The “Senior” Rufnecks are in the middle of a 16 day road trip through Tennessee and Georgia. The 15U and 16U teams are competing at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tennessee. The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks are battling at the 14U CABA Wood World Series at home, at the NEBC, but they too are preparing for a trip July 10th to Nashville. Indeed, the Ruffnecks are off and running, playing terrific competition wherever that leads them.
Senior ‘Necks in Thick of Trip
The Senior Ruffnecks have played 6 games in Nashville and 4 games in the Elite Round Robin at Emerson Georgia in the first 7 days of their trip. There has been very little that has been easy about the opposition. After dropping a 2-1 decision to the East Cobb Astros the day they arrived in Music City, the Ruffnecks have strung together some solid baseball. They completed the Nashville portion of the trip going 4-1-1. Veterans Zack Horwitz, John Simourian, Chris Galland, and Scott Holzwasser have led the offense. Tommy Seidl contributed a grand slam in Nashville. The pitching has been solid behind returners, Morgan McSweeney, Joe Walsh, Horwitz, Brad Marchetti, and Spencer Yee, along with two newcomers in LHP Holden White and RHP Dylan Presnal. The bullpen is deep with contributions from Ian Herel, Matt Wesoloski, Nate Hendley, Daylon Thompson, and Dave Nelson. The outfield features sound defense and speed with Alex Dillon, Galland, Seidl, Yee, and Horwitz all contributing. New ‘Neck J.P. Knight has done a fine job at 3B, while the middle infield of Teddy Bakas, Connor Lee, and Holzwasser have been locked in.
Great Game vs. Easton Rockets
The Ruffnecks played one of the best games seen at the Elite Round Robin on Wednesday, July 1 at the Lake Point complex in Emerson, Georgia. Nearly 40 scouts and college recrutiers along with many spectators were locked in on this tremendous baseball game that ended in a 4-4 tie. The Easton (FL) Rockets are regarded as one of the pre-tourney favorites to compete for the WWBA title. The game featured five pitchers between the two teams that topped out in the 90 mph range on the radar guns. Alex Dillon stole home, and Chris Galland went 2 for 3 with a double. Spencer Yee started on the mound and gave the Ruffnecks 3 solid innings before yielding to Morgan McSweeney, Joe Walsh, and Holden White. Both teams had chances to push across the winning run in the last two innings.
The Seniors play their final Elite Round Robin game on Thursday, July 2, then head into the WWBA with a doubleheader on Friday, July 3rd.