While at practice five years ago, Pinkerton’s Matthew Statler tripped on a hurdle and fell to the track. What happened next had to be told to him later.
That was because Statler suffered a seizure and stopped breathing. Noticing Statler’s lips turning blue and unable to find a pulse, coach Walter Roberts immediately administered CPR and revived the freshman.
“Nobody’s leaving me on my watch,” Roberts said of the second heroic act of his life. Ten years earlier, he and father-in-law, David Ferry, saved Donna Fronduto when she drifted too far from shore on her Boogie Board at Salisbury Beach.
Doctors diagnosed Statler with a broken collarbone and a concussion. He had no memory of the seizure or immediate aftermath.
“We’re very grateful,” said his mother, Kim Statler. “God was watching over him. And his coach was, too.”
And even with a six-week recovery ahead from his injured collarbone, Statler was at practice the next day.
5 years ago: Three-homer days
It didn’t seem like Andover’s day five years ago when Chelmsford surged to an 8-1 lead after five innings.
Tricia Martin changed everything.
The senior capped a 5-for-5, 7-RBI afternoon with her third home run of the contest, a two-out, three-run blast that gave the Warriors a walk-off 11-9 victory.
“They were all bombs, way out there,” said Andover head coach Stephanie Ragucci. “I’ve had some good hitters, but I don’t think I’ve ever had someone have a day like this.”
Greater Lowell came off the bus ready to hit, plating five runs in the first inning.
But not only did Austin Brodie get Whittier back in the game, he eventually turned the contest into a rout.
Brodie lashed a grand slam in the first, a two-run bomb in the third and another grand slam in the fourth. Brodie finished with 11 RBIs as the Wildcats humbled the Gryphons, 20-7.