The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks have managed to play over a dozen games each through the second week of April, despite the difficult conditions presented by a harsh winter and late spring. This has been a challenge and an accomplishment for the program. Now that the squads are under way there is much to be excited about. The 14s are off to a good start and show promising depth. Their tournament schedule will be challenging as they have planned trips to tournaments in Missouri (Premier World Series), Nashville (CABA World Series), and Georgia (Perfect Game WWBA). The team also participates in a number of regional tournaments, including the Perfect Game Super25 Regional, which was formerly the 14U Ruffnecks Classic. For the next six weeks the 14U Ruffnecks compete in NEBA Spring League play, where the team hopes to continue to play as many games as possible. Weekend series of three and four game sets should bolster the opportunities for game experience along with several scheduled games against high school JV squads.
The 13U Ruffnecks have gotten some traction in their schedule as well. With a dozen games under their belts the 13s have begun to develop into a team. The catching has been solid with Mitchell Schroeder and J.P. Olson serving as reliable game managers. Ten of the fifteen players on the roster have already contributed to the pitching corps. Starters Jeff Price, Jaylen Bailey, and Jackson Emus have stood out during the early going. Seamus Barrett, Mike Ciaffoni, Jack Thorbahn, Colin Blasco, Evan Sleight, and James Dillon have all contributed in relief. Ben Rounds has split time between starting and relieving. The pitching staff continues to develop under the watchful eyes of Coach Kosow. The infield is anchored in the middle by Jack Flynn, Andrew Hass, and Dante Taylor. Hass plays both SS and 2B, while Taylor works at both SS and 3B. James Dillon has been reliable at 3B. Thorbahn and Price have held down 1B. The outfield is manned by Jaylen Bailey, Colin Blasco, Evan Sleight, Jackson Emus, and Mike Ciaffoni. The entire lineup is developing a solid approach at the plate. Coach Roblin continues to work with the 13U hitters and to provide insight and knowledge for the lineup to generate consistent offense. The 13s face a busy NEBA season, followed by a challenging tournament schedule that has them playing in 14U competition once the summer begins.