Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Sports

June 28, 2012

Hunt off to dominant start for Andover Legion

(Continued)

In his second start, Hunt was just as good, allowing just two hits, with seven strikeouts and just one walk in a 1-0 win over Peabody.

"His progress has just been amazing," said Iarrobino. "Last year he was 6-foot-1 and weighed 155 pounds. I always said, when he grows into his body he's going to be great.

"This year he's 6-foot-4 and 178 pounds, and at 17 he's still growing. He sits around 86-87 with his fastball and umpires say to me all the time, 'This guys is really a pitcher, not just a thrower.' He has such a good work ethic we have to tell him he's not allowed to throw some days."

Colleges have also taken notice. According to Iarrobino, Hunt has been offered by Northeastern and Bryant, while Columbia, William & Mary and Holy Cross are among the teams that have come to see him throw.

But Hunt knows he still has room to grow as a pitcher.

"My command on the mound needs to be better and I want to develop my curveball," he said. "My dad never wanted me to throw a curve when I was younger, so it is coming along slowly. I want to improve all of that over the summer."

Pitching a family business

Around the Hunt household, pitching is always the topic of conversation.

"We love sports and we talk about pitching a lot," said Cassandra Hunt. "Baseball and softball are different sports, but pitching has some similarities."

While her brother stars at St. John's Prep Dustin, Cassandra Hunt is a standout on the mound in her own right.

This season, Cassandra delivered a breakout season for Andover High. Winning the pitching job in tryouts, she delivered such stellar performances as striking out 13 in a win over Whittier, a win in the title game of the Methuen Invitational and a five-hit gem in a tourney upset of Masconomet.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • AT RUSSELL2

    Courtesy photo Jenn Russell races upfield for the U.S. National women's lacrosse team. She hopes to be with the team for the next World Cup in 2017.

    Lacrosse star Russell leads defense for U.S. National team, sets sights on 2017 World Cup Posted 6 days ago 4 Photos
  • AT KUCHAR

    FILE PHOTO Chris Kuchar will become the fourth Andover High hockey coach in 3 1/2 years.

    Andover High names new hockey coach Posted 6 days ago 1 Photo
  • 140711_ET_CRU_BASEBALL_2

    CARL RUSSO/Staff photo Andrew Kombourasn draws high-fives and head pats from his teammates after scoring Andover Americans' first run in the opening game of the District 14 12-year-old championship. series against North Andover last Friday night.

    Summer classic: Andover Americans, Nationals make run for Districts Posted 6 days ago 11 Photos
  • Calabro swinging hot bat, Legion keeps rolling Posted 6 days ago
  • at round photo

    Andover Legion's Scott Leslie slides safely into home plate in a win over North Andover. Leslie is a big reason why Post 8 has been on fire this summer.

    Gillette, Selima stay red hot for Legion team Posted 13 days ago 1 Photo
  • at little league photo

    MARY SCHWALM/Staff photo Alex Lane delivers a pitch for Andover National Little League during District 14 pool play. Both Andover National and Andover American scored huge wins last week.

    Prakash, McConnell use long ball to lead Andover American Posted 13 days ago 1 Photo
  • AT BIRD MUG

    COURTESY PHOTO Tyler Bird, who played his high school senior year at Kimball Union in New Hampshire, will likely play three or four years for Brown University in Rhode Island before making the leap to pro hockey.

    Bird lands the NHL draft Posted 13 days ago 2 Photos
  • AT BRIAN BURNS

    COURTESY PHOTO Lawrence Academy second baseman Brian Burns of Andover received Honorable Mention from the Independent School League this spring.

    Community Scoreboard Posted 13 days ago 1 Photo
  • AT BLUE JAYS2

    COURTESY PHOTO The Blue Jays pose with their coaches and team manager at the end of their undefeated season in the Andover Little League 9-year-old Division.

    Unbeaten Blue Jays win 9-year-old Division crown Posted 13 days ago 2 Photos
  • AT BREWERS1

    COURTESY PHOTO The Andover Little League Majors Division champion Brewers team included, front row, from left, Jacob Pepi, Evan Giggey, Matthew Shea, Aidan Ritter and Quinn Curtin; second row, from left, Aneudy Moreno, Sean Sullivan, Ryan Grecco, Jason Denoncourt, Ben Weeden and Michael Leone; and third row, from left, coaches Larry Shea, Jesse Ritter and Patrick Grecco.

    Brewers battle to 2014 Majors championship Posted 13 days ago 2 Photos

Pictures of the Week
Stocks