07/03/2023 11:03 AM
Article By: Abigail Miller
At age three, Tim Noone could be found retrieving foul balls and grabbing the bats for the Bourne Braves. At age 23, Noone could be found on the mound pitching for the Harwich Mariners.
Noone, the left-handed pitcher for the Harwich Mariners has fulfilled his baseball dream. The 2023 Babson College alum from Needham, Mass grew up as a bat boy for the Bourne Braves in the summer of 2002, and over twenty years later, he is here.
His father, Matt Noone, spent years heavily involved with our Cape League, as a pitching coach for the Bourne Braves from 1995 to 1996 and the former Hyannis Mets in 1999. His most recent title back in 2002 was where he served as the head of the Bourne Braves. As bat boy and head coach, the two brought their passion to the collegiate level. Years later, Tim went to play for his father, who is the Head Coach at Babson College.
In his senior year at Babson, Noone struck out 73 batters and walked just 10 in 72 innings pitched. He had an ERA of 2.13 and a WHIP of 0.861. His performance earned him DIII Baseball All-American Honors and he was named to the All-NEWMAC first team.
“It was always a dream of everyone in the Noone family to play in the Cape League,” Noone said. “So just going to the games all my life, and then kind of finally getting to play is pretty cool.”
When it comes to playing in the league, this experience is just as surreal for his family as it has been for Noone. Noone’s grandmother describes going to games as a dream, as the family has been attending games for 50 years.
“It’s cool to kind of see how that affects my grandmother and the rest of my family,” Noone said. “And then obviously, really cool experience for me at the same time”.
After all his success at Babson, Noone will be moving up to the Division I level for a 5th year at Duke University. Playing for the Mariners has helped him prepare for the ACC competition.
“It’s a different style of baseball in the sense where I can’t necessarily get away with some of the mistakes I've made at Babson,” Noone said. “The hitters are on top of my stuff so I think the biggest thing I have gotten out of my first three weeks here is kind of learning how to play and pitch and be successful against these guys.”
From his career at Babson College to a summer in the Cape League, Noone is ready for the next step in his baseball career.