DRACUT —Sean McMeniman comes from a Dracut family that has had a great deal of success in athletics by throwing caution to the wind.
McMeniman’s older sister, Erin, did plenty of legacy leaving while throwing the javelin at Dracut High and is now a member of the women’s track and field team at Brown University.
Now Sean McMeniman is making a name for himself on the diamond because of his ability to throw strikes. And lots of them.
McMeniman did a great job locating his pitches and worked both sides of the plate, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings, while earning the win on the mound as Dracut beat North Reading, 10-2, Monday at Dracut High in Game 1 of the best-of-three Northeast League championship series.
“Erin has had a great throwing career,” said McMeniman. “She’s a very impressive athlete. She’s hard to live up to, but I’m trying. She throws the javelin and I’m out here trying to throw strikes. I guess it runs in the family.”
This talented left-hander who is a rising senior at Dracut High was on target with his pitches. McMeniman, an MVC second team all-star in baseball this spring, pounded the strike zone, allowing one walk and notching two strikeouts.
Matt Miller closed out the win by pitching a scoreless seventh inning.
Game 2 will be played at North Reading High today at 5:45 p.m.
“We got Sean some runs and he made them stand up,” said Dracut coach AJ Proia. “That kid, once he gets ahead he likes to stay ahead and he keeps rolling.
“He throws strikes. When he gets that curveball rolling, it puts the opposing team on their back foot. He makes it hard on them to get their bats going.”
Dracut’s offense provided McMeniman with plenty of runs to work with. Pat O’Toole (RBI, 2 runs scored), Kyle Cox (2 runs scored) and Gerren Kopcinski (2 RBI) had two hits each while pacing Dracut’s offense.
Dracut scored two runs in the first and second innings before breaking the game open with three runs in the fifth.
“I just trust my team,” said McMeniman, who chipped in offensively with an RBI single in the first inning. “I go out and throw strikes and they make the plays behind me. My teammates played great, They hit great. They scored runs. I just have to trust them. I trust my catcher (Kyle Cox), too. I throw what he wants and it usually ends up well.
“We got the lead early and that’s a big help. It’s nice knowing there’s a little bit of wiggle room if you need it. It allows you to pound the strike zone even more. Let the batters put the ball in play and our guys are going to make the plays.”
Mike Moore had a 2-run single. Miller (double), Kyle Mackay, Devin Hodgdon (RBI) and Jack Leahy each had a hit.
Harper Soucy had a strong defensive game at shortstop for Dracut.
“It’s always good to get that first win out the way,” said Proia. “It takes a little bit of pressure off. But at no point in time are we taking the foot off the gas pedal.”