Even as a 12 year-old, Jack Winnay's abilities on the baseball diamond stuck out to most observers.
"I first met Jack as a chubby 12 year-old at our (North East Baseball) facility through a 12U All-Star team called the Eastern Mass. All-Stars,'' said NEB founder and director of baseball operations Scott Patterson, who is also head coach at Groton School. "Jack immediately stood out as an above average player. Even at a young age, you could tell by his movements that he was going to be special.''
Special indeed. Winnay's progressions over the years have made him one of the most prolific prep school players in New England. The third baseman is set to embark on his senior season at Belmont Hill School. He has been at the school since seventh grade, and Sextants head coach Mike Grant, like Patterson, found something unique about Winnay from the start.
"Jack came to us pretty young,'' Grant said. "I knew he was a great kid, a student and an athlete, but with kids that young, you never know what to expect. There are so many things to admire about Jack beyond his talent, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to coach him. First and foremost, he is a great teammate, he works with our younger guys in the program and always had a kind word for someone that is down or can have some fun trading jabs with his teammates around the batting cage. Teammates love being around him."