BG’s Anderson stymies Broncos in 5-1 win

Telegraph photo by TOM KING Bishop Guertin's Brett Anderson struck out 12 while checking Alvirne on one run on three hits over six innings in a 5-1 Cardinals win Wednesday at Holman Stadium.

NASHUA – He’s a year older, wiser, and healthier. And most likely, all that makes Bishop Guertin High School junior lefty Brett Anderson a better pitcher.

The Alvirne Broncos will attest to that. Anderson fanned 12 while checking Alvirne on one run on three hits in six innings of work en route to a 5-1 Cardinal win Wednesday at Holman Stadium.

“He was as good as I’ve seen him,” Alvirne coach Mike Lee said. “You saw him throwing 3-2 breaking balls for strikes. My kids learned something today.”

Anderson underwent knee surgery in the off season, and this was his second start this season after he blanked Spaulding over six innings. He threw hard but also mixed his pitches.

“Just trying to get out there and get back out it after my surgery,” Anderson said. “I’m trying to establish my fastball for first pitch strike.”

Guertin is now off to a 4-0 start.

“He’s matured, he throws all his pitches for strikes, he pounds the zone (just two walks),he commands both sides,” Cards coach Scott Painter said. “He’s not afraid to throw any pitch in any count. … He’s doing what we expect him to do.”

The Cards didn’t exactly mash the ball as Alvirne starter Alex Boulay also pitched well, but they took advantage of five Alvirne errors and some Bronco baserunning mistakes. Remember, Alvirne starts five sophomores and a freshman.

“That’s a younger team over there,” Painter said. “They’re a talented team, they’re going to be good, but if they make mistakes we had to take advantage of them.”

They did just that, as a Bronco error in the second helped lead to a Ryan Bue RBI single. The Cards got a Taylor Proulx sac fly in the third, Anderson doubled in a run in the fourth, Proulx got his second RBI in the fifth and Guertin scored an unearned run in the sixth.

But the story was Anderson, who gave up two hits including an RBI triple to Boulay in the fifth.

“They’re as good a team as (Painter) has had here,” Lee said. “With Anderson on the mound, they’re very tough.”

“If he’s the best he can be on that day, I think we have a good chance to win,” Painter said.