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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Ruffnecks Champs Again!

Champs Again!

The 14U Ruffnecks cruised through the 14U Summer Slam tournament with relative ease June 9-10.  The squad also kept their streak of 11 straight wins alive.  This time the Ruffnecks only allowed 3 runs in five games.  The pitching has been outstanding.  Now the team turns its attention to several events against older competition. During the next two weekends the 14U Ruffnecks will play in the 15U Summer Solstice and the 15U PG Super25.  They will undoubtedly get some respect in the latter, as they are the champs in the 14U division.  The challenge against older competition comes at a good time for the Ruffnecks.  Developmentally and competitively the team is poised to measure themselves.  Coaches Chaput and Calagione continue to work the players into versatile contributors.  The bonds and focus are strong.  This group is having a ton of fun!

PG Super25 Champs

Mark Henshon Deals 8-0 CG Shutout

The 14U Ruffnecks captured the 2018 PG Super25 Regional with a 3-0 Pool Play record and then swept through the quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship games.  The squad achieved their success with excellent defense and superlative starting pitching.  In fact, the Ruffnecks had pitching left over at the end.  All six games were a result of complete game efforts:  Mark Henshon, James O’Connell, Josh Mirob, Harrison Milbert, John Tully and a 2-0 complete game shutout win for Jack Toomey in the championship bout.  It was an impressive run.

Henshon gave the Ruffnecks a good start as he threw a complete game 8-0 shutout in Game #1.  The offense was sparked by John Tully, Carson Walsh, and Thomas Dillon.  A full team effort in game #2 enabled the Ruffnecks to come away with a hard earned 4-2 victory.  O’Connell battled on the mound.  In the final pool play game left hander Josh Mirob went the distance in a 7-4 win.  The defense was terrific all tournament.  Antonio Rivera made a sensational play in Game #2 that was pivotal for the team.  Of course, tremendous credit goes to the catching duo of Edo Spadaccini and Aidan Kelly.  No pitching staff succeeds without good game management and focus from their batterymate-catchers!  While the roster is not terribly deep (15 players), it is balanced and possesses pitching depth.

In the playoff round, Harrison Milbert got the team through the quarterfinals with a tremendous 7-2 victory.  Milbert’s fastball and mastery of the strike zone was impressive.  John Tully pitched through a tight 5-3 game in the semifinals.  His ability to throw strikes, pitch to contact, and to allow his defense to do its job was the key to success.  Jack Toomey took the ball in the championship game and delivered a gem of a 2-0 shutout to clinch the first title of the 2018 season.  There are many shout outs to go around the diamond.  This article may be updated with more details in the next few days.

13U Ruffnecks Surprise at 14U PG

Both the 13U and the 14U Ruffnecks played a spirited and focused tournament at the 14U PG Super25 June 1-3 at the NEBC.  The 13s nearly surprised their pool by taking a 2-0 record into the final pool play game before falling 6-4 to the #2 overall seed.  Oisin Lee pitched well in the opening 7-1 win.  Hagan Ward finished with an efficient two innings.  In the second game, John Milewski gave the Ruffnecks a competitive start, going five innings.  Ben Kuechle was brilliant in relief as he shut the door in the final two frames to secure an 8-5 victory.  In the deciding pool play game the Ruffnecks got a terrific start from Matt Morin.  The defense did not have its best game, but the bats never let up and the 13U Ruffnecks almost prevailed.  Only a spectacular defensive play on a hard hit ball by Ryan Chandor saved the day for the opponents.  Overall, the youngest ‘Necks played some very good baseball.

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2019 Ruffnecks Fall Baseball

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