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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2018s and 2019s in Music City

The 15U Ruffnecks and the 16U Ruffnecks traveled together to the Music City Classic June 30 thru July 3.  Each team played 5 scheduled games.  Both Coaches Jones and Fredericks used the event to plan pitching and lineups for competition and exposure.  The 16s (2018s) got off to an outstanding start at Lipscomb University against the Indiana Bulls.  Ryan Cusick, Riley Teevens, and Billy Seidl pitched a combined limit the Bulls to 2 runs, while the offense was paced by Brodie Carey, Joe Simourian, Rory Bordiuk, and Spenser Smith.  The 2018’s won their next two consecutive games before dropping an 8-7 decision at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, July 2.

Meanwhile the 15U (2019s) have played 17 games in the past 11 consecutive days, including their championship run at the 15U PG Super25 Regional.  After arriving in Nashville on an early morning flight the 15s took to the field at Austin Peay University and suffered a 7-5 loss.  Two impressive 8-0 shutouts followed on Friday, July 1.  Outstanding pitching from Jackson Emus, Ben Mlavsky served the Ruffnecks well.  The offense was paced by contributions from James Dillon, JP Olson, Ben Rounds, Jaylen Bailey, and Teddy Goss.  The team played less well on Saturday, July 2 in both a 7-4 loss and an 11-11 tie.  A welcome day off leads to the 16U PG Super25 Regional July 4-6 at NEBC.

Seniors at 17U WWBA

The Senior Ruffnecks are playing in the 17U WWBA at Emerson, Georgia.  The national event is the biggest on the calendar for 17U teams from around the country.  Henry Ennen got the team off to a good start with a dominant pitching performance.  He three a complete game 4-0 shutout, compiling 10Ks and giving up only 2 hits.  Both Robby Cerulle and Dylan Presnal pitched well in Games 2 & 3 respectively.  Cerulle lost a no-hit bid in the 7th inning of a 2-0 shutout.  Presnal pitched well in a 10-2 win, giving up only 1 hit in 6 innings, as the Ruffnecks continue to progress in pool play.

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Important Notices

(Updated Sunday, May 28 at 8:00am)

Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)
All 15U, 16U & Senior Ruffnecks
Organizational Meeting
5:30 arrival at Boston College
Shea Pavillion

Memorial Weekend
May 26 - 29

13U Ruffnecks
PG Super25 Regional

Metal Bats: BBCOR or BPF 1.15 with -5 Drop

14U Ruffnecks
Super East Memorial Classic
Bristol, CT
See Schedule Page
Metal Bats: BBCOR

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