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May 11, 2014

Awiszus swings potent bat

Awiszus swings a potent bat for Andover baseball

ANDOVER — Don’t expect to see Andover senior outfielder Tim Awiszus yelling, screaming, throwing helmets or otherwise making a scene on the diamond.

The soft-spoken slugger prefers to let his bat do the talking.

“There is no better feeling than hitting the baseball,” said Awiszus. “I feel like I am a power hitter. “I like to hit to the gaps. I look for the fastball early in the count, something I can drive. Then, if I get deep in the count I look for a breaking ball I can take to the opposite field.”

That approach has yielded an outstanding production this season. Awiszus entered the weekend hitting a cool .381 with 12 RBIs and eight runs.

“He is swinging the bat very well and is such a good hitter,” said Golden Warriors coach Dan Grams. “But he has also become a very good outfielder. He made one of the best catches I have ever seen. And even though he isn’t a captain, he is one of our best leaders.”

Growing up in Andover as a star infielder for the Little League and Babe Ruth programs, Awiszus dreamed of playing baseball for the Golden Warriors.

After spending his first high school season with the freshman team and his sophomore year on JV, Awiszus set his eyes on making the varsity squad a season ago.

But on a team filled with veteran players, Awiszus faced the challenging task of finding a role to grasp as his own.

“Going into last year, Tim had earned a spot on the varsity team,” said Grams. “But it looked like he might not see much playing time. Tim came to me and said, ‘Coach, I just want to play. I will play anywhere on the field.’”

So the veteran coach had some advice for his young player.

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