The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks pivot into tournament mode with Memorial Day events. The holiday weekend begins a series of tournament events that occupy almost every weekend between Memorial Day and the end of July. The 13s spend two consecutive weekends in PG Super25 competition at the NEBC. They compete in the 13U PG Super25 during Memorial Day weekend, and along with the 14U Ruffnecks they will participate in the 14U PG Super25 June 3-5. The 14U Ruffnecks travel to Connecticut for the Super East Memorial Classic May 28-30. Both squads are coming off productive weeks of competitive baseball in NEBA play.
The 14U Ruffnecks have been led by the superlative pitching of Myles McDermott. The 14s have enjoyed tremendous success playing an April and May schedule with primarily 8th graders. As high school seasons come to a close, the Ruffnecks return veteran players Lucas Stowe, John Moore, Tommy Clark, Peter Chandor, Kai Grocki, and Will Figueroa to regular action. The pitching staff gains considerable depth to support an already productive lineup.
Meanwhile, the 13U Ruffnecks face the challenge of tournament competition on a regular basis for the first time. Injuries have hampered the 13s from the beginning of the season. Nevertheless, the outfield has begun to play well defensively with contributions from Eric Giarnese, Jackson McChesney, Sam Hill, and Kevin Conte. The infield has been solid with Brant Savage, Joey Rubin, and Tommy Leimkuhler up the middle. Aidan Harrington and Jack Beverly provide solid play at 3B, with Max Lucas, Sebastian Mexico, and Beverly dividing time at 1B. Levi McAllister has anchored the catching duties with excellent support from Greg Kuperman. Tyler Reid has contributed in the outfield and on the mound. The “Young ‘Necks” continue to play hard and learn the game as they eye tournament play and the CABA World Series in Nashville late in July.