13s and 14s Find a Way to Play

13s and 14s Find a Way to Play

Young 'Necks Get Season Going

Ruffnecks’ New Home Takes Shape

Ruffnecks’ New Home Takes Shape

New England Baseball Complex Construction

14U Ruffnecks Open Strong

14U Ruffnecks Open Strong

Ruffnecks Season Under Way

13s and 14s Find a Way to Play

Andrew Hass Goes for Pop Up

The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks have managed to play over a dozen games each through the second week of April, despite the difficult conditions presented by a harsh winter and late spring.  This has been a challenge and an accomplishment for the program.  Now that the squads are under way there is much to be excited about.  The 14s are off to a good start and show promising depth.  Their tournament schedule will be challenging as they have planned trips to tournaments in Missouri (Premier World Series), Nashville (CABA World Series), and Georgia (Perfect Game WWBA).  The team also participates in a number of regional tournaments, including the Perfect Game Super25 Regional, which was formerly the 14U Ruffnecks Classic.  For the next six weeks the 14U Ruffnecks compete in NEBA Spring League play, where the team hopes to continue to play as many games as possible.  Weekend series of three and four game sets should bolster the opportunities for game experience along with several scheduled games against high school JV squads.

Jaylen Bailey Makes Diving Catch

The 13U Ruffnecks have gotten some traction in their schedule as well.  With a dozen games under their belts the 13s have begun to develop into a team.  The catching has been solid with Mitchell Schroeder and J.P. Olson serving as reliable game managers.  Ten of the fifteen players on the roster have already contributed to the pitching corps.  Starters Jeff Price, Jaylen Bailey, and Jackson Emus have stood out during the early going.  Seamus Barrett, Mike Ciaffoni, Jack Thorbahn, Colin Blasco, Evan Sleight, and James Dillon have all contributed in relief.  Ben Rounds has split time between starting and relieving.  The pitching staff continues to develop under the watchful eyes of Coach Kosow.  The infield is anchored in the middle by Jack Flynn, Andrew Hass, and Dante Taylor.  Hass plays both SS and 2B, while Taylor works at both SS and 3B.  James Dillon has been reliable at 3B.  Thorbahn and Price have held down 1B.  The outfield is manned by Jaylen Bailey, Colin Blasco, Evan Sleight, Jackson Emus, and Mike Ciaffoni.  The entire lineup is developing a solid approach at the plate.  Coach Roblin continues to work with the 13U hitters and to provide insight and knowledge for the lineup to generate consistent offense.  The 13s face a busy NEBA season, followed by a challenging tournament schedule that has them playing in 14U competition once the summer begins.

Ruffnecks’ New Home Takes Shape

The New England Baseball Complex

April has brought with it a change in the weather and the hope that springs eternal for all baseball enthusiasts.  It has also brought a renewed fervor and activity for contractors busy at our construction site.  Work is moving rapidly on the New England Baseball Complex (NEBC) in Northborough, Massachusetts, which will become home to the Ruffnecks program during the summer of 2014.  Excitement is brewing throughout New England and in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, where many baseball programs and teams are calling to ask about tournaments, events, and activities that will take place at the new three-field baseball complex.  Many of the northeast’s colleges and universities have also inquired about using the complex during March of 2015… and who can blame them… with a winter like this, natural grass fields have suffered greatly.  NEBC’s all synthetic surfaces will be state-of-the-art and ready for play!  We certainly hope to accommodate college games next March, along with activity for local high schools and youth development programs.  In the meantime, activity is already scheduled for August 2014 along with a full slate of Ruffnecks Fall programs and an NEBC Fall Baseball League that will be offered this September, 2014.

Perfect Game to Hold Northeast Showcases: August 15-17

Field 1 Retaining Wall

It is with great excitement to announce that Perfect Game has chosen to hold the Northeast Underclass Showcase and Northeast Top Prospect Showcase the weekend of August 15-17.  These events are currently posted on the Perfect Game website under their Showcases menu.  Historically, this event has been held during past years in Wareham, Massachusetts and most recently in Connecticut.  Our collaboration with Perfect Game brings these events to the central location that the New England Baseball Complex provides.  The proximity to Boston and the major highways that comprise a crossroads for New England make it a terrific opportunity to open the doors of the NEBC to many participants throughout the region.  College coaches will find it easy to attend and to cover the Northeast Top Prospect Showcase where many of the top 2015 and 2016 high school grads will attend.  We appreciate the interest Perfect Game has shown in partnering at the New England Baseball Complex.

Fall Baseball and Tournaments Planned

The development of Fall programming is well under way.  Ruffnecks Fall Baseball will begin the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7.  Competitive Fall Baseball Leagues will commence the first week of September and run through the end of October.  Fall Baseball Leagues are open to programs and teams throughout the region.  Two tournaments are also planned: Labor Day Weekend (August 30 to September 1) and Columbus Day Weekend (October 10 to October 13).  Details and registration will be provided through a new website for the New England Baseball Complex that is currently under construction (much like the place itself!).  We will tweet and announce the website near May 1st.


Updated (Tuesday, April 15) 5:00pm

Wednesday, April 16
13U Team Hitting
6:30 to 8:00

Thursday, April 17
13U & 14U Practice
6:00 - Dusk
Bobby Braceland Field - Newton

Saturday, April 19
13U & 14U Ruffnecks
10:00 Report Time
11:00 vs. South Troy Dodgers
South Troy, NY


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