Ruffnecks Roll Into Summer

Ruffnecks Roll Into Summer

Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama on the Travel Docket

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

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!

Wet Spring! Who Cares? Play Ball

2019 14U Patriot's Day Champs

Everyone is lamenting the wet spring of 2019.  Every weekend it seems to rain.  High school and club baseball programs are dealing with cancellations, rescheduling, and a lack of playing time for their constituents.  Thanks to the “Home of the Ruffnecks,” the NEBC (New England Baseball Complex), the 13U and 14U Ruffnecks teams have played through every weekend since the end of March!  This translates to over 30 games for each of the two Ruffnecks squads heading into the Memorial Day Weekend and “Tournament Season.”  Few programs match the relentless commitment to play games and to practice outside.  The Ruffnecks deliver that commitment to their players and families.  Of course, we are fortunate to have access to the NEBC.  It also requires the allocation of considerable resources to ensure that we practice and play consistently… whether on the weather-proof fields at the NEBC or at scheduled “away games” when we travel.  And we respect our worthy opponents for making a comparable effort to repair and maintain fields, and to get games played whenever it is possible.  It is the beauty of the NEBA alliance (New England Baseball Alliance).  The end result is the delivery of quantity and quality with regard to playing baseball games in late March, April, and May.

Prepping for Tournament Season

Walkoff at PG Super25!

The spring season is an intensive developmental period in which competitive objectives align with scheduling against like minded opponents who believe that there is considerable teaching to be done in the months preceding the summer “Tournament Season.”  Indeed, tournaments have taken over the scheduling for most travel programs.  The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks take advantage of most tournament offerings at the NEBC in addition to traveling to other events in the region.  The 14U Ruffnecks captured the Patriot’s Day Bash, and recently reached the championship game in the NEB Classic.  The team did not qualify for the playoffs in the May Classic at the NEBC.

As both Ruffnecks rosters turn the corner into summer, participation in tournaments is the cornerstone of the schedule.  the 14U Ruffnecks play several 15U and 16U events, which challenge a talented roster.  The 13U Ruffnecks transition to 14U baseball with mostly 14U events and several challenging 13U events on the calendar.  Nothing prepares and develops better than game experience for baseball players.  With the Ruffnecks playing over 30 games during a rainy, wet, spring, we feel good about the experience the players are getting.  Sunny skies ahead!

The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Monday, June 21 at 2:30pm)

Week of June 17-23

17U Ruffnecks
at Music City Classic
Nashville, TN

15U & 16U Ruffnecks
17U PG Super25
See Schedule Page

14U Ruffnecks
at 15U Cape Cod Classic
See Schedule Page

Saturday, June 22
13U Ruffnecks
at South Troy Dodgers

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