Ruffnecks Travel & Play Challenging Schedule

17U Team Meeting on Road

All five Ruffnecks teams are busy, experiencing the demands of a challenging summer schedule.  The youngest Ruffnecks teams (13U and 14U) have been competing against a steady diet of older competition.  The 14U Ruffnecks in particular have not faced a 14U team since the first week of June.  They have held their own in 16U and 15U tournaments throughout the New England region.  The 13U Ruffnecks have also faced older competition (15U Uncle Sam World Series) where they found that they can also compete.  The 13s won a game and played several close contests.  Both teams head to Nashville, Tennessee for the 14U CABA World Series.

At the older levels, the experience of Ruffnecks baseball is test of physical stamina for those who truly want to be baseball players.  The 15U, 16U, and 17U teams are in the midst of grueling schedules that challenge players.  40 to 50 games in a 60 day period is a lot of baseball.  The 17U Ruffnecks recently returned from a 16 day road trip through Tennessee and Georgia.  Despite a good showing in Nashville, the squad fell short of expectations in the 17U WWBA in Georgia.  After getting out to a 2-0 start, the “Seniors” dropped two close 1-run games in their pool.  Indeed, it was a balanced and talented pool.  The Senior Ruffnecks turn their attention to the Boston Invitational and the Boston Open before hitting the road again when they attend the Perfect Game Elite Championships in Hoover, Alabama.

16U Ready to Play

The 15U and 16U Ruffnecks attended the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tennessee June 25 -29.  The 15s did exceptionally well going 3-0-1.  The 16s were less successful, but prepared, practiced, and played a challenging schedule.  Both teams returned to the NEBC to compete in the 16U PG Super25 regional.  Currently, the 16U Ruffnecks are attending the Perfect Game WWBA July 4-11 in Cartersville, GA.  The challenging event consists of 7 games in Pool Play.  Only pool winners advance to the playoff rounds.  The 15U Ruffnecks head to Georgia July 11th for the only age-specific event they play all summer, the 15U WWBA.

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15U Ruffnecks Make Good Run at WWBA

15U Together in South Carolina

The 15U Ruffnecks played hard and well at the Perfect Game WWBA in Emerson, GA.  With a record of 6-1 in a competitive pool, the ‘Necks fell just short of advancing to the playoff round.  Indeed, it was a tough pool, as many of the games were hard fought contests.  Sammy Hill got the squad off to a good start with an outstanding pitching performance in Game 1, supported by effective relief from Justin Masteralexis.  In the second game, the Ruffnecks broke open a close 2-2 game with an offense that featured taking extra bases and timely hits from Levi McAllister.  Tommy Leimkuhler pitched outstanding baseball, withstanding an uncharacteristic 5-error inning for the 8-2 victory.  The team followed that victory with another 12-3 win that was closer than it looks.  Sammy Rosenfield pitched well, keeping the team in the game while the opponents challenged.  Jackson McChesney led the offense going 4 for 4.  The defense was outstanding in the win.  In what turned out to be the deciding game of the pool, the Ruffnecks battled against a good opponent before being defeated 11-3 in another game that was closer than the score indicates.  Skyler Bordiuk pitched a one-hitter in a 4-0 victory to put the Ruffnecks at 4-1 in the pool.  As the ‘Necks played to a 3-2 victory in Game 6, the pool was closed out by Sheets Baseball on the adjacent field.  Game 7 was a 7-4 victory.  Eric Giarnese closed out the tournament for the save, his second of the tourney.

SS Jesse McCullough

Many players contributed to the overall team success.  The top half of the lineup featured lead off man Joey Rubin, who played solid defense all week.  Sammy Hill hit in the 2 spot, while McAllister held down the 3 hole.  Andy Pelc, Trevor Neff, and Justin Masteralexis hit in the 4-6 slots.  Defensively, the Ruffnecks were led by the stalwart play of Jesse McCullough (SS), Rubin (2B), and Jack Palfrey (3B).  The outfield featured McChesney, Sebastian Mexico, Giarnese, Andy Pelc, and Sammy Hill (who also played some 3B and pitched).  Davis Cook contributed at 2B as well.  Levi McAllister was outstanding at catcher, along with Andy Pelc.  Jack Carney, Mexico, Masteralexis, Matt Fallon, Bordiuk, Rosenfield, Leimkuhler, Hill, Giarnese, and even McCullough contributed to a solid pitching performance over the week long event.  The squad returns home to finish the season over the next several weeks.

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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Sunday, Feb. 9)


Saturday, February 15
(All Ruffnecks)
9:30 to 12:00

Sunday, February 16
No Winter Workout
(Long Weekend)

Saturday, February 22
13U & 14U Practice
at Harvard University
6:30am to 9:00am

Sunday, February 23
Winter Workout #3
at Harvard University
7:00am to 9:00am
(All Ruffnecks)

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