Offensive Lineup Bounces Back

Tim Salvadore ’15 pitched four innings without allowing a single hit in Andover Baseball’s game against Worcester on Saturday. Salvadore’s no-hitter ended in the fifth inning, but Andover’s offense supported him, and he earned a 12-3 win. Following a 3-2 loss against Worcester in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Andover stomped all over the same Worcester team as nine different Andover players drove in runs. Andover took a 3-0 lead in the second inning with RBIs from Matt Hosman ’15 and Chris Hohlstein ’14. Hosman recorded three RBIs. Andover then added three more runs before the fifth inning, giving the team a comfortable 6-0 lead. Worcester tacked on three runs in the fifth, but Derek Farquhar ’12 relieved Salvadore and pitched no-hit sixth and seventh innings. Andover’s offense exploded in the bottom of the sixth inning with six runs from a long list of players. “We played with a lot of passion, and we look to carry that passion into our weekday game against Pingree and our next doubleheader,” said Co-Captain Brian Delaney ’12, who returned to the game on Saturday after being out due to injury. What was especially impressive was the team’s ability to bounce back after its 3-2 loss against Worcester loss earlier in the day. Rory Ziomek ’13 took the mound in the first game and went six innings with nine strikeouts and only three hits allowed. Andover took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Will Poss ’12 brought in a runner on a sacrifice fly. The game remained 1-0 until the sixth inning, when Andover found itself in a tough situation. Worcester was able to load the bases with no outs. Ziomek struck out two batters in a row, but the third batter found a gap for a ground ball. The Andover outfield then overthrew the ball at the play at home, and three runners scored to give Worcester a 3-1 lead. In the bottom half of the sixth, Hohlstein hit an RBI double that cut Worcester’s lead to one. Dan Dymecki ’12 pitched in the top of the seventh and was able to finish the inning without any allowing a hit. Andover went into the seventh and final inning only down by one but failed to score a run and left the game with a 3-2 loss. On Wednesday, Andover picked up on its momentum from the second game against Worcester and beat Pingree 10-2. Andover utilized its bullpen, as Farquhar, Thomas Lane ’15, Dymecki and Curtiss Pomeroy ’12 all threw against Pingree. Once again, Andover’s offensive success came from a variety of players. Delaney had two RBIs and two hits, Hohlstein hit a double and a triple, Co-Captain Tom Palleschi ’12 had an RBI and a double, Seamus O’Neill ’13 had an RBI, and Poss had two hits. “We hit the ball well and played good defense; that’s a deadly combination,” said Corbin Lee ’13. Last Friday, Andover took on a very talented BB&N team and suffered a hard 9-2 loss. Andover’s record now stands at 4-4 and the team looks to continue its outstanding pitching in another doubleheader at NMH on Saturday.