Zack Horwitz – Alumni Focus

Ruffnecks alums are not defined solely for their baseball prowess.  But make no mistake… it takes considerable skill, focus, dedication, and perseverance to play baseball at the collegiate level, whether it is Division I, II, or III.  There is no greater example of the quintessential Ruffnecks Alum than Zack Horwitz.  Zack is an excellent student.  He has acted in numerous stage performances and continues to participate in leadership activities beyond the ball field at Amherst College.  Zack was a five year Ruffneck who became a Johnny Pesky Teammate Award winner in his very first year.  His call “Way to be a Ruffneck!” provided the character and backbone for his teammates as a 13 year old.  Unafraid to get hit by a pitch, Zack was a keen competitor,  and that rallying cry became the inspiration for everyone on the team to dig in, take pitches off the shoulder, back, leg, or butt, and run to first base!  Zack’s charisma is contagious and continues at Amherst College where he is currently a junior on the baseball team.

Amherst College is a perennial contender in the Division III baseball world.  It is also one of the most competitive schools with regard to admission standards.  Horwitz is a LHP who also plays good defense and was an excellent hitter in high school.  His academic and leadership profile attracted the attention of several IVY League programs as well as most of the high academic NESCAC programs.  In the end, Zack chose to focus on Amherst with the intent to become a contributor on the field from freshmen year.  Now a junior, Horwitz leads Amherst in total appearances.  He is their go-to guy with several starts and relief appearances.  Always affable, incredibly focused, and loyal, Zack Horwitz is a great example for Ruffnecks players and families.