School: Berwick High School
All in the Family: Andrew, 17, is the son of Gene and Kimberly Lawrence of Berwick. His older sister Clarissa was a swimmer at Berwick and now attends King’s College.
Stats: Lawrence earned a save and a victory - both on the same day - as Berwick completed a suspended game Friday and then won the regularly scheduled game in five innings, both against Pittston Area. He also worked 3 2/3 innings of one-run ball in relief against Crestwood during a game the Bulldogs rallied to win earlier in the week. His four innings of no-hit ball in the second game against Pittston Area gave Lawrence his first mound victory of the season. For the week, he pitched 10 2/3 innings, allowed just one run on eight hits and struck out eight batters.
A Cy of relief: The seldom-used Lawrence suddenly turned into a Berwick workhorse last week, and the 15-2 Bulldogs are forever grateful. In just his sixth mound appearance of the season and first as a starter, Lawrence threw the first four innings of a combined five-inning no-hitter for his first victory of the season in Friday’s regular game before being removed for the last inning because of concerns about his pitch count for the week. That came right after Lawrence pitched one-hit ball over the final three innings in the completion Friday’s earlier game against Pittston Area to earn the save. And as the week began, Lawrence worked 3 2/3 sterling innings of one-run ball in relief to keep Berwick in a game it rallied to win in extra innings Tuesday against Crestwood.
Coach’s corner: “You don’t read much about him, really, but we’re 15-2 right now and he’s a big part of that,” Berwick coach Brian Pinterich said. “We played eight innings Tuesday, 11 innings Wednesday and we had two pitchers injured. He really stepped up and answered the call for us. He’s always around the strike zone, he’s sneaky-quick, he’s a guy who really doesn’t beat himself. We’ve brought him in in a few pressure situations - second and third, no outs, he doesn’t give up a run. He’s done a great job. I think he’s give up like two runs all year. We’re very confident in what we have in him.”
Did you know? Growing up in a family of servicemen has had a profound influence on Lawrence. Following his graduation from Berwick, he’ll be leaving for boot camp for the U.S. Marine Corps, where two of his uncles served. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Lawrence said.
From his angle: “Actually, I haven’t really pitched much this year,” Lawrence said. “We have a lot of great pitchers on my team, (but) everyone gets their chance. This was actually the first chance I got to prove myself. I was actually chosen (Friday) to just pitch the last three innings of the (first) game. But I didn’t throw many pitches and I was throwing well, so they let me go out for the next game. It’s been awhile since I pitched two games like that. I don’t know who really does get a chance to pitch that much. We don’t have a half-game to play every day.”
Week in review: Berwick pitcher Margaret Bridge helped bridge the gap for the Bulldogs, picking up three wins from the circle against Nanticoke, Lake-Lehman and Dallas. She allowed just two earned runs in 21 innings during those games, shutting out Lehman and finishing with a combined 21 strikeouts. Bridge also had a two-run double against Nanticoke Area as her batting average is .531. It was another tremendous week for Hazleton Area softball star Maria Trivelpiece, who had three hits in all three of her team’s victories and also drove home two runs and scored the winner in a tight game with Tunkhannock. Want more clutch hitting on the softball field? Just call Coughlin’s Marissa Ross, who belted a two-run, game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Lake-Lehman, and also had four hits including a double in a victory over Pittston Area and two more hits in a loss to Hazleton Area. Wyoming Area’s Alex Holtz had three hits at the plate in two victories, and picked up the win in the circle during both. And Hazleton Area’s Becky Demko struck out a combined 14 batters while also earning two pitching victories last week. … Hazleton Area’s Tony Hernandez missed a five-inning perfect game by one pitch - a close one that was called a ball on a 3-2 count - but settled for a shortened no-hitter on the baseball mound against Lake-Lehman. Hernandez struck out 10 in the gem. Wyoming Area’s Jake Granteed continued his run as the WVC’s winningest pitcher, running his victory total to five on the season with two complete-game wins. He allowed just two earned runs and struck out nine in 14 innings. The bat of Wyoming Valley West’s Evan McCue is heating up, just in time to keep the Spartans hunting for a first-round playoff bye. McCue went 7-for-10 with two doubles and four RBI in t hree games, a big boost with team slugger Joe Pechulis shelved with an injury. … Hazleton Area’s Brett Barron made 32 assists to spark a victory over Hanover Area on the volleyball court, while Coughlin’s Danny Sales served 19 points and made 33 assists against Wyoming Valley West. Crestwood’s Nick Banos was everywhere against Lake-Lehman, making 22 kills, 16 assists and serving 12 points. And Nanticoke’s Ed Lukowski had 25 assists against Wyoming Valley West. … Hanover Area’s Olivia Jendrzejewski jumped her way to a personal sweep in girls track, capturing the long, triple and high jumps and running on the winning 400 relay team. And Lake-Lehman’s Cayle Spencer continued her dominance in field events, winning the javelin, shotput and discus throws. … On the boys track, Isiah Peoples of Wyoming Area won the 100 and 200 dashes on the same day he ran on two winning relay teams. And in the field, Northwest’s Austin Mazonkey continued his mastery in the field, winning the discus, javelin and shotput on the same day. … It was the same old story for Crestwood scorer Jay Popson, who fired home eight goals ina boys lacrosse victory over Lake-Lehman. His teammate Brian Collins made seven assists and two goals in that same game. … Lake-Lehman’s Alyssa Adams hit for a double hat trick in a girls lacrosse game against Crestwood, scoring six goals. Her teammate Mallory Wilson added five goals and an assist.