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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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 Saturday, June 24 at Noon)

Important Notices:

13U Game for Saturday, June 24: Location is changed.  Look for communication from coaches and family texting tree.

WEEK OF JUNE 19 - 25

Saturday - Sunday: June 24-25
13U Ruffnecks
vs. Evolution Baseball
Location Changed - TBD
Game Times May Change

15U Ruffnecks
Tournament Begins
17U PG Super25
NEBC
Event: June 22 - June 25

16U Ruffnecks
Tournament Begins
17U PG Super25
NEBC
Event: June 22 - June 25




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