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July 26, 2012

Andover American battles before bowing in District 4 final

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Andover American blasted two home runs in the first inning, erasing the memory of their opening game struggles and kept rolling in the second, blasting Danvers 17-7 in the second game of the District 4 tourney on Friday.

"These boys are relentless," said coach Dave Metzemaekers. "They were more focused and they played with a lot of hustle and heart."

Danny Regan opened the attack, blasting a two-run homer, and Will Needham followed with a solo shot to make the score 3-0 before the first was over. Zach Smith continued the assault in the second with a homer, the first of eight straight Andover players to reach and score in the inning.

Regan again led the attack, going 3 for 4 with his homer, two doubles and five RBIs. Kyle Vumbaco added three hits of his own.

Andover used six different pitchers to lock up the win, none going more than 1 2/3 innings.

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The District 4 tourney opened in tough fashion for Andover, falling to Acton-Boxboro 11-1 on Wednesday.

"We came our kind of flat and Acton-Boxboro is a very good team," said Andover coach David Metzemaekers. "We didn't play our best game."

Andover scored its lone run in the third. Thomas Manty reached base on a third strike that was dropped by the catcher. He them moved into scoring position on a single by Metzemaekers and scored when Josh Gruenburg reached on an error.

Owen Moser managed the other hit, a double for the Andover squad.

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