For the fourth time in six games as host, Andover erased a deficit with multiple last-inning runs, this time rallying for three and a 7-6 victory over the Scarlet Knights last Wednesday.
And for the second time, it was Terry Morrissey who delivered the final blow. Three weeks after ruining Central Catholic’s day with a walk-off single in another 7-6 game, Morrissey drilled a 3-2 pitch that ate up a drawn-in North Andover third baseman on a ball that reached the outfield and scored Tanner O’Sullivan and Chase Lembo with the winning runs.
“When the infield is in, I’m just trying to put the ball in play,” Morrissey said. “When that happens, (defenders) can mess up or the ball can just find a hole and we can win the game. I just try to hit the ball hard, square it up and hit it anywhere.”
Catcher Nolan Schirmer and O’Sullivan led off the seventh inning with singles before advancing to second and third on a wild pitch. A Lembo grounder that resulted in the first error plated courtesy runner Ryan Grecco before Morrissey once again played the hero.
“All year long, we’ve played as a team,” said Andover coach Dan Grams. “It shows that they don’t give up until the final out and that they believe in themselves. It’s been two years in the making.”
Nolan Schirmer had a two-run double in the sixth for Andover that proved to be the difference in a 5-4 win over Dracut last Tuesday. Anthony Teberio added two hits and a run scored and Tanner O’Sullivan scored two runs and drove in another for the winners.
Scotty Brown scored three runs and drove in two more as Andover rolled past Lawrence 10-2 last Friday. Nolan Schirmer added two RBIs and Anthony Teberio had two hits and scored a run for the winners.
O’Brien red hot
Katie O’Brien had three RBIs, including the game-winner, as Andover rallied past Dracut with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, 4-3 last Tuesday. Adelaide Weeden was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Molly Duval was 3 for 3 with an RBI for the winners.
Paige Gillette had two hits and scored three runs, but Andover fell to North Andover 7-5 last Thursday. Alyssa Sellinger added three hits for the Warriors,
Amirault keeps starring
Jyles Amirault led with 16 kills and six aces and Marco Gomez-Cabo added five blocks as Andover beat North Andover 3-0 on Sunday.
Jyles Amirault continued to shine with 23 kills, 15 service points and five aces, but Andover lost to North Andover 3-1 last Thursday. Akshay Godhani added five blocks and 31 assists for the Warriors.
Feng keeps fighting
Sam Feng fought for a tough 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles as Andover beat Austin Prep 5-0 last Tuesday. Reilly O’Brien took top singles and Joe Colecchi won No. 3 singles.
Alex Earl and Joe Poletchi took top doubles (6-1, 6-0) and Greg Thoi and Akarsh Janarthanan won No. 2 doubles (6-2, 6-0) as Andover beat North Andover 5-0.
Another Warrior sweep
Isabel Zhou (No. 1 singles) and Evie O’Brien (No. 3) each scored sweeps, while Rachel Chen added a 6-0, 6-1 win as Andover stayed perfect (9-0) by beating North Andover 9-0 on Sunday.
First-year wrestlers Gianni Defilippis (132 pounds) and Andrew Wetterwald (195 pounds) both had wins to highlight Andover’s 39-24 win over Dracut last Tuesday. Wetterwald, a sophomore, had a 41-second pin at 195 pounds, while football teammate Jonathan Davila had a pin in 22 seconds..
Gobiel nets seven
Tess Gobiel stayed hot with seven goals, and Haley Carver added five tallies as Andover beat Billerica 16-10 last Saturday. Lillian Jagger made nine saves for the victory.
Despite two goals each for Jess Brussard, Haley Carver and Tess Gobiel, Andover fell to North Andover 15-8 last Thursday.
Hurdles takes gold
Led by Jodi Parrott, the Andover shuttle hurdles relay won in 1:09.34 to lead Andover, which finished sixth as a team (34 points) at the Division 1 relays last Saturday. The distance medley relay was third (12:52.12) and the 4x200 was sixth (1:53.68) for the Warriors.
Andover’s 4x800 took fifth (8:25.53) as the Golden Warriors placed 13th as a team (18 points) at Division 1 relays last Saturday, The distance medley relay added a sixth 11;41.76).
Andover fell to North Andover 8-7 last Thursday. Scorers were not reported.