Ruffnecks Roll Into Summer

All five Ruffnecks teams are in full throttle as summer travel, and tournaments at the NEBC are in full swing.  The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks continue play in the New England Region with tournaments at Cape Cod, in Connecticut, and at the New England Baseball Complex.  The 14s face a challenging schedule, competing in several 15U events and even one 16U event.  The 13s work their way through a combination of 13U and 14U competition with the final season-ending tournament scheduled for the 14U CABA World Series in Nashville, TN.

The 17U “Senior” Ruffnecks roll into a 16 day road trip through Tennessee and Georgia.  After a perfect 3-0 record at the Super17 Invitational in Flemington, NJ, the Senior ‘Necks flew to Nashville on Wednesday, June 19th.  They opened play at the 17U Music City Classic by splitting their first two games in a 2-0 loss and with a 13-3 win at Vanderbilt University.  Silas Reed and Thomas Chmielewski threw will in the 2-0 defeat.  Seamus Barrett and David Thomas both threw well in the 13-3 game at Vandy.  Colby Burke, Holt Fletcher, Raul Diaz, and Richie McNamara have been hitting well.  The lineup features a combination of speed and power.  The trip takes the Ruffnecks to Nashville for 7 days, then to the Perfect Game 17U WWBA in the Atlanta area.  The WWBA is always a difficult grind, and the Ruffnecks have drawn a highly competitive pool.  In late July the 17U squad travels to Hoover, Alabama for the Perfect Game Elite Championships.

Warming Up at Vanderbilt

Meanwhile the 15U and 16U Ruffnecks are competing in the 17U PG Super25 at the New England Baseball Complex.  Both teams find themselves in close, well-contested ball games.  Coaches Graber and Fredericks use the 17U event to prepare the two teams for the 16U Music City Classic from June 25 to June 29.  Each team returns home, then travels to Georgia in July for the 15U WWBA and the 16U WWBA respectively.

Summer for Ruffnecks players is a full-time commitment at a high level of competitive baseball.  It is a commitment of traveling together, living on the road, eating together, playing together, and picking each other up.  It is a time to enjoy the fruits of good coaching at the hands of veteran coaches.  It is not easy, but it is fun for us!