High School Roundup: McMeniman Shines at NEs, DHS Baseball Advances To D2 North Semis
Jun 14, 2018 03:09PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Dracut High lacrosse vs. Pentucket (DHS Athletics photo)
New England Track and Field ChampionshipsDracut High senior Erin McMeniman put an exclamation mark on her brilliant high school career by placing 2nd in the javelin at the New England Track and Field Championships on the campus of UNH in Durham, NH.
McMeniman's fourth throw (of five) was her best, with a distance of 140 feet, 8 inches. She was tied for 1st place with Shira Stoller of Sharon through four throws. But Stoller reached back and tossed 143-03 on her fifth throw to take the title.
Stoller and McMeniman were head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Third place thrower Kath Merchant of Lebanon, NH, was well behind with a best toss of 126-10.
Dracut junior Jovan Aigbekaen placed 7th in the boys 110m hurdles with a time in the finals of 15.14.
BaseballThe Dracut High baseball team, seeded No. 14 in the Division 3 North Tournament, is in the midst of an amazing tournament run.
The Middies, who came into the tournament with a 10-10 record, opened play with a shocking, 7-0 upset win over No. 3 Brighton (12-4). Patrick Crowley and Devin Lambert combined on a two-hit shutout for the Middies.
Kyle Hould keyed the Dracut offense with a three-run homer. Lambert drove in two runs with a pair of hits. Brad Keefe also had two hits in the win.
In the quarterfinals, Dracut won with defense and pitching, upsetting No. 6 Gloucester (15-7), 3-2. Mark Murray picked up the win on the mound, striking our seven over 6.1 innings. Lambert picked up the save in relief.
Patrick Crowley had two hits, including an RBI double, to pace the Dracut offense. Adam Berger also drove in a run.
The Middies (12-10) are slated to take on No. 2 Lynnfield (18-4) in a semifinal game, Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Alumni Field in Lowell. The winner will meet top seed Austin Prep (21-2) for the D3 title on Saturday at 3 p.m. at LeLacheur Field in Lowell.
Greater Lowell Tech was seeded No. 4 in the D2 North Sectional. But the Gryphons' (14-5) stay in the tournament was short-lived, as they fell to No. 13 Reading (12-10), 7-4, in the opening round.
SoftballThere would be no championship repeat for the Dracut High softball team.
The Middies, seeded 7th in the D2 North Sectional, knocked off No. 10 Wilmington (13-8), 1-0, in the opening round before falling to No. 2 Gloucester (17-3), 5-4, in the quarterfinals.
The win over Wilmington was a gripping pitcher's duel, with Ryley White twirling the shutout and the Middies winning on a walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh.
Against Gloucester, Dracut (16-6) led, 4-1, entering the seventh inning. But the Fishermen rallied with three runs to tie the game and then won it in extra innings. The Middies caught a bad break when ace Ryley White had to leave the game after five innings of stellar work, with an injury.
Amy Lupien and Kayla Turner each drove in one run and scored another to lead the Dracut offense.
Boys LacrosseDracut High (10-10) was seeded No. 11 in the Division 3 North Sectional.
The Middies, who had made program history by recording their first-ever playoff victory, 10-3, over No. 6 Shawsheen Tech (15-4), gave No. 3 Pentucket (15-6) everything it could handle before falling, 8-5, in the quarterfinals. Dracut trailed 5-4 at the half and just 6-5 after three quarters before running out of steam.