Moone ’10 Shines in Two Wins

Tristin Moone ’10 led Andover softball to another victory on Friday, allowing only one hit in a shutout against Lawrence Academy. She helped her own cause by rocketing a three RBI triple. Co-Captain Sarah Onorato supplemented the Andover offense, going 4 for 5 in the 12-0 victory. Moone walked none and struck out 11 batters over seven innings, and Andover’s defense helped out by making no errors. “[Onorato] has been played a huge part in my success. This year, we’ve been improving on the little things such as communication. Especially for a pitcher and catcher, communication is an essential part of the game. When we are on the same page, the game runs a lot smoother and we eventually trust one another naturally,” said Moone. Coach Peter Drench said, “The biggest thing helping our defense is that Tristin [Moone] has pitched very well, striking out quite a few batters. Every one of those outs is one the rest of our defense doesn’t have to make. This season it hasn’t been easy to develop defensive consistency, but the players have worked hard and there has been significant improvement at most positions during the season.” Andover spread out its 12 runs over the first five innings. After the fifth, a pitching change of the Lawrence end quieted the Andover bats. Moone had three RBIs and Riley Gardner ’10 had two over the first five innings of play. “In the past, we’ve had trouble leaving runners on, but we really executed to get our base runners home on Friday. Our lineup is extremely strong this year and we have confidence that anyone can get a solid hit,” said shortstop Shannon McSweeney ’11, who had a single on Friday. Onorato’s hits finally started to fall in for her against Lawrence, as she went 4 for 5 with an RBI. “[Onorato] is now just getting out there and thinking ‘hit, hit, hit’ and it’s been great to have her back to full potential,” said McSweeney. Caroline Kaufman ’10 made solid contact in two consecutive bats, driving the ball hard to the opposite field. She was robbed twice, as the Lawrence right fielder was in perfect position to make the outs. On Tuesday, Andover scrimmaged Concord-Carlisle for the second time this season. Andover lost the first time it faced the top-ranked public school team, but this time Andover came out on top. Moone was near perfect, fanning 11, giving up two hits and walking three. Her bat came alive as she went three for three with two doubles and a single. “The only trouble we ran into was in an inning when we committed two errors on routine plays. Other than that episode, the team caught and threw the ball well,” said Drench. Andover held off the strong Concord-Carlisle offense, getting out of a particularly difficult bases-loaded situation in the middle innings without allowing any runs to score. Kristin Mendez ’13 reached base twice for Andover and scored the firs run in the bottom of the first on a Moone double. Andover won the game 2-0. The team’s season reaches its climax this weekend when they host the Big East Tournament Saturday and Sunday. Andover will compete in a ten team field for the championship title. The first game will be at 9:30 AM on Saturday morning at Isham Field.