CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: Prior to Monday’s opener in the District 14 Little League championship series the manager for Andover American had a simple message for his 13 players. “I just told them to have fun,” Aaron Green said. “I told them the pressure isn’t on them, it’s on me. I just want to put them in the right places to succeed, and that’s what they did.”

Fun certainly was had by Andover which built an eight-run lead then held on for an 8-4 victory in the first game of the best-of-three series which continues at 6 p.m. tonight when Andover plays host at Deyermond Field.

A three-run, third inning gave Andover its first lead as a Griffin Bucci single drove in Hayden Waugh before Will Norris drilled a 2-0 pitch that never got more than 10 feet off the ground but quickly cleared the left-field fence for a two-run homer.