Blake Gallagher, widely regarded as the best dual-sport athlete in New England, is currently a junior at the St. Sebastian’s School in Needham (Class of 2017). He began playing in the Nokona Baseball Program in 2009 as an 11 year old. Blessed with talent, size, speed and power even at a young age, Blake was a standout from the day we were first introduced to him.
Early on, it was clear Blake was a natural talent both on the mound and at the plate—but what remains so impressive today is that he has managed to stay at the top of his class all these years, from little league, to the big diamond and into high school. He is a driven young man who understands what it takes to get to the next level. His work ethic, drive, determination and commitment to excellence has carried him far, and today he is nationally ranked as not only one of the top baseball players in the nation, but also nationally ranked as one of the nation’s top football prospects.
A resident of Bridgewater, MA, Blake’s athletic accomplishments are startling. This past year alone as a high school sophomore, Blake was an All ISL High School Baseball All-Star, the #1 ranked player in MA according to Perfect Game Scouting Reports, won the Perfect Game Home Run Derby in Fort Myers, FL, and was named to the Perfect Game All Tournament Team four times.
At 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, with a 92 mph fastball and over-abundant power at the plate, Blake is a very imposing figure on the field. Most important, however, is that despite all his accomplishments and athletic talent, Blake carries himself with the utmost humility. An honor roll student, he has undoubtedly set himself up for success moving forward—but if you speak with this young man, you would never know how good he really is. He remains one of the most humble players we have had in our program; he has never given a thought to being more important than any other member of the team. That is just one reason he is so well respected by teammates and coaches alike.
Blake has always played the game the right way. His inclusive personality has allowed new players to feel at home in our program, and he will be the first teammate to reach out and make new ballplayers feel welcome. Without question, this talented individual is one of the great young leaders you will come across anywhere in the country.
This fall, you will find Blake in the backfield on offense as a running back, and as a linebacker on defense for his high school squad at St. Sebastian’s. Wherever Blake’s talents take him, whether in baseball or football, the Nokona Baseball Program is exceptionally proud to have had the opportunity to watch him develop over the years.