Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 28, 2012

Hunt off to dominant start for Andover Legion

Dustin Hunt admits that while watching his sister, Andover High softball ace Cassandra Hunt, pitch he can't help but make a few comments.

"When I go to see her pitch I talk to her about the pitches she throws," said Dustin with a laugh. "She has a great changeup and I don't think she throws it enough."

While the sideline coaching may not always be welcome noise, the older Hunt certainly knows something about pitching.

"We talk about pitching all the time after games," said Cassandra. "He always tells me I have to throw my changeup. It can be a little annoying, but I have learned so much from him as a pitcher."

Following a standout spring, Dustin Hunt has been off to a scintillating start this summer, pitching a one-hitter and a two-hitter in his first two starts for the Andover Post 8 Legion team through Monday.

"This is a guy that has been clocked at 89 miles per hour with a nasty changeup and a pretty good curveball," said Legion coach Joe Iarrobino. "He's always around the strike zone and he's only getting better."

Not bad for a player that just over two years ago, as a sophomore at Andover High, didn't even see himself as a pitcher.

"Going into that year I remember trying out for shortstop on the JV team," said Hunt. "When I was young I would pitch sometimes, but I would always play shortstop whenever I could in Little League and Pony.

"Coach Dan Grams told me to throw a bullpen (session) in tryouts my sophomore year, then he told me to pitch in a scrimmage and I felt pretty good."

Hunt made the varsity team as a pitcher, and didn't waste time making his mark.

In Andover's season-opener against North Andover, Hunt was called on to pitch in relief and delivered four one-hit, shutout innings to pick up the win against future Columbia University pitcher Mike Weisman.

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