s take reps with Ruffnecks players from the high school classes in the expansive Harvard Bubble.  Once the spring begins in early March the 13s and 14s practice, and often scrimmage together.  That arrangement is beneficial, but nothing approximates facing a different opponent.  This spring has been particularly cold.  Nevertheless, the 13s and 14s have been outside, on the fields of the NEBC regularly.  Chilly and windy conditions during mid-week practices harden and prepare the players for potentially uncomfortable weather during games.  The practice conditions also help to build skills, confidence, and the ability “to make routine plays routine.”  What impresses the most, is the desire and interest of the players to get out there, take reps, and really enjoy themselves.  “These kids are committed,” says new coach Ted Christie.  Indeed, the program is fortunate to attract such players.

As of the first weekend in April, the 13U Ruffnecks played seven games!  The 14s have played four.  This is a credit to the partnerships with several terrific opponents who share the objectives of getting games in, and getting out on a field.  Both teams prepare for the Patriot’s Day Bash weekend tournament at the NEBC to kick off the public school vacation week.  The tournament provides a chance to play in an early season event while logging four games (weather permitting).  Of course the turf of the NEBC helps! With a little cooperation from Mother Nature, the players may find warmer conditions a part of the routine.

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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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Fall Baseball Notices

(Updated Sunday, Jan. 20th at 8:00am)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Please monitor indoor and Winter Schedule posted on Winter2019 page.

Wednesday, Jan. 23
13U TEAM Hitting
7:00 to 8:30
at NEBC

Thursday, Jan. 24
OPEN Hitting at NEBC
6:30 to 8:00

Open to all Ruffnecks

Saturday, Jan. 26
14U TEAM Hitting
8:30 to 10:30
OPEN Hitting - All Ruffnecks
10:30 to 12:00
at NEBC

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