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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Ruffnecks Teams Stand out at PG WWBA

The Ruffnecks program has long been committed to participation in top events during the summer baseball season.  The road for all Ruffnecks (except the 13U ‘Necks) runs through Georgia and the Perfect Game WWBA at LakePoint in Emerson, GA.  The PG WWBA events are regarded as demanding and competitive events.  Hundreds of teams enter and compete from all parts of the United States. Teams play 7 games in pool play, with only pool winners advancing to the playoff rounds.  This means there is little room for error, and teams must remain “in the hunt” over the week-long grind.

Ruffnecks Teams 23-4-1 in 2016

The 2016 summer has been one of the most successful in the program’s history.  Four Ruffnecks teams entered in the 14U, 15U, 16U, and 17U WWBA Championships.  Together the Ruffnecks amassed an impressive record of 23 wins 4 losses and a tie.  The 1-1 tie came in the final game of pool play for the 17U Ruffnecks against the East Cobb Astros.  No Ruffnecks team lost more than one game in pool play this summer, and yet none advanced to the playoff round!  The ‘Necks took four second place finishes.

15U Ruffnecks Impressive

In addition to the close call for the 17U Ruffnecks, the 15U squad found themselves in a matchup against the Dallas Tigers, both with 5-0 records, that would decide the pool.  Unfortunately, the opponents earned a 3-1 victory.  Despite the second place pool finish, the Ruffnecks earned tremendous respect with a team ERA of 0.78 while allowing only 8 runs throughout pool play.  Of 272 teams in the event only 6 teams allowed 8 runs or fewer.  The pitching staff was led by Jackson Emus, Teddy Goss, Ben Mlavsky, Jeff Price, Josh Gruenberg, Ben Reyes, and Seamus Barrett.  The offense was sparked by the bats of Evan Sleight, James Dillon, and Jaylen Bailey.  Sleight hit .500; Dillon .450; Bailey .364.  Defensively, the Ruffnecks were anchored by a solid catching tandem of J.P. Olson and Mitchell Schroeder.  The infield of Dillon (3B), and middle infielders Dante Taylor, Andrew Hass, and Jack Flynn were rock solid. Jeff Price and Jaylen Bailey played a good 1B, with Bailey also contributing in the outfield with Colin Blasco, Ben Rounds, Emus, Sleight, and Gruenberg.  The 15U Ruffnecks have played an arduous schedule that will grow close to 55 games in just 7 weeks.

With the intensive travel portion of the summer behind, the 15U, 16U, and Senior (17U) Ruffnecks teams will play in the New England region until the first week in August.  A combined roster will travel to Diamond Nation August 1-4 to compete in the Blue Chips Prospects tournament.

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Important Notices

(Updated Sunday, May 20 at 7:00pm)


Monday, May 21
13U/14U Combined Roster
at St. Mark's JV
3:30 Report
4:30 Game

Thursday, May 24
13U & 14U Ruffnecks
Practice at NEBC
6:00 - 6:30 Report
6:30 - 8:15 Practice

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