Boys Baseball Bounces Back from Loss, Surmounts Belmont Hill and Cushing

Max Gomez ’23 prepares to swing against Cushing’s pitch.

Boys baseball will look to extend its win streak against Worcestor Academy on Saturday.

After suffering a 1-3 loss to Dexter Southfield, Andover Boys Baseball bounced back by clinching two 3-0 wins over Belmont Hill and Cushing. The team believes that excellent pitching by numerous players, along with the team’s energy and willingness to win has set itself up for success. Andover’s record now stands at 3-1.

According to Joe Carrara ’24 with the team not capitalizing off its chances throughout the last three games, it has been crucial for the team’s pitchers to be playing at the top of their games. Throughout the team’s past three games, Andover’s pitchers conceded just three runs.

“Our pitching has been outstanding in our last three games, allowing three runs in three games. All of our pitchers have led the team so far. We have struggled to capitalize in each of the games at the plate but today against Cushing our pitchers played the best out of the three games,” wrote Carrara in an email to The Phillipian.

Luke Gallo ’25 shared Carrara’s sentiment. He believes that in addition to the pitching, the last few games have allowed for the team to learn more about its capabilities and the skill within the team.

“[In] our 2 recent games I think we’ve learned a lot about ourselves as a team and what we are capable of. Some tough battles and we gave our best effort every time and that’s all anyone can ask for. We started off 2-1 on the season and I believe our loss [to] Dexter Southfield [was tough] and we made some mistakes but that’s how we learned a lot about ourselves and learned to be better and what we needed to work on. Our wins were solid and we played very well. Pitching has been extremely well every game,” wrote Gallo in an email to The Phillipian.

Gallo, along with many other players on the team, believes that Co-Captain Harrison Milbert ’22 is a principal figure in leading the team on the field. He said Harrison, along with Co-Captain Thomas McAndrews ’22, is a player to whom he looks up to as great role models.

“I think especially in the last 2 games, our senior captain Harrison Milbert really went out there and threw an incredible game. I was extremely proud of our energy and our will to win which was really helped by Harrison. [Harrison and McAndrews] are the best role models and I couldn’t ask to play with better people” wrote Gallo. 

According to Marek Krystofolski ’25, Harrison is a great leader on the field. In addition, Krystofolski emphasized Harrison as an excellent player with a great range of capabilities.

“Harrison went six innings. I think he had eight strikeouts. It could be a little more… around eight strikeouts, no hits, three walks. So he did a great job” said Krystofolski. 

In addition to Harrison, Carrara highlighted Cole Mascott ’23. He noted Mascott’s excellent batting and pitching in critical moments against Cushing.

“In [the Cushing] game, Cole had 2 clutch RBIs that helped us win the game. In two separate at bats he hit a runner to add to our lead. On top of his at bats, he closed the game and threw very well,” wrote Carrara in an email to The Phillipian

Krystofolski believes that the team has been strong all around in pitching, batting, and catching. He specifically highlighted McAndrews and Jace Roossien ’24 for their capabilities to fill in the difficult role of a catcher.

Krystofolski said, “Our two catchers [McAndrews] and [Roossien] have been doing a great job. Overall, just like showing up every time. They have one of the hardest jobs in the field and they show up for us all the time. and then the pitching staff, it’s not easy and we’ve been doing all very well.”

Andover Boys Baseball will welcome Worcester Academy at home on Saturday.