Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 12, 2012

Players propel Blue Wave, Red Bulls to softball championships

The Blue Wave and Red Bulls took home Andover Girls Softball League trophies following two separate, day-long, round-robin tournaments at Andover High School, capping off the spring 2012 softball season.

The teams are from the league's Sophomore and Junior Divisions.

"We had a great season with all of our teams and are very pleased with the increase in participation we have seen this year," Jay Lyons, Spring League Commissioner, said in a release. "AGSL puts on clinics, practices and games throughout the year to help girls learn about softball and have a fun time, but the Round Robin Tournaments are the best days of the year for all of us, win or lose."

Between the Round Robin playoff games there are festivities and music, as teams set up tents and have snacks and lunch together.

In the Sophomore Division, for third- and fourth-graders, the Blue Wave, coached by Dan Graham, crested at the right time to win several close tournament games, including a hard fought 3-2 victory in the championship game over the Purple Girls, coached by Lou Shipley.

In the Junior Division, for fifth- and sixth-grade girls, the Red Bulls, coached by Dan GIllette and the Orange Leafs, coached by Mark O'Sullivan, faced off for the fourth time this season in the championship game, having split the earlier games. The Junior Championship run for the Red Bulls was characterized as a solid defensive effort with the team only giving up a total of 5 runs in the five games they played, including shutouts in the final two games.