Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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June 5, 2014

Flynn, Bryant pitch Golden Warriors into North semis

Flynn, Bryant deliver from mound as Warriors advance to North semifinals

On the heels of a tournament gem by teammate Reid Bryant, what could Andover co-ace Colin Flynn do as an encore?

How about deliver a performance maybe even more dominant.

The senior pitched a complete-game, three-hit masterpiece to lead No. 8 Andover to a 3-1 upset over No. 1 seed Peabody in the Division 1 North quarterfinals on Saturday.

“This was huge,” Flynn said. “In the last four years, we didn’t have a single play-off win. So to knock off the top-seeded team this year when everyone thought we would lose the first game to Malden Catholic in the first round is incredible.”

With the win, the Golden Warriors advanced to the Division 1 North semifinals against No. 5 Waltham in Lowell on Wednesday, after The Townsman went to press.

Before Saturday’s quarterfinal game even started, Flynn could feel that his pitches were extremely sharp.

“When I was warming up in the outfield, I felt so strong,” Flynn said. “My change-up felt great. But once the game started, I was throwing all fastballs and change-ups. I was getting ahead in the counts with my fastball and my curveball was really on. I felt amazing.”

Flynn set the tone by retiring the first seven Peabody hitters as well as the last seven in a row in the late frames.

“Colin had a very good curveball, but it’s more like a slider when he’s pumped up and that’s what it looked like today,” coach Dan Grams said. “He was outstanding.”

Peabody (17-6) had its first hit and scored its only run in the third, and added one more hit in the fifth, a runner that was picked off by Flynn, who walked just one.

“I was just feeling it,” Flynn said. “Probably in the fourth, I knew that we had it. We had a 3-1 lead and all I had to do was throw strikes.”

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