North Andover Scarlet Knights Baseball '14

North Andover bows out

LYNN — The North Andover High baseball team had been here before.

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Baseball, 06/06/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

North Andover, Flinn run past Reading

READING — Turns out North Andover's biggest run of the season not only didn't include a base hit, it required just one ball put in play — one which traveled fewer than 20 feet at that.

Two days after his bat helped propel the 12th-seeded Scarlet Knights into yesterday's Division 2 North Sectional quarterfinals, Austin Flinn used his legs to push North Andover into a second consecutive upset with a 5-4 victory over fourth-seeded Reading.

The winning rally began with Flinn leading off the sixth with a strikeout, but the senior took advantage of a passed ball with a quick run up the line. That was just the beginning of the No. 9 hitter's mad dashes, however. Three pitches later when Brendan Parisotto laid down his perfect sacrifice bunt, Flinn took advantage of an empty third base, never stopping at second for the two-base advance. A few pitches after that, it was a wild pitch that brought the quick-footed Flinn home.

"Anyway I can get on, I'll take," said Flinn, who delivered a crucial ninth-inning double in a first round victory over fifth-seeded Winchester. "Then I knew (Parisotto) was going to bunt me over if I got on. While I was running to second, I saw that no one was at third and I'm a pretty fast kid, so I thought I'd try it. It was really close, but it worked out in my favor."

Flinn was forced to make a nice, face-first slide at third under the watchful eyes of Knights' coach Todd Dulin.

"We work on that almost every day," Dulin said of Flinn's heads-up running.

The Knights took a 2-0 lead in the first on Jake Caporale's two-run single and tied the score with a pair in a third inning that included a double by Stephen Borzi.

Tyler Lee survived a first inning that included a grand slam bomb by Liam Kenneally to go the distance, allowing five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. After the shaky start, Lee (3-2) allowed just one runner past first.

"I was still confident (after the first)," said Lee, who needed a mere 51 pitches the final six innings. "I was a little nervous going into the game, but I knew I had to keep going and get my team back in the game. I'm not going to strike a lot of guys out, so I know I'm going to get a lot of fly balls, a lot of ground balls."

Yesterday was heavy on the flies, as the infield had only three assists — one of them on a grounder to second baseman Chris Bosco for Reading's first out of the game and another by Lee on a sacrifice bunt in the fourth.

That left a superb outfield to make 12 putouts. All three outfielders had at least one sensational grab. Leftfielder Flinn had all three putouts in the third, including reaching above the fence to rob a potential homer. Centerfielder Brendan Parisotto and rightfielder Matt Iannone made back-to-back outs on diving catches in the sixth. Many others came on well-hit line drives.

"This is probably the best outfield I've ever had defensively," said Dulin, in his eighth season at the school. "I have three centerfielders out there that can really run stuff down."

Advancing to the semifinals for the fourth time since 2010, North Andover (12-10) plays the winner of yesterday afternoon's game between top-seeded Gloucester (19-2) and ninth-seeded Belmont (13-9) at a time to be announced Wednesday at Lynn's Fraser Field.

"We expected this," Lee said of the playoff run. "We don't think it's much of a surprise. We knew we were a good team going in."

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Baseball, 05/31/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights in 9

Evan Glew (7 innings, 12 Ks, 1 earned run, 3 hits) dazzled No. 5 Winchester and No. 12 North Andover worked overtime to win their first-round Division 2 North matchup. The Knights scored five runs in the ninth and pulled out a 9-4 win.

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Baseball, 05/29/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Powerful Glew


Junior Evan Glew struck out eight over six innings to pick up the win, giving him 20 strikeouts in his last 13 innings, as North Andover edged Whittier 3-1, keeping the playoff hopes alive for the Knights (9-9). 

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Baseball, 05/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lee lifts Knights

With Whittier Tech and two games remaining in the Lawrence Invitational Tournament, North Andover took a huge step toward the state tourney with an 8-1 thumping of Tewksbury. Tyler Lee earned the win, striking out four in a four-hit complete game for the 9-8 Knights.

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Baseball, 05/15/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Couillard leads upset

Collin Couillard drove home two runs with a single in the fourth, and added a two-RBI double in the sixth as North Andover upset MVC Large leader Billerica 8-5. Matt Iannone added a key two-run double of his own.

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Baseball, 05/12/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lawrence holds off charging Knights

NORTH ANDOVER — It's May in the Merrimack Valley Conference, and every swing matters.
Like no other baseball season in recent memory, nearly everyone in the league is clustered near the .500 mark. With a third of the season left and a slight chill still lingering in the air, teams are already fighting for their postseason lives.
"We've been in every game we've played," said North Andover coach Todd Dulin. "We just have to learn how to win them ... fast."
Dulin's Knights clawed back from an early 4-0 deficit but just came up short, falling to visiting Lawrence, 4-3.
Talk about impact. The Knights drop two games below the magic .500 mark at 5-7, while the Lancers gain some valuable breathing space at 8-6.
Fabian "JoJo" Vasquez picked up win for the Lancers, showing a sizzling fastball — the kind he pounded in the strike zone early in the season when he no-hit Malden. More recently, the senior had been relegated to the bullpen after a couple rough outings vs. Andover and Chelmsford.
"To me, Andover and Chelmsford swing it as well as anyone," said Lawrence coach Brendan Neilon. "Against them, he got into positions where he had to throw fastballs to good hitters. And we've just been trying to help get his confidence back."
Vasquez went six strong innings, allowing all three runs in the sixth on three hits. He finished with five strikeouts and three walks as Wilmer Gomez came on to pitch the seventh for the save.
The Lancers gave the right-hander a pair of runs in the second and two more in the third to build the advantage. Edison Urena (infield hit) and Jesus Ventura (bases-loaded walk) drove in the first two. In the third, Julio Leon doubled and trotted home on Luis Ortiz's triple. Ortiz scored the fourth Lancer run on Josh Casado's bullet up the middle that ricocheted off starting pitcher Brendan Parisotto to second baseman Stephen Borzi for a 1-4-3 RBI groundout.
From there, junior reliever Max Guertin slammed the door on the Lancers, mowing down all 11 Lancers he faced and giving his club a chance to climb back in it.
"He's pitched really well this year," said Dulin, of his lefty. "Nothing he throws is straight. The ball moves. When he hits his spots, he's nasty."
But on this day, Vasquez had a little nasty in him, too.
"My fastball was back, and I just pounded the strike zone with it," said Vasquez, who went for the kill with a nasty breaking ball on more than one occasion. "It felt good out there today. And when they hit it, the guys behind me made all the plays."
Steady Edison Urena filled the void at shortstop for Elvis Peralta, who sat out the game with a school disciplinary issue, and flashed some serious leather out there.
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Baseball, 05/07/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Flinn, Knights steal win

With the game tied in the bottom of the sixth, Austin Flinn took off and just beat the pitch to steal home and give North Andover the lead. Evan Glew then shut the door to give the Scarlet Knights an 8-7 win over Haverhill.

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Baseball, 05/03/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sizzling top of the order

North Andover's Nos. 1-5 hitters, Brendan Parisotto (3 for 5), Matt Varoutso (2 for 4), Jake Caporale (3 for 5), Collin Couillard (2 for 3) and Chris Bosco (2 for 4) combined for 12 of 14 Scarlet Knight hits in NA's 11-6 win over Andover. 

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Baseball, 04/28/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lees goes distance

Tyler Lee dazzled Central Catholic with a complete-game five-hitter and North Andover rolled 8-1. Brendan Parisotto (3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Joe Kramer (2 RBIs) and Stephen Borzi (2-3, 1 run) led the offense and Matt Iannone and Austin Flinn shined defensively in the outfield.

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Baseball, 04/22/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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