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April 24, 2014

Awiszus a force with the bat to lead baseball team

Awiszus a force with the bat to lead Warriors

Throughout the preseason, Tim Awiszus couldn’t seem to find his groove. That sweet swing simply felt off.

“Before the (regular) season started, I couldn’t seem to get the barrel of the bat on the ball,” Awiszus said. “But in the season-opener, I really got one on the sweet spot of the bat and it flew. That’s when I started feeling good.”

Starting with that at bat, Awiszus seems to have found that swing in a big way. A year after fighting tooth and nail to earn a place on the varsity roster, Awiszus has begun his senior season with the Andover High baseball team in outstanding fashion.

The outfielder entered the week hitting a whopping .500 with eight RBIs, helping the Golden Warriors to a 4-1 start.

“I feel like I am seeing the ball pretty well and am off to a good start,” Awiszus said. “There is no feeling better than hitting the baseball and really helping out the team.”

Growing up in Andover as a star infielder for the Little League and Babe Ruth programs, Awiszus dreamed of playing baseball for the Golden Warriors.

After spending his first high school season with the freshman team and his sophomore year on JV, Awiszus set his eyes on making the varsity squad a season ago.

But on a team filled with veteran players, Awiszus faced the challenging task of finding a role to grasp as his own.

“Going into last year, Tim had earned a spot on the varsity team,” Warriors coach Dan Grams said. “But it looked like he might not see much playing time. Tim came to me and said, ‘Coach, I just want to play. I will play anywhere on the field.’”

So the veteran coach had some advice for his young player.

“Coach Grams told me to have every glove in my bag when I came to the field and be ready to play anywhere,” Awiszus said. “I just wanted to get into the lineup anyway I could.

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