In its final four games prior to the postseason, Andover Baseball capped off its regular season with four straight wins in which the team only allowed one run combined. Andover victories included a 1-0 win over BB&N, a doubleheader sweep against Deerfield, and an 11-0 win against Tabor, bringing the team’s record to 13-2-1.
On Friday, Andover came away with a 1-0 walk-off win against BB&N, as Jackson Emus ’19 hit home Co-Captain Taylor Beckett ’17 to break a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Beckett said, “One of the most memorable moments from the season was definitely the walk-off win against BB&N on Saturday.”
Jordan Aucoin ’17 started at the mound and pitched four complete innings without allowing a run. Cam Garfield ’17 relieved Aucoin in the fifth inning, and kept the game scoreless. Emus also picked up on the mound, holding BB&N scoreless during his lone inning of relief in the seventh. The trio of pitchers combined for five strikeouts and held BB&N to only five hits.
Andover followed its win over BB&N with a doubleheader sweep at Deerfield on Saturday, allowing Andover to clinch the number one seed in next weekend’s Central New England Prep Championship Tournament.
Andover won the first game by a 4-1 margin. Post-Graduate (PG) Henry Ennen ’17 started the game at the mound and kept Deerfield to just three hits while tallying eight strikeouts through his five innings of play. Anthony Redfern ’18 came into the game as a relief pitcher for the final two innings, striking out four of the six batters he faced.
Kai Marcos ’18, Travis Lane ’18, Emus, and Tristan Latham ’19 led the offense from behind the plate, racking up two hits apiece. Co-Captain Robby Cerulle ’17 and PG Matthew Cerfolio ’17 both doubled in the win.
Andover shutout Deerfield 5-0 in the second game, once again led by strong pitching throughout. Lane took the mound to start and limited Deerfield to just one hit in his five innings. Cerulle came in at the start of the sixth, and threw three strikeouts.
Emus and Latham paced the offense with a pair of hits apiece, and Beckett doubled, drove in a pair of runs, and scored another.
Andover closed off its dominant week with an 11-0 win over Tabor on Wednesday. Garfield started on the mound and held Tabor scoreless, and Latham hit a two-run double to lead Andover on offense.
Andover is set to square off against Tabor on Saturday in the Central New England Prep Championship Tournament semifinals.