Joe Walsh, a four year Ruffneck, has been named the Massachusetts high school Gatorade Player of the Year by USA Today. The announcement was made Thursday, May 28th. Joe is the second Walsh brother to play for the Ruffnecks. His older brother, Matt, was a catcher who excelled at Franklin Pierce University and in the Cape Cod League. Matt has a good chance to be drafted this year. Younger brother Joe came to the Ruffnecks as a 14U player, bringing enthusiasm and athleticism to the game. As a left hander, Joe pitched, played the outfield, and played 1B under the guidance of Coach Novio. His 14U season saw him contribute in all those areas, and he added to the character and chemistry of a tightly knit team. His 15U year was transformational. He developed a fierce 2-strike approach at the plate under Coach Kevin Graber, and with his strength, discovered the ability to hit balls hard… even with two strikes. His 16U season was equally transformational under Coach Kirk Fredericks. Joe emerged as a pitcher with an outstanding fast ball and competitive drive. Ruffnecks pitching coach Matt Blake worked with Walsh over the past two winters and praises him for his commitment and dedication to get the most out of his abilities.
Joe Walsh’s ability and hard work earned him considerable attention during the summer season with the Ruffnecks as a 16U player. Team success, talent, and a challenging schedule put Joe and his teammates in a position to be seen by many college recruiters. Joe has committed to Boston College, where he will play for the Eagles. Walsh is among several talented pitchers who provide a solid starting core for the Ruffnecks this summer of 2015. He is joined by LHP Holden White and RHP Morgan McSweeney, both of whom are headed to Wake Forest. All of us in the Ruffnecks family join in congratulating Joe Walsh on this achievement.