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Chris McGrory

Chris McGrory, a rising junior at Medfield High School, Medfield, MA (Class of 2017), has been in the Nokona Program since he was an 11 year old.  Chris epitomizes the exceptional student-athlete. He is at the top of his class academically, and is a Division I recruit for his pitching on the field. He is a leader, both by his actions and his words, and a young man the Nokona organization holds in the highest regard.

During his seven years in the Nokona Program, Chris has blossomed as a player. It didn't come easy at first, as he needed time to grow into his body. His early days were spent as the 10th or 11th man on the roster—never the star. But he was always a great teammate, and an excellent listener. He understood the work he needed to put in to excel on the field, and went above and beyond to make himself a true ace on the hill.

Chris was named the Tri Valley League Pitcher of the Year this past season as a sophomore after posting a 10-0 record and leading his team to the state semi finals.  He continued his success this summer on the hill for Nokona, impressing college scouts from up and down the east coast.

Standing at 6' 6" and presenting a very ominous figure on the mound, Chris uses a lively fastball, a biting slider and a diving change-up in his arsenal of pitches to keep batters off balance. Above all, he has tremendous command of his pitches and the strike zone. The future is indeed bright for Chris McGrory. 

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 in the News

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.

Nokona Baseball wraps up final 2016 tryout session

The Nokona Baseball Program finished up 2016 tryouts Sunday, August 30th. Over a four-week period beginning in early August, 297 players aged 10-18 years participated in the tryout sessions, competing for spots on 10 teams fielded by the Nokona Baseball program from the 10-and-under team through the 18-year-old "College Commit" team—which is new for 2016. August tryouts—which take place on weekends during the last month of the summer—present not only skills-based challenges for the ballplayers but scheduling challenges and sacrifices for them and their families. Nokona Baseball recognizes the effort and commitment required to participate in our rigorous and important tryout sessions. We would like to thank every ballplayer who came out and participated in our tryouts, as well as all those who supported their efforts to compete and belong to one of the top college-focused travel baseball training programs in the country.

Nokona 16 and 17 Prospects finished the summer season at the Providence Slugfest Event held in RI Aug. 7-9.

Nokona Baseball Announces the Hiring of Coach Eric Rodriquez

Nokona Baseball is pleased to announce the addition of Eric Rodriquez to its staff. "Eric is an extremely talented coach, communicator and teacher, and we are very excited to have him join us", said Nokona Baseball Founder Geoff Cuneo.

Coach Rodriguez is a 2007 graduate of Burlington High School, Burlington, MA, where he was a three-year varsity starter. He went on to play his college baseball at UMass/Dartmouth where he was a catcher and graduated with a degree in Marketing in 2011.

He has spent the last six seasons coaching baseball in the New England area—and with great success: In 2014, his 14U team finished their season with an amazing 51-9 record and captured a bronze medal at the USA Baseball 14U Cup in Cary, NC. Eric has also guided his teams to EBL Championships at the 14U, 15U, and 18U age group levels in 2012, 2014 & 2015. He has seen many of his players go on to play in college at the Division I, II, and III levels—some of whom are playing in the most prestigious summer leagues in the country today.

Coach Rodriguez is employed at Oracle Corporation in Burlington, MA. He and his wife currently reside in Salem, NH.

Nokona announces Fall Baseball Registration

Nokona Baseball announces its 2015 Fall Baseball Registration following August tryouts. Registration will open Saturday, Aug. 29th. Fall Ball will consist of six weeks of baseball during the months of September and October, with play limited to the weekends. The Nokona Fall Ball Season is an opportunity for those players seeking additional competitive play and instruction. For more information, or if you would like to pre-register, please email mike.lyon@nokonabaseball.org or dan.sullivan@nokonabaseball.org.

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.

PG 17U Super25 All Tourney Team Announced

Congratulations to Chris Attisani, Tim Simoes, Dan Chapski and Andrew Flint for being selected to the PG 17U Super25 All Tourney Team for the July Super25 event held in Ft. Myers, FL the week July 11- July 17. Chris Attisani is a rising sophomore at Buckingham Brown & Nichols in Cambridge, MA, Tim Simoes is a rising junior at Xaverian in Westwood, MA, Dan Chapski is a rising junior at Xaverian in Westwood, MA and Andrew Flint (currently ranked the #1 prospect in Class of 2017 by PG scouting report for the state of RI) is a rising junior at Bishop Hendriken HS in Warwick, RI. Congratulations to all four Nokona prospects.

The Nokona 14U team completed their 2015 season with a strong performance at the Triple Crown Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC. The team went 5-3 before eventually bowing out in the quarterfinal bracket. The tournament caps a tremendous season for the 14's and completes a record back to back 40+ win seasons. Congratulations to the Nokona 14's.

Justin Mojica delivers a pitch at the 16U CABA World Series in July in Marietta, GA.

Zach Sisitsky is the picture of concentration as he prepares to catch the ball at 1B at the 16U CABA World Series in Marietta, GA.

The Nokona 15U team competed this past week in the CABA 15U World Series in Charleston, SC. The team finished a terrific week at 6-2 while ultimately falling in the second round of the playoffs.

Congratulations to Nokona's Blake Gallagher for winning the Perfect Game HR Derby down at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers FL. Participating in a very large field, Blake capped the win by launching a 400' 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.

David Capobianco toes the rubber at Frank Eck Stadium, home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, where the Nokona 17s appeared in the 17U Nationals in South Bend, IN over Fourth of July weekend.

Jack Schwartz delivers a pitch at the Legends 14U College Tour Wood Bat Invitational Tournament in June, held at Tufts University.
Tourney Alert: Nokona 17U College Prospects Head to Notre Dame for Championship

Top U.S. teams head Midwest to the Nationals at Notre Dame: This coming week and through the Fourth of July Nokona Baseball's 17U College Prospects head to South Bend, IN and the University of Notre Dame for the 17U National Championships. Coached by former Northeastern All American and New York Yankee minor leaguer Mike Lyon, the 17U prospects look forward to showcasing their talents to the schools in the midwest. College coach and recruiter attendance is typically very high for this event.  

Congratulations Nokona 13s on CABA World Series Win

After a week of highly competitive ballplaying, Nokona Baseball's 13U Team emerged as the 13U CABA (Continental Amateur Baseball Association) World Series champions by way of a perfect 8-0 record. With an offensive attack that consisted of an amazing 88 runs scored during the week's games while giving up only 15, the Nokona 13s finished the week by being crowned this year's CABA World Series Champions.

The depth of the pitching staff shone brightly during the tournament, with outstanding performances delivered by Wyatt Scottie, Colin Ahern, Jay Driver, and Frankie Hernandez. Coupled with the clutch hitting off Ethan Kee, Jamie O'Brien, Matthew Shaw, and P.K. Messervy, the Chiefs' stellar defensive play was equally critical on their road to the championship.

"This is such an important experience for the ballplayers," said Coach Justin OBrien. "They put in the time and hard work all season and now they get to see the rewards and feel the satisfaction of coming out on top. They showed up ready to play, and delivered a week of tough, aggressive, heads-up baseball. They didn't deserve anything less than to win the championship, and I'm extremely proud of the entire team."

New For 2016: The 18U College Commit Team

Nokona Baseball announces the addition of an 18U College Commit Team to our program for 2016. This team will be comprised of players who have committed to a college, will be entering their freshman year in the fall to play baseball, and are looking for a place to play during the summer. Games and tournaments will be played regionally, with less emphasis on travel than Nokona's College Prospect teams. 

If you are interested in participating on the 2016 team, please click here or go to the "Tell Us What Your Looking for" section on this page, enter your contact information, select "The Nokona 18U College Commit Team" and click "Submit".

14U Nokona Chiefs Win 2015 Memorial Day Tournament

The 14U Nokona Chiefs went 6-0 this past Memorial Day weekend at the park in Baseball Heaven, NY to win the Baseball Heaven Memorial Day tournament. The Chiefs began pool play on Saturday with a solid 4-1 win against a tough Rhode Island Eagles team and followed up with a win later in the day with an 8-0 win against Academy Baseball Patriot.

On Sunday, the Chiefs started where they left off by defeating the NY Swarm by a score of 8-0 and followed that up with a hard-fought win against a talented CP Stars team to earn the #2 seed in the 25-team field. The Chiefs began their playoff run with an 8-5 win against the Long Island Mudcats to earn a berth in the championship game against the DB Hawks, who had knocked off the #1 seed.

The championship game proved to be a classic with Nokona winning the game 4-3 in extra innings on a two-out walk-off hit with the bases loaded by Jack Schwartz, who also earned the win by pitching a scoreless top half of the 8th. The tournament win was highlighted by solid pitching from the entire Nokona starting staff and the hitting of Brandon Lee, who collected 10 hits and drove in an impressive 10 runs during the six-game stretch.

Note: Four years ago, under the direction of Coach Carroll, the Nokona 10U Team won this same Memorial Day Tournament crown at Baseball Heaven.

Build Out Underway For Dedicated Nokona Athletic Facility

Nokona Baseball is very pleased to announce the building of our new indoor facility located at 60 Pleasant Street, Ashland, MA slated for opening mid-to-late September 2015.  The build out is underway for this new 11,000-square-foot baseball and training center.

The facility will be equipped with six hitting/pitching tunnels with collapsible netting to open up the field for long toss and infield work, a fully equipped workout and training center, a mezzanine lounge with leather seating, TVs and a café with high top seating and common area as you enter the facility.

This will be the exclusive home to the Nokona Baseball program. Tentative Grand Opening date is Saturday, Oct 3rd.