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June 28, 2012

Hunt off to dominant start for Andover Legion

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"That was the day I said to myself that I was no longer a shortstop," he said. "That was when I knew I was a pitcher and really started to concentrate on that."

Hunt was a surprise star for the Golden Warriors in 2011. He finished the year 5-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 41 1/3 innings, earning MVC All-Star honors. He then followed that up with a stellar season for the Andover Legion team.

But before the most recent school year, Hunt made the decision to transfer from Andover to St. John's Prep.

"It was a very tough decision," said Hunt. "I had a great time with this guys (at Andover), and they weren't very happy with me for a while. But I wanted to try playing in the Catholic Conference and see what happened."

This spring, his new team's first scrimmage happened to be against his old teammates in Andover. Hunt did not appear in the game, which was met with mixed feelings.

"I really didn't know if I wanted to pitch that day," said Hunt. "It would have been fun, but it would have been very difficult pitching against them. I just don't know."

He may not have appeared in that game, but once the season kicked off Hunt was dominant for the Eagles. The junior finished the year 3-2 with a stellar 0.80 ERA and 35 strikeouts for St. John's Prep, earning All-Catholic Conference honors.

Once the high school season ended, however, Hunt was excited to put the Andover Blue and Gold on once again.

"I missed the guys so much so it's great to be back out there with them," he said. "I was really excited for this summer. We have bonded again on the field."

In his first Legion outing, Hunt dazzled Gloucester on the way to a one-hitter in a dramatic 1-0 victory.

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