The weather was miserable last night, but it was a good evening for North Andover Little League in District 14 action.
North Andover West clipped Andover American 3-1 in four innings before a downpour stopped the game and North Andover East whipped Billerica American 12-1 in five innings. Both will be in semifinal action tonight. North Andover East will be at Tewksbury and North Andover West will be at Andover National, both at 5:30.
In West’s victory, Tristan Latham got the victory, striking out nine in 3 2/3 innings, and Jack Anthony got the save, coming in with two runners on base and striking out the final batter to seal the win.
West only had two hits against Andover pitching, a ground-rule double by Anthony and an RBI single by Matt Remley, both in the fourth. West’s first two runs came home in the third on a mishandled throw at first base followed by a collision.
East’s victory was much more lopsided. It put the game away with eight runs in the second inning and got hits from 11 of its 13 batters in the game. Stephen Hajjar led the way, going 3 for 4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, with five RBIs and Connor Gough added a solo home run.
Jack Bourassa, Joe Phinney and T.J. Regan combined for the win, allowing just one hit and striking out six.
Spring lifts NA Legion
Mike Spring went the distance, allowing just one earned run while striking out eight, carrying the North Andover Legion team to a 6-3 victory over Saugus. Offensively, Jake Caporale and Evan Glew each had two hits to lead the way.
Derry Legion romps
Jeff Singster was 4 for 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored as Derry Legion beat up on Milford 21-8 in five innings. Adding three hits and two RBIs each were Chris Gerossie, Jamie Collins and Dan Morin while Ryan O’Connor picked up the victory.