Norwood’s Keady leading the way for Bentley team
Sean Keady never ceases to impress longtime Bentley University baseball coach Bob DeFelice.
“He has an engine that doesn’t stop, and he goes about 150 miles an hour from the moment he hits the field,’’ said DeFelice of the Norwood High product, who owns the single-season and career stolen base records at Bentley.
“In three years, I’ve never seen him look tired. And he’s a spectacular center fielder with exceptional speed and quickness.’’
Keady, who has batted out of the leadoff spot since his Little League days, has already broken his own season mark, with 35 steals (in 43 attempts) through mid-week.
He also holds the Falcons’ career record with 93 steals, which ranks second among all active Division 2 players, and seventh in all divisions.
“As a leadoff hitter, you want to set the tone. You may not always get a hit, but you can get a good read on the pitcher and pass that on to your teammates,’’ said Keady, a junior who was also leading the Falcons in runs (38) and triples (3) through 43 games and was second on the squad with a .280 average, .354 on base percentage, and 52 hits.
Bentley (26-17 overall, 18-9 NE-10) held a slim lead in the conference’s Northeast Division entering the final three regular season games against University of Massachusetts Lowell this week.
Keady was named to the Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team in 2011 and was a third team selection last year when he hit a career-best .313 and led the Falcons with 40 runs scored.
An exceptional athlete who captained the baseball and hockey teams at Norwood High, the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Keady was so valuable to an injury-plagued football team his senior year that he was called upon as a kicker, wide receiver, cornerback, and special teams player.
Former Norwood High baseball coach Jim Sweeney said “Sean’s energy, passion for the game and work ethic rubbed off on his teammates. He made sure they were ready for every game. When we needed a shortstop, he moved from center field without hesitation and did a great job.’’
He was a Bay State Conference all-star in all three sports his senior year.
“I was asked to play junior hockey out of high school, but I wanted to pursue baseball,’’ said Keady. He remains close to Matt Brown, his former hockey teammate at Norwood High who suffered a spinal cord injury in a game in 2010 and was paralyzed from the chest down.
An accounting major whose dream job after college would be comptroller for a sports franchise, Keady hopes to play this summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League or with the Braintree White Sox of the Cranberry League.
Westwood golfer honored for 25 years of service
Charles River Country Club member Harry McCracken, a longtime Westwood resident, received the Ike Grainger Award for his 25 years of service to the United States Golf Association last week.
The timing and locale couldn’t have been scripted any better.
The 87-year-old McCracken, executive secretary and treasurer of the New England Golf Association, was running the NEGA’s annual spring meeting at Charles River where he once caddied as a teenager and later served three terms on its Board of Governors.
Karen Ammerman, representing the USGA’s executive committee, asked to speak.
“Then she presented me with the award and I was just flabbergasted. I had no idea that was on the agenda,’’ said McCracken, a Noble & Greenough School graduate.
A 4-handicapper with the varsity golf team at Bowdoin College, he rejoined the Newton club permanently in 1951 and calls it “my second home.’’
McCracken also has the distinction — along with his son, Peter, and wife, Jane — of making a hole-in-one at Charles River. In addition, the Harry B. McCracken Cup is given to the winner of the New England Amateur and a tournament named for him is held annually at Charles River.
“He is both admired and adored at Charles River and throughout amateur golf,’’ said club president Charlie Fox.
A shot at NFL career
North Carolina tackle Brennan Williams of Easton, Harvard guard John Collins of Hull, and Framingham State defensive tackle James Muirhead of Middleborough are getting shots at playing in the National Football League.
Williams, a standout at Catholic Memorial and son of former New England Patriots player Brent Williams, was a third-round draft pick (89th overall) of the Houston Texans.
Collins, a graduate of Roxbury Latin School, and Muirhead, who starred at Middleborough High, have been invited, respectively, to the rookie camps of the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.
Brandeis University senior captain Joe Eisenbies of Hingham was co-recipient of the James McCully ‘85 Soccer Award for character, dedication, and good sportsmanship. An All-New England pick, he helped lead the Judges to an 18-3-1 record and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division 3 tournament last fall.