After the long, grueling spring, there’s no rest for those who want to keep playing baseball.

A run to the Division 1 North title game by the Andover High baseball team should carry over nicely into this summer, even if it postponed Andover Post 8 head coach Joe Iarrobino’s plans for a little while.

“We haven’t had (many) practices because of their success, which I do love to see,” Iarrobino said on Wednesday. “But, we’ve got a good nucleus of kids. Pitching is a real strength of ours.”

The pitching staff includes Andover ace Josh Gruenberg (8-1, 1.20 ERA, 52 strikeouts during high school season), along with his high school teammates Andrew Theriault (2.84 ERA) and Arvin Nunez (2.83 ERA). Andover resident and Austin Prep pitcher Jason Giangrande is another arm in Iarrobino’s arsenal.

Elsewhere, Alex Weinreb, Matt Potts (.351 average, 17 runs) and Nolan Schirmer (.333 average) are just a few of the Andover High guys who can make a difference in the field and at the plate. They’re joined by a couple transplants from Wilmington, as well as Colin and Kyle Elliott, twins who go to Brooks.

Iarrobino said his team has looked pretty good in the field, but needs to come through with timely hits when runners are in scoring position. If Post 8 finds its groove, Iarrobino is confident his team will be tough to beat.

“We’re going to make some noise,” he said.


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