Redfern, Ciufo Power Varsity Baseball Past Exeter in Central New England Prep Championship Game
At home on May 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Andover blanked Exeter 8-0 to capture its 11th Central New England Prep Championship. Tournament MVP Anthony Redfern '18 fired a complete-game two-hitter with seven strikeouts, while Andrew Ciufo '19 paced the offense with a solo homer and an RBI single.
Jackson Emus '19 and Lucas Stowe '20 added two hits apiece.
Georgetown University-bound REDFERN (pictured), who's surrendered just two runs (one earned) in 45.0 innings this season, struck out the side in the opening frame and held Exeter at bay throughout with an effective fastball, slider, changeup combination. Exeter's only true threat came when, trailing 2-0 in the top of the sixth, a walk and an infield error placed runners on first and second with one out. Redfern was up to the task though, fanning the ensuing hitter with a hard slider and inducing an infield pop-fly to end the inning.
Ciufo put the hosts up early with a solo blast into the tennis courts beyond the left-centerfield wall with two outs in the bottom of the first. Andover's bats fell silent thereafter, though, until the fourth, when the switch-hitting Emus laced a shot into the gap in right-centerfield but was gunned down trying to stretch his double into a triple.
Stowe then tripled to lead off the fifth, again to the gap in right-center, and sprinted home on a shallow sacrifice fly to left field by Travis Lane '18 to push the advantage to 2-0.
Andover broke the game open with six runs in the sixth, highlighted by a leadoff single by Mike Guanci '18, an RBI double by Kai Marcos '18, and RBI singles by Ciufo, Tristan Latham '18, and Jack Penney '21, who played sparkling defense at shortstop, along with Ciufo at second base.
The championship win punctuates an 19-2 season for Andover, cementing its fourth Central New England Prep title in the last seven years. Redfern shrunk his team-leading ERA to a miniscule 0.16 with the shutout win. Andover's team ERA stands at an even 1.00.
Watch highlights from Andover's Central New England Prep Championship game win over Exeter on YouTube.