Andover senior Scarlet Gillette had conflicting emotions as she stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh in the Methuen Invitational opener on Friday against defending champion Whittier Tech.
“I was pretty nervous but I was also confident,” said Gillette. “It was a tough spot but I was thinking I had to get a hit. I was anxious.”
Gillette smashed a double to left-center to score pinch-runner Maggie Graw with the winning run, as the Warriors took a huge 3-2 walk-off victory.
Ashley Cocchiaro scored one run and drove in another and Sara Folen chipped in with an RBI.
Andover fell to Methuen 7-1 in the championship game of the Methuen Invitational on Saturday. Julianna Barbaro drove in Scarlett Gillette for the Warriors’ run.
Ashley Cocchiaro allowed three hits and one run over seven innings of work to lead Andover to a pivotal 5-1 win over North Andover last Monday. Paige Gillette led the Warrior offense with two RBIs and sister Scarlett Gillette added two hits of her own.
Julianna Barbaro had two hits and scored a run, but Andover lost to Central Catholic 8-5 last Wednesday. Scarlett Gillette and Anna Zdunczyk also had two hits and scored for the Warriors.
Freshmen lead the way at Division 1s
After struggles in the jumps, Andover freshman Jodi Parrott recovered to take second in the 110 hurdles in 14.80 at the EMass. Division 1 Meet on Saturday.
“She killed it in the hurdles,” said Comeau. “She struggled in the jumps, but the way she was able to come back from that and almost win the hurdles is amazing. I’m so proud of her. There aren’t many girls in the country that can run a sub-15 second 100 hurdles.”
Fellow Golden Warrior freshman Olivia Foster added a runner-up finish in the pole vault (9-6).
“She had never pole vaulted until two months ago,” said Comeau. “And now she’s almost at 10 feet. To get 16 points from two freshman is great.”
Lauren Olson chipped in with a third in the javelin (117-7), Delia Barbanti took third in the 200 (25.31) and Julia Kennedy was sixth in the 400 (1:00.01).
On the boys side, Matt Campbell was second in the pole vault (12-0) and Jake Dalton was sixth in the discus (125-7).
Shane Lachance, Alex Pisacreta and Patrick McConnell all delivered two-run singles as Andover rolled over Wakefield 12-2 in the Genoulis Tournament. Josh Gruenberg continued to dazzle, allowing no earned runs in a complete-get effort.
Patrick McConnell’s two-run single sparked a 7-run fifth inning that lifted Andover to a 9-3 win over Billerica last Tuesday. Josh Gruenberg continued his dominance on the mound, tossing a complete game with seven strikeouts. Anthony Teberio added two hits and scored two runs and Alex Weinreb drove in two runs.
Matt Potts was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run, but Andover lost to Lincoln-Sudbury 12-4 last Monday. Jason Denoncourt added an RBI and a run scored for the Golden Warriors.
MVC Champion again
Perennial MVC Division 1 champion Andover blanked North Andover, 5-0 on Friday, to finish the regular season at 14-1 and 12-0 in the MVC. Reilly O’Brien and Avi Jonarthanan won at first and second singles, respectively.
Sam Feng and Bryan Hun Htun rallied for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory at top doubles to lead Andover past Wellesley 4-1 last Tuesday, Justin Gu and Joe Colecchi teamed to win No. 2 doubles.
Anna Higgins, Sona Chaudhary and Aishwarya Sood all scored singles sweeps as Andover downed Lawrence 5-0 on Friday.
Sidney Conway held strong for a 7-5 (7-3), 6-3 win at No. 3 singles and Andover bested Newton South 4-1 last Tuesday Annette Kim and Corline Yang took No, 1 doubles 2-6, 6-0, 6-2.
Isabel Zhou, Corina Muntean and Sidney Conway won Nos. 1-3 singles as Andover swept Chelmsford 5-0 last Wednesday,
NH foe too much
Despite three goals each for Carissa Agostino and Shea Krekorian, Andover lost to New Hampshire power Pinkerton 18-8 last Monday.
Falls to champs
Despite four goals by Shamus Florio, Andover lost to defending New Hampshire Division 1 state champion Pinkerton 10-7 on Friday. Matt Schuhwerk scored two goals and Alex Trottier scored once for the Warriors.
Andover beat Methuen 10-6 last Tuesday.
Kennedy’s efforts for naught
Despite 25 kills for Troy Kennedy and 14 kills and 12 service points for Alex Durham, Andover lost to Haverhill 3-1 last Wednesday. George Truong chipped in with eight digs.
Bryant Kroger notched a team-high nine service points, but Andover lost to Lowell 3-0 on Friday. Troy Kennedy added 18 assists and Matt Sacco and Edward Lai each had six digs.