The St. Thomas M&M Boys were paired side by side for the November National Signing Day just as they were in the state championship spotlight five months before, pillars supporting the second St. Thomas title in four years, fourth in eight years and 24th in the program’s dynamic history.
But this traditional all-in Wednesday was a two-pronged individual celebration reserved for two-time all-state pitcher and thunder bat Owen Meaney ‘18 and his tag-team all-state catching partner Philip Matulia ‘18.
Meaney followed through with his September verbal commitment to the University of Texas while Matulia confirmed his April decision to next play for Louisiana Tech.
Meaney was sold on the depth of UT’s academic support, their palatial athletic facilities and the program’s rising momentum already underway with second-year head coach David Pierce.
“I really believe they’re on the way to restoring Longhorn Baseball to where they’re a nationally dominate program,” Meaney said. “Coach Pierce really reminds me of (Eagle) coach (Ryan) Lousteau, same demeanor, allowing players to perform with an intense but relaxed confidence. The combination of excellent academics and athletics reminds me of St. Thomas, such a rich history of tradition and winning championships. That’s what drew me to St. Thomas, that brotherhood, and history. I felt the same at UT.”
Lousteau marveled that “Owen has always shown great maturity and competitive edge. It starts with his repertoire and command and he’s shown the scouts both. He’s going to play for an outstanding coach in David and a staff that does an excellent job with pitchers. That group is tremendous developing talent.”
Throughout his unbeaten junior season Meaney saturating the stat columns … eight wins with three shutouts while allowing only 21 hits and nine earned runs in 52 innings … striking out 90 … allowing opponents a .119 batting average.
And his most exhilarating exhibition of pitching and purpose, of nerve and verve, came in the TAPPS 6A state semifinals against Dallas Parish Episcopal, where with every pitch Meaney grew stronger … the at-bats grew fiercer … and the air in the windpipes of the opponent grew tighter.