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Overview

Baseball- Varsity


2018 Independent School League Champions (17-2 overall, 14-1 ISL).

#2 in New England Baseball Journal End-of-Season Coaches Poll

2017 Independent School League Champions (17-4 overall, 12-2 ISL)


St. Sebastian’s Baseball Philosophy

Kaizen is a Japanese word that means ‘continuous improvement’ and the players and coaches of the St. Sebastian’s baseball program strive to meet the word’s implicit challenge. All team members work together to create a practice environment that encourages healthy competition, which we believe leads to success. The team embraces both self-accountability and holding others accountable for their responsibilities and actions. Players strive to learn the game of baseball, ultimately freeing them from over-reliance on the coaches, and coaches continue to be students of the game, helping them best teach and support their players.

The Program

The St. Sebastian’s Baseball program is very much that—a program. Only the varsity makes cuts, so there’s always a chance to play baseball, and coaches throughout the program work closely with each other so that by the time players are ready for varsity competition, they’re already well prepared. All coaches within the program are St. Sebastian’s faculty members, so the field very much is an extension of the classroom.

St Sebastian's is the only Independent School League team with two turf fields, which allows us much more time to play baseball on our campus in the New England spring.

Each year, the varsity team travels to Washington, DC, to play several games against teams in the area. The trip allows not just an opportunity to play baseball in warmer weather, but also gives the players and coaches a chance to create bonds that will last beyond the season.

Please contact Coach Richard Connolly with questions or interest.


Arrows at the collegiate level

Brian Craven '18, Richmond University

Landon Dombrowski '18, Wake Forest University

Tommy Seidl '17, Harvard University

Sean Harrington '16, Babson College

Will Slayne '16, Bates College

Pat McGowan ’15, College of the Holy Cross

Christian Reenstierna ’15, Skidmore College






Upcoming Games

Upcoming Games

Roster

Athletics Roster

  • Connor Bertsch
    15
    IF/P
    2019
    12
    West Roxbury, MA
  • Michael Bollas
    11
    IF
    2018
    Needham, MA
  • Jack Browne
    8
    OF
    2018
    Needham, MA
  • Alex Cherry
    20
    IF
    2019
    12
    Norwood, MA
  • Matthew Connelly
    10
    IF
    2019
    12
  • Brian Craven
    2
    SS/P
    2018
    Hingham, MA
  • Landon Dombrowski
    13
    C/OF
    2018
    Chestnut Hill, MA
  • James Donovan
    14
    P/OF
    2019
    12
    Westwood, MA
  • Andrew Dorsey
    19
    C
    2019
    12
    Franklin, MA
  • Joseph Fiore
    17
    OF/P
    2019
    12
    Westwood, MA
  • Aidan Harrington
    1
    IF/P
    2021
    10
    Walpole, MA
  • Matthew Joyce
    9
    P/IF
    2020
    11
    Braintree, MA
  • Andrew Ko
    6
    P/OF
    '19
    12
    Walpole, MA
  • Ryan MacDermott
    25
    IF
    2020
    11
    Hanover, MA
  • Neil Melley
    21
    IF
    2018
    Medfield, MA
  • Timothy Noone
    4
    P/OF
    2019
    12
    Needham, MA
  • William Phelan
    23
    P
    2018
    Quincy, MA
  • William Seidl
    3
    OF/P
    2019
    12
    Wellesley, MA
  • Robert Smith
    12
    IF
    '19
    12
    Needham, MA
  • Cole Tremblay
    22
    P/OF
    2019
    12
    Stoughton, MA
  • James Walsh
    16
    OF
    2018
    Brookline, MA

Coach Info

Coaches

  • Coach

    Richard Connolly has been head coach of the varsity baseball team since 2016, having previously served three years as an assistant coach. He teaches English in the upper school, and also assists varsity soccer and heads 5th hockey. Before Sebs, Richard worked for four years at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, where he earned the Hall-Hoffman award, given to the faculty member who "taught us in the classroom and on the athletic field that, through maximum effort, we could excel with honor in all that we do.” He began his teaching career at Worcester Academy, where for two years he taught English and coached golf, hockey, and baseball. Richard is a graduate of Davidson College (2005) and Teachers College at Columbia University ('08).

  • Originally from Canada, Sean first came to New England to attend Harvard University. There he distinguished himself as a hockey player and eventually joined the coaching staff after graduation. He came to St. Sebastian’s in 2009 to teach US History and serve as head coach of the varsity hockey team as well as assistant coach of the varsity baseball team. He lives in Needham with his wife Emily and their four children, Emma, Chase, Elle, and Cooper ‘22. In addition to his responsibilities at St. Sebastian’s, he serves as President of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association, a Board Member of the Needham Youth Hockey Association, and a Board Member of the Needham Baseball Association.

  • Mark Nelson is entering his first year assisting the Varsity Baseball Team here at St. Sebastian’s. He teaches in the Mathematics department and assists with 5th Basketball. Before Sebs, Mark taught high school math and coached baseball at the largest public school in the state of Hawaii where he was named Teacher of the Month. Mark is a graduate of Colby College (’13) where he captained the baseball team his senior year and Johns Hopkins University (’16).

  • Tommy Piacenza is entering his second year as an assistant on the varsity baseball team. He teaches in the Mathematics department. Before Seb's, Tommy was an assistant baseball coach for two years at his alma mater, Davidson College (’10), where he captained the team his senior year. After graduating, he went to work for the Washington Nationals in their front office where he focused on video and advance scouting. In the summer, Tommy serves as Athletics Director for the Taft School summer program.

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