Both the 13U and 14U Ruffnecks have enjoyed mixed success during the month of April. Amazingly, despite the mild winter, two consecutive weeks of poor weather had an adverse effect on the ability of the Ruffnecks to play weekend games. Nevertheless, the 14U Ruffnecks found themselves in the semifinals of the Patriot’s Day Bash, while the 13U Ruffnecks split the weekend of April 16-17 with a doubleheader sweep at Cape Cod, and two losses in South Troy, NY. In addition to the weekend schedules, a combination roster of primarily 13s and a few 14s has competed against several high school JV level teams. The experience against older, more physically developed competition has benefited the development of the 13s in particular. Games against Cardigan Mountain School (in New Hampshire), and against the Dexter School JV (Brookline, MA), along with a home date against Wellesley HS JV/Frosh, proved that the young Ruffnecks can play above their age classification. With 7th and 8th graders manning the rosters against these JVs, the Ruffnecks have held their own nicely.
The 14U Ruffnecks have had some outstanding performances from Myles McDermott, Richie McNamara, and outfielders Lucas Stowe and Kevin Skagerlind. Newcomers Nick Seeto and Jack Schneider have bolstered the roster. On the 13U roster Levi McAllister has done the lion’s share of the catching, demonstrating outstanding skills and determination. The infield of Brant Savage, Joey Rubin, and Tommy Leimkuhler has been solid. The pitching has also done a fine job. Jack Beverly leads the staff, with Sebastian Mexico, Greg Kuperman, and Leimkuhler also turning in good outings. As the calendar moves toward warmer weather and the summer, there is plenty of baseball ahead for all Ruffnecks.