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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14’s Capture 1st Tourney of Season

14s Focus in the Huddle

The 14U Ruffnecks played six games over a three day Patriot’s Day Weekend and captured their first championship title of the 2019 season.  The ‘Necks went 5-1 in the event, rattling off 5 consecutive wins after dropping a 5-0 decision in the opening game.  Contributions were plentiful from the entire roster.  Despite playing shorthanded with several 9th graders playing for their high school programs, the Ruffnecks played spirited baseball.  Coach Jon Beverly had the team bunting, stealing bases, playing good defense, and getting the most from a pitching staff that is significantly short-handed.  Regular starters Hagan Ward and Teo Spadaccini are still on the rebound from arm injuries, so their absence was compensated with efficient outings and solid defense.  John Milewski, John Hegarty, and Oisin Lee managed to absorb significant innings in pool play.  They were complemented with contributions from Matt Morin, Hunter Stevens, and Trevor Grady.

After going 3-1 in Pool Play, the ‘Necks entered Monday’s playoff round expecting to use position players to fill innings on the mound and get through the day.  James Henshon stepped up in the semi-final game with an effective outing supported by a break out offense. The 10-0 victory that propelled the Ruffnecks to the championship game was fortuitously shortened.  Henshon was brilliant as he pounded strikes and challenged hitters.  Hunter Stevens took the ball in the championship, expecting a limited outing after throwing an abbreviated outing on Saturday.  Stevens was spectacular in a complete game gem.  He pitched to contact, relied on a terrific defense, and rode a first inning 4-0 lead to a complete game 4-0 victory over a worthy, tough, and talented opponent.  Base running and timely hits kept the Ruffnecks going all day.  Ryan Chandor and Max Gomez each stole multiple bases.  But the day belonged to Stevens who carried his appreciative teammates with a tremendous effort.  Congratulations go the 14U Ruffnecks.

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The Week Ahead - Notices

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


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

Memorial Day Weekend
May 24 - 27

13U Ruffnecks
PG Super25 Regional
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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