Alec Livingston has never viewed himself as an intimidator.
At 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds with a fastball that tops out at a little more than 80 mph, the righty knows that brute force alone will not be enough when he faces off against many batters.
Luckily, Livingston has more than enough in his arsenal to confound the best of hitters.
“We played Swampscott (last week) with Alec on the mound,” Andover coach Joe Iarrobino recalled. “The umpire behind the plate, who has been around for years, told me that Alec’s curveball was the sharpest curve that he has ever seen as an umpire. And this umpire has been working high school, Legion and college games for years.”
A year after emerging from nowhere to take on a key role on the mound for Andover High, and a school year at Ohio State keeping his skills sharp with the Buckeyes’ club baseball team, Livingston has returned to his hometown as a go-to pitcher for the Andover Legion team this summer.
“I’m feeling great,” he said. “I wanted to come back here and pitch for this team. I love going after hitters, and it’s fun competing against batters who are bigger than me and getting them out.”
After pitching just three innings during his junior season at Andover High, Livingston broke out as a senior, earning a spot in the Golden Warriors’ starting rotation and proving one of the team’s steadiest pitchers, going 2-4 with a 2.68 ERA.
“He really battled to get where he was,” Andover High coach Dan Grams said during Livingston’s senior season. “He really picked it up. He just gets better and better.”
Despite his love of the game, Livingston did not plan on baseball playing a role in his college life. Instead, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of enrolling at Ohio State University.