It was a big week in Andover — at least it was for a couple Andover families and their sons, Michael Yastrzemski and John Farrell.
Both not only ended their careers among the best in their respective conferences, but Yastrzemski and Farrell were both selected on day three of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday.
Yastrzemski was drafted in the 14th round by the Baltimore Orioles, 429th overall, while Farrell, his Andover Legion teammate, was selected in the 21st round by the Tampa Bay Rays, 683rd overall.
What a finish to their college careers these two had:
Yastrzemski, who graduated from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.), was named First Team All-SEC and All-Defensive Team by the coaches, hitting .312 with 25 extra-base hits, 43 RBIs, 52 runs scored and a career-best 20 stolen bases. He ended his Vanderbilt career starting the final 203 consecutive games.
Farrell, who graduated from William & Mary University (Williamsburg, Va.), finished his senior season with a record of 11-3 and an ERA of 2.70. He became the first Tribe hurler to win 10 or more games in a season since Rosy Waugh accomplished the feat in 1938. Farrell also led the CAA in wins and innings pitched (116.2) and he earned first-team All-CAA accolades.
Tildsley: Perry right choice
Count former Andover High girls basketball coach Jim Tildsley among those in favor of his replacement, Andover’s own E.J. Perry III.
“It was great choice,” Tildsley said. “E.J. has won everywhere he has coached. I really believe the program will be in great hands.”
Tildsley said while it won’t be easy coaching three varsity sports — Perry will coach AHS football and boys volleyball, too — Perry has what it takes to get it done.
“E.J. has tons of energy and he’ll need it,” Tildsley said.
As for coaching girls after coaching boys his entire career, Tildsley knows about that experience. He coached boys football and basketball for nearly two decades before taking over the girls job in Andover.