Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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July 26, 2012

Andover American battles before bowing in District 4 final

On Sunday, despite a valiant effort, the Andover American Little League team was eliminated by Acton-Boxboro in the finals of the District 4 tournament.

American, which had a big legacy to live up to after last year's run by Andover National, made quite a run and more than a few memories this summer.

"We had pool parties," said coach Dave Metzemaekers. "We went out to eat together. We did a lot as a team and I really believe that helped out kids become a team. They really got along. I feel lucky that I was able to coach them."

Here's a look at the past week's run:

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After falling by 10 runs in their previous matchup, Andover American was not about to back down to Acton-Boxboro in the must-win District 4 championship game.

Unfortunately, their opponent just a little too tough, and Andover fell in the title game 5-2 on Sunday.

A-B took a three-run lead in the first on a home run by Jamie Hauswith, and added another to make it 4-0.

"If we could have gotten out of the first inning without them scoring, we knew we'd be in good shape," said coach Dave Metzemaekers.

But Andover rallied back with two runs in the second. After back-to-back walks, Chris Nyhan delivered a two-run double to make the score 4-2.

"It was such a clutch hit at the time by Chris," said Metzemaekers. "It was our first hit of the game. It got us back in the game a little bit. There was so much energy when that happened."

But Andover could manage little more offense against A-B ace Jack McOsker.

"We knew what we were facing in McOsker," said Metzemaekers. "He hadn't allowed a run in the districts. He threw it in the mid-70s. He had a great changeup and a really good curve. He was an amazing pitcher."

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