Photo credit: Samuel Lin '84
Phillips Academy softball calls Isham Field’s two tournament-quality diamonds home. Through the generosity of the Abbot Academy Association, alumnae, alumni and friends, the main diamond was renovated and named Peter Drench Park in 2014. It sports permanent, fully-equipped dugouts, an additional batting tunnel, bullpen, equipment shed, spacious seating, outfield fence, colorful flagpoles and electronic scoreboard. The second diamond features smaller bleachers and fewer amenities, but maintains an equally fine playing surface. The team videotapes most home games and maintains an extensive, instruction-oriented intranet softball site.
The varsity schedule includes a spring training trip to Florida, a challenging slate of opponents and an eight-team, two-day invitational tournament which PA co-hosts on the third weekend in May. Andover played the 600th game in its softball history during the 2016 season. The Blue have rung up a .748 winning percentage (455-153), including a 19-2 record and Big East Tournament championship in 2016. Head coach since 1987, Peter Drench began coaching the sport in public and independent schools, travel team and international settings in 1975 and is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association and the Massachusetts High School Softball Coaches' Hall of Fame.
Andover graduates playing college softball have won individual honors and captained their teams, earned league Rookie of the Year honors and participated in NCAA post-season play. In recent years, Tristin Moone '10 earned First Team All-Ivy honors at Columbia (2012), while Sarah Boylan '09 and Alayna Garbarino '10 served as co-captains at Middlebury (2013) and Bates (2014), respectively. Sarah Onorato '11, a three-time NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete, was named Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale (2013) and, as a senior, served as team captain and was one of thirty nominated nationwide for the NCAA Senior CLASS Award (2015). Before an injury curtailed her career, Kayla Maloney ’13 pitched for three years at Columbia. Currently, Mackenzie Bradford ’15 (Claremont-McKenna), Courtney Erickson ’15 (Trinity), Erin Gallo ’16 (Columbia), and Ravenne Nasser ’15 (MIT) are playing collegiate softball.
Recent PA softball grads have gone on to star in other college sports. Jacqueline Diffley ’16 (St. Lawrence) and Miranda Nestor ’16 (Wesleyan) are playing hockey; Katie Kreider ’14 (Hamilton) and Jeanine Moreau ’16 (RPI) are playing soccer. Julie Doar ’13 is the co-captain of Rice University’s two-time Division III national championship women’s ultimate Frisbee team.
Please feel free to contact Coach Peter Drench directly by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We enjoy hearing about your softball experiences and your overall interest in Andover, including your questions. You can also find details about the Andover softball program by visiting http://www.andover.edu/athletics/softball. The team page provides detailed information about the program and the current season. Andover also fields an introductory-level slow-pitch team.
Lastly, we strongly recommend that all interested softball players fill out the prospective student-athlete form on the main athletics webpage. We look forward to sharing our softball program with you!