The 15U Ruffnecks surprised everyone during the 17U New England PG Super25 championships (yes the 17U), when they not only won their pool, but fought through a 4-3 extra inning loss in the playoffs to the eventual champions on Sunday, June 26. With no break in the action, the 15s got right back on the field Monday, June 27th in the 15U New England PG Super25 event. In fact, the team had to play two games on Monday and two on Tuesday to win their pool. They then played two more on Wednesday, June 29 to take the title! Coaches Jones, Howard, and Calagione worked the lineups and pitching expertly to cruise to a 4-0 record in pool play, earning the top seed in the playoffs. After a 6-1 semifinal victory, the Ruffnecks took care of securing the championship with a convincing 7-0 shutout behind a complete game from RHP Jeff Price. Indeed, the squad’s pitching and defense dominated the event. In six games the Ruffnecks surrendered at total of 4 runs. The team secured three shutouts on the road to the title.
The pitching staff of Jackson Emus, Ben Reyes, Teddy Goss, Josh Gruenberg, Seamus Barrett, Ben Mlavsky, Jeff Price, Jaylen Bailey, were supported by several “pitch in” appearances by position players to bolster the team’s effort. Offensively, the Ruffnecks were outstanding as well. In four of the games the team scored 6 runs or more. Congratulations to the 15U Ruffnecks… New England PG Super25 Champions. With no rest, the team travels to Nashville Thursday, June 30th to compete in the 16U Music City Classic.