In his lone North Andover High season after transferring from Central, Bardwell helped lead the hoop team to a conference title and a trip to Tsongas Arena in one of the great Cinderella stories of our region’s history.
This spring, the southpaw has struggled with control problems, and the rebuilding Knights are just 3-7 in the first half.
“I’m doing fine,” said Bardwell, this week after his senior classmate Jake DiSalvo silenced Haverhill for a huge win. “(My struggles) have been mechanical, struggling with my control. But it’s been great. I’m out here, just playing baseball with my good friends.”
Bardwell’s work ethic since Day 1 hasn’t wavered. In fact, with his mound struggles, he’s actually been taking extra swings and working in the field, trying to help the team in any way he can.
Recently, the Eagle-Tribune Hoop Super Teamer committed to play basketball at Division 3 Roger Williams College in Rhode Island.
Lancer talk I
Yes, heads were turned this week when Londonderry put up a 33-7 pounding of Nashua North this week.
“I’ve never seen it, and I don’t think it will ever happen again,” said Lancer coach Brent Demas.
Certainly, the have-nots around New Hampshire had their shots for Demas this week.
“We’ve talked about it a little up here,” said Demas. “I’m just not going to send a kid to the plate and tell him to go strike out. That’s not what this game is about.”
Demas did the right things, especially in the 23-run inning. His runners didn’t move up on passed balls. Players went base to base on hits.
“We totally toned down the aggressiveness,” he said.
Londonderry, according to one other area coach, is clearly the team to beat in Division 1.