Ruffnecks Capture Boston Open

Open MVPs Hauswirth & Bowman

The 17U “Senior” Ruffnecks captured the 2017 Boston Open with an exciting 4-3 victory in extra innings against a tough Florida Legends squad.  The Ruffnecks, missing three pitchers on the staff, cobbled together gutty starts and splendid relief over the course of five days and eight games.  The squad played (and won) three one-run games on the final day, Monday, July 17th.  The effort was team-based, all the way.  Will Fletcher started the final day with a 2-1 complete game pitching gem.  The semi-finals featured a determined start from Colman Shea and relief from Dario Tarquinio.  In the championship game, Jamie Hauswirth was spectacular, mixing speeds and pitches in a complete game, 8 inning, 4-3 victory.  The championship run was sparked by a grand slam off the bat of Connor Bowman, who erased a 4-1 deficit with his blast in the semi finals.  Landon Dombrowski caught the semifinal and managed an outstanding game.  In the championship, Dylan Melody delivered a clutch extra inning double that sealed the win for the ‘Necks.  He was driven home by Rory Bordiuk with a sharp single.  The infield defense played very well over the course of the tournament, with Spenser Smith, Brodie Carey, Christian Allaire, Christian Walsh, and Bordiuk all contributing.  Strong pitching outings from left hander Jack Pawloski paced the Ruffnecks, as his profile continues to rise.  Hard throwing Liam Rohan and righthander Jeff Price also contributed to the strong efforts from the mound.  Jamie Hauswirth and Connor Bowman were named co-MVPs of the Boston Open for their performances.

Jake Miller Swings for Seniors

The season has been defined by a long, sixteen day road trip through Nashville, Tennessee and Georgia, where the Ruffnecks competed against many of the top teams in the nation.  “Returning home to New England is refreshing,” remarks Coach Toffey.  “It gives the players a chance to be home, and to play in front of college coaches from our region.”  The Ruffnecks did not disappoint during either the Boston Invitational or  the Boston Open.  In both events the team put a fine effort together on the field.  It was a fine effort from a solid, well coached team. Congratulations to Coaches Toffey, Brickley, and Casey on their tremendous dedication and efforts.