Initially skeptical that such a tournament might tilt in favor of private schools, much like its older brother in hockey, the Super 8 continues to showcase some of the best postseason baseball in the region, rebutting the cynics with five public school championships in six seasons of existence.
North Andover is the most recent program to carry that honor, rolling in the 2019 series. The Scarlet Knights are in great shape to at the very least return to the 1A tournament behind a bevy of returners, including a pair of 90 mph Northeastern-bound slingers in Brett Dunham and Ryan Griffin, and 6-foot-5 UMass Lowell-bound southpaw Brendan Holland, the winning pitcher in the 2019 clincher.
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to play this spring and if we can keep everyone healthy, we hope to defend our title,” said North Andover head coach Todd Dulin.
To list all the teams in contention to make the Commonwealth’s top tournament would take up too much space, but rest assured that after losing in the Super 8 final for the fourth time, St. John’s Prep will be aiming heavily to change that fate.