The hottest team in New Hampshire Division 1 right now? How about Andover High.
Not exactly, but the Warriors, now 6-4 overall, have run off three wins against 8-4 Nashua North, 8-4 Bishop Guertin and even Salem High this week.
“I think it’s just about fitting in games against good opponents,” said Andover senior Andrew Deloury. “It’s always good to beat a New Hampshire team and show them a little bit of what Mass. baseball is all about.
Deloury, a star receiver this fall on the Warriors’ title-winning football team, is ablaze right now on the diamond, leading the Warriors with a .500 average, 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored.
“It’s gone pretty well, I guess,” said Deloury, who will play baseball at Salem State next year. “I’m just swinging at strikes and jumping on fastballs when I get them. Guys just keep getting on base and front of me, and it’s making pitchers throw me strikes.”
Deloury is one of those athletes who seem like they’ve been around forever, just because he’s been an impact guy on the varsity since his freshman year.
“There’s been some changes this year. I’ve had to learn to step up and be a leader this year, not just to go out there and have fun,” said Deloury, who likes the Warrior chances of getting back into the MVC baseball race. “Chelmsford is coming up, and we still have two left with Central Catholic, too.”
One other big one on the docket comes up on the morning of April 18 (10 a.m.) at 8-3 Londonderry as the Warriors and Deloury go for the Granite State sweep.
Bardwell still working hard
All has been very quiet on the Chris Bardwell front at North Andover this spring, kind of right in line with the Merrimack Valley Conference premier of the baseball Knights.