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Spring Softball Registration Is Now Open
09/26/2022
SPRING SOFTBALL REGISTRATION DEADLINE 01/15/2023 Spring is softball...
NHS Baseball Fall Clinic Oct. 8th @ 9:00am
09/13/2022
The Needham High School baseball team invites players ages 6-13 who...
15U Rocket Travel Baseball Club Team Wins State Championship
08/01/2022
Congratulations to the 2022 Needham Rocket Travel Baseball 15U club...
Needham National 2022 District 11 Champions
07/14/2022
Needham National defeated Canton 8-5 on Wednesday night in front...
Needham Majors Mets Win Town World Series!
06/16/2022
In the town majors World Series, in part with a last-inning rally,...
A Successful Opening Day 2022!
05/01/2022
  Needham Baseball and Softball would like to thank our...
Congratulations Event Winners!
05/01/2022
The Village Club is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Major...
Opening Day is Sunday May 1st 2022
03/08/2022
Parade, Ceremony, Activity and Other Important Information is below. TEAM...
Annual Scholarships
02/28/2022
Needham Baseball & Softball Annual Scholarships Jackie Bergen...
Needham National Competes in MA State Final Four!
08/02/2021
For the Needham National Little Leaguers, the Road to Williamsport...
 
Spring Softball Registration Is Now Open

SPRING SOFTBALL REGISTRATION DEADLINE 01/15/2023

Spring is softball season will be here in no time. We will have a comprehensive program for girls from Kindergarten through 8th grade. To guarantee that your daughter will be assigned a team and be able to play this spring, the deadline for sign-ups is Sunday January 15th, 2023.

 

If your daughter is in Kindergarten or 1st Grade, please click here to register. 

 

Rookie League (Kindergarten and 1st Grade): is focused on learning to throw, catch, field, and hit. There will be more practice time than game time with fun softball related drills that teach the fundamentals in a fun active environment. This age group is an in-town league with no out-of-Needham travel and is designed to start off more like a t-ball program. Over the course of the spring season this age group will transition to coach pitch. Practices and Games will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and they will run from 6:00pm to 7:15pm.

  

If your daughter is in 2nd through 8th Grade, please click here to register.

 

Minor League (2nd and 3rd Grades)

Players will continue to develop fundamental skills of throwing, catching, fielding, and hitting. There will be more practices than games to facilitate skill development. This program will be an in-town, non-travel league with all games played in Needham. We attempt to have games and practices during the weekdays, potentially weekends will be added to the schedule to accommodate all teams playing and practicing an equal amount of time. Players will pitch with coaches coming in to avoid walks and keep the pace of game up. We will have playoffs to crown a Minor's Champion.
  

Major League (4th and 5th Grades):  

This program requires our Needham teams to travel to other local towns (mostly Wellesley as well as Wayland and Weston for some games) so that we have the best competition to play against. The games and practices will generally be held on Tuesday and/or Thursday nights as well as Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons. Families should expect 2-3 events (Games or practices) a week. Girls in this program will be playing real games with USA Softball umpires. Practices will focus on fundamentals, situational softball and learning the finer points of the game. There are playoffs as well in this league with a region Champion crowned.

   

Senior League (6th, 7th & 8th Grades):  

This program requires our Needham teams to travel to other local towns (mostly Wellesley as well as Wayland and Weston for some games) so that we have the best competition to play against. The girls will be playing real games with USA Softball umpires and the rules will closely resemble High school rules to help the girls take the next step, however, there are rules in place to make sure girls get an opportunity to play similar amounts and in multiple positions. Games will be on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with practices added based on coaches and players availability (Mon, Sat and Sun are most likely).

 

There will be playoffs in this league with a region Champion crowned. Needham was crowned champion the last year 4 years, so we will attempt to defend our title this Spring.


Season:  The season runs from April through June with clinics in March held inside gym space.
 
Player expectations:  Needham Baseball & Softball welcomes all girls to participate in its program. Girls are expected to participate in practices and games
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by posted 09/26/2022
NHS Baseball Fall Clinic Oct. 8th @ 9:00am

The Needham High School baseball team invites players ages 6-13 who are interested in developing their baseball knowledge and skill set to a clinic hosted by the high school coaching staff and players. Players will receive instruction from current varsity players and coaching staff to improve their positional defense, throwing mechanics, hitting, baserunning and overall mental approach to the game. 

 

DateSaturday, October 8th (rainout date: TBD)

Time: 9am-noon

Participants: Ages 6-13 (max. # of campers is 100)

Cost: $60 per camper

 

To register, please click the link below:

 

https://www.leagueathletics.com/Registration/Restrictions.asp?RegID=184552&n=64625&org=NEEDHAMBASEBALL.COM


by posted 09/13/2022
15U Rocket Travel Baseball Club Team Wins State Championship

Congratulations to the 2022 Needham Rocket Travel Baseball 15U club team for winning the NB Select League Division II State Championship on Saturday evening.  The Rockets entered the Championship weekend as the #6 seed, leaving them with an uphill climb that required them to win three baseball games against higher seeds to earn themselves a state title.  In game one against the #3 seed Lincoln-Sudbury Bombers, Nick Buckley was the difference. He came in to pitch seven full scoreless innings of relief en route to a 7-5 victory. Griffin Carr had the biggest hit of the game.  Down one, he led off the inning with a triple and was later driven in by an infield single by Nolan Gannon.  After Gannon stole second, Jude Anderson drove him in to take the lead for good and send the Rockets on to the state semifinals.  
 
In game 2 the Rockets got ahead early and never looked back.  They scored four in the first, and then 10 in the second en route to a 16-0 victory over the #2 seed NE Show. Justin Maira pitched a scoreless frame to keep the shutout going.  Key 2 out hits by Noah Fish, Luca Faggiano, and Alex Rufo helped break the game open and sent Needham to the state finals.
 
The Rockets flashed the leather during the championship game in very impressive fashion. Liam Fitzmaurice gave the Rockets four solid innings holding a very good NEB team to just one run. In the top of the fifth, the Rockets finally cashed in on the scoreboard. They scored three in the fifth and three more in the seventh. That was more than enough. Needham scored all six of their runs with two outs. The biggest hit of the championship came off the bat of Brian Keene. A two run double in the seventh that sealed the deal. The game was much closer than the score would make it seem.  A key pick and tag by Griffin Carr kept a run off the board in the 1st. A double play spun by the combo of Alex Rufo, Matt Ferreira and Charlie Ledbury ended a rally in the 4th. A backhand stab by second baseman Ryan Callahan kept a ball out of the gap and saved a run in the fifth.  Pitcher Jude Anderson knocked an absolute missile down with his foot and then threw out the runner to start the 6th.  And Nolan Gannon ended that inning with the catch of the year in Centerfield. The Rockets won the State Championship game by a score of 6-1.  Coach Ben Maki and assistant coach Matt Dunn could not be prouder of these young men. The hard work the team has put in since January paid off with the program's first title in its 8 year existence!
 
Rocket Travel (now known as Rockets Baseball starting with the 2023 season) is a competitive club baseball program that offers teams from the 10U-16U levels.

by posted 08/01/2022
Needham National 2022 District 11 Champions

2022 District 11 Champions

Needham National defeated Canton 8-5 on Wednesday night in front of a large Needham contingent at Deb Sampson Park in Sharon to capture the District 11 Championship for the second consective year. Ian Matonis picthed a complete game and Cameron Cheng drove in four runs to lead Needham National to victory. The team moves on to the Section 3 tournament at Sacromone Park in Everett.

Sectional Tournament Schedule

Wednesday July 20: 7:45pm vs. District 10 winner

Thursday July 21: 5:30pm vs. District 12 winner

Friday July 22: 7:45pm vs. District 9 winner

Team Members

  • Blake Carr
  • Cameron Cheng
  • Zack Eacott
  • Cal Hammerstrand
  • Owen Hammerstrand
  • Colton Harjula
  • Jake Mann
  • Ian Matonis
  • Jack McGinn
  • Will Saniuk
  • Noah Siegel
  • John Spengler
  • Wyatt Warn

Manager: Greg Harjula

Coaches: Mike Matonis & Dan Warn

 


by posted 07/14/2022
Needham Majors Mets Win Town World Series!

In the town majors World Series, in part with a last-inning rally, the Mets defeated the Red Sox by a score of 12-5. Mitchell Pollack took the hill for 5 innings, striking out 10 and walking 1, giving up 2 earned runs. CJ Galvin closed it out 1-2-3 despite facing a very dangerous top of the order for the Sox. The Mets had 12 hits, spread up and down the lineup, with everyone contributing.

For the Sox, Connor Callahan started and struck out 8 while walking none over 4 1/3 innings. In the AL pennant game, Brandon Lopez threw a complete game gem, shutting out the offensive-powerhouse Royals, while striking out 12 and walking just 1.

Noah Siegel led the Mets to the NL pennant with a complete 6-inning game, striking out 12 and walking 1, in a 9-1 win over the NL-West champion Rockies. Siegel and Blake Carr both went 3-for-3 with a double at the plate in the NL pennant game.

Pictured from left to right are Hudson Best, Brodey Kaplowitz, Blake Carr, Eli Roth, Ben Bean, Mitchell Pollack, CJ Galvin (kneeling), Zack Eacott, Noah Siegel, Max Kaplan, Sid Phatak, and Miles Getzik. Mets coaches are Barry Pollack, Paul Galvin, Erik Eacott and Kris Getzik.


by posted 06/16/2022
A Successful Opening Day 2022!

Jessica Mendoza, Wally & Tessie (photo credit Alison Borrelli)
 
Needham Baseball and Softball would like to thank our players and families for attending Opening Day!
 
A very special thank you to our wonderful guest speaker, Jessica Mendoza. If you would like to purchase her book, here is the link: https://www.leeandlow.com/books/there-s-no-base-like-home
Make sure to watch Jess broadcast this weekend for the Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma University softball series.
Thursday, May 5 at 8 PM on ESPN
Friday, May 6 at 7 PM on ESPN2
Saturday, May 7 at 5 PM on ESPNU
 
We are also very grateful for the hard work and dedication to this event by the members of the Village Club. Thank you to Roche Bros. and Pearl Meats for providing the players with snacks.
 
We are deeply thankful for our spring sponsors, especially those who were in attendance: Abbott's Frozen Custard, Frozen Ropes, Geico, Card My Yard, and Gray's Anatomy. Thank you to our Emcee Mike "Sarge" Riley, DJ Bryan Griffin, and Alison Borrelli, who took photos of the day. Those photos will be available online. Thank you to Engaging Minds, Wegman's, Volante Farms, BC Eagles Baseball Camp, and Frozen Ropes for donating raffle items.
 
Thank you to Needham Police and Fire Departments for making sure we had a safe road to march for the parade. Thank you to Ed Olsen and the grounds crew for having the field ready for the Little League game.
 
Opening Day Raffle Winners
50/50 Raffle - Kris Rehm
Boston College Baseball Camp - Alex Young
Engaging Minds Camp - Beth Seidman
Frozen Ropes Certificate - Eric Navales
Wegman's Gift Card - Noah Moran
Wegman's Gift Card - Barry Pollack
Volante's Gift Card - Alex Young
Volante's Gift Card - Melissa Emond
 
Thank you to all who bought a raffle ticket!
 
We hope you enjoyed the event!

by posted 05/01/2022
Congratulations Event Winners!

The Village Club is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Major League Baseball® Pitch, Hit & Run™ competition held on Opening Day.

SOFTBALL

Age Group 7/8: Carly Horman

Age Group 9/10: Gia Poulous

 

BASEBALL

Age Group 7/8: Luca Cistulli

Age Group 9/10: Noah Eacott

Age Group 11/12: Mitchell Pollack

 

Based on their scores, they may advance from a local event to a Team Championship and then to the National Finals, which will be held during the 2022 MLB® WORLD SERIES™.

Congratulations to all who participated and good luck to our five winners as they represent Needham.


by posted 05/01/2022
Opening Day is Sunday May 1st 2022

Parade, Ceremony, Activity and Other Important Information is below.

TEAM PHOTOS

Team photos are scheduled before the parade for baseball teams AAA, AA, A, 1st grade, and Kindergarten and softball teams Seniors, Majors, Minors, Rookies. You should hear from your coach with specific times per division/team. As a thank you, sponsors receive a team photo and all players receive a complimentary team photo. We appreciate your player's participation. 

 

PARADE

Players and coaches will meet at Greene's Field at 10:40am

The parade begins at 11:00am SHARP

Players & coaches will march from Greene's Field to DeFazio Park via Great Plain, Fair Oaks, and Dedham Ave.

Players need to wear their team uniform and comfortable shoes; they do not need equipment or cleats. 

However, if they want Wally or Tessie to sign their glove, then parents should bring it separately.

Do not throw candy or anything else during the parade.

Cheer for your player along the parade route...and then meet them at DeFazio.

 

CEREMONY

The ceremony will begin at approximately 12:00pm or as soon as all coaches/players are settled into the outfield of Small Field.

Only coaches and players will be allowed on the field

Players and coaches will sit on the grass; no one will be on the infield. 

Parents will not be on the field and will watch from behind the fence.

Parking is available at DeFazio, the DPW, and Pollard School. As the parade approaches, you will not be able to park.

Do not park along Dedham Ave or adjacent side streets.

  • Singing of our National Anthem
  • Little League Pledge of Allegiance
  • Presentation of the Bergin Award and Windhorst Award scholarship winners
  • Introduction of our Special Guest speaker
  • Special Guest along with the NHS baseball and softball captains throw out the first pitch

 

ACTIVITIES

Following the ceremony, teams will be provided with hotdogs and water bottles courtesy of Roche Brothers. 

Players and families are encouraged to enjoy activities provided by some of our sponsors. 

  • Majors baseball game @ 1:30pm Red Sox vs Pirates
  • Abbott's Frozen Custard will provide samples
  • Frozen Ropes will have a speed detector
  • Meet and greet with Wally and Tessie, the Red Sox mascots
  • Buy a 50/50 raffle ticket
  • Other items to be raffled include BC baseball camp, Frozen Ropes certificate, Wegman's gift card, Engaging Minds camp, etc.
  • NB&S magnets for sale
  • Face painting available courtesy of Needham Bank
  • NHS Softball team will be selling pennants.
  • NHS Baseball Diamond Club will be selling swag and youth players can win a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Varsity game
  • The Village Club is running Pitch, Hit, and Run for players ages 9-14; Advanced registrations are required; More info to follow!

 

Other Important Information:

Dogs are NOT allowed at DeFazio Park *except for service dogs*

Players will stay with the coaches as the teams are dismissed. 

Please identify a meeting spot for your child after the ceremony so you can safely reconnect.

Teams and families are responsible for trash. 

A limited number of turkey and kosher hotdogs will be available - please ask your child's coach to retrieve them.

 


by posted 03/08/2022
Annual Scholarships

Needham Baseball & Softball Annual Scholarships
Jackie Bergen & Jim Windhorst
 
Jackie Bergin was a young man tragically killed in a car accident in the early 1990’s.  He participated in Needham Little League as a youth and cherished the diamond.  In his memory his family established a scholarship to honor a high school senior who embodies the spirit of Jackie and his love of the game.
 
Jim Windhorst was a Needham Baseball Board member and coach who passed away after a lengthy illness in 2011. He was much loved and respected by all who knew him. In his memory, the board of Needham Baseball & Softball has established a scholarship to compliment the long standing Bergin Scholarship.
 
Needham Baseball & Softball awards $1,000 each to two winners of the essay "What Baseball or Softball means to me”.
 
The scholarships are eligible to Needham residents that are seniors in high school (any high school) who have participated in a Needham based Baseball or Softball program during their youth.
 
To apply, send a 1-2 page essay by 04/10/22 to and denote “Scholarship” in the subject line of the email. They will be evaluated based on content, grammar and “heart".

by posted 02/28/2022
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
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