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2024 Spring Team Preview: Phillips Academy Andover (MA)

Bruce Hefflinger
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2024 Spring Team Preview: Phillips Academy Andover (MA)

ANDOVER, Ma. - The shoes to fill are big, but Chris Powers believes his Phillips Academy Andover team is up to the challenge in 2024.

Gone are four pitchers, including first-round MLB draft pick Thomas White, from a 17-7 team that advanced to the state semifinals. White is now with the Florida Marlins’ organization while Cole Mascott is at Northwestern, Carson Cormier at TCU and Teo Spadaccini at Yale.

“The keys for success lie in pitching well, and playing solid defense,” Powers said in looking at this season. “If those two things are consistent we will be a very competitive team every game.” 

A strong lineup along with a couple of returning pitchers bring optimism to the Big Blue this year.

“We are fortunate to return the top of our order, batters 1-4 are all back,” Powers noted. “With six starters total back, defense will be a strength. We also have two returning starting pitchers with experience, combined with some solid arms to round out our staff.”

Catcher Jace Roossien, third baseman Isaac Lamson, shortstop Luke Gallo and center fielder Danny Flynn are expected to make life rough on opposing pitchers. Roossien, the ninth-rated senior catcher in New England, and Gallo, the 104th-ranked junior shortstop in the nation, are both Boston College commits. Lamson, the fourth-ranked 2024 third baseman in Massachusetts, is signed with Princeton, while Flynn, the top-rated 2025 outfielder in New England, is a Northeastern commit.

Marek Krystofolski and Robert Brown are being counted on to fill the void on the mound this season. Krustofolski, the 16th-rated junior RHP in New England, is an Elon commit while Brown, the 10th-ranked 2025 right-handed pitcher in New England, is a Penn State recruit.

Southpaw Nate Rosner, a senior committed to Williams, will play first base and pitch with juniors Matt Debenedictis and Rishi Rane adding depth to the staff.

Senior Joe Carrara, a UMass Amherst commit for football, will play outfield with sophomore Owen Callahan playing catcher and first base.

Newcomers that could play roles this year are senior Cam Willems and freshman Caleb Penn, both outfielders with speed, along with freshman infielder Jun An.

“This team likes to put in the work to make themselves better, they’re excited to see their teammates find success,” Powers said. “The team-first mentality is something that stands out.”

The second-year head coach, who spent four years at Landon School outside of D.C. and 25 years at Pingree School, is excited to implement his style into the program.

“We’re known for aggressive base running and strong defense,” Powers explained. “We look to use our team speed along with a team-approach at the plate. We believe in being sound defensively, creating an environment for pitchers to confidently attack the strike zone.”

It is a formula that Powers hopes is beneficial in the quest for success in 2024.

“The league is deep and competitive, with some of the top arms in the area pitching for every team,” Powers concluded. “Every game is a grind. Anyone can beat anyone on a given day.”

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