Young Ruffnecks Have Mixed Success in April

Young Ruffnecks Have Mixed Success in April

13s and 14s Playing Good Competition

13s and 14s Open Season

13s and 14s Open Season

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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.

13U Ruffnecks “Practice” at BC vs. Virginia

Jacob Stevens with 13U Ruffnecks

Jake Stevens with 13U Ruffnecks

It has been a rough week of weather for teams in New England, and the Ruffnecks are not immune to the adverse effect upon the schedule.  The postponement of the 13U Ruffnecks games on Saturday, April 9th were not without a silver lining however.  The 13U Ruffnecks spent the day immersed in a mental “practice” at the Boston College vs. University of Virginia game at BC.  Head Coach, Mike Gambino, gave the 13U Ruffnecks the VIP treatment, allowing the players to watch BP up close.  He also addressed the young ‘Necks and spent time talking about the level of academic commitment, time, and focus it takes to play baseball in college.  Former Ruffneck, Jacob Stevens, who is currently one of Boston College’s top starting pitchers, took the 13U team on a comprehensive tour of the athletic facilities, the Eagles’ clubhouse, and the campus.  The team ate lunch together in one of the dining halls at Boston College.

The day began at 10:30 in the morning as the Ruffnecks arrived just as Boston College was getting ready for batting practice.  Coach Gambino invited the Ruffnecks to circle around the batting cage area where they were able to observe and listen to the objectives and routines of pre-game batting practice at the collegiate level.  The mental “practice” of attending the pre-game was informative.  Eventually UVA’s squad filtered down to the field and interacted with some of the young Ruffnecks as well.  Following BP, the Ruffnecks embarked on their tour of the BC athletic facilities and headed to the dining area.  They returned to watch an outstanding game between the Eagles and the defending NCAA Champions, UVA.  The locals won 3-2!  Game situations and hitting approaches were among the topics of conversation during this unique day, watching two top ACC schools play college baseball at the highest level.  We extend our sincere thanks to Coach Gambino, his staff, and the players… especially Jake Stevens and former Malden Catholic standout Austin Batchelor.

Important Notices

(Updated Monday, May 2 at 10:00am)

Tuesday, May 3
13U Ruffnecks
Team Hitting
7:00 at St. Mark's

Thursday, May 5
13U/14U Ruffnecks
Practice
6:00 at NEBC - Field 1

Friday, May 6
13U/14U Ruffnecks
vs. Dexter JV
CANCELED

Saturday, May 7
13U Ruffnecks
vs. CT Bombers
9:00 Game 1 at NEBC

Saturday, May 7
14U Ruffnecks
vs. CT Bombers
2:00 (One 9-Inning) NEBC

Sunday, May 8
13U Ruffnecks
at CT Bombers
9:00 at Cheshire Academy

Sunday, May 8
14U Ruffnecks
vs. CT Bombers
9:00 Doubleheader at NEBC
 

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