Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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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

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“I had always played the infield growing up, first as a shortstop then third baseman. But toward the end of my sophomore year, I started to try a little outfield in JV. So last season, I went to the coaches and offered to play the outfield.”

Awiszus did not find his way into the lineup in the opening game of his junior year. But he earned his first career start in Game 2, and has not looked back since.

“I was definitely nervous,” Awiszus said. “Varsity is very different. But in my first game, I had two hits and that’s when I started to believe I could play. My bat was pretty hot early on last year.”

The slugger was more than just hot to start his varsity career, he was sizzling.

Awiszus recorded at least one hit in each of his first 12 games with the Golden Warriors, hitting a scorching .450 (13 for 29) over that stretch. He recorded four multi-hit games, including a 3-for-3 night, and drove in three RBIs in three different contests.

“The team welcomed me, and it made it easier because I was producing well,” he said. “And I fell in love with playing the outfield. After just a few games, I really enjoyed it.”

Awiszus finished his junior season with an impressive .307 average with 13 RBIs and five runs scored.

He then set to work preparing for his senior season, training with teammates including fellow outfielder Jack Cox, refining his swing and lifting weights.

Whatever he did in the offseason, including standing out for the golf team, it has certainly worked.

Awiszus headed into school vacation week hitting the outstanding .500 exactly (10 for 20), with eight RBIs and six runs. He has at least two hits in all but one game, including a four-hit day against Haverhill, and three RBIs in each of his last two contests.

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