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Ziomek Pitches 2nd Consecutive One-Hitter

Co-Captain Rory Ziomek ’13 gunned down batters from start to finish, earning himself a one-hitter for the game and a strong berth in upcoming playoffs for Andover Baseball. With a full week to recover after it split a doubleheader with Exeter and dropped a game to Cushing Academy, Andover avenged a loss to Tabor earlier this season with a 5-0 win this past Wednesday, clinching a playoff spot in its biggest game of the year. “Getting the win was huge today,” said John Simourian ’16. “Everyone showed up to play, and the result was a clutch win.” After a scoreless first inning, Andover started its offensive work in the bottom of the second inning when Connor Farrell ’13 doubled to center field. Then Harry Roche ’13 stepped up to the plate and hit a line drive single into right field, driving in Farrell to take the 1-0 lead. “In a lot of our close losses this season we struggled to put runs on the board early. We got up early [and] that led to a big win,” said Simourian. Andover capitalized on this momentum in the third inning. Tim Superko ’13 started off the inning with a double to left field, followed by a single by Simourian. Co-Captain Seamus O’Neill ’13 earned his first RBI of the game by grounding out to short, allowing Superko to cross home. John Festa ’15 added a single to center field and came up big as he stole second base. David Mcullough ’13 then reached on an error, pushing Simourian home and giving the team a commanding 3-0 lead. The team added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as Farrell got his second hit on a single to center field, and Chris Hohlstein ’14 hit a powerful line drive to right field. O’Neill then hit a single to center field, allowing both runners to score. “Offense really came alive today,” said Tim Salvadore ’15. “[O’Neill] led the way from the beginning; he was squaring every ball up. All the hard work these guys have been putting in before and after practice on their own is really coming together just at the right time.” Andover was kept scoreless for the rest of the game, finishing with ten hits. Strong pitching and defense shut down Tabor from the first pitch to the final out. Ziomek only allowed one hit and two walks with no earned runs and 12 strikeouts. “[Ziomek] has been amazing for us all year. He is just dominant out there; what more can I say?” said Salvadore. “Even when he does not have his best stuff, it’s good enough to keep us in the game. It’s unbelievable. It’s been a pleasure playing with [Ziomek] these last couple of years. I’m really going to miss him not only on the field, but as a friend on campus as well.” With its victory over Tabor, Andover advances to this weekend’s CNEPSBL Tournament at Assumption College, where it looks to defend its title and earn its second championship in two years.