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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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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