Baseball Tops BB&N in Decisive Fashion, 25-4; McCarthy ’08 Belts Solo Home Run vs. Pingree

Andover’s offense exploded last week, leading to a 3-1 week where the offense combined for 42 runs in the four games. Andover’s intense week started off against BB&N, with John Twomey ’08 on the mound for the first time this season. Twomey got plenty of run support, as Andover racked up 25 runs, winning 25-4. From top to bottom, the entire Andover lineup was firing on all cylinders. Co-Captain JR Santaniello ’08 led off and picked up three hits in three at bats, while scoring three runs. Santaniello combined with the rest of the infield to produce ten RBI’s on the day. Mike Palermo ’08 had a triple and three RBI’s. Bobby Farnham ’08 reached base three times and scored each time. Andover was able to take advantage of BB&N’s lack of control on the mound as twelve batters reached on walks. The bottom third of Andover’s lineup was composed of varsity rookies. Zach Fratus ’08 hit seventh and went three for three with a double and two runs. Bennett Carroccio ’10 went three for four and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Andover finished up a stretch of three games in two days with doubleheader against Worcester. Lucian Neville ’08 got the start in game one. He threw hard for five innings and allowed just one run on two hits. Ryan McCarthy ’08 and Farnham led the charge offensively. McCarthy reached first, stole second and then scored on a single by Farnham. Farnham scored the second run on a sac fly from Geoff Lynch. Farnham then knocked in the insurance run, driving in McCarthy in the sixth. Bryan Farris ’08 pitched relief in the sixth inning and picked up the save. Andover picked up its first loss of the season in game two, falling 12-7. Santaniello started the game, pitching five innings and leaving with a 7-3 lead. Worcester then scored nine unanswered runs, aided by control problems from the Andover pitching staff. Andover pitching let eight straight Worcester batters reach without the benefit of a hit. Seven walks quickly turned a promising 7-3 lead into a 12-7 loss. Andover was able to rebound on Wednesday, beating Pingree 7-3. Farris took the mound and pitched very effectively, going seven innings while fanning eight batters. Andover kept Pingree in the game thanks to seven errors. The middle part of the order scored five runs, thanks to their power hitting. McCarthy hit a solo shot for his first homer of the season. Farnham added two doubles while Carroccio hit a triple. Santaniello led off once again and went two for three with a walk and a run. Palermo followed going one for four with a double and a sac fly while driving in two runs. On Saturday, the team will travel to NMH for a doubleheader.