13’s & 14s Under Way

The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks sqauds are under way for the 2019 Season.  Both teams have benefited from practice and games at their home field, the NEBC.  Through mid-April, the young ‘Necks continue to gain game experience.  The season began at Diamond Nation in New Jersey where the 14U Ruffnecks took two out of their first three games.  The 13s played in the 14U division of the tournament as well, where they turned in a solid 1st game performance.

Following New Jersey both teams traveled to Cape Cod for a weekend series.  Again, both squads logged important innings for experience and repetitions.  The weekend of April 6-7 featured a 4 game series for the 13U Ruffnecks against Team CT, and a 2 game series for the 14U Ruffnecks.  Both teams participated in the Patriot’s Day Bash at the NEBC during the long weekend that precedes school vacation week in Massachusetts.

Early Challenges

By definition, the 13U Ruffnecks are challenged by the transition to the big diamond.  “Baseball begins at 90″ is abundantly evident in player awareness, skill work, and situational learning.  The 13’s continue to benefit from simply playing.  The pitching staff is led by Coach Eric Chase, and is a consistent bright spot during the early weeks of the season.

The 14U Ruffnecks are challenged by a thin roster due to a number of 9th graders committed to school baseball.  Nevertheless, the 14s have benefited from the early season action.  Several veteran players have stepped into important roles in the absence of teammates who are either hurt or playing high school baseball.

April and May Schedules

In addition to the NEBA schedule, the 13s and 14s play in two tournaments at the NEBC… The Patriot’s Day Bash and the May Classic.  Several games against high school JV teams are on the schedule.  The Ruffnecks use a combined roster of 13U and 14U Ruffnecks to play against high school JV teams.  They are good for the overall experience and development of the players.  We tip our caps to our groups of hard working and dedicated young players.