Athlete Of The Week: Andrew Clifford

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Athlete of the Week

Monomoy pitcher Andrew Clifford. BRENDAN SAMSON PHOTO

Although the Monomoy baseball team’s bats came alive Sunday in the team’s 7-0 victory over Lynn Vocational-Tech, the Sharks will always remember the way their starting pitcher, Andrew Clifford, performed during the Division 4 state tournament preliminary-round matchup.

Clifford had some of his best stuff of the spring, as he struck out 17 batters and surrendered just one hit in a complete-game effort.

The lefty from Barnstable said his strong outing was a result of having command of all of his pitches. It was especially helpful, he said, that his two-seam fastball carried plenty of movement.

“My two-seam had a lot of run. When I have that I can pitch off that,” Clifford said. “They’re thinking it’s gonna come in and hit them – it never does. So, once I can establish that pitch, then I can go in with whatever I want.”

Even though Clifford and Monomoy ultimately saw their season end with a 9-6 loss to Manchester Essex on Monday, Sunday’s performance should give the junior lefty plenty of confidence as he heads into the final offseason of his high school career.