Robbie Del Signore spent April and May piling up crazy numbers, numbers that would make a sabermetrician’s head spin.
But from the opening practice on March 17 this spring, the Londonderry High senior understood that all those stats really wouldn’t matter if he and the Lancers couldn’t close the deal in June.
Del Signore did indeed get it done. And so did Londonderry.
The lefty pitched a pair of playoff gems then singled and doubled, driving in one, in the state title win over rival Pinkerton, capping off a year in which he was named Division 1 Player of the Year by the state coaches, the New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year and now The Eagle-Tribune’s MVP.
Del Signore lit up the stat sheet like only the most talented players in our past, rivalling names like Jay Yennaco and Terry Doyle or closer to home like those of more recent Londonderry great Alex Szymanski.
The lefty finished the year at 6-2, with a 0.44 ERA, allowing only four earned runs in 64 innings with four shutouts. He struck 117 and walked 18. Both playoff starts were shutout wins.
At the plate, he was the consummate run-producer, batting .342 with 25 RBIs.
Andover High Senior, Third Base
Three years varsity. Two-year starter. Committed one error all season for Division 1 North champs. “The heart and soul of our team. Turns the double play at third better than anyone else in the region,” coach Dan Gramssaid . Led team in hitting at .452. Scored 12 runs and drove in 16 on year. Hit .462 in the D1 North playoffs. Had key 7th-inning hit in walkoff rally to beat rival Central. Avid surfer as well. Ranked in top 10 percent academically in senior class. Scored 1,950 on the SAT. Will attend Northeastern next year.
Andover High Senior, Center Field