Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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June 28, 2012

Hunt off to dominant start for Andover Legion

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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.

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