While the Nashville trip is one of the definitive experiences for the 13U Ruffnecks, the 14U squad finished play at the CABA World Series when they were defeated on Wednesday night 3-2 in their third game of the day. Earlier, the 14u ‘Necks took a thrilling 4-3 victory in 11 innings to stave off elimination. Brilliant pitching by Jake Miller and Riley Teevens carried the day for the Ruffnecks. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t muster another miracle in the evening game. The 14U Ruffnecks boarded a bus on Thursday, July 17th for the trip to Emerson, Georgia and the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championships at Lake Point in Emerson, Georgia. For the 14s, this continues a demanding summer of travel baseball that has seen the team on trips to Missouri (Premier World Series), Nashville (CABA), and Georgia (WWBA). It is close to an 80 game season for the 14s, who continue to battle as this is written.
In the Perfect Game opener, Jamie Hauswirth pitched 6 and a third terrific innings to lead his team to a 6-2 victory. Hauswirth rode a first inning 4-0 lead, as the Ruffnecks batted through the order, mixing base hits, bunts, and good situational hitting. Jack Tishman came in to record the final two outs in a workmanlike effort. The 14s had a rain day on Saturday, July 19th and get back to tournament Pool Play on Sunday with a single game and with twinbills on both Monday and Tuesday.