Tennessee & Georgia Summer Travels

Billy Seidl

The Senior Ruffnecks are busy in the Perfect Game 17U WWBA in Emerson, GA where they are off to a 1-2 start, having played three terrific baseball games.  Over 30 college coaches and professional scouts watched at Aviation Complex in Marietta, Georgia as Billy Seidl battled a lineup from Louisiana that featured 7 SEC commits.  The Ruffnecks gave as good as they got in a game that featured 6 hits by both teams, and errorless baseball by the Ruffnecks.  Seidl, a Northeast Area Code selection, did not disappoint as he featured his 90-93 mph fastball with an effective breaking ball and change.  Dante Taylor had two hits for the Ruffnecks, and Jackson Emus swung the bat well.  The Senior ‘Necks have played well during their 16 day road trip.  The team practices almost daily while on the road.  They cruised through the Elite Round Robin in Georgia with a 4-0 record and not giving up a single run.  Will Greer pitched well in front of numerous college recruiters on Saturday, June 30 in a 10-2 win.  Greer’s fastball is also ticking up toward the 90 range.  The team continues to play hard in a tough pool bracket.

15s and 16s in Music City

15U Justin Masteralexis

Meanwhile, the 15U Ruffnecks and the 16U Ruffnecks continue to grind through a demanding schedule in the heat at the Music City Classic in Nashville, TN.  Both squads played 5 game in 3 days… a challenge for the 15U roster in particular.  Coaches Graber (15U) and Fredericks (16U) are two of the finest coaches in our region, with a focus on teaching, development, and understanding.  Each has managed the rosters with care and competitive edge.  The 16s came off a tournament at home (the 17U PG Super25) in which they reached the championship game by playing three games on Wednesday, June 27.  They then boarded a flight at 5:30am Thursday morning for Nashville, played two games on Thursday, and three more between Friday and Saturday.  The schedule is a challenge to say the least.  Nevertheless, the pitching is beginning to fall into place with fine efforts from Henry Gustavson (‘20), Seamus Barrett (‘20), and Ben Reyes (‘20).  Raul Diaz (‘21), Jack Beverly (‘20), Lucas Stowe (‘20), and Kevin Skagerlind (‘20) are hitting well.

The 15U Ruffnecks continue to surprise and surpass expectations.  A complete game pitching effort from Tommy Leimkuhler (‘21) led the Ruffnecks 5-3 past the same East Cobb Astros 16U team that locked up with the Ruffnecks “Seniors” last week in a 2-1 victory for the Astros!  The ‘Necks did not stop with that surprise win.  Two additional victories defined the Music City trip, along with a disappointing 6-5 walk-off loss.  In the final game of the trip, the 15U ‘Necks were simply out of gas, and lost a 6th inning 4-0 lead to go down to a 9-4 defeat.  The trip has been very positive nonetheless.  The catching duo of Levi McAllister (‘21) and Andy Pelc (‘21) have been spectacular.  Justin Masteralexis (‘21) and Sammy Hill (‘21) continue to contribute to the offense.  Pitchers Sammy Rosenfield (‘21), Masteralexis, Hill, Jack Carney (‘20), and Skyler Bordiuk (‘21) have contributed on the mound.

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Ruffnecks Hit the Road

15U Sammy Rosenfield

On Wednesday, June 20th all three of the high school level Ruffnecks squads flew from Boston to competitive tournaments in southern states.  The 15s and 16s both participated in the 16U Black Bear Classic in Greenville, South Carolina.  This is the first time the Ruffnecks have attended the event, hosted by Prospects Select.  Meanwhile, the Senior Ruffnecks began their 16 day road trip at the 17U Music City Classic in Nashville, TN.  It is the sixth consecutive year the Ruffnecks have been to Nashville.  All three squads traveled with rosters that were shorthanded as a result of academic obligations back in Massachusetts.  Even the coaching staffs were shorthanded, as Coaches Matt Howard and Eric Chase (15U Ruffnecks) were busy with Needham High School as they marched to the Massachusetts Division I State Championship.

15U Ruffnecks Surprise in SC!

15U Pre-Game Leads

The 15U Ruffnecks embraced the instructive approach of Coach Kevin Graber and manufactured four consecutive wins in the 16U Division of the Black Bear Classic.  With only 15 players (several not a full strength), the team captured their pool to advance to the playoff round.  Unfortunately, weather and game delays forced the tournament to push the playoff round back, which resulted in a scheduling conflict with both teams’ departing flight.  As such, the Ruffnecks were forced to defer.  In the first game, Tommy Leimkuhler contributed a complete game 60+ pitching effort.  Timely hits and effective base running led to a convincing 9-2 win.  The next two games were wins in a more dramatic fashion.  A 7-6 Game 2 win was closed by Sam Hill on the mound.  The third victory was a 4-3 walk off win with four runs in the bottom of the 7th.  The team is building confidence, developing, and succeeding with good pitching, excellent catching from both Levi McAllister and Andy Pelc, and solid defense.

17U/Seniors Perform Well in Nashville

There was nothing easy about any of the opponents the Senior Ruffnecks faced in the 17U Music City Classic.  After a 7-0 opening game loss at Vanderbilt, the Ruffnecks rallied to play four consecutive strong baseball games against talented squads.  The lineup faced a steady diet of talented pitching, while strong hitting lineups from the opposition challenged the Ruffnecks pitching staff.  The ‘Necks rebounded with a convincing 7-1 Game 2 victory behind pitcher Colin McGrath.  Billy Seidl contributed a solo home run.  In Game 3 at Western Kentucky University the Ruffnecks faced the East Cobb Astros with Seidl on the mound.  The 2-1 loss was a terrific baseball game defined by effective pitching from both starters.  Seidl was consistently in the 90-92 range and was matched by his counterpart from the Astros.  Justin Lindquist contributed effective relief.  The Ruffnecks won both games on Saturday, June 23.  The 5-4 win against a strong Indiana Mustangs squad was the result of a walk-off triple by Jackson Emus in the bottom of the 7th.  Will Greer contributed significantly at the plate (double) and got the win in relief with effective work on the mound.  Evan Sleight homered in the night cap to power the ‘Necks to another one-run, 7-6 victory.  The team continues its trip in Georgia at the 17U Elite Round Robin with one game per day Monday through Thursday.  The squad will conduct on-field practices Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in addition to playing games, courtesy of our relationship with a local facility in Georgia.

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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Sunday, December 1)


2020 Indoor Winter Schedule Posted!
Open Hitting at NEBC Begins

Saturday, Dec. 7
13U TEAM Hitting
8:30 to 9:30

14U TEAM Hitting
9:30 to 10:30

OPEN Hitting
Cages closed at 10:30
All Ruffnecks are welcome at the 9:30 14U Team Hitting session.

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