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17U Ruffnecks

Updated September 7, 2021 at 9:54 am

17U Ruffnecks 2021 Summer Outlook

TEAM ROSTER | TEAM SCHEDULE

The 17U season is considered the Ruffnecks “Senior” year.  The 17U roster is comprised largely of rising seniors, as defined for the summer of 2021, players in the HS graduation class of 2022.  For most players, the Ruffnecks season will culminate with a college destination prior to entering the senior year of high school.  Some pursue a post-graduate year at prep schools.  The 17U roster is populated by 2022’s and some 2023 grads.  The “Seniors” roster is traditionally a large one, with specialization among the pitching staff in particular.  Our roster is comprised of approximately 13-15 positional players for whom we allocate at-bats.  The remainder of the roster features PO’s (Pitchers Only) along with some two-way players.  It is not unusual to have a pitching staff of 11 to 12 pitchers.  All get plenty of work.

The coaching staff works and manages the schedule (particularly the pitching schedule) with a professional approach.  There are four full-time coaches who work with the 17U roster.  Among them is a dedicated, professional, pitching coach.  The program is fortunate to have Ace Adams in the role of Pitching Coordinator.  He is accompanied by a staff that includes former professional scout, John Brickley.  The 17U squad is managed by John Toffey and assisted by Brendan Casey.  Other staff roam in and out for instructive purposes.  The 17U team, more than any other in the Ruffnecks program, is collegiate in its approach and execution.  Stamina and focus are in high demand.

Pre-Season & Scout Day

The 17U schedule begins in mid-June.  The impact of Covid 19 lingers on high school schedules, which in turn affects our start date and having a full roster.  As such, the program commences “Pre-Season” training on June 8th at the NEBC.  These sessions are designed to be daily workouts to include batting practice, skill work, and to recalibrate pitching arms for the busy summer.  The Pre-Season culminates with a SCOUT DAY on Thursday, June 17.  With uncertainties in the recruiting landscape, we continue to evaluate what to do and to play a brand of baseball that gets everyone better.  The primary objective is development and preparation.  The 17U Ruffnecks will travel to several highly competitive events outside our region in 2021.  The travel season starts with attendance at the Super17 at Diamond Nation in New Jersey June 21-25.

Travel & Current Tournament Update:  Boston Open July 8 – 12

The 17U Ruffnecks opened the Boston Open with a 5-1 win behind 5 innings from starter Dagen Darnell.  Matthew Fernandez pitched the 6th and Danny Collins closed the 7th for the win.  Sam Chutkow and Jesse McCullough had big RBI hits to lead the ‘Necks.  Rain washed out Friday and Saturday, July 9-10.  A dominant pitching performance by Jack McLaughlin and Hagan Ward led the Ruffnecks to a 10-0 Boston Open win on Sunday, July 11.

PBR/Expos Classic July 15-18

Game #1 of the PBR/Expos Classic saw the Ruffnecks earn a convincing 9-1 victory behind the strong starting pitching of Dagen Darnell.  All Pool Play games are scheduled at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH.  The final games on Sunday, July 18 were rained out.

17U Perfect Game World Series: Surprise, Arizona July 27-31

The 17U Ruffnecks lost a close, hard fought contest to GBG National by a score of 6-4 in the opening game of the 17u PG World Series.  Dagen Darnell pitched well for the Ruffnecks.  On Wednesday, July 28 the Ruffnecks played two games, the first of which was at 1:00 in 107 degree Arizona heat.  The team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against a formidable NorCal squad (indeed the Ruffnecks have led in each of their three pool play games).  The ‘Necks did not score again as NorCal went on to a 9-2 victory.  In Game #3 the Ruffnecks again jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Arizona T-Rex.  After falling behind 5-3, the Ruffnecks rallied with 3 runs in the 7th behind a leadoff single from Aidan Barry and a clutch 2-strike double from James O’Connell.  Dante LeRoy got the win in relief.  The Ruffnecks finished the event with a disappointing 1-3 Pool Play record.  Nevertheless, the experience at the 17U World Series was outstanding.  The level of competition, play, and the narrow margins for error, provided invaluable experience.  The team returns home on Saturday, July 31.

The 17’s turned around and hit the road again on August 4th for the Tournament of Champions in Cincinnait, Ohio.  The squad had considerable success at the TOC earning a spot in the Diamond Bracket (top championship bracket).  Following a tough 3-2 loss the Ruffnecks finished with a convincing 9-1 victory.

2021 17U Team Rosters & Schedule

17U Roster "Seniors"

# Last Name First Name Positions School Grad Class Hometown
10 Barry Aidan INF Choate 2022 Medford, MA
1 Beverly Scooter LHP, OF Framingham HS 2022 Framingham, MA
17 Bordiuk Skyler RHP Phillips Andover 2022 Lincoln, MA
26 Chutkow Sam OF, RHP Deerfield Academy 2022 Needham, MA
5 Collins Danny RHP Middlesex School 2022 Stow, MA
31 Darnell Dagen RHP Noble & Greenough 2023 Dedham, MA
14 Fernandez Matthew LHP Winchendon 2022 Needham, MA
8 Fitzgerald Gabe RHP Brooks School 2022 Roslindale, MA
22 Grundy Ryan 1B, OF Dexter-Southfield 2023 Weston, MA
2 Henshon Mark IF Roxbury Latin 2022 Wellesley, MA
23 Knightly Dylan RHP St. Sebastian's 2022 Dedham, MA
24 LeRoy Dante RHP Winchendon 2022 Keene, NH
49 Masteralexis Justin LHP, 1B Cushing Academy 2022 Amherst, MA
4 McCullough Jessey IF Phillips Andover 2022 Sudbury, MA
15 McLaughlin Jack LHP Lawrence Academy 2022 Peterborough, NH
9 Milbert Harrison RHP Phillips Andover 2022 Kingston, MA
11 O'Connell James OF, RHP Boston College HS 2022 Dorchester, MA
3 Robbins Elijah RHP Wachusett Regional 2022 Holden, MA
13 Spadaccini Edo C Brooks School 2022 Lexington, MA
16 Taveras Diego C, OF Cushing Academy 2023 Boston, MA
12 Tully John RHP, OF Worcester Academy 2022 Framingham, MA
6 Valdez Jeffrey IF St. Sebastian's 2023 Boston, MA
9 Ward Hagan RHP St. Sebastian's 2023 Wellesley, MA
21 Whitfield Malcolm C, OF Roxbury Latin 2022 Dedham, MA
Coach First Coach Last Position Years
John Toffey Mgr 7th Year
John Brickley 1B Coach/Asst 8th Year
Brendan Casey Hitting/Asst 6th Year
Ace Adams Pitching 2nd Year

Schedule Updated September 7, 2021 at 9:54 am
2021 Season is complete.

17U Ruffnecks Schedule 2021

May Date Time Opponent Event Site Score Directions Pitchers
Monday May 31 6:00 N/A Organizational Meeting Fay School Southborough Canceled
June Date Time Opponent Event Site Score Directions Pitchers
Tuesday June 1 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Wednesday June 2 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Thursday June 3 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Friday June 4 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Saturday June 5 SAT Test Date
Sunday June 6 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Monday June 7 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Tuesday June 8 8:00am to 11:30am Pre-Season Practice BP, Skill Work, Pitchers NEBC
Wednesday June 9 8:00am to 11:30am Pre-Season Practice BP, Skill Work, Pitchers NEBC
Thursday June 10 8:00am to 11:30am Pre-Season Practice BP, Skill Work, Pitchers NEBC
Friday June 11 8:00am to 11:30am Pre-Season Practice BP, Split Squads NEBC
Saturday June 12 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Sunday June 13 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Monday June 14 8:00am to 11:30am Pre-Season Practice BP, Skill Work, Pitchers NEBC
Tuesday June 15 8:00am to 11:30am Pre-Season Practice BP, Split Squads NEBC
Wednesday June 16 8:00am to 11:30am Pre-Season Practice BP, Skill Work, Pitchers NEBC
Thursday June 17 7:30am to Noon SCOUT DAY SCOUT DAY NEBC
Friday June 18 8:00am to 11:30am Pre-Season Practice BP, Split Squads NEBC
Saturday June 19 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Sunday June 20 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Monday June 21 4:30pm Maryland Monarchs Super17 at Diamond Nation Flemington, NJ W 7-3 Super17 Link LeRoy, Beverly, Knightly
Tuesday June 22 2:15pm Bucks County Generals Super17 at Diamond Nation Flemington, NJ L 1-3 McLaughlin, Milbert, Ward
Wednesday June 23 8:30pm Bell Ringers Super17 at Diamond Nation Flemington, NJ W 5-1 Bordiuk, Collins, Tully
Thursday June 24 2:15pm Next Level Titans Super17 at Diamond Nation Flemington, NJ W 6-4 Fitzgerald, Chutkow
Friday June 25 8:00am Titus Baseball Super17 at Diamond Nation Flemington, NJ Canceled
Saturday June 26 Noon Team Cape Cod Game 1 McKeon Field Hyannis, MA W 9-7 McKeon Field Directions
Saturday June 26 2:30 Team Cape Cod Game 2 McKeon Field Hyannis, MA L 7-8
Sunday June 27 Canceled GBG Hawks Canceled Xaverian Bros. HS Canceled
Monday June 28 2:00 Ocean State Titans 17U PG25 Super Regional Pool Play Nichols College W 9-8 17U PG25 Link McLaughlin
Monday June 28 7:15 Maine Lightning 17U PG25 Super Regional Pool Play NEBC Field 2 W 10-0 Ward
Tuesday June 29 7:15 Double Play Invaders 17U PG25 Super Regional Pool Play NEBC Field 1 W 12-1 Bordiuk
Wednesday June 30 10:15 Clubhouse 2022 Prospects 17U PG25 Super Regional Pool Play NEBC Field 1 L 6-9 Fitzgerald
July Date Time Opponent Event Site Score Directions Pitchers
Thursday July 1 1:00 Northeast Eagles 18U Showcase 18/19U Firecracker University of Rhode Island W 10-0 Firecracker Link
Thursday July 1 3:15 Clinton County Mariners 18/19U Firecracker University of Rhode Island L 3-4
Friday July 2 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Saturday July 3 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Sunday July 4 7:15pm East Cobb Patriots Boston Invitational NEBC Field 1 W 7-0 McLaughlin
Monday July 5 11:30 Maine Lightning Prospects Boston Invitational Babson College W 6-0 Ward
Monday July 5 2:45 Jersey Shore Riptides Boston Invitational NEBC Field 2 W 12-1 Bordiuk
Tuesday July 6 7:15pm Bay Sox Boston Invitational NEBC Field 2 L 3-5 Milbert
Wednesday July 7 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Thursday July 8 10:15 Power Baseball 2022 White Boston OPEN Pool Play NEBC Field 1 W 5-1 Boston Open Weather Updates Darnell
Friday July 9 Rain East Coast Dodgers Scout Team Boston OPEN Pool Play Marlborough HS Rained Out
Friday July 9 Rain Baseball U CT Black Boston OPEN Pool Play NEBC Field 3 Rained Out
Saturday July 10 Rain US Elite 2022 Ward Boston OPEN Pool Play Bryant University Rained Out Tourney Sched Link
Sunday July 11 12:00 US Elite 2022 Ward Boston OPEN Pool Play Marlborough HS W 10-0 McLaughlin/Ward
Monday July 12 10:00 Technique Tigers Boston OPEN Pool Play NEBC Field 1 Rained Out
Monday July 12 2:00 Taconic Rangers Boston OPEN Pool Play Marlborough HS L 2-4 Bordiuk/MIlbert
Tuesday July 13 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Wednesday July 14 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Thursday July 15 9:00 Spinners 17u Prospects PBR/Expos Classic Franklin Pierce Rindge, NH W 9-1 PBR/Expos Tourney Link Darnell
Friday July 16 11:30 NEB PBR/Expos Classic Franklin Pierce Rindge, NH L 6-12 Ward
Saturday July 17 9:00 Nokona Braves PBR/Expos Classic Franklin Pierce Rindge, NH W 6-0 McLaughlin
Sunday July 18 9:00 Show 17u Americans PBR/Expos Classic Franklin Pierce Rindge, NH Rained Out Bordiuk
Monday July 19 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Tuesday July 20 Afternoon Practice BP, Team Work, Pens NEBC
Wednesday July 21 Canceled Team Cape Cod Canceled Whitehouse Field Harwich, MA Canceled
Thursday July 22 5:30pm Ocean State Makos 18U 9 Inning Game University of Rhode Island L 2-4 URI Directions
Friday July 23 8:30am Workout Session (Position Players ONLY) Northeastern TEAM Camp Parsons Field Northeastern University Workout Only
Friday July 23 3:00pm Hitting (BP Position Players NEBC Field 1
Saturday July 24 8:45am Nokona Northeastern TEAM Camp Parsons Field Northeastern University W 1-0
Sunday July 25 9:00am Elite Squad NY Northeastern TEAM Camp Parsons Field Northeastern University W Forfeit
Monday July 26 Travel Day Time TBD to Arizona 17U PG World Series Surprise, AZ 17U PG World Series Link
Tuesday July 27 10:30am GBG Navy National 17U PG World Series Pool Play Royals Field 4 Surprise, AZ L 4-6 Darnell
Wednesday July 28 1:00pm` Norcal Baseball 2022 Black 17U PG World Series Pool Play Royals Field 4 Surprise, AZ L 2-8 Bordiuk
Wednesday July 28 6:00pm Arizona T-Rex 2022 17U PG World Series Pool Play Royals Field 4 Surprise, AZ W 6-5 McLaughlin
Thursday July 29 10:00am Team Utah 17U PG World Series Pool Play Rangers Field 4 Surprise, AZ L 2-6 Ward
Friday July 30 8:00am Baum Bat NW 17U PG World Series Surprise, AZ L 0-8
Saturday July 31 Return Travel Day Playoffs Championship 17U PG World Series Surprise, AZ DNQ
August Date Time Opponent Event Site Score Directions Pitchers
Sunday August 1 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Monday August 2 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Tuesday August 3 TBD Pitcher Pens Pitcher Pens TBD
Wednesday August 4 Travel Day Time TBD to Ohio Tournament of Champions Cincinnati, OH TOC Scoreboard
Wednesday August 4 7:00pm 5 Star Great Lakes 2023 (IN) Tournament of Champions University of Cincinnati W 4-2 Dagen Darnell
Thursday August 5 10:00am Landshark Elite (IN) Tournament of Champions Meinkin Field Cincinnati, OH W 1-0 Hagan Ward
Thursday August 5 4:45pm Colorado Recruits (CO) Tournament of Champions Miami of Ohio University L 1-4 Skyler Bordiuk
Friday August 6 12:15pm Elite Baseball Academy (IL) Tournament of Champions Highlands HS Cincinnati, OH W 8-1 Jack McLaughlin
Saturday August 7 10:00 Stars Baseball (VA) TOC Championship Division Cincinnati, OH L 2-3 Dante LeRoy
Sunday August 8 8:00 Pittsburgh Spikes TOC Championship Division Cincinnati, OH W 9-1 Milbert
Monday August 9 OFF OFF Official End of Season OFF
Tuesday August 10 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Wednesday August 11 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Thursday August 12 OFF OFF OFF OFF
Friday August 13 9:00am Canes Northeast Top 10 Invitational 18U (Optional - Combined Roster) NEBC Field 2 W 4-0 Top 10 Schedule Link Roster & Pitching Link
Saturday August 14 10:15am Powerhouse Bulldogs Top 10 Invitational 18U NEBC Field 2
Saturday August 14 12:30pm ECNE Expos Top 10 Invitational 18U NEBC Field 2
Sunday August 15 TBD Playoffs Top 10 Invitational 18U
End of Season