Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 30, 2009

Zach attack: Once a backup, Burdeau now a star on the diamond


It was on Christmas Eve of 2008 that Burdeau received the gift he had waited for — his acceptance letter from Holy Cross.

"I loved the school right away," he said. "It's not too big or too small. It's right in the city, but it's a gated campus that is so peaceful. And the coach is such a great guy. We take some intense trips to the West Coast. And last year played Boston College and Arizona."

This summer also provided Burdeau one last opportunity to represent his home town, as the starting third baseman for the Andover Legion squad that advanced to the state's Final 8 and went 19-3. Going into the week, he was hitting an outstanding .486, with a key home run in the tourney win over archrival Sudbury.

"I was thinking that this is the last time I'll be wearing an Andover uniform," he said. "I've played my last game at (Peter Aumais Park). But it is a great way to go out. I'm glad I stuck with the sport."


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