Wet Spring! Who Cares? Play Ball

Wet Spring! Who Cares? Play Ball

Ruffnecks 13s and 14s Get Plenty of Baseball!

Zack Horwitz – Alumni Focus

Zack Horwitz – Alumni Focus

Horwitz Pitches In for Amherst College

Alumni Focus – Joe Simourian – Navy

Alumni Focus – Joe Simourian – Navy

Joe Simourian - United States Naval Academy

Alumni Focus – Joe Simourian – Navy

Simourian, 3rd from left with teammates in '17

We should have instituted a regular “Alumni Focus” blog long ago.  After 16 years of Ruffnecks baseball there are plenty of distinguished alums.  Many are currently in college and professional baseball.  Others are out in the work force, having completed college careers, some with stints in pro ball.  These alums are leading productive lives in a variety of professional endeavors.  During the college season, we will attempt to provide a featured alum once a week.  Once we get into our summer schedule, it may be less often.  Although we have featured stories about Ruffnecks alums in the past, our intent in providing a regular story is to encourage our current players, parents, and friends to read about some of the players we have shared time with in the program.  With no false humility, the Ruffnecks do not take credit for their success.  Each player benefited from the influence of many in their journey.  And each succeeded by virtue of his own resolve, dedication, goal setting, and resilience.

Joseph Simourian – NAVY ‘22

Joe Simourian at Navy

It seems appropriate to recognize a recent Ruffnecks grad who chose to attend the United States Naval Academy for his college career.  Such a commitment is never an easy consideration.  It involves an understanding that a five year military obligation follows the player’s college baseball career.  That is a long time to an 18 year old looking into the future.  It takes considerable resolve and self awareness.  Joe Simourian was a 5 year Ruffneck, beginning his career, like most, in the 13U program.  His older brother, John, was also a Ruffneck (currently playing at Georgetown).  Joe was a three sport athlete at Phillips Academy (Andover).  He also lettered in football and hockey.  As a freshman at Navy, Joe is currently hitting .328 and earning his time in the lineup.  Life as a new Midshipman is not easy, and Joe balances the demands of military training, classroom work, and being a Division I athlete.  Joe is a Johnny Pesky Teammate Award winner (as was his brother). It is the only personal award or recognition the Ruffnecks program confers on players.  Joe is a keen competitor and a devoted teammate and family person.  It is no surprise that he chose to attend Navy.  As such, it is no surprise that we should acknowledge Joe in our first, regular, Alumni Focus.

14’s Capture 1st Tourney of Season

14s Focus in the Huddle

The 14U Ruffnecks played six games over a three day Patriot’s Day Weekend and captured their first championship title of the 2019 season.  The ‘Necks went 5-1 in the event, rattling off 5 consecutive wins after dropping a 5-0 decision in the opening game.  Contributions were plentiful from the entire roster.  Despite playing shorthanded with several 9th graders playing for their high school programs, the Ruffnecks played spirited baseball.  Coach Jon Beverly had the team bunting, stealing bases, playing good defense, and getting the most from a pitching staff that is significantly short-handed.  Regular starters Hagan Ward and Teo Spadaccini are still on the rebound from arm injuries, so their absence was compensated with efficient outings and solid defense.  John Milewski, John Hegarty, and Oisin Lee managed to absorb significant innings in pool play.  They were complemented with contributions from Matt Morin, Hunter Stevens, and Trevor Grady.

After going 3-1 in Pool Play, the ‘Necks entered Monday’s playoff round expecting to use position players to fill innings on the mound and get through the day.  James Henshon stepped up in the semi-final game with an effective outing supported by a break out offense. The 10-0 victory that propelled the Ruffnecks to the championship game was fortuitously shortened.  Henshon was brilliant as he pounded strikes and challenged hitters.  Hunter Stevens took the ball in the championship, expecting a limited outing after throwing an abbreviated outing on Saturday.  Stevens was spectacular in a complete game gem.  He pitched to contact, relied on a terrific defense, and rode a first inning 4-0 lead to a complete game 4-0 victory over a worthy, tough, and talented opponent.  Base running and timely hits kept the Ruffnecks going all day.  Ryan Chandor and Max Gomez each stole multiple bases.  But the day belonged to Stevens who carried his appreciative teammates with a tremendous effort.  Congratulations go the 14U Ruffnecks.

The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Monday, May 20 at 9:00am)


Thursday, May 23
13U/14U Practice
No Practice

Memorial Day Weekend
May 24 - 27

13U Ruffnecks
PG Super25 Regional
See Schedule Page

14U Ruffnecks
at Memorial Day Classic

Hartford, CT
See Schedule Page

Monday, May 27th
Summer Organizational Meeting
6:00pm at Fay School
15U, 16U, 17U Players & Parents

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