Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 12, 2012

Pony teams on a roll

The Andover Gold 14-15 year-old Pony team entered the week winners of two straight games.

Shortstop Quinn McCarthy leads the Gold offense, hitting .588, while Dylan Gale is hitting an even .500, Tommy Kalantzakos is sitting at .417 and Sam Heikkinen has hit .318.

Garrett Finn had three RBIs in a win over Andover Blue and has stood out defensively behind the plate along with Kelan Mahan. Billy Stahley has provided key defense in the middle infield while Max Krinsky drove home the winning run against Dracut.

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Drew Farris delivered a single to score pinch runner Matt Faulkner to give the Andover Blue 14-15 year-old Pony team a 2-1 win over Lowell Shedd and make Andover 6-2 at the midway point of the season.

Pacing the Andover Blue offense has been Chris Nicholas, Nick McNulty and Dillon Preston along with Jack Merryfield. Farris has led the pitching staff with a 3-0 record while Mike Calabro and Brian Burns were stellar defenders in the middle infield and Ethan Smith excels behind the plate.

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The Andover 13-year-old Pony team is off to a red-hot 8-0 start through Monday. The team features many of the members of Andover National Little League team that surged to the New England finals last summer.

Sam Conte has thrown a no-hitter and a 1-hitter in two starts against Dracut. Andrew Selima has also picked up a pair of victories on the hill, against Lowell and Methuen.

Other members who have stood out include Timmy Kalantzakos, with three hits against Lawrence, Mikey Comeau, two hits against Lowell, along with Nate Wiley and Cedric Gillette, who drove home the winning run in an extra-inning win over Methuen, among others.