Just four games into his college baseball career, Endicott College freshman Cam Farnham could feel the pressure.
“I was struggling a little to start the season,” Farnham said. “It was the last game of our Florida trip, and I knew that if I didn’t do well then maybe I wouldn’t be a starter when we got back to Massachusetts.”
Just hours later, Farnham had crushed a triple, a double and a single, scored two runs and drove in two more, and from there, the starting job for the Beverly college was firmly in his grasp.
A year after starring on both the diamond and the football field for Andover High, Farnham took the college baseball scene by storm, winning Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year honors, while also shining on the football field for Endicott.
After being slowed at the end of the college season due to a bout with pneumonia, Farnham is now ready to return to the field for a big summer with the Andover Legion baseball team.
“Cam is one of my favorite players that I have ever coached,” longtime Andover Legion coach Joe Iarrobino said. “He is just an unbelievable competitor. He is fast, is a great base stealer and plays a great center field. I know he is only about 5-foot-6, but I will take him over a 6-3 guy any day.”
On the diamond
A three-year starter in baseball for Andover High and team MVP as a senior, the speedy outfielder — a member of the legendary Farnham athletic family — knew he faced a new challenge when he stepped up to college ball.
“Starting in December, we had 6 a.m. conditioning sessions a few times a week, which was really tough,” he said with a laugh. “I wanted to go in there and win a spot. Going in I knew it was going to be a battle to win a spot in the outfield, but I was determined to crack the lineup somehow. I knew I had a chance.”