Tewksbury emerges with a rock solid 12-4 triumph at "home" in Andover. The Redmen scored six runs in the first, added four more in the third and breezed to the finish line against a Merrimack Valley Conference foe.
Tewksbury, 11-0 (end of 3rd)
So much for this showdown. Tewksbury struck for four more runs in the third and leads "visiting" Andover, 11-0, at Peter Aumais Park.
We're pulling the plug on this one. Off to catch the end of BC High-Billerica lacrosse.
Tewksbury, 7-0 (end of 2nd)
Tewksbury tacks on another run and leads Andover, 7-0, moving to the third frame.
Tewksbury, 6-0 (end of 1st)
Bit of confusion as Tewksbury is the home team, but we're here in Andover for today's contest (this after we found out the hard way that Strong Field is under construction at Tewksbury Memorial High School).
We didn't miss any of the fireworks here, though.
Tewksbury struck for six runs in the bottom of the first and leads, 6-0.
Mike Ferreiro and Pat Devlin opened the game with back-to-back singles before Ronnie Wallace walked to load the bases with no outs. Cleanup man Mike Delponte ripped a liner to right field that should have been caught, but it ticked off the outfielder's glove and rolled straight towards the fence allowing all four runners to score.
Not a great start for Andover and it didn't get any better from there as a single sandwiched between a pair of triples helped Tewksbury put up two more runs before the end of the frame.
PregameWe'll be live from Andover this morning, where the Redmen -- the Globe's preseason No.1 -- "hosts" the Warriors in a Merrimack Valley Conference showdown at 11 a.m.
Andover (4-1) is undefeated in league play with its lone loss being a 2-1, season-opening defeat at the hands of Cambridge.
Tewksbury started the season with four straight wins before dropping a 6-4 decision to Methuen during a visit to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., last week. Expect the Redmen to be ultra-focussed for this league matchup.
Back with more this afternoon.
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