Ruffnecks Featured on Perfect Game Site

The 17U “Senior” Ruffnecks are in the middle of a 16 day road trip that has carried them through Nashville, and on to the Perfect Game Elite Round Robin at LakePoint in Emerson, GA.  The trip has been challenging in terms of facing strong pitching and competition, as well as finding a rhythm the Ruffnecks can call their own.  The early going was rough, but competitive.  The Ruffnecks dropped three one run games in Nashville.  The team struggled, and may well again.  But when they got to Georgia, Coaches Toffey, Brickley, and Casey felt it important to practice… which the team has done EVERY day in addition to playing in the PG Elite RR.  “Just a good group of kids trying to get better,” says Coach Toffey.

On Wednesday, June 28th, the Perfect Game feature writers covered the Ruffnecks game vs. FTB Rockets out of Jupiter, FL.  It is the second time these two clubs faced each other in the past three years.  With no false humility, it is pretty obvious that the coverage was intended for the FTB Rockets and their roster that boasts ten Division I commits, including two to Florida, one to Miami, and one to Vanderbilt.  What the PG folks also discovered was a group of scrappy Ruffnecks from New England who captured their attention with solid, fundamental baseball, and a heart.  The team and coaches had no idea that the game was being covered, other than there were a number of professional scouts to check out the 90+ arms of FTB and a couple of position players.  “We keep telling the kids to play the game and ignore who is behind the backstop,” adds Coach Brickley, himself a long-time professional scout for the Reds and Toronto.  “Tonight, they did just that.  They played the game without distractions.”

Following an impressive 7-5 win, during which the Ruffnecks put up 3 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, and 1 in the 3rd, the reporters approached the Ruffnecks staff in the dugout.  The result is a feature article on the home page of the Perfect Game website (link provided below).

Link to PG Article

As a program that hails from New England, we hope this helps all of our fellow, hard working New England opponents, and programs to demonstrate that there are good players and well coached teams in the New England area.  And to all our worthy opponents in our home region, we thank you and hope you share in the spotlight.  You never know who is watching!

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Ruffnecks Just Miss Advancing at WWBA

The Ruffnecks put together an amazing run in a competitive pool at the 17U WWBA in Emerson, Georgia in one of the most competitive national events on the calendar.  Henry Ennen led a pitching staff that put up a 1.55 ERA over seven pool play games.  The showdown took place on Wednesday morning, July 6, in front of nearly 30 college and pro scouts at the East Cobb complex against the East Cobb Astros.  Ennen staked the Ruffnecks to a 1-0 lead through six innings in the game that would decide who advanced from pool play to the playoff round.  In the top of the 7th, the Astros #3 hitter took a 1-1 fastball over the fence for a solo HR that tied the game.  It was a heartbreaking moment, but the Ruffnecks got men on 1st and 2nd in the bottom of the 7th.  A competitive at-bat and a hard line drive by Eric Pappas was caught for the final out.  The “tie-loss” under the rules of the tournament bumped the Ruffnecks out of the playoff round by the slimmest of margins.  The ‘Necks gave up the fewest runs in the pool (13) over 7 games. Ennen pitched 14 innings during the tournament earning tremendous respect.  He allowed just 4 hits in 14IP, 1R, no walks, and 19Ks.

The first three games were defined by outstanding starting pitching behind Henry Ennen, Robby Cerulle, and Dylan Presnal.  Ennen threw a 1 hit, 10K gem at a strong DBAT team from Texas and Arkansas.  In the second game Robby Cerulle lost a no-hit bid in the 7th while throwing just 64 pitches in a 2-0 shutout win.  In Game 3 Dylan Presnal gave up one earned run in a 10-2 victory.  Owen Batchelder also pitched well in Game 4, he struck out 10 before leaving in the 6th with a 3-2 lead.  Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold, and the Ruffnecks suffered a 5-3 defeat.  In Game 5, Will Simeone battled on the mound giving up only 2ER in 5 innings.  He threw 81 pitches, with 52 for strikes.  He left with a 3-2 lead… just prior to a 12 run 6th inning outburst led by Taylor Beckett’s grand slam, Christian Walsh’s 2R HR, and a 2 run triple by Tyler Cedeno.  Beckett also contributed an RBI double in the same inning.

Henry Ennen

The Ruffnecks put up some impressive numbers.  Taylor Beckett and Chris Galland were among the tournament leaders in hitting with over .400 averages.  Robbie Cronin hit .375 with a team leading .583 OBP.  Beckett, Galland, and Eric Pappas led the way with 8, 7, and 6 RBI respectively.  The team hit .267 over the tournament with .368 slugging and a team .400 OBP.  Pitching was the story for the Ruffnecks.  In addition to Ennen’s impressive performance, Robby Cerulle, Dylan Presnal, Dario Tarquinio, and Owen Batchelder all delivered ERAs of 1.50 or lower.  Cerulle barely lost a no hitter (noted above) while Presnal posted a 1.16 ERA.  The team played exceptionally well defensively.

Despite the bitter disappointment of losing out on the playoff round, the Ruffnecks validated a national reputation as one of the most competitive teams at the 17U WWBA.  The team returns home after a 16 day road trip to participate in the Boston Invitational and the Boston Open, as well as several other events in the northeast.

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