You know a coach is fond of a player when he ends the interview with “I could go on and on about him.”
Central Catholic baseball coach Marc Pelletier called his star pitcher Andrew Hamel “the consummate team player” and “a terrific leader.” He added, “His blue-collar work ethic will get him to the next level.”
The pitching speaks for itself. He’s 4-1 with a 2.99 ERA in 38 innings.
In this week’s Around the Horn, Hamel talks about the big win over Chelmsford, his plans to do a post-grad year, why he’s such a good Santa Claus and what happened to his brother’s “missing” gear.
You must be sky-high after your complete-game shutout in the Chelmsford showdown? “We went out with the mindset it’s do or die. I knew it would be a huge win and that if I threw strikes that they’d have my back. Nobody wants to be down two games in the MVC. I knew I had to keep it down. They hit ground balls and we were able to get outs.”
What are your thoughts on this being your last season? “You have to go out and lead. I had the privilege of playing four years varsity. There is no more. ‘We’ll get them next year.’ You do it this year or you don’t get them at all.”
What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “Absolutely the other day (win over Chelmsford) was one of them. I think back to sophomore year, Coach Pelletier put me out with the bases loaded and no outs vs. Lowell, which was tearing up league. I got a 1-2-3 double play and a fly out.”
How are you doing academically? “My parents always put academics first. I think last term I had all A’s and one B-plus.”