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Ellis, Smith making their pitch with Ruffnecks

Ricky Smith (shown) of Weymouth and Dan Ellis of Milton have both joined the Ruffnecks for the season for the experience of competitive play, the travel, and the exposure to college coaches.
Ricky Smith (left) of Weymouth and Dan Ellis of Milton have both joined the Ruffnecks for the season for the experience of competitive play, the travel, and the exposure to college coaches.Photos by Peter Cappiello for the Boston Globe

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CAMBRIDGE – In the summer of 2011, Dan Ellis decided to forgo Tommy John surgery after learning he had a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The injury normally develops gradually because of overuse on the mound.

Instead, the 6-foot-5 Milton teenager went through six months of physical therapy to get back on the mound, but with each ensuing pitch, the chance of another tear was always in the back of his mind.

In the last game of the spring season for the Dexter School, pitching against Belmont Hill, he suffered a stress reaction in his elbow.

“It made everything a lot tougher,” said Ellis, a rising senior.

Yet, this summer he shelled out $3,000 to return to his showcase team, the New England Ruffnecks.

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