Rachel Moore ’19 shot a ball to center field and made her way swiftly around the bases to earn a triple for Andover Softball in its game against Lawrence Academy last Friday. Despite Moore’s efforts, Andover ultimately fell 3-2. On Saturday, the team traveled to Deerfield, where it fell 6-4. The team’s record now stands at 9-4.
Against Lawrence, it was tough for Andover to gather its momentum at the plate to drive in runs, according to Kaitlin Ervin ’20.
Ervin said, “Basically we could not get our bats going, and when we could get people on base we just failed to get them in. The pitchers weren’t unhittable, but they also had some movement that we weren’t used to because the majority of the pitchers we have faced have been pretty slow. It took a while for us to get used to that, and then when we did it was too late.”
Regardless of the problems Andover faced at the plate, the team was able to play a consistent game in the field, only giving up three runs.
“Our fielding was pretty much free of errors, we had some but nothing unusual. Rachel pitched a great game against Lawrence. She may have walked one or two but everyone else got on deservedly. They had a big outfield, but we didn’t let much by us which was impressive. In the same game Antonia made a really good catch in right field,” said Ervin.
Despite its inability to secure a win in both of its games, Andover never gave up and put up a strong fight against both opponents, according to Moore.
Moore said, “Even though we lost both on Friday and Saturday, we kept fighting until the last inning of both games. Against both teams, comebacks were possible, but it just didn’t work out that way in the end.”
In preparation for the Big East Tournament this weekend, Andover hopes to end its three game losing streak by improving its offensive game and overall consistency, according to Ervin.
Ervin said, “In order to be successful we need to do a better job of getting our bats going and be able to adjust early to the pitchers, so that we do not get stuck in the same hole we did in the past two games.”
Andover will face Concord-Carlisle on Thursday and will compete in the Big East Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at home.