Heading into the sixth inning of a game tied at zero, Captain Chris Cameron ’11 stepped up to the plate knowing that he had to “find any possible way to get on base.” Cameron came through in the clutch.
After being hit by a pitch, Cameron stole 2nd base and then moved to 3rd on a groundout by Zac Elder ’11. Jason Buco ’11 stepped into the box, and after fouling off a few pitches, he lined one into right field to send Cameron home, giving the team a 1-0 lead that turned out to be the game winner against Bridgeton.
Buco said, “I just tried to hit the ball hard and let everything else take care of the rest. It’s nice to help the team out early in the season being the new guy on the squad.”
Tom Palleschi ’12 started the game and turned out a fantastic performance, striking out seven batters through six scoreless innings, and allowing only two hits. Palleschi commented, “It was a good game. As a team we played great defense, which is going to be our staple this year. It was the first game of the season, and it was a huge success. Everyone on the team really competed, especially in the later innings. I’m looking forward to see how this season will turn out.”
This great defense proved crucial, as the team was stumped on the offensive side of the ball, only recording three hits on the afternoon.
Ricky Marcotte ’11 added, “We had trouble getting our offense going all game, not being able to score a run through 5 innings, but luckily Big Ski had an incredible game on the mound only allowing a couple of hits and no runs. We were able to get a run in the bottom of the 6th, but we owe a lot to Tom for keeping us in the game despite our offensive struggles.”
After scoring in the bottom of the 6th inning, Rory Ziomek ’13 made his first appearance in an Andover uniform as he closed out the 7th inning, giving up one hit, striking out one and giving up no runs. “Rory came off the bench and really came up big with that save,” said Derek Farquhar ’12.
Cameron was very pleased with the win and said, “It was just great to start the season off with a scrappy win. Tom completely shut them down, and we did all we the things we needed to do in the field and on the base paths to win the game despite only getting three hits.”
After having their game against Tabor cancelled this past Wednesday due to the weather, the team looks forward to taking on a strong Belmont Hill squad on Friday.