Swinging Into Tournament Season

Swinging Into Tournament Season

Summer Schedule About to Commence

Young Ruffnecks Have Mixed Success in April

Young Ruffnecks Have Mixed Success in April

13s and 14s Playing Good Competition

Swinging Into Tournament Season

Combo 13s and 14s at Recent GameThe 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.

Young Ruffnecks Have Mixed Success in April

13U Ruffnecks Get Ready

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.

Important Notices

(Updated Thursday, May 26 at 7:00am)

Memorial Weekend
13U Ruffnecks
13U PG Super25
at NEBC & Surrounding Fields
(see schedule page)

Memorial Weekend
14U Ruffnecks
at Memorial Classic
East Hartford, CT
(see schedule page)

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)
Summer Organizational Meeting
For 15U, 16U, and Seniors
6:00 to 7:15
at Shea Pavilion
Conte Forum
Boston College

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