Tied at 4-4 going in the 11th inning, Andover’s Aidan Ritter led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Alex Pisacreta, then scored when Patrick McConnell laced a single to left.
Golden Warrior pitcher Andrew Theriault then shut down Lynn Classical in the bottom of the inning and No. 7 Andover scored a huge 5-4 upset victory over the No. 2 seed on Monday night.
“This was a crazy game,” said Ritter, who went 2 for 4. “Up and down. But we came out top so that’s all that matters.”
Theriault earned the victory with 4.2 innings of scoreless relief . He improved his record to 3-3 and dropped his ERA to 2.94.
Andover trailed 2-0 and 3-2 before taking its first lead in the top of the sixth. Anthony Teberio ripped one of his two doubles to score Shane Lachance, and was then singled in by Ritter to make it 4-3. But a controversial play sent the game into extra innings.
“The key was the pitching,” said Andover coach Dan Grams. “It’s kept us in the game since Day 1. We had Theriault hurt but now he’s finally back, it’s been all Josh (Gruenburg) and he gave us a good outing again.”
Andover was next slated to face rival No. 6 Lawrence on Wednesday.
Shane Lachance opened the scoring with a two-run single in the first, then with his team trailing knocked a three-run double in the sixth to give No. 7 Andover an 8-7 victory over No. 10 Boston Latin in the Division 1 North first round last Thursday.
Anthony Teberio had an RBI triple, Nolan Schirmer added two hits and an RBI, Patrick McConnell had two hits and scored twice and Matt Potts continued to roll with three hits and two runs.
Andrew Theriault earned the victory with four innings of stellar relief for the Golden Warriors, who were next set to take on Lynn Classic.
Cocchiaro leads thrilling win
Ashley Cocchiaro blasted a home run to tie the game in the sixth, and had one of four straight RBI singles in the seventh as No. 21 Andover rallied to upset No. 12 Lexington in the Division 1 North preliminary round last Thursday.
With the score tied heading into the seventh, freshman call-up Sophia Berald led off the inning with a walk. After a bunt single for Julianna Alpert, Sara Folan, Alexa Pacy, Cocchiaro and Julianna Barbaro all singled home runs. Cocchiaro was also the winning pitcher.
Andover pitcher Ashley Cocchiaro allowed just one hit through four shutout innings, but Methuen rallied back and defeated the Golden Warriors 4-0 in the Division 1 North first round on Sunday. The two teams has split their regular season meetings.
Julianna Barbaro, Sara Folan and Paige Gillette each managed a hit for the Golden Warriors against Methuen ace Jillian McCoy. Andover who closed out its first season under head coach Rick Quattrocchi with a 12-10 record.
Annette Kim and Caroline Yang won top doubles 6-1, 6-1 and Anna Higgins and Grace Lyons took No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-1 as Andover beat North Andover 5-0 in the Division 1 North quarterfinals last Wednesday.
Sidney Conway (6-0, 6-1) won No. 3 singles while Isabel Zhou and Corina Muntean swept Nos. 1-2 singles for the Golden Warriors.
Warriors fall short
Andover won both singles spots, but the Golden Warriors lost to Lincoln-Sudbury 3-2 in the Division 1 North quarterfinals last Thursday. The two teams did not meet in the regular season.
Sam Feng and Justin Gu won No. 1 doubles (6-4, 6-0) while Joe Colecchi and Vishnu Suresh took No. 2 doubles (6-2, 6-2) for the Warriors, who closed out the 2019 season with a 14-3 record.