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Red Sox Welcome Needham National WP Team to Fenway Park
08/13/2021
The Boston Red Sox invited the Needham National Williamsport team...
Summer 10Us Defeat Cal Ripken Champs
08/08/2021
  Under Friday night lights in Westwood, the Needham 10A...
10A Summer Champs
08/05/2021
  The Needham 10A summer team won the Massachusetts Suburban...
Needham National Competes in MA State Final Four!
08/02/2021
For the Needham National Little Leaguers, the Road to Williamsport...
Needham National WP 12s win Section 3 Championship!
07/25/2021
For the first time since 1973, the Needham National 12-year-old Williamsport...
Needham National 12s Win Little League District 11 Championship
07/18/2021
Congratulations to the Needham National League 12-year-old team for...
Needham National 10s - District 11 Champs!
07/12/2021
  The Needham National League 10s won the District 11 Championship...
 
Red Sox Welcome Needham National WP Team to Fenway Park

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

The Boston Red Sox invited the Needham National Williamsport team to Fenway Park on August 12, 2021, for a game against the Tampa Bay Rays to honor the team's advance to the state finals of the Massachusetts Little League tournament this summer. Each player received a Manny Ramirez Bobblehead as a gift from the Red Sox. Pictured: Will Cassidy, Will Lavelle, Colin O'Donnell, Patrick Killeen, Jack Sherman, Matthew Mullaney, Patrick Tracey, Cameron Cheng. 


by posted 08/13/2021
Summer 10Us Defeat Cal Ripken Champs

 

Under Friday night lights in Westwood, the Needham 10A team —fresh off of securing the Summer Little League Champiomship — beat the Cal Ripken Champion, Plymouth, 11-1 in a mercy win.
Levi Jacobs, Mitchell “Stitch” Pollack, and Connor “CJ” Galvin shared duties on the mound.  Galvin struck out 5 in 2 innings, and the staff gave up zero earned runs.
At the plate, both Jack Cassidy and Pollack went 3 for 3, with Pollack doubling in 2 early runs and Luke Burch hitting a bomb for a triple. Burch, Jacobs, Conor Plotner and Liam Flaherty all had rbi hits. Pete “King” Barrett put down another perfect bunt. Griffin MacLaughlan made a great snag on a line drive to center that chilled a bases loaded rally. Teddy “Wheels” Nelson continued his hitting and scoring streaks and made several amazing stops behind the plate.
Pictured from left to right: Luke Burch, Mitchell Pollack, Coach Barry Pollack, Pete Barrett, coach Micah Jacobs, Levi Jacobs, Liam Flaherty, Jack Cassidy, Teddy Nelson, Griffin MacLaughan, Conor Plotner, CJ Galvin, coach Paul Galvin. Missing from photo: Nicholas Travia, Drew Deroian, coach Steve Deroian.

by posted 08/08/2021
10A Summer Champs

 

The Needham 10A summer team won the Massachusetts Suburban Youth Baseball League Summer Little League Championship with a 3-2 victory over Canton on Wednesday, August 4, at Mills field. Teddy "Wheels" Nelson had the walkoff double scoring both Connor "CJ" Galvin as the tying run and Mitchell "Stitch" Pollack with the winning run. Levi Jacobs, Galvin, Pollack and Jack Cassidy shared duties on the mound, holding to just 2 runs a Canton powerhouse team that had mercied Braintree in a semi-final game by a score of 11-0 in 4 innings. The Needham 10A team had earned the top seed for its overall record and beat Westwood in the semifinal game by a score of 12-7, and Parkway by a score of 13-7 in the quarterfinal game.
The Needham squad gets to play the summer Cal Ripken Baseball  Champion, Plymouth, on Friday at 7:30 in Westwood.

Pictured from left to right: Conor Plotner, Mitchell Pollack, CJ Galvin, Levi Jacobs, Luke Burch, Liam Flaherty, Pete "King" Barrett, Teddy Nelson, Jack Cassidy, Griffin MacLaughlan. Coaches: Barry Pollack, Paul Galvin, Micah Jacobs. Missing from photo: Nicholas Travia, Drew Deroian and coach Steve Deroian.


by posted 08/05/2021
Needham National Competes in MA State Final Four!

Congrats to Needham Nattys for a tremendous Williamsport run!

For the Needham National Little Leaguers, the Road to Williamsport began in June with teams from 191 towns in Massachusetts that all sought to fulfill their dreams with a Little League championship. This weekend in Gloucester Mass, Needham National represented Needham extremely well in the final four weekend, featuring tremendous baseball, camaraderie and sportsmanship. In a 9-inning, come-from-behind thriller on Thursday evening against Middleboro, the Rockets were down 3-1 in the top of the 6th with two outs, before coming back to tie the game 3-3 in the 6th and winning it by a score of 7-5 dramatically in the 9th. Needham was knocked out on Saturday by eventual Mass champion Peabody West, but the memories and experiences of district titles, sectional titles, and championship wins will last a lifetime. The Needham National team won 5 Little League championship banners in two annual tournament seasons (2019 and 2021), including two District 11 titles (2019 and 2021), two sectional titles (2019 and 2021), one 10-year-old state championship (2019), one Eastern Regional Tournament appearance (2019) and one Mass state finals appearance (2021). The Little League Tournaments were cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to the Needham National team for a tremendous run this year, and for its contributions to Needham Little League's tournament program. Representing Needham National in 2021 are: William Lavelle, Rory Funke, William Cassidy, Matthew Mullaney, Jack Sherman, Colin O'Donnell, Patrick Killeen, Matthew Spalla, Blake Carr, Colton Harjula, Owen Hammerstrand, Cal Hammerstrand, Cameron Cheng and Patrick Tracey. Coaches: Kevin Lavelle, Jeff Sherman, Greg Harjula and Barry Mullaney.  


by posted 08/02/2021
Needham National WP 12s win Section 3 Championship!

Congrats to the Needham National 12s for winning the Section 3 title!

For the first time since 1973, the Needham National 12-year-old Williamsport all star team is headed to the Little League Massachusetts state finals. Needham National beat Brookline 3-0 on Saturday, July 24 in the Section 3 Championship game at Sacramone Park in Everett, Mass. In the game, Rory "Superman" Funke pitched five innings with 14 strikeouts; Colin "The Kraken" O'Donnell hit a two-run home run; Will "The Thrill" Lavelle had two doubles and an RBI; and Patrick "Killer" Killeen pitched a scoreless inning for the save. To advance to the sectional final, Needham National beat Dorchester 1-0 in a dramatic game on Friday, July 23, behind six scoreless innings of pitching by Lavelle (13 strikeouts) and a walkoff single by Matthew "Ice" Mullaney. Cal "The Hammer" Hammerstrand scored the winning run. Needham also beat Melrose 13-4 in section 3 pool play. The Needham National team advances to the state final tournament July 29-31 at Boudreau Field (24 Hough Ave.) in Gloucester, Mass. Games: July 29 vs. Middleboro at 3:30pm; July 30, vs. Pittsfield at 5:30pm; July 31 vs. Peabody at 6:30pm. Please come out and support your Needham Little Leaguers on the Road to Williamsport!


by posted 07/25/2021
Needham National 12s Win Little League District 11 Championship

Congrats to the Needham National League 12s - Needham Rockets!!

Congratulations to the Needham National League 12-year-old team for winning the District 11 Championship with a 7-6 victory over Ashland at Metacomet Field in Medfield on Sunday, July 18. The team beat #1 seed Walpole 11-1 in a semifinal game on Saturday to advance to the title game on Sunday. Representing the Needham National 12s are: Rory Funke, William Lavelle, William Cassidy, Patrick Killeen, Jack Sherman, Matthew Mullaney, Colin O'Donnell, Matthew Spalla, Blake Carr, Colton Harjula, Cameron Cheng, Cal Hammerstrand, Owen Hammerstrand and Patrick Tracey. The team advances to the sectional round on Wednesday in Everett, Ma. Go Needham....Rockets!!!


by posted 07/18/2021
Needham National 10s - District 11 Champs!

 

The Needham National League 10s won the District 11 Championship over a previously-undefeated Canton All Star Team by a score of  5-2.  Previously, Needham National defeated Walpole by a score of 10-1 and Norwood by a score of 12-2, while dropping their first contest against Canton before facing then again in the District 11 finals. The Needham National 10s team starts off the sectional round on Wednesday July 14 against Parkway at 7:30 pm at Lyons Field in Newton. Pictured: front row: Nik Monahan, James Wands, Luke Burch, Mitchell Pollack, Zach Maciejczak, Sam Morrell, Liam Coakley, Kobi Heffernan, Jack Scola, middle row: CJ Galvin, Griffin MacLaughlan, Nicholas Travia and Drew Deroian. Back row: Paul Galvin, Barry Pollack, Steve Deroian
Missing from photo: Dylan Kelly

by posted 07/12/2021
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