13s & 14s Face High School JV’s

Harrison Milbert pitches for 14s

For several years the Ruffnecks have scheduled midweek games against high school JV teams during the spring.  Often these games are at independent schools where schedule flexibility permits the extra sub-varsity games.  This spring has been difficult, so extra games are welcome.  On April 18th a combined roster of 13U and 14U Ruffnecks traveled to Dexter School in Brookline, MA for a game against Dexter JV’s.  Dexter boasts a strong baseball program, and the filter down effect means that their JV squad has significant talent.  Add the fact the the combined Ruffnecks roster features all 7th and 8th graders, it is a challenge for our young players when facing sophomores and juniors in high school.  The  Dexter game ended in an 8 inning 6-6 tie.  The Ruffnecks pitched five different pitchers: Harrison Milbert, Scooter Beverly, Teo Spadaccini, John Milewski, and Cody Coleman.  Milbert and Coleman both pitched two innings.  All pitchers did a fine job with a good defense.

It was a worthwhile outing for the Ruffnecks.  Facing some “mature” arms from the opponent’s staff, the young ‘Necks swung the bat well and ran the bases aggressively and effectively.  The ‘Necks took a 1-0 lead, fell behind 4-1, and battled to the 6-6 tie.  Catchers Will Fosberg and Tyler Tedeschi alternated innings and did an excellent job.  Both the 13s and 14s continue with NEBA competition over the course of the next several weeks.  An additional high school JV game is scheduled for May 14th at St. Mark’s School in Southborough.  The organization is considering several others to provide opportunities for midweek baseball.