Winning pitcher Jackie Giordano singled in Alyssa Sellinger from second in the top of eighth and No. 14 Andover shocked No. 3 Westford, 3-2 last Tuesday in the Division 1 North first round.
Giordano, a freshman, had a 6-hitter with nine strikeouts, one walk and one earned run. Molly Duval homered and Adelaide Weeden added two hits for the winners.
Katie O’Brien smashed a 220-foot homer and No. 14 Andover hit the fence four other times in a dominant 12-0, 5-inning North quarterfinal win over No. 11 Lincoln-Sudbury last Wednesday.
O’Brien (3 for 4, 2 RBIs), Molly Duval (4 for 4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Alyssa Sellinger (3 for 4, 3 RBIs), Adelaide Weeden (3 for 3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) and winning pitcher Jackie Giordano all had big days at the plate. Giordano (4-hitter) has given up just two earned runs in three tourney wins.
Jackie Giordano surrendered just two earned runs, but No. 14 Andover fell to unbeaten No. 2 Peabody 6-0 in the Division 1 North semifinals last Thursday.
Adelaide Weeden, Molly Duval, Alyssa Sellinger and Giordano each had a hit for the Golden Warriors (11-7).
Pole vaulters star at All-States
The Andover pole vault team once again starred at Massachusetts All-States last week.
Olivia Foster placed third (10-0), Gabby Bresnick was fourth (9-0) and Lily Brown (9-0) and Shayla Quill (9-0) tied for sixth in the vault.
Also for Andover, Sara Folan was sixth in the javelin (109-7).
Relay takes third
Colin Kirn, Cameron Kirn, DJ Walsh and Neil Chowdhury teamed to place third in the 4x800 in 8:06.88 for Andover at the Massachusetts All-State meet last week.
Wang wins thriller
Jennie Wang won a three-set thriller at second singles, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, to help send Andover to the Division 1 North girls finals with a 3-2 win over Lincoln-Sudbury last Wednesday.
Also winning for the Warriors were third singles Rachel Chen and the second doubles team of Sona Chaudhary and Sonika Chaudhary for the Warriors (14-0).
Isabel Zhou, Jennie Wang and Rachel Chen swept the singles and Andover blanked Newton North, 5-0, in the Division 1 North quarterfinals last Tuesday. Eva McKone and Carol Yu battled for a tough 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win as the Golden Warriors remained undefeated at 13-0.
No. 1 Andover won both doubles matches, but was swept in singles and fell to No. 2 Acton-Boxboro 3-2 in the Division 1 North title game on Friday. Both teams entered the match undefeated.
For the Golden Warriors, Carol Yu and Eva McKone won top doubles and Sona Chaudhary and Sonika Chaudhary took No. 2 doubles.
Janarthanan earns gritty win
Avi Janarthanan fought for a marathon 7-5, 4-6, 10-7 win at No. 1 singles and Andover topped Boston Latin 5-0 on the Division 1 North quarterfinals last Tuesday. Sam Feng (6-0, 6-1) and Bryan Han Htun (6-0, 6-0) each cruised to their singles victory, as the Golden Warriors improved to 13-0 for the season.
Despite a gritty 7-5, 4-6, (10-8) win for Bryan Han Htun and Andrei Giurgiu at No. 2 doubles, Andover lost to longtime archrival Lexington 4-1 in the Division 1 North semifinals last Wednesday.