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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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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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Sunday, July 14 at 9:00am)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Week of July 14 - July 21

17U Ruffnecks
July 17-21
PG Elite Championships
Hoover, Alabama
(See Schedule Page)

16U Ruffnecks
July 16 (Only)
Boston Invitational

16U UnderClass WS
July 18 (Only)
at NEBC
(See Schedule Page)

July 19, 20, 21
Boston College Team Camp

15U Ruffnecks
July 11-18
at 15U WWBA
Cartersville, GA
(See Schedule Page)

July 19-21
16U UnderClass WS
at NEBC

14U Ruffnecks
July 13-18
at 14U CABA World Series
Nashville, TN
(See Schedule Page
)

13U Ruffnecks
July 13-18
at 14U CABA World Series
Nashville, TN

(See Schedule Page)

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