Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 21, 2012

Andover takes Lawrence in Legion baseball

By David Willis
dwillis@eagletribune.com

Legion baseball

With the game-winning run racing towards the plate, Andover's Cam Farnham fielded a single in center field and threw a dart to catcher Mike Geaslen at the plate to cut down the runner and sent the game into extra innings.

Post 8 made that count, as they loaded the bases and Dustin Hunt scrambled home on a wild pitch to give Andover a 3-2 win over Lawrence in eight innings on Sunday.

Called upon to take over for injured A.J. Johnian in the first, Ben Murphy threw seven innings before giving way to Eion McAvinchey who closed the door but downing the final five batters of the game. Combined, they allowed just four hits.

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Andover's Dustin Hunt was masterful, allowing just a single hit and striking out 10, outdueling Gloucester's Adam Philpott on the way to a dramatic 1-0 Post 8 victory on Saturday.

"I can't say enough about the way he pitched," said Andover coach Joe Iarrobino. "Dustin was outstanding."

Hunt, heading into his senior season at St. John's Prep, struck out the side in the fourth, allowed only a sixth-inning single and walked only three in the complete-game effort.

Andover needed that effort, because it could not muster a hit against Bates College pitcher Philpott. But Post 8 still managed the winning run on a wild pitch.

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Ben Murphy notched two hits as the designated hitter, then was called on to pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and escaped the jam with a strikeout. He then worked a clean seventh to close out a 3-2 Andover win over Saugus last Thursday.

Post 8 picked up its offense in the third. Cam Farnham and Jimmy Walsh each walked and Bennett Deady blasted a long triple to center field, scoring two runs. Deady then scored on an error.

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Andover managed nine hits but could not put together a rally against Methuen star Cal Carroll, falling 5-4 last Sunday.

Post 8's best chance was in the seventh with runners at second and third with two outs. But Carroll robbed Ben Murphy to finish the ballgame. Andover's Andrew Johnian pitched 4 1/3 innings of strong relief with six strikeouts.