Dracut hit itself out of some sloppy play early to blow out Merrimack Valley Conference rival Central Catholic, 17-5, Monday afternoon.
Kyle Adie and Jake Malandrino each hit solo homers while Seth Monbleau knocked in four runs as the Middies improved to 10-2 (5-2 in the conference.)
The Middies have yet to qualify for the state tournament despite their 10 wins because of an early-season win over Malden that didn't count. Dracut needs one more win in their 21-game schedule to qualify.
Central Catholic fell to 4-6 (3-4) in the loss.
Southpaw Casey Sweeney picked up the win after a rough second inning where he allowed four unearned runs.
Monbleau's two-out, two-run double over the center fielder's head in the third gave Dracut a 6-5 lead that ended up being all they would need. Still, the Middies piled it on in the fourth, smoking three Central pitchers to the tune of eight runs. Matt Silva, Mike Bergeron, Pat Taylor, Aaron Barbosa and Monblaeu all knocked in at least one run in the inning.
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