Andover Baseball traveled up to its archrival on Wednesday, and after a long fought battle, the team fell to Exeter 6-2.
Andover was scheduled to face Exeter this past Saturday, but after a rain cancellation, the game was moved to Wednesday.
John Simourian ’16 started off the day early with a single to lead off the first. Simourian then stole second, and the team took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when David McCullough ’13 hit a double to drive Simourian home.
However, Exeter, tallying six runs over nine innings, was too much for Andover for the rest of the game.
“Quick starts were huge for us this year because we were able to get the momentum, and with the pitching staff we had we were able to get ahead and stay ahead. Although it did not work today, our mindset going into games does not change and we look to continue this trend next year,” said Tim Salvadore ’15.
Andover added a run late in the top of the eighth inning, as Andover put men on first and second. After a fastball by Exeter’s pitcher, both the runners advanced to scoring position. Exeter then made another mistake, overthrowing the pitcher, allowing Simourian to cross home yet again, but it was not enough, as Exeter held a strong Andover offense to limited opportunities.
“John Simourian was key for us down the stretch. He has a knack for getting on base, whether it be by walk or base hit, and his speed can put a lot of pressure on the defense. He’s a very good player who plays the game extremely hard, and it shows through his results,” said Rory Ziomek ’13.
Andover pitchers split the opportunity to face a tough Exeter offense. Tim Superko ’13 pitched three innings, allowing four runs, Thomas Lane ’15 tallied three innings on the mound and Salvadore pitched one, each giving up one run. Salvadore also had two strikeouts.
Ziomek ended his career on a high note, pitching one inning, allowing no runs with one strikeout.
“Rory pitched phenomenal again today; words cannot describe what he means to this team as a Captain, player and mentor. I’ve played with some of the top players in the nation, and Rory is no doubt one of the most mentally sound and complete pitchers I have been able to play with. Words cannot describe how much he means to this team and program. Young players like myself really look up to Rory on the field and off; he is a one of a kind player and friend. I know he will find great success next year at Tufts. I wish him the best luck,” said Salvadore.
Although Andover did not end with a win, its season was a success nonetheless.
“Despite losing our last game against Exeter, we had a terrific season. Winning the championship was all I could ask for in my Senior season, and though it would have been great to best Exeter, it won’t take away from the epic year we had,” said Ziomek.