New Ruffnecks Home Makes a Difference

New Ruffnecks Home Makes a Difference

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New Ruffnecks Home Makes a Difference

Infield Drills at Thurs. Nite Workout

The New England Baseball Complex is making a difference for baseball in New England.  A front page article in the Boston Globe on April 2 hailed the complex as haven for collegiate and high school baseball during this extended winter and difficult spring.  The NEBC has been equally important to the New England Ruffnecks program.  The 13s and 14s have been outside and practicing for several weeks.  In addition to the practice opportunities, the NEBC has been the site for the Pre-Season Warmup and the NEBA Jamboree.  The young ‘Necks played in both events, getting valuable game experience to go with the practice time.  Most important however, is the professional atmosphere and expanse of resources for workouts and practices… The advantages show in the play of the youngest Ruffnecks teams.

Responsibility & Work Accompany Privileges

Ruffnecks Clear NEBC Dugout.

The 13s and 14s are learning that the privilege of the NEBC comes with added responsibilities.  Players from both rosters work each weekend doing chores around the NEBC.  The chores include field preparation, bagging trash, and lugging protective screens, platforms, and batting cages.  Prior to the Pre-Season Warmup the 13U team helped with clearing the snow off the field in the morning.  The young Ruffnecks are quickly learning the responsibilities that accompany “home field advantage.”  As one parent recently stated, “I like the discipline as much as the baseball!  It is great to see that chores are not just lectures from mom and dad.”

13U Ruffnecks Get First 2 Wins

The 13U Ruffnecks had the privilege of being the first Ruffnecks team to play a tournament game at the NEBC.  They made the best of the opportunity with a convincing 7-3 win against their opponent.  Randy Reyes pitched well, with Myles McDermott, and Peter Chandor contributing in relief.  The offense was led by Kai Grocki with a 2 RBI double.  Leadoff hitter, Lucas Stowe, was on base most of the day, gaining experience and confidence running the bases with each plate appearance.  Defensively, the Ruffnecks infield played outstanding baseball behind Jack Palfrey (SS) and Zack McCarthy (2B).  Palfrey made a web-gem play to end the second game.  Grocki (3B) and Tommy Clark (1B) anchored the corners in Game 1, while McDermott played 1B in Game 2.  Eric Foster returned from the DL with a solid game at SS and 3B.  The catching duties were split in both games between Donald Sivolella and Holt Fletcher.  The outfield play improved as the day progressed.  Kevin Skagerlind, Will Figueroa, and Stowe started the first game.  Stowe, Reyes, and Chandor played OF in the second game with Chandor making an outstanding catch.  Tommy Clark, Kevin Skagerlind, and Kai Grocki combined to pitch in the 7-1 Game 2 win.  The 13U Ruffnecks are now 2-2 on the season… all against 14U competition.

Meanwhile, the 14U Ruffnecks rolled through a cold, nighttime win by a score of 13-2.  As referenced earlier, the 14s graciously accepted the “short straw” in order to accommodate the players, coaches, and families of other teams to play in the first-of-the-season event at the NEBC.

14U Ruffnecks Shine; 13s Improve in Openers

13s & 14s Stretch at NEBC - March 15

Old Man Winter followed the Ruffnecks from Massachusetts to New Jersey on March 20th as both the 13U and 14U squads hit the road for Diamond Nation’s 14U Spring Fling.  Unfortunately, 3 inches of heavy, wet, snow forced a change in the schedules and a reformatted tournament.  Teams played two Pool Play games with records and runs allowed factoring into the playoff format.  The delays also forced the playoffs into Sunday late afternoon and evening.  Accordingly, the two Ruffnecks teams played their two Pool Play games and declined to participate in the playoff format.

14U Ruffnecks in Strong Showing

The 14U Ruffnecks got off to a fast start for the 2015 season, as they easily won both games by scores of 10-2 and 17-0.  The 14s would have been the #2 seed in the playoffs.  Strong pitching and plentiful hitting defined the Ruffnecks performance.  Newcomer Josh Gruenberg and veteran James Dillon both hit inside-the-park home runs.  The pitching truly carried the team as every pitcher contributed one or two innings.  The staff shapes up to have considerable depth.  The defense was equally solid, especially in consideration of the little time spent outside on fields in preparation for the season.  The middle infield was manned primarily by Andrew Hass and Jack Flynn.  Colin Blasco made several fine catches in the outfield.  Mitch Schroeder caught all the innings behind the plate.

13U Ruffnecks Gain Experience

The 13U ‘Necks got their first taste of action in a 14U event, and they did not back down from the challenge.  The 13s had leads in both games, though they lost by margins of 14-7 and 5-2.  Nevertheless, getting experience was the primary objective for the weekend, and the 13U Ruffnecks achieved that objective.  Pitching surpassed expectations for the youngest Ruffnecks.  Randy Reyes pitched well in the opener.  At one point, the Ruffnecks held a 5-3 lead.  Alas, inexperience in the field led to a 9 run inning that doomed the prospects for an opening day win.  The 13s improved significantly in their second outing, falling by a score of 5-2.  The defense played with more confidence.  Richie McNamara made a spectacular play at SS; Outfielder Will Figueroa threw out a runner at home;  and McNamara teamed up with middle infielder Jack Palfrey to turn a 4-6-3 double play to get the team out of a bases loaded jam.  Kai Grocki stroked a triple; Tommy Clark claimed the first hit of the year for the 13U Ruffnecks; and Kevin Skagerlind hit the ball well.  It was a great opportunity for the newest ‘Necks to get their season under way.

Both teams continue this weekend at the NEBC.

Important Notices

(Updated Friday, April 17 at 7:30am)

Weekend of April 18-19
13U & 14U Ruffnecks
14U Patriot's Day Bash Tournament
Consult Tourney Site for Times

Ruffnecks 2014 Season Video


The New England Baseball Complex is located at:
333 Southwest Cutoff
Northborough, MA 01532

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