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Central doubles up on Andover

NORTH ANDOVER — On a day which Central Catholic pounded 14 hits and scored 14 runs, it was Jack Silk’s hot glove at third base — in the second inning! — that weighed most on the outcome yesterday. The Raiders, down 4-0 early, went on to crunch Andover, 14-7, and complete a perfect 8-0 run through the Merrimack Valley Conference large division. The victory most likely keeps Central alive in the Super 8 discussion at 16-3 with a noon date here against North Attleboro today. “That one play changed the game and potentially our whole season,” said senior Connor Simpson. “It changed the whole momentum of the game. We were a little sluggish. That play totally changed the attitude in this dugout.” Andover’s Gabe Hernandez scalded a two-hopper down the third-base line with men on first and second and one out. Silk went horizontal to the line and somehow gloved the missile, got up, stepped on the bag and fired to first for the inning-ending double play. “Honestly, he couldn’t have hit it harder, I just laid out, found it in my glove and made a play,” said Silk, admitting that good fortune was on his and the Raiders’ side. “It’s a rough infield over there. There’s a lot of dust. But it was big.” Instead of Andover padding its 4-3 advantage, Central leaped to life and unleashed a five-run flurry of its own. At 8-4, the game felt different, and it was. “They’re a very good team, and at different times all year, they just seem to have a different kid step up,” said Andover coach Dan Grams. “Today, it was the third baseman making that play. It changed the game. Plus, they had a lot of guys hit the ball today.” With both scheduled starters — Andover’s Dan Amidon and Central’s Mike Mercuri — used up in Wednesday’s washout, you knew runs would be scored. Each team trotted out a freshman on the hill, and the hitters had their way. Andover, which finishes the regular season at 11-9, showed its mettle with a 3-run rally in the fourth keyed by Amidon’s two-run single. But again the Raider defense turned two with Simpson, the Raider reliever, inducing a grounder to Cam Devanney. “That was big,” said Simpson, who earned an enormous three-inning save, retiring seven of the final eight hitters he faced. “We were able to keep the lead and pile it back up in our half of the inning. We battled. We battle all the time.” Indeed, Central plated three in the sixth and three more in the seventh to ice it. “Obviously, the Super 8 is our goal,” said Silk. “It’s on our minds, but all we can do about it is win (today).” For Andover, Amidon, Quinn McCarthy and EJ Perry IV all had two hits apiece in the loss.   SIX-PACK PRODUCTION Each of the top six hitters in the Central lineup had at least two hits in yesterday’s 14-7 win over Andover. Connor Simpson: 2 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI Mike Mercuri: 2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RBI Cam Devanney: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 3 runs, 2 RBIs Jon Panaro: 2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RBI Mike Goglia: 2 for 4, 3 runs, 1 RBI Kyle Coolidge: 2 for 4, 1 run

Central Catholic 14, Andover 7 Andover (7): Chris Nicholas cf 4-1-2, Quinn McCarthy 2b 4-1-2, Gabe Hernandez ss 4-1-1, Tim Kalantzakos rf 4-1-1, Nick McNulty lf 3-2-0, EJ Perry IV c 3-1-2, Dan Amidon dh 4-0-2, Dan Gemmell 1b 4-0-0, Daniel Walsh 3b 2-0-1, Cedric Gillette p 0-0-0, Max Krinsky p 0-0-0, Totals 32-7-11 Central (14): Connor Simpson cf/p 4-1-2, Mike Mercuri lf 4-2-2, Cam Devanney ss 3-3-2, Jon Panaro 2b 4-2-2, Mike Goglia rf 4-3-2, Kyle Coolidge dh 4-0-2, Jack Silk 3b 4-1-1, Steven Hajjar 1b/p 3-1-1, Jared Ferris c 2-0-0, Sam Lara 1b 0-0-0, Johandy Gonzalez cf 0-0-0, Totals 32-14-14 RBI: A — Hernandez, McNulty, Perry IV, Amidon 2; CC — Simpson, Mercuri, Devanney 2, Panaro, Goglia, Silk, Ferris WP: Hajjar; LP: Gillette; S: Simpson Andover (11-9):     4 0 0 0 3 0 0 —  7 Central Catholic (16-3):     3 5 0 0 3 3 0 — 14

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Baseball, 05/29/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Warriors qualify!

Riding a two-game slide and running out of chances to qualify for the state tournament, things might have gotten a little skittish in Andover this week.
The Warriors left no doubt, heading into the last week of the regular season.
Chris Nicholas led a roll of six straight Andover hits to start the game, and Gabe Hernandez' two-run triple kick-started an 11-run barrage — all in the top of the first — as the Warriors KO'd Peabody, the No. 4 team in Eastern Mass., 15-5.
Andover, which had a total of 10 hits in the previous two games, belted 21 yesterday to move to 10-8 and qualify. Hernandez and EJ Perry IV led the way with four hits apiece, combining for seven RBIs.
"If we jump out in front, we play well," said Warriors coach Dan Grams. "I knew we'd play better than we have been. We're so young, playing six sophomores regularly. The kids are responding. Hopefully now we can go on a run like last year."

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Baseball, 05/24/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Quinn kills it

Quinn McCarthy had two hits and drove in four runs as Andover rolled past Methuen 13-0. Evan Christopulos allowed just two hits over seven innings.

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

Sir Cedric

Freshman Cedric Gillette fired a four-hitter and Andover whipped defending Division 1 state champ Londonderry 10-1. E.J. Perry IV drove in three runs and Gabe Hernandez was 4 for 4 for AHS.

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Baseball, 05/13/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central beats Andover in 9-inning thriller

ANDOVER — If this were a boys basketball game, with the prerequisite 2,000 screaming fans and exuberant student sections, they'd be talking about this Central Catholic-Andover High game for a long time. 

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Baseball, 05/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Aziz dazzles Andover

Danny Aziz walked three of the game's first four batters, then turned it around and allowed just a single hit over the next 5 1/3 innings to lead Methuen to a 2-0 victory over Andover. Aziz struck out five and Jacob Wallace worked 1 1/3 perfect innings for the save.

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Baseball, 05/01/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Inter-state thriller

Andover beat Salem 4-3 in an interstate matchup. After he gave up a walk, Evan Christopulos came on to strike out last two runners to strand runners on first and third. Daniel Amidon (9 ks, 1 earned run) got the win. Gabriel Herndandez drove in three runs

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Baseball, 04/30/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

At long last

It was Game 7 but the first home game for Andover. The Golden Warriors enjoyed the homecoming and whipped Dracut 9-2 with Evan Christopulos throwing five innings of three-hit ball. AHS scored eight runs in the fourth.

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Baseball, 04/27/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

McCarthy flexes muscle

Quinn McCarthy knocked a solo home run out of the park in the second inning, the go-ahead run in Andover's 3-1 victory over Nashua North. Freshman Cedric Gillette struck out five in a complete-game shutout.

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Baseball, 04/25/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Amidon plays streak ender

Dan Amidon left Lowell swinging as the senior hurler allowed only two hits and struck out 14 to lead Andover to a 1-0 victory over the nemesis Red Raiders, the defending MVC champs.

The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to Super 8 qualifier Lowell, which last lost to the Golden Warriors 10-2 on May 24, 2010.

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Baseball, 04/23/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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