Ruffnecks 13s and 14s Meet in Nashville

The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks teams collided in an elimination round game at the 14U CABA World Series in Nashville, TN.  The 14s emerged with the win by a 9-1 score.  It was the second time in program history that the two teams met in tournament play outside of the New England region.  The tournament (actually in Lebanon, TN) is one of the longest standing dates on the Ruffnecks calendar.  The Ruffnecks captured the title twice.  This year both teams won games in the playoff round.  The 13s actually got a higher seed after pool play, but in the face to face match up, the 14s had too much fire power for the younger ‘Necks.  As is always the case, the 13s completely emptied the fuel tank in the heat and humidity.  Their efforts drew praise from umpires and opponents alike.  It is the end of the season for the 13s.  The 14U Ruffnecks return to the NEBC for one more event in the 15U High Heat event.

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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

Walkoff at PG Super25!

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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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Tuesday, November 12)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Ruffnecks Banquet
Monday, Nov. 25th
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Fours
Quincy, MA

Ruffnecks Banquet 2019: Monday, Nov. 25

6:00 to 9:00pm at The Fours in Quincy

 


Click on image above to download 2019 Banquet Form

Ruffnecks FanWear Holiday Store by ScotTees

Order by November 27th for Holiday Delivery!


NEBC Store Open in Northboro & Online!

Sweatshirts, Shorts, Optional Practice Wear

 

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