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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1st Summer Weekend Strong For Ruffnecks

Coach Toffey Addresses Seniors

The weekend of June 9-11 saw all five Ruffnecks teams in action.  Despite a number of players still involved in state high school playoffs, Ruffnecks teams turned in strong performances.  The 15U, 16U, and Senior Ruffnecks all played in the highly competitive NEB Invitational.  All responded with excellent showings.  The objectives for the weekend were clear: First, to get on the same page with each team.  Second, to sort out the pitching in a measured manner.  Third, to compete.  The five Ruffnecks squads all met those objectives.

13U Takes 2 of 3 in 14U Cape Wood Bat

The 13U Ruffnecks found a way to win two out of three games at the 14U Cape Cod Wood Bat tournament.  The youngest ‘Necks mercy ruled two opponents en route to those victories.  Jeffrey Valdez had a fine weekend as did Aidan Kelly (catcher).  The pitching was strong behind starters Harrison Milbert and Josh Mirob.  Mirob also had a good weekend at the plate.  The infield was led by Carson Walsh and Mark Henshon.  Jack Toomey was his usual, reliable self in the outfield.

14U Squad takes Cape Championship!

A walk-off hit from Greg Kuperman led the Ruffnecks to their second tournament championship of the season.  The 14U team bounced back from a 3-2 loss in pool play to march through the playoff round with a commanding mercy rule semi-final win and then an exciting one-run victory in the Finals.  Raul Diaz had a noisy weekend with the bat.  Contributions came from virtually all players.  The pitching staff was outstanding, with Sam Hill getting the championship start in the final.

15U Ruffnecks Compete Well in 18U NEB Invitational

The 15U Ruffnecks competed very well against older, more experienced competition.  Playing with 10 and 11 players (due to several players still in high school playoffs), the Ruffnecks cobbled together a fine 5-1 win against a Baseball U CT – 17U opponent.  Jeff Hohler pitched well with Jack Schneider closing in relief.  In Saturday’s contest against the Team Boston 2017s, the 15U Ruffnecks battled against a much more experienced and physically mature lineup, taking a 3-2 lead into the 7th.  Even though the team fell 5-3, it was a fine effort behind the pitching of Nick Seeto, John Moore, and Jack Beverly.  The infield defense of Richie McNamara, Jack Palfrey, Zach McCarthy, and Beverly turned several double plays to get out of jams.

16U Ruffnecks Take Two

The 16U Ruffnecks rode good, solid, starting pitching, solid defense and timely hitting as they won 4-3 and 6-3.  Jake McOsker got the ‘Necks going with a strong first game outing.  Dante Taylor stroked a big double, and James Dillon had a good day at the plate in the second game against South Troy Dodgers.  Jackson Emus, Will Greer, and Ben Reyes pitched the second game.  Greer homered in his first Ruffnecks at-bat in game 1.  The outfield defense was excellent, led by Evan Sleight, Josh Gruenberg, and Emus.  Danny Cooke and JP Olson split the catching duties.  Cook hit very well.  The 16s look to get stronger with the return of several players still in high school playoffs.

Seniors Deliver Strong Showing

The Senior Ruffnecks dominated the first two games of pool play with 8-4 and 8-2 victories.  Catcher Connor Bowman started the season with a double and a 3-run homer.  The pitching of Anthony Redfern shut down a strong opponent in AP Baseball.  In Game 2 Billy Seidl threw 6 no-hit innings en route to an 8-2 win.  Game 3 saw the ‘Necks tie their opponent 1-1 behind the strong pitching of Devin Gates and solid relief from Colman Shea.  In Game 4, the Ruffnecks dropped a tight 5-2 decision.  Christian Walsh homered along the way.

Coming Up

The Seniors and the 16U Ruffnecks are heading to Diamond Nation Friday, June 16 for the Super 17.  The 14U and 15U Ruffnecks participate at the NEBC in the Summer Solstice.  The 13U Ruffnecks attend the 14U Summer Slam on the South Shore.

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