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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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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Fall Baseball Registration Now Open

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Important Notices

(Updated Friday, August 15 at 9:30am)

Ruffnecks Summer Season is complete.
Thank you to all players, parents, coaches.

Fall Baseball Begins Sept 9-10
Registration for 13U is nearing capacity
Registration for HS Wood Bat to Close 8/21

Registration for College Prep to Close 8/21

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