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Tim Simoes

A junior at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA, Tim Simoes has been a part of the Nokona Baseball organization for the past three years. Tim is a key contributor on the 2016 17U Prospect Team, where he bats third and shines in the middle infield. He is a standout both in the classroom and on the baseball diamond. Ranking very high in his class at an ultra-competitive high school, Tim has worked extremely hard to prepare himself for college.

Tim was a key contributor on the Xaverian baseball team this past season, where they reached the State Super 8 tournament. He has also played forward on Xaverian's varsity hockey team since he stepped on campus as a freshman. For Nokona Baseball, he has been the quiet leader on a team full of big personalities. Tim leads by his incredible work ethic and the way he carries himself both on and off the field. He made an immediate impact on our program—from the moment he put a Nokona jersey on—by lifting the level of how hard his teammates practiced, and raising the bar on the need to always improve their skills. His hard work paid off this past summer as he was named to the All-Tournament Teams for both the PG Super25 and the PG Evoshield Classic.

Above all, the word to best describe Tim Simoes is "class." He is a class-act in every sense of the word. One of the most respectful young men one could ever hope to coach, he carries himself with dignity, pride and humility, and any coach who has worked with him cannot help but respect Tim. He treats teammates, coaches, officials and opponents with such reverence that they can only view him in the same light. Tim plays the game the way it is meant to be played, and honors it completely.

Tim has been awarded the Freshman Student of the Year and the All-School Humility Award during his first two years at Xaverian—both of which are tremendous honors at a prestigious high school, and well deserved. And, the best is yet to come for Tim; he is a highly recruited ballplayer who will make the most of any opportunity given to him, as he takes nothing for granted.

Nokona Baseball teams with players of ages 10-14 years compete regionally in the Elite Baseball League (EBL), while the college prospect teams with players of ages 15-18 compete at a variety of college showcase events locally, regionally and nationally.

Competitive tournaments across the region and around the country are hosted by Perfect Game, CABA, Triple Crown, USSSA, ECTB, Pastime and other elite baseball organizations. 

Player selection takes place in late summer/early fall and workouts begin in late fall at our indoor training facility located at 60 Pleasant Street, Ashland, MA (the NAC). The Nokona Baseball outdoor season begins in the spring as the weather permits.  Learn more...

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Nokona 18U College Commitment Team has a few roster spots open

If you are a high school senior, 2016 graduate and committed to play baseball in college in the fall of 2016, Nokona Baseball has a couple of roster spots available for their summer commitment team. The team plays a very competitive schedule with a local and regional focus. There is no overnight travel. The purpose of the summer program is to prepare players for their college fall programs. If you are interested or have questions, please email us at info@nokonabaseball.org.

11 Nokona
Ballplayers Make
College Commitments

Congratulations to Nokona players Andrew D'Avidio on his commitment to St. Joseph's College, Thomas Joyce on his commitment to Merrimack College, Eric Mah on his commitment to Bowdoin College, Chhany Minton on his commitment to Stonehill College, Cam Plank on his commitment to Franklin Pierce College, Kyle Skidmore on his commitment to Hofstra University, Will Slayne on his commitment to Bates College, Jacob Stone on his commitment to Brandeis University, Jack Vaccari on his commitment to Salve Regina College. Patrick Webler on his commitment to Salve Regina College and Devin Yee on his commitment to Wheaton College. All 11 players are Nokona Baseball Class of 2016 and spent this past summer playing for Coach Mike Lyon's and Coach Matt Cuneo's Nokona 17U College Prospect Team.

Nokona Alumni continue training at theNAC


Nokona Alumni in training sessions at theNAC: (left to right) Kyle Skidmore (Hofstra), Brendan Skidmore (SUNY Binghamton), Naushon Galbraith (Elon), Ryan Solomon (Northeastern), Matt Cuneo (Babson) and Nick Ahearn (Babson).


Nokona Athletic Club adds strength trainer Matt Healy to staff

Nokona Baseball kicked off the start of its season with its annual December Clinic Series Saturday, Dec 5th, at the new Nokona Baseball Club in Ashland, MA.

Babson pitchers visit theNAC

The Babson College pitching staff visited the NAC for a workout over winter break. Babson is a private business school in Wellesley, MA, established in 1919. Its central focus on entrepreneurship education has made it the top entrepreneurship college in the United States.

Season kicks off with December Clinic Series

Nokona Baseball kicked off the start of its season with its annual December Clinic Series this past Saturday, Dec 5th, at the new Nokona Baseball Club in Ashland, MA.

Free Clinic For 9 And 10 Year Olds Fills New Training Facility to Capacity

On Saturday, Nov. 14th Nokona Baseball held a free clinic for 9's and 10's with a focus on fielding fundamentals, pitching and hitting. The clinic will continue next Saturday, Nov 21st.

Nokona Athletic Club Celebrates Its Grand Opening

The Nokona Athletic Club—"theNAC"—is a new 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art private baseball athletic training center exclusively for the Nokona Baseball Program.

Equipped with six hitting and pitching tunnels, plus a fully equipped workout and training center, theNAC also features a café and common area for congregating, socializing, having a cup of coffee or just sitting down for a beverage or snack. It includes high-top tables and chairs, two 55-inch TV screens, kitchen area, beverage and healthy snack vending machines, and a coffee prep area—all with a very rustic and relaxing café feel.

The facility also features offices and conference rooms. Upstairs above the office area is a comfortable mezzanine sports-themed parent/player lounge outfitted with leather seating, TV's, high-top seating and a great viewing area overlooking the entire facility.

Nokona Baseball Announces New Corporate Branding

Nokona announces its new corporate branding: Since 1934 Nokona has been a leader in providing the best baseball products in the world, all made right here in the USA. The new branding brings a modern look to an 81-year tradition of quality and excellence. We at Nokona Baseball look forward to incorporating this new and contemporary look into our program for 2016.

16U Nokona Prospects Participate in the 16U PG Evoshield Classic in Lakeland, GA July 28 - Aug 2

LHP Pitcher Chris Grome from Framingham, MA and Dexter School in Brookline, MA delivers a pitch in an 8-6 victory in Lakeland, GA.

Catcher Alex Reynolds, Hopkinton (MA) High School, feels the pop of an 87mph fastball.

6' 2" 225lb St. Johns High School (Shrewsbury, MA) player Jack Fields rips a base hit on route to a 15-7 victory in Lakeland, GA.

Congratulations to Nokona's Blake Gallagher for winning the Perfect Game HR Derby at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, FL. Participating in a very large field, Blake capped the win by launching a 400-foot missile to win the event. The Nokona 16s Prospects are in Ft. Myers this week participating in the National PG 25 Event at Jet Blue Park.

Andrew Flint, Eric Mah and Josh Petrucci hustle off the field at the 16U National Championships held at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, where the team went 7-0.

16U Chiefs Finish Undefeated At National Championships in Louisville

The 16U Nokona Chiefs had a remarkable 7-0 record at the 16U National Championships in held at the University of Louisville during the Fourth of July weekend, reaching the final four out of 96 teams competing. For more pictures, click here.

The Chiefs were led on the mound by four complete games, including an opening night no-hitter by Andrew Flint, who also picked up a second win on the final day of competition. Chris McGrory had a dominant performance on day two, helping set the stage for the Chiefs' tourney run.

Dan Chapski and Eric Mah finished pool play off with complete games of their own, including a win under the fireworks on July Fourth. That led to an epic playoff day on Sunday that saw the Chiefs go 3-0 thanks in large part to the bats of Dan Chapski (walk off homer), Blake Gallagher (homer in game two) and Chris Attisani. Chris Grome had added a bomb of his own earlier in the tournament.

Unfortunately, that is where the Chiefs' run ended, as the semi-finals and finals had been pushed back a day due to rain earlier in the tournament. The group had airplane flights home already booked which could not be changed. The 16U's outstanding performance was the result of a complete team effort, and saw a different player step up every day, up and down the lineup, to go along with tremendous pitching, defense and catching. It was terrific week the ballplayers will remember for years to come.