Baseball Dominates Against Governor’s and Exeter, With a Close Loss to Deerfield

Marek Krystofolski ’25 pitches fierociously towards his opponent.

5/10 – Andover: 5, Governor’s: 2

5/11 – Andover 1, Deerfield: 2

5/14 – Andover 13, Exeter: 2

Baseball concluded its week with victories over Governor’s and Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter), alongside a defeat to Deerfield. Despite this loss, the team was pleased with their performance, particularly in light of their earlier 2-6 loss to Deerfield this season. Carrying this momentum, the team aims to end the season on a high note.

Baseball was pleased with their robust performance against Governor’s on Friday. Michael Doherty ’27 observed that their overall play, including both offense and defense, had grown more consistent compared to earlier games.

Doherty said, “Against Governor’s, I think that recently, we have been lowering down to our competition’s skill level, and I think we did a better job at preventing that this time. They aren’t a great team, but they have some good guys. Matthew deBenedictus ’25 did a good job keeping the score down. I think we did a better job hitting. I came in for the last three innings to close the game. We had some defensive errors in our previous game against Cushing, and we improved our play. We made no errors, and we won the game.” 

Owen Callahan ’26 commented that the game against Governor’s was very solid. He also expressed satisfaction with their performance against Deerfield despite the loss, highlighting the significant improvement since their last encounter.

 “Over the weekend, we played really well. Even though we lost to Deerfield, we played them a lot better this time than last. We are getting a great progression over the season. It was good to get a nice one over [Governor’s] and a pretty good game against Deerfield as well with the score only being 2-1,” said Callahan.  

Baseball decisively defeated Exeter, triumphing 13-2. Marek Krysofolski ’25 felt that the team delivered a strong all-around performance, scoring six runs in the first inning and showcasing excellent pitching throughout the game.

 Krystofolski said, “The team played really well. We had a really strong at-bat from Luke Gallo ’25. It set the tone for the rest of the game, and we put up six runs in the first inning and kept our gas on the pedal. We had great pitching from Nate Rosner ’24, Michael Gilligan ’26, and Michael Doherty ’27. They did a great job pitching, and the bats through the lineup were great, and there wasn’t a bad at-bat in the game.” 

According to Doherty, Caleb Penn ’27 has made the most out of his at-bats and playtime.  

“Caleb Penn ’27 stood out. He is a Freshman, and with the at-bats he has had, he has made the most of them. During the [Governor’s] game, he played a hard-line drive, and he has made the most of his at-bats. I think that he has had such outstanding play,” said Doherty. 

The games featured several key moments. Callahan highlighted a few key instances, such as Jace Roossien ’24’s home run and Rosner’s outstanding performance in pitching without allowing any runs.

Callahan said, “Some crucial moments were Nate Rosner letting no runs all game. There were many moments where multiple runners had no outs, and he was able to put his errors behind him and get out of the inning. Jace Roossien had a really nice home run towards the end of the game that solidified our win and set the mood.” 

As Baseball approaches the playoffs, the team is focusing on building and strengthening community and teamwork during their practices. Callahan noted that they have engaged in team-building activities, including playing Wiffle Ball during practice on rainy days. 

Callahan said, “This past week, we have done things that have worked on the team coming together. Last week, we played Wiffle Ball when it was raining. During the practices, we have been more focused keeping in mind playoffs are coming up. We really had to get going to get the outcome we wanted.”