4 Andover Infielders Turn in Stellar Defensive Performance in 9-4 Win

Preston Atteberry ’08 pitched a stellar ballgame while Andover’s offense rolled on its way to a 9-4 blowout over Tabor. It was a good start for Andover, as the team started its title defense against a young but talented Tabor team. Atteberry was dominant throughout his 4 1/3 innings of work, fanning one while giving up just one run on 3 hits, leaving the game with an 8-1 lead. Atteberry’s key to being effective was his ability to create ground balls. This outing comes off his outstanding relief performance in the championship game last year, where he went 4 2/3 innings without giving up a hit. While today Atteberry said that he didn’t have his “best stuff,” he attributed his success to “mixing up my pitches and keeping my two-seamer low in the strike zone, I was able to induce a lot of ground balls. Thankfully, my defense played well behind me.” Coach Cline agreed with Atteberry’s assessment of the infield defense. “I was most pleased today with our defense. 14 out of the 21 defensive outs came from our infield defense today, which is really impressive.” The infield was led by Bobby Farnham ’08 at third, Co-Captain Mike Ciummei ’08 at shortstop, second baseman Mike Palermo ’08 and Co-Captain JR Santaniello ’08 at first. The defensive play of the day came on a grounder that went by a diving Santaniello. Palermo showed his range from second base by cutting off the ball before it got into right field and then made a perfect throw to a covering Atteberry to record the out. With Andover’s pitching and defense holding Tabor at bay, the offense was able to capitalize early and often. Andover scored runs in each of the first five innings, which according to Cline, “really put the pressure on Tabor.” Farnham had two hits and an RBI, including a run-scoring triple down the right field line. Ciummei also added two hits and a run batted in. Newcomer John Twomey ’08 posted 2 RBI’s in his first game in an Andover uniform. Postgraduates Jack Walsh ’08, Ryan McCarthy ’08, and Bryan Farris ’08 each had one RBI. After Attebery retired with a huge lead, Glenn Stowell ’09 put in 1 2/3 quality innings of relief before turning the ball over to John Gardner ’08. This game hopes to be a tone-setter for the rest of the season as Andover looks to continue its winning ways against a very strong Belmont Hill team.