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May 3, 2013

Amesbury's simple man

Amesbury baseball left-handed pitcher Andy Reidy has a simple approach to life.

“I’m just another Amesbury-born baseball player,” said Reidy.

He also has a simple approach to the game.

“I’m just looking to get the batter out,” said Reidy. “I just want to do whatever it takes to do that.”

That approach has been working well for the junior, who currently sports a 0.87 ERA on 31 innings pitched, featuring 48 strikeouts. As of press time, he has four starts where he is 3-1 and has two saves.

“He’s improved a great deal from his sophomore year to his junior year,” Indians coach Gene Burnham said. “He still has a way to go, there is always room for improvement. But it’s been a pleasure to watch him pitch this first half of the season.”

A homegrown Indian, Reidy came up through the Amesbury Little League program and has been playing since he was 5 years old. Reidy says his Little League coaches were delighted when they saw him coming.

“I was unique,” said the southpaw. “It’s not very common.”

Also a hockey player, Reidy sees his role on the mound as even more intense than his as a left wing on the ice.

“It’s very different,” Reidy said of hockey pressure versus baseball pressure. “Maybe being up 2-1 with a minute to go (in a hockey game) is similar. But it’s very different other than that. I like pitching, I love coming in under pressure. That’s what I love about pitching.”

The current Indian season, as with any high school baseball campaign, has given the starter just what he likes, as sometimes he may be called into close out games just a few days after starting one. In last Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Masco, Reidy was brought in in relief in the bottom of the seventh inning with a runner on second and one out with the heart of the order about to bat.

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